02 Aug

SC 2019 Week 6 Adventures Group 6 Update

This week, Group Six explored “Fantasies” by reading several books, engaging in focused discussions, and completing follow-up activities.  After defining “fantasy” as anything involving a strong sense of imagination, Group Six applied this definition to Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are.  Everyone in Group 6 created their own monster inspired by Sendak’s Wild Things.  

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters and several Dr. Seuss stories were read and also discussed.  Group six visited the Medieval Times, reading Saint George and the Dragon. Then, they created some amazing dragons of their own out of Play-doh, pipe cleaners, and tissue paper.  All in all, it was a magical week to end our summer program.

26 Jul

SC 2019 Week 5 Adventures Group 6 Update

This week, Group Six explored outer space with several group discussions and activities.  The 50th Anniversary of the moon landing kicked off the week. Moon landing fun facts were shared and discussed.  They also explored the solar system by constructing a model of the solar system with all the planets revolving around the sun. The finished products went up on the group bulletin board for all to see.   Group Six also followed up on the lunar presentation they saw on their field trip at the Hudson River Museum Planetarium with a project on the phases of the moon. Each person created a spinning diagram of the 8 different phases of the moon. Everyone did a great job all week long. 

19 Jul

SC 2019 Week 4 Adventures Group 6 Update

Group Six focused on codes. They discussed when codes have been used throughout history and how computers use them today. Each member of Group Six created their own secret code decoder and used it to solve several secret codes. They also created their own secret message for the class to solve.  The group then worked with binary codes. They discussed technology’s use of binary codes and solved several binary code riddles. 

After their trip to the Meadowlands Environmental Center and their work with sustainable energy, Group Six continued with this innovative topic by discussing and working on a few projects involving renewable energy sources. They all did a great job with their codes and projects!

12 Jul

SC 2019 Week 3 Adventures Group 6 Update

Did you know that a totem pole with wings extending from its sides is a sign that “all are welcome”?  Group Six learned this fact and the symbolic significance of many of the animals and colors used by the Northwestern Native Americans to create their totem poles.   Original totem poles were designed by each member of Group Six with their own unique story and symbolic meaning.  They continued the weeks theme of ancient times by discussing the life and some of the beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians. With this knowledge, students then used their map skills to create their own 3-D Ancient Egyptian map. In addition, there were a few students who were so inspired by the dinosaur exhibit from our trip to the Museum of Natural History that they crafted their own dinosaur skeleton model out of pasta!  Great job Group Six!

03 Jul

SC 2019 Week 2 Adventures Group 6 Update

Group Six had a great week exploring all different types of animals.  Discussions involved animals ranging from cute, populous bunnies to ferocious, endangered white tigers.  Topic themes included “nocturnal” animals, “herbivore”/“carnivores”, endangered”/“extinct” animals, and even “echolocation” (how bats locate their prey!)

Their vast animal knowledge was then used to create “silhouette word animals”.  IPads and “Keynote” were used to help with all of the silhouette graphics. Students designed an image of an animal using descriptive words and the terms used to classify that particular animal.  Everyone did a great job!

28 Jun

SC 2019 Week 1 Adventures Groups 5 & 6 Update

This week campers in Group 5 and Group 6 designed and created sturdy homes that the “big bad wolf” from The Three Little Pigs An Architectural Tale by Steven Guarnaccia would not be able to blow down.  We learned that triangles create a strong foundation for any structure, and tetrahedrons (3D shapes with 4 faces) create a Sierpinski Pyramid.  Together we cut, folded and glued together individual tetrahedrons and joined them together to create our pyramid. We read about Record Breakers Megastructures by David Jefferis, Building Science by Barbara Fierman, Skyscrapers by Carol A. Johmann, Self-Driving Cars by Katie Marsico, and Transportation for the Future by Polly Goodman.  During siesta we relaxed and listened to Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.

03 Aug

Adventures Group 6

Group 6 explored several different types of maps of South America this week. Our main focus was researching and creating a presentation about one of animals found in the Amazon Rain Forest. They used iPads to show their slideshow to the rest of the class. Their presentations were terrific!

27 Jul

Adventures Group 6

Group Six explored several different types of  maps of Africa this week. They created their own physical map which featured a 3-D pyramid, complete with a pyramid blueprint!  The main focus for the week in group six was researching and creating a presentation about one of Africa’s animals. They used iPads to show their slideshow to the rest of the class.   Their presentations were Amazing!

