Teacher: Mrs. Pitchersky
ATTENTION PARENTS....If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if your child does any cool experiment at home and wants to share with the class in STEAM, feel free to send me photos or video and I will share with the class on the Smartboard!
The Spaghetti Marshmallow contest was a huge success! Thank you again to all of the students that participated. Congratulations to the Kamil family for their 2nd place win for their amazing work on the Freedom Tower!
Mrs. Pitchersky 2019 STEAM Schedule
Monday - 022, PK1, 121, 420/942, PK2
Tuesday-320, 021, PK1, 421, PK2
Wednesday-220, PK2, 522, 120, 020
Thursday-320, 521, 221, 421, 122
Friday-021/940, 520, 420/942, 321, 221
Please do not wear your best clothes on days you have STEAM...you may get messy!
Fun with Engineering!
Please bring in Earbuds to use in STEAM in a zip loc baggie with your first and last name on it, and class if you have not already.
Thanks for bringing in the earbuds! The students are loving the computer!
Also...thank you so much for all of the supplies that you have donated to the STEAM Lab! It is greatly appreciated.
ATTENTION PARENTS OF KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS...
Many of the students in Kindergarten have yet to bring in earbuds. They are now starting to use the computers, and it will be a much better experience for them if they have earbuds. Please have them bring them in asap! Thank you so much for your cooperation.
Kindergarten just finished up learning all about the 5 senses, and is currently learning all about plant and animal needs. They are learning about how plants and animals get what they need from their environments. They are becoming aware of the parts of plants, and their functions. They are also learning about the basics of a computer...how to use a mouse, keyboard, search for websites, etc.
ATTENTION 4TH GRADERS!
The next vocabulary quiz will be on numbers 31-40. It will be given at the end of next week. Be sure to study, and complete your sentences for H.W.
A homework sheet about animal groups will be going home as well. You have approximately one week to complete it.
Be sure to complete all H.W. assignments that are mandatory. Homework is due one week after they are given out. Vocabulary sentences are due every two weeks. The 4th grade class that completes the most homework will be rewarded with an ice cream party at the end of the year!!!
First graders are learning all about plant and animal defenses. They are discovering that plants and animals have defenses such as spikes, shells and armor, and camouflage to stay safe from predators. They acted as engineers, came up with a plan of defense for their own animal or plant, and built it out of clay! They used toothpics, colored tissue paper, and other materials to "build its defense". They also explained them to the class! It was great to see them play the role of "teacher." They are also currently learning all about internet safety, about visiting appropriate websites, etc.
Second graders are currently learning about internet safety. It is important that they know how to keep private information to themselves, not talk to strangers, and visit appropriate websites.
Third graders are learning all about balancing forces. Forces are all around us all the time, and involve either a push or a pull. They have been doing research about different examples of forces, working together in groups, and sharing information with the class. They have been experimenting with magnets, and learned how to create a closed circuit to light a bulb. They are also learning about balance and motion, and have been working in various stations such as "balancing a pencil on its point" to make more discoveries.
Currently, they are learning all about engineers, what they are and do, and what they would invent if they were an engineer. They have also been coming up with problems to solve!
Fourth graders have been learning about cells, vascular/nonvascular plants, and photosynthesis. Soon...they will be learning about vertebrates, non-vertebrates, matter, and measurement. There will be touches of engineering and computer science as well. This is a very important year...as the state test will be given in May and June. It will be a culmination of all of the topics they have learned since Kindergarten...plus some new and exciting ones as well. A letter will be going home soon about all of the topics they have learned throughout the years...so they know what to expect when they take the test. Practice tests will be going home soon as well.
Currently, fifth graders are finishing up their "Arbor Day" posters for the contest in December. The theme is "Trees Feed NY". They researched different types of trees in NY, and foods we get from them. They drew rough drafts of their scenes, and are now displaying their knowledge through illustrations for the poster contest. When this is complete, the 2 main focuses for the remainder of the school year will be on engineering, and computer science. They will be learning about the importance of building, and inventing, and will demonstrate this through various exploratory and engaging activities. They will be encouraged to find solutions to problems. They will also be learning about internet safety, and computer programming, and will display this knowledge through various coding activities.