Fifth grade students at Rodgers Forge Elementary had an exciting opportunity to connect via Skype with a Sherpa from Mt. Everest. The fifth grade classes were all enjoying a read-aloud of the novel, Peak by Roland Smith in which a boy has the opportunity to climb Mt. Everest. As they listened to the story over several weeks, students generated and noted questions for Tenzing Sherpa that were sparked by information in the novel. This was such a valuable experience with a real-world connection for all involved.
Submitted by Tressa Norris
Library Media Specialist, Joppa View Elementary
We had the opportunity at Joppa View Elementary School to join forces with Mrs. Jennifer Keats Curtis; Maryland’s Green Author, and Ms. Kathy Woods; Master Wildlife Rehabilitator, to solve real-life problems. Students were posed with the following scenario, “Ms. Woods and Mrs. Curtis need YOUR help! They are in need of Wildlife Transporters to carry sick and hurt wildlife animals to their clinic. Each team will have an animal that they will need to build a transporter for.” Students worked in teams consisting of students grades K-5, to create a functional contraption built of recyclable materials students could find in their homes.
This was an amazing experience for the students involved as their collaboration and ingenuity allowed them plan, create, test, and modify their creation. As the library media specialist, the chance to create an environment where students can make real-life connections with what they are learning in the classroom, media center, and as a Green School, was priceless. Mrs. Curtis as well as Ms. Woods, were extremely impressed with the student’s ideas and construction and amazed at their creativity and teamwork. We know the students will cherish this experience as they were thanking me as they left the Maker’s Lab, saying, “This was the best day ever!” It makes all the planning and organizing worth it.
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