Category Archives: Project Work

Apple Study

At the start of the year, I always feel like I am data mining.  I’m getting to know a new group of kids and I need to see their strengths, interests, and learning stamina.  Doing an exploration is always a good way to study a subject from many sides and let different learners shine. Yesterday […]

By Jenna Richter | September 15, 2016 | Arts, Engineering, Mathematics, Project Work Read More

Self Portraits

We recently finished our autobiographies.  Students wrote about favorite things, their family and home, what they might like to be when they grow up and a description of themselves.  In order to create a cover for their book, we worked this week on creating self portraits. I usually don’t instruct the students when they are […]

By Jenna Richter | June 10, 2016 | Arts, Project Work Read More

A Book by Louie

One day Louie sat at the typewriter and wrote, “1 dog and its pup” then illustrated it.   She then told me she has listened to an audio book from the library with a story about a boy and his dog.  “I started this drawing and then I just couldn’t stop thinking about it.  The […]

By Jenna Richter | June 3, 2016 | Literacy, Project Work Read More

Human Bridges-Bridge Project

What does it feel like to be a bridge?  What type of forces are at play? What else is required?  How can you know unless you feel it?  Discovery Lab students are offered opportunities to learn through every possible modality:  visual, auditory and kinesthetic.  We need to see it, hear it and feel it to […]

By Jenna Richter | May 25, 2016 | Engineering, Project Work Read More

Bridge Day 2-Building from Plans

Yesterday, we broke into two groups and I asked students to follow simple diagrams to create two different kinds of bridges from toothpicks and marshmallows.  In the past, students have worked independently on engineering challenges and worked from their own imaginations but today, I wanted to explore collaboration and following blue prints.  I first asked […]

By Jenna Richter | May 19, 2016 | Engineering, Project Work Read More

Bridge Project-Day One

We started a project to understand how bridges are made, different types of bridges, forces of compression and tension and the anatomy of a bridge.  Day one included discussing beam, arch and suspension bridges.  We also talked about what bridges the students will cross on Fridays field trip to Seattle including a floating bridge and […]

By Jenna Richter | May 18, 2016 | Engineering, Project Work Read More

Architectural Drawings-Our School

We’ve been working on still-life drawing and painting this year.  I want the students to draw what they see and not learn how I think they should draw something.  The perspective of children while looking at objects is so different than the way most adults encounter them, so much, in my opinion more magical.  We […]

By Jenna Richter | May 17, 2016 | Arts, Mathematics, Project Work Read More

Farm School-Bees and Weaving

We were so excited to be back at Green Bow Farm today for Farm School.  Every time we visit, we are learning, exploring and experiencing a small bite of what Green Bow farm is and does.  There is never a visit without surprises.  Today, we started out looking at a nest of robins!     […]

By Jenna Richter | May 13, 2016 | Arts, Farming, Project Work, Sustainablility Read More

Three Sisters Garden

Today, I read the Native American  legend of the Three Sisters to our class because the Thorp Community Garden we have been building behind our school is based on it.  Here is the excerpt that I read them from Cornell University Garden Based Learning: The following story, entitled “The Three Sisters,” was recorded by Lois […]

By Jenna Richter | May 12, 2016 | Arts, Farming, Project Work, Science Read More

Magical Beans

Louie’s mom, Hanni, brought us a large cup of mystery beans she had shucked and saved a year or two ago.  We weren’t sure if anything would sprout but we decided to create an experiment about it.  I started by asking the students what different ways we have grown things this year that might work […]

By Jenna Richter | May 10, 2016 | Farming, Project Work, Science Read More
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