National History Day - 8th Grade
Each year, Applewild eight graders participate in the National History Day contest. It is a wonderful opportunity for them to flex their research muscles and their creativity within the framework of the contest's parameters. The theme for the 2015-2016 contest was Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. Once they selected a topic within the theme, they spent months conducting research, including primary sources, and then had to select the most effective method for sharing their research. Choices include exhibits, papers, websites, documentaries and performances. Here are some of the websites produced by our students:
Title IX: An Exploration of Women's Rights Through Athlete's Eyes: Olivia Ray & Natasha Ussrey
Moctezuma, the Aztecs, and Their Encounter with the Spaniards: Ray Cutler, Nasih Thomas & Alex Zornada
Boston Tea Party: "Exchange of Goods; Encounter leads to Conflicts; Exploration of Liberty": John Lessard, Dylan Liu & David Yu
The Apollo Program: Encountering Challenge, Exploring the Moon: Ned O'Hearn
Exploration and Encounters: Central American Immigration: Elianna Rodriguez
Here is a video of Daphne Wong and Neha Agarwal's State History Day performance on Holocaust Journalism.
Green City on a Dreary Day
It seemed silly to read a book all about the warmth and fun of spring, so we scrapped our original plan and read Green City by Allan Drummond. First graders learned all about Greensburg, KS, a city that was destroyed by a tornado in 2007 and whose residents rebuilt themselves as a Green City. Students then had a chance to build thinking about some of the things we had learned (where to put windows, insulating walls) and mostly having fun. We did not have time to watch this video in class, but feel free to watch it and see if the real images matched the ones in their imaginations!
First grade had fun traveling to the MOMA in NYC without ever leaving the Marshall LIbrary! First we revisited our Community Field Trip from the fall (what a great walk down memory lane) to remember the safety rules we had on that trip. Then, we talked about how to adapt those rules for keeping us safe while we "traveled" online to the MOMA exhibit. We got a little help from Jeremiah, who starred in "My Online Neighborhood" (video below) from CommonSense Media. All of the kids wanted another chance to explore the MOMA exhibit so feel free to click the links above and explore this safe site with them.
Your voices have been heard and we are pleased to announce the next two books for the upper school book club...CLICK HERE to find out.
Second Grade - Hero Isatou Ceesay
Third Grade - Hero Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
Kindergarten - Hero Jane Goodall
In Kindergarten, we read the book Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell which follows young Jane on her path from being a natural scientist (as all kids are) to achieving her dream of working with animals in Africa. We had fun listening to Raffi's tribute song "Jane, Jane" which had more information about her specific work in the Gombe forest.
Ask Mrs. Wong
I feel grateful for books and literature every day as I get to share the magic, adventure and information they hold with our Applewild readers. This week, our lower school teachers shared the books for which they are most grateful with our 2nd and 3rd graders. What a wonderful gift! Click on a circle below to see what they shared.
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Common Sense Media just released their most recent survey of media use by Teens and Tweens. Their summary, Understanding your Students: A Glimpse into the Media Habits of Tweens and Teens reveals:
It’s hard to believe that with all of the writing Applewild students do during the day they would want to write more at home. And yet, it seems we have a number of budding authors under our roofs who are hungry to publish. There are lower school and upper school publications that feature student writing each year. But, below are some resources to help encourage your budding authors, including some options for being published outside the Applewild community. read more
While looking up resources to starting a book group (or two) at Applewild (email me if you are interested ;-), I stumbled upon Book Club for Kids. In this new endeavor, veteran public radio journalist Kitty Felde moderates and records lively discussions of book clubs from schools around the country...read more
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