20 Jul

Adventures Group 6

Group Six explored several different types of maps of Europe this week. The main focus for group six was researching and then creating a presentation about one of Europe’s famous landmarks on Keynote. They used iPads to show their slideshow to the rest of the class. Their presentations were terrific!

13 Jul

Adventures Group 6

Members of group six worked on physical maps of Asia. They also researched and graphed the five highest peaks in the world which are all found in Asia.  The week’s research culminated in the presentation of students’ original iPad slideshows covering many different aspects of the continent.

06 Jul

Adventures Group 6

Group 6 explored several different types of  maps of Australia this week. Children also chose one of Australia’s unique animals and became the class expert on their animal through on-line research.  They used iPads to create a slideshow about their animal and then presented it to the rest of the class. They all did an amazing job!

29 Jun

Group 6

This week Group, 6 asked the question, “What is America?” They came up with hundreds of answers and responses.  Those answers were used to create a GIANT map that formed The United States.  Our “word-map” hangs proudly on the bulletin board outside our room.

Students also worked alone and in groups to create their own original iPad slideshows about what makes up The United States of America.  Students then presented their slideshows within the group, showing off their images, writing, and creativity. The results were amazing!

05 Aug

Adventures: Group 6

by Mr. Dave Pomeroy

Greek Gods and Goddesses!

  • During the week of August 8, Adventures Group 6 campers will be researching Greek Gods and Goddesses on  iPads.  After an overview of the Greek gods,  each camper will be assigned a specific god to research, then will use the findings of their research to create a Greek god family tree for a bulletin board display!
  • We’ll also continue to view videos of inspirational Olympic moments.
28 Jul

Adventures: Group 6

by Mr. Dave Pomeroy

Mask-Making Time!

  • During the week of August 1, Adventures Group 6 campers will continue to read Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne, and we will do iPad research on the Paralympics as we focus on a Paralympic athlete, Tanni Grey-Thompson.
  • Additionally, we will create original masks modeled after those often seen during Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, using beads, feathers, and other craft materials!
21 Jul

Adventures: Group 6

by Mr. Dave Pomeroy

Olympic Achievements!

  • During the week of July 25, it’s all about Olympic achievements as our Adventures: Group  6 campers will continue reading Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne, and conduct hands-on iPad research to learn about  “epic” Olympic performances and accomplishments.
  • We also look forward to creating a bulletin board display of “Great Olympic Achievements”!

 

14 Jul

Adventures: Group 6

by Mr. Pomeroy

Olympian Research!

  • During the week of July 18 our Adventures: Group 6 campers will use the D-E 360° Summer Connections (SC) iPads to select and research an Olympic athlete and write a brief summary of their chosen Olympian. Then they will create a visual display of this athlete using images, which they will be ready to present by week’s end!
  • We will also continue to construct “stadium models” and wrap up the constructing of our giant timeline, which plots milestones from both ancient and modern-day Olympic games!
07 Jul

Adventures: Group 6

by Mr. Dave Pomeroy 

Original Olympic Stadium Creations!

  • During the week of July 11 our Adventures: Group 6 campers will create their own original, Olympic stadium! Using cardboard, paper, tape, and other crafts supplies, our campers will be encouraged to model and make their designs after either historical buildings or present-day Olympic facilities.
  • Hands-on research — conducted using our D-E 360° Summer Connections’ Chromebooks — will also be underway as our campers learn about the early Olympic Games and how they were inspired by and connected to Greek mythology.
  • Finally, we will read together the Olympics-inspired book The Magic Tree House: Hour of the Olympics, by acclaimed children’s books author Mary Pope Osborne.
27 Jun

Adventures

by Mrs. Simone` Aynilian:

Olympics Skills Challenge this week to kick off our summer!

  • Activities, challenges, games. Leadership, sportsmanship, team spirit on Leggett Field.
  • Trip to High Exposure Action Adventure on Wednesday, June 29. Sporting facility with obstacles high off and low to the ground. Builds strength and courage and develops friendship and teamwork. Online waiver must be filled out in order for campers to participate. https://app.rockgympro.com/tablet/highexposureclimbing
  • Theme Thursday: Thursday, June 30- Culture Day! Wear something to show your pride for your culture or heritage!
27 Jun

Adventures: Art

by Ms. Amanda Wilson

Adventures in art await!

  • Campers will learn about line, shape, color and symbols in art.
  • They will create an Olympics ring poster with printmaking techniques and paint.
  • They will also make an art journal; which they will work on the weeks they are here.
  • They will be using washable paint the first two weeks they are here. Make sure they are wearing suitable clothing.