In The Classroom: Reading, STEAM, food, and exercise


Fall break spanned October 11 to October 15 for students in Emanuel County’s public school district. Prior to that, the younger grades on Tiger Trail were abuzz with its usual learning activities. Twin City Elementary and Swainsboro High School, like all other institutions in the district, returned from fall break last week and continued their lessons as well. Additionally, students at David Emanuel Academy, although not on fall break, has been hard at work in their own way over the last few weeks.

On October 1, Swainsboro Primary teachers Vanessa Wilkes and Adline Kirkland led their physical education classes using the Imagination Playground equipment inside the gym, encouraging them to be creative to build their own structures and creations. This same activity promoted teamwork and innovation.

Two other SPS teachers, Laney Waters and Pate Stapleton’s first graders have been learning about three-dimensional shapes. Their class made shapes using marshmallows and pretzel sticks before indulging in the homemade educational snack.

Students at Swainsboro Elementary have been going through their own lessons, combining reading, comfort, food, and fun with a low-key Friday on October 8 to ease into fall break.

At this time, students in Annie Williams and Elizabeth Sanders’ class took part in a “Blankets and Books” event. They scanned QR codes, snuggled into blankets, and settled in for some quiet reading. They also made and ate s’mores.

On Thursday, October 21, some students at TCE learned the importance of web safety while others put words into action to emphasize a science term.

Bobbie Sherrod led her third graders in a fun activity that will hopefully, in the future, remind them to check the validity of a website. The R.E.A.L. method taught the students to “read the URL, examine its contents, ask about author and copyright date, and look at links.” This study will likely prove extremely useful for the students in the future, given the vast amount of information on the internet today. Bringing the lesson full-circle, Jodi Jarvis shared various websites that appeared factual but were actually fake.

Furthermore, students in Cassidy Curry’s class at TCE played the role of detectives and investigated a crime scene. This lesson tied in a scientific point of study—inference—as the group used clues left behind to draw a conclusion on the basis of evidence and reasoning to figure out who “broke in” and ate the class’s cookies.

Students in Kelli Mendieta’s culinary arts classes at Swainsboro High School had an interesting day of learning on October 22 in their own way. Their teacher used a cooking demonstration and the finished product, fried eggs, to teach about this particular dairy product and its functions in foods as an ingredient. The classes made “cloud eggs,” which demonstrated how eggs provide structure and can create a foam. Culminating the study, students were able to taste the project.

Lastly, students in Ashlei Boatright’s class at David Emanuel brought science, technology, engineering, and math (STEAM) to life, starting by reading the book “21 Elephants.” Then, the group used popsicle sticks, clothespins, and binder clips to build bridges. Next, they used books to test the bridges’ strength.

Closing out this week’s In The Classroom, The Chronicle recognizes the following second graders at DEA who, on October 20, averaged a perfect score on their phonics fluency test: Adah Way, Easton Hall, Carolyn Vautier, McKenleigh Tankersley, Phoebe Daniel, Julian Hodges, Harper Canady, Amelia Daughtry, Kavya Patel, Blakely Brinson, Blakely Holland, Addison Griner, Case Black, Violet Lai Team, Walker Arp, Jax Womack, Ellis Claxton, Sarah Beth Beecher, Blakely Johnson, Hadley Griner, Judson Flanders, and Ellis Register.

Teachers or administrators, if you would like to submit information to be published In The Classroom to show the general public what’s going on academically at your institution, send a photo and a few bullet points to Halei Lamb at hnsl93@icloud.com. The Chronicle loves to show off area schools and what our students are learning!

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