Monday, August 24, 2015

An EXCITING New Beginning...Project Lead the Way!!

What is Project Lead the Way? s"Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs. Our world-class curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate and community partners, help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in our global economy."  

The model Beachland will be engaged in is entitled Launch. "Studies show that students decide as early as elementary school whether they like, and think they are good at, math and science. PLTW Launch is designed for students in kindergarten through fifth grade to capture their interest in and spark a lifelong passion for math and science. Through a series of topic based modules, students engage