LS Blazer Buzz 10 March
This week's highlight: Jump for your heart!
February is American Heart Month. In honor of this, the lower school students participated in the annual Jump Rope for Heart, a community service learning program designed by the American Heart Association. For several weeks, students had the opportunity to raise funds to support the organization's efforts to create healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Kindergarten through fifth grade students are extremely proud of their contribution of $9535 and they understand that those funds go directly to doctors and research facilities that are discovering ways to help people with sick hearts. On their official Jump Rope for Heart day, students enjoyed not only jumping rope but also jumping with pogo sticks, bouncing on our giant fitness balls, playing Kan Jam, and challenging themselves and their peers in a bean bag target game. Thank you to all of those that participated and supported the students in their efforts. They truly made a difference!
Contributed by Kristen Wiesenmayer
LS Blazer Buzz 3 March
This week's highlight: Poetry Celebration
The third grade has been learning about our local communities and famous American poets. Students visited the local communities of Lake Norman, Davidson, Charlotte, and Cornelius to learn about the history of the area. During class, the students learned about the lives and poetry styles of Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson. Students used the local history they learned to write a poem in the style of a specific poet. The poetry celebration was a wonderful display of Woodlawn’s collaboration and integration. Not only did the third graders showcase poetry and history, but they also shared their artwork, music, and dance in an integrated celebration! Each poem featured a different art component; students created a watercolor of Lake Norman, took photographs of Davidson, designed a skyline of Charlotte, and crafted a mosaic of Cornelius. Several students’ poems were put to music and the class sang their beautiful poems! The celebration concluded with an interpretive dance of their poetry including individual student solos. Woodlawn’s third graders are definitely a class full of artistic poets!
Contributed by Jamie Gunby
LS Blazer Buzz 24 Feb
This week's highlight: Courage
The ability to do something that frightens one. To show mental and moral strength in the face of pain, grief, or danger. Doing the right thing even if it is difficult.
If you were to look up the word courage in the dictionary, you might also see a picture of Martin Luther King, Jr., Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, or Abraham Lincoln. While the cowardly lion from The Wizard of Oz might not be on that list, the fifth grade class at Woodlawn School most certainly would be! A four-week long unit on courage began with a discussion about fears. Fears of the fifth graders ranged from spiders to taking tests to becoming a middle school student. With some help from a classic poem called "Life Doesn't Frighten Me At All," by Maya Angelou, the fifth graders were able face their own fears and find courage within as they wrote their own version of "Life Doesn't Frighten Me At All." The class collaborated with music teacher, Ms. Rosen, to create an original song based on Angelou's poem. The fifth graders will conclude the unit by creating artistic journal pages about facing fears with art teacher, Ms. Royce. The students also continue to spend time learning about courageous women who changed America. It is difficult not to be inspired by women such as Maya Lin, Rachel Carson, Katharine Graham, Dolores Huerta, Wilma Mankiller, and Kathleen McGrath. Recently in life skills class, the fifth graders considered other words to define themselves in addition to being courageous. Using colorful duct tape, students "defined" themselves with words such as special, unique, determined, intelligent, and active, to name a few. Perhaps some of these student photos will appear in a dictionary very soon!
Contributed by Debbie Lolla
LS Blazer Buzz 17 Feb
This week's highlight: Cow Eye Dissection
During their study of light, the fourth grade students participated in a class dissection of a cow eye. Anatomy and physics are actually much closer related than one would expect. The fourth grade curriculum highlights this by pairing various physics concepts with human anatomy: sound/human ear, light/human eye, motion/muscular system.
A cow eye is actually very similar to that of a human’s with the exception of the tapetum, a reflective coating found inside the eyes of most animals. During the dissection, the students were able to touch and feel the various parts of the eye such as the cornea, iris, lens, and retina. Before the dissection, the students had only seen diagrams of the eye. Many of the students admitted that prior to the dissection, they had imagined the components of the eye very differently. Diagrams are useful, but they are never as effective as the real thing.
In addition to the eye dissection, the unit on light will have the students building periscopes, admiring optical illusions, and studying the art work of Eric Daigh.
Contributed by Jerod Jones
LS Blazer Buzz 10 Feb
This week's highlight: One Person's Trash is Another Person's Treasure
Everybody loves a good bargain! Students in grades 2-5 were able to do some bargain hunting recently with a little help from the junior Spanish language students. All students (in lower and upper school) were asked to do a little searching around their own homes and bring in items that they no longer wanted or used. Students from each grade level were then invited to a market set up by the junior Spanish language students to participate in the art of bartering for goods. The students were only permitted to speak Spanish while at the market, so this was a great immersion experience for all involved! Lower school students enjoyed finding new “treasures” and conversing with new friends.
Contributed by Elizabeth Morgan