First grade students used pattern blocks as manipulatives to learn about geometry. In this lesson students see how shapes can be combined or taken apart to make other shapes. First students reviewed the defining attributes of two-dimensional shapes by identifying the shapes and how many sides and vertices different shapes have. Students then used pattern blocks to compose two-dimensional and composite shapes. Students used the shapes they created to make new shapes. For example, three triangles can make a trapezoid and two trapezoids can make one hexagon. This activity helps students to use both logical and algebraic reasoning to better understand shapes.
Fourth Grade students utilized the Smartboard while collaborating with a partner. Students observed migration patterns of butterflies. They used the maps and text material to make inferences about how animals meet their needs.
Fifth Grade did a science experiment on growing mold on a piece of bread. The class took a piece of white bread and sprinkled water in one corner of the bread. Next, they placed the bread in a plastic bag and put it in the closet where it was dark. About 20 days later, the class started seeing signs of mold forming and documented it on their bread worksheet using markers and crayons. Each time they discovered a new form of mold on the bread, we would record it on our bread worksheet using a different color to examine the growing process of mold. Before the experiment ended, the fifth grade class had the opportunity to see the mold up close and personal underneath the microscope, as well as, looking at it through a magnifying glass.
Pre-Kindergarten studied a unit on penguins. They learned about penguins through a series of books, as well as, watching a video. Students learned where they live, what they eat, how they move, and how they stick together as a group. Also completed was a SmartBoard activity by comparing the tallest and shortest penguins. The students then gave facts about penguins and the teacher recorded these facts. The students placed the facts on a penguin chart. We ended this unit by making paper plate penguins. Pre-Kindergarten enjoyed waddling around the room like penguins!
The eighth grade class created posters utilizing the Spanish words learned in Spanish class. The topic of the poster was Cómo Estás? How are you? Using drug store flyers, each student cut out pictures of medicines which related to the Spanish sentence they had written. For example, if they cut out a picture of a medicine bottle, they would have written in Spanish – Do you have a headache? Take 2 pills. This activity reinforced their learning of Spanish vocabulary on the topic of HEALTH and enabled the students to correctly write sentences in Spanish.
Kindergarten students were asked what would they build if there was snow. The class had a discussion on their responses and were asked to write about it on their Snowman Themed writing paper. Using provided paper, pencil, and crayons and given guidance and support throughout the literacy writing lesson. This helps to promote literacy skills through group discussion and individual writing skills.
National Circus Project visited students in grades kindergarten to eight. This hands-on workshop included activities such as juggling, plate spinning, balancing, and more!
St. Helen Catholic Academy celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a scripture fair, book fair, parent visitation and many other team building activities. Students had a crazy hat and sock day.
Student Council coordinated a Thanksgiving food drive. St. Helen Catholic Academy families donated all items to the Queen of Peace Residence in Queens Village.