With the first graders currently studying birds and endangered species, we wanted to give the students a chance to highlight all they have learned. We thought getting to see live birds face to face would be much more engaging than just looking at a picture of a bird in a book. With the help of Marcia and Mark Wilson, our students learning literally grew wings!
Marcia and Mark Wilson introduced the students to live owls through their program, “Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World”. Students learned about the signs and skills naturalists use to find wild owls without disturbing them in their natural habitat. They were able to see different types of owls up close. The students also practiced hooting and learned about how to protect owls.
This program was a memorable way for students to make meaningful connections to their learning and bring their study of birds to life.
The Shaw was lucky enough to be chosen as one of Vertex Pharmaceuticals partner schools for the 2018-2019 school year. Volunteers had their first visit at the Shaw last week and helped integrate technology into the classrooms. First and second graders were introduced firsthand to 3D printing technology and how it can be used to create all sorts of objects.
The pens allowed students to illustrate in 3D. Students were able to draw a variety of shapes and recognizable items, including movie characters and New England sports logos. They worked on problem solving and critical thinking exercises. Once students became comfortable using the pens, they were given the challenge of building a tower or a 3D cube. Many of the students jumped at the opportunity to take on this difficult task. It required everyone to be patient, concentrate, and persevere.
The 3D pens blended math, science, and art in a creative and user-friendly way. Everyone had so much fun with the volunteers and we can't wait to learn something new next month!
Mrs. Keohane is the School Librarian at the P.A. Shaw. She loves hockey, going to the beach, and reading (obviously!)