At Eagle Creek Academy, we plan challenging lessons.
Kindergarten: Application Challenges
One Kindergarten activity is called Application Challenge. The children work in teams to answer questions such as “If we have six bears, and we move two over here, how many are left?” The children are always excited to learn something new every day.
4th Grade: Text + Thinking = Reading
One group of fourth grade students read the award-winning novel The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman. As they read, they learned about metacognition (thinking about our thinking) and the concept of real reading, which involves making connections between the text and something outside the text, such as text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world. Such intense thinking helps solidify comprehension skills.
5th Grade: They Have Opinions
Students crafted opinion pieces on whether or not there should be a law regulating the lunches students eat in school. Before and after conducting their research, they made charts showing their stances (and their reasons). Finding articles and reading through them for information, then using that information to back-up their opinions was hard work. After much practice with assigned topics, the students moved on to choosing topics about which they felt strongly. They learned that it is important not only to take a stand, but to be able to support it.
Middle School: Melting Point
The students completed a lab about discovering the melting point of substances. The definition for melting point is the temperature where the substance begins to change from a solid phase to a liquid phase. Students are measuring the melting point of soap and cooking vegetable oil in this photo.
3rd Grade: Applying Geometric Terms
While classifying angles and identifying lines, line segments and vertices, the third grade students created geometry stars like the one in the above photo. Then, the students worked collaboratively to sort 3-D polygons into separate groups according to their attributes. Their favorite activity was using toothpicks and clay to make models of the various types of lines, angles, quadrilaterals and polygons. Learning with their hands helps them remember the terms and truly understand the concepts.
7th and 8th Grades: Analytical Math
Lately, math has become more than watching the teacher and memorizing the steps. Nowadays, high school teachers expect students to be able to define the problem, convert the problem into organized data, and generate logical solutions before presenting a reasonable answer. This kind of problem-solving process gives students the opportunity to think fast and practice their leadership skills.
1st Grade: Spelling from Single to Multi Syllables
The first graders work to create personalized spelling lists. They work with a given spelling chunk to help build words. Students begin with single syllable words and then move up to multi-syllable words. Once they have created the list, they select the spelling words they will work on for the week.
2nd Grade: Fibonacci Numbers
We discovered a special number pattern that can be found throughout nature, called Fibonacci numbers. We wrote "1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89" on the board and tried to figure out the next number in the pattern. Then, we observed pine cones, pineapples and artichokes to find the pattern. We learned that this very cool pattern is found in flowers, leaf patterns, Nautilus shells, and many kinds of fruit.