Category Archives: Elementary

Math Challenges Awards

Our Grade 5 & 6 students participated in monthly Math Challenges all year long, working in groups to solve math problems. We handed out award certificates to the winning teams last week – it was a close competition! Congratulations to all participants!

Transition to Grade 1: Kindergarten students pay a visit

Transitioning from Kindergarten to Grade 1 is an important step for our students. To help them feel comfortable in their new class, Kindergarten students spend some time in the Grade 1 class to learn about life in elementary school. They read a story together, talk about homework, desks, and books, and try out the Smartboard.

Preparing for the End-of-the-year Exhibit

So much work and creativity goes in to preparing for the end-of-the-year exhibit! Grade 2 students put the finishing touches on their dream homes of the future during art class.

Graduation Celebration: Grade 5 & 8

We take time every year to celebrate our graduates, those moving up from elementary to middle school, and those graduating from FASP to go on to high school. Congratulations to all of our graduates this year, and thank you for the support of their families and teachers! We know you’re on to do great things!

Coin Collection for World Wildlife Fund

Congratulations to our Grade 3 students for raising over $147 for the World Wildlife Fund! In English class, the students learned about endangered animals. They organized a coin collection and created posters to advertise the fundraiser. Bravo!

Using the sun’s energy to heat water

In French Science class, Grade 3 students maximized the sun’s heat capabilities by designing water heaters. Using magnifying glasses, mirrors, styrofoam and even wool, they saw the water temperature rise several degrees during class time!

Art Projects in Grade 2

What would you put in your dream home? Grade 2 students design and build the home of their dreams in art class!

 

Rallye Lecture: Grades 3 & 5

Students in Grades 3 and 5 have joined in on the reading fun with the Rallye Lecture, a reading competition in which students keep track of the French and English books they’ve read and answer questionnaires to check their comprehension. 

This is a proven effective tool designed to help students strengthen their reading comprehension, build their background knowledge and expand vocabulary in both English and French.

Math Rally: students put their heads together to solve problems

Students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 practiced their group work and problem-solving skills during the Math Rally. The math problems featured a variety of concepts that will be applicable to everyday life. Around 215 classes across the US participated during the specially designated Math Week!

Engineering Workshops with Princeton University

Students learned a lot about engineering during a visit from graduate students in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department of Princeton University. https://mae.princeton.edu/

Engineers help design medical tools! Students learned how stethoscopes work by building one and listening to each other’s heartbeat. They found that the stethoscope works much better when you add rubber coverings over the ends. Why is that? 

Firefighters put out fires with the help of engineered equipment. Students brainstormed different ways to put out a fire and stay safe. What methods do you think they used? What’s going to work best, water or air? How can we accurately get it to the flame?

Students explored another way to put out fires using a large drum. Thanks to a fog machine, we could even see the puff of air putting out the flame!

Engineers design rockets! Students built a rocket with the help of some simple materials. 10 seconds to takeoff! The rockets launched across the strings as the balloon deflated! How would you redesign your rocket to go faster?

Engineers use their knowledge to design musical instruments! Students learned about sound waves and how sounds are created. Because of their different properties, the slinkies moved up and down at different rates, just like the guitar strings.

Students used two craft sticks, a rubber band, and two straw pieces to create a harmonikazoo! How do you think the sounds were created?

Students learned how a clarinet works. Is the sound lower when you press none or all of the keys? When the teacher removes the mouthpiece and blows into the clarinet, does it make a noise? These principles also work when your clarinet is made out of a turnip! Students found out what happens to the sound when you shorten the “clarinet” by taking a bite!


Thanks to the Princeton University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering graduates for a fun day!
https://mae.princeton.edu/

Technology in the Classroom: new tools for learning

With guidance from a technology integration specialist, our students are discovering new technological tools that can help them learn. Here, students use some new apps to supplement what they’re doing in class.

Grade 1 students use Kodable to learn about programming loops and repetitions through a series of games, which promotes “critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration.” Students in Grade 3 use Book Creator to give their stories and drawings an interactive, digital aspect. There are so many possibilities with this creative platform!

 

It’s a Reading Rally!

FASP students learn to love reading through projects like the Rallye Lecture, a reading competition in which students keep track of the French and English books they’ve read and answer questionnaires to check their comprehension.

This is a proven effective tool designed to help students strengthen their reading comprehension, build their background knowledge and expand vocabulary in both English and French.

Our Grade 2 and 4 students show us how it’s done:

 

 

Vive la Galette!

La fête des Rois, a very French tradition! Nous aimons tous la Galette 

A very big thank you to the Grades 1-5 parents who generously made these delicious “galettes des rois” for the celebration in Elementary School today.

Our Maternelle students also enjoyed the Galettes des rois after preparing the cakes and decorating their crowns in class.

 

 

Grades 1-8 Winter Festival

Grades 1-8 students performed Winter-related songs this morning to celebrate the holiday season with all its snow, dressing up for the cold, sleighing, etc.

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