Thursday, February 11, 2016
Third graders performed their play this morning – “The Day the Crayons Came Home.” This play is the sequel to last year’s production, “The Day the Crayons Quit.” In the sequel, the crayons are upset because they have been misplaced and want to go home. Tenacre third graders wrote the lyrics for every song in the show, taking current pop tunes and writing lyrics to correspond with the story line. Music teacher Emily Yandoh worked with the students during music class on this project.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Fifth graders have been hard at work in science class to create their own versions of the game “Operation” – remember that old-school game created in 1964 by Milton Bradley? Students used their knowledge of electricity and electrical circuits, the Makey Makey invention kit, Scratch programming, and problem-solving skills to create their own unique version of game Operation. This STEM project is the culminating assessment of the electricity unit of study. One creative version involved operating on Head of School Chris Elliot!
Thursday, February 04, 2016
Sixth graders sharpened their debate skills this afternoon during social studies, when they debated the pros and cons of having a dress code at Tenacre. The class divided into two groups, with each of the two groups following this debate model: teams of three students argued for and against the dress code, and a jury of six students listened to arguments before making an objective decision. Debaters researched the topic, practiced their public speaking skills, and learned to be quick on their feet with responses. The jury took notes during the arguments and used the information to make an impartial decision – no matter how they personally felt about the topic. Past topics for this project have included the death penalty and wind farms on Nantucket Sound.