Fourth and fifth grade students are following the Olympic games and have created an "Olympics Wall" in the gym. The wall showcases photos and information that students have provided in P.E. classes about American Olympians currently competing in the games. They each had the opportunity to research an Olympic athlete and some presented their research in class. Mrs. Miller encouraged all grade levels to watch some of the Olympics. They have enjoyed seeing the photos on the wall and learning facts about American athletes. Chloe Kim, Shaun White, Red Gerald, and Lindsey Von are among the favorites. The Olympic Wall has helped inspire students during their fitness activities this week.
The Oakwood community gathered for the annual Freedom Festival – Oakwood's school-wide celebration of patriotism. Students honored our country and our veterans with grade level presentations which included patriotic songs and videos produced by students. Veterans and members of the military had special VIP seating and were honored with a song especially for them, "American Heroes."
Oakwood kindergarteners practiced their adding skills while also learning the essential skill of working (and compromising) within a group. For this math activity, students received different amounts of counters and worked in groups to write equations. They had the chance to communicate with each other and work towards a common goal. By practicing being an effective team member they developed confidence in their own abilities and while furthering their knowledge of addition.
Oakwood third grade students put math knowledge to the test as they measured ingredients in a "cupcake math" activity for Valentine's Day. Working in groups they followed a recipe, selecting and measuring out the correct amount of each ingredient and following the steps in the instructions. This activity helped them to understand the importance of precision when measuring out ingredients for a recipe, as well as following the steps in order. After baking the cupcakes they decorated and enjoyed them during their Valentine's Day Party. Who knew learning could be so delicious!
It was a lovely Valentine's Day today in Oakwood lower school. Students spread love all around campus as they celebrated with Valentine-themed activities and crafts, sweet treats, and of course, a Valentine exchange with their classmates. All faculty and staff were also treated to Valentine-themed goodies from our wonderful families. Happy Valentine's Day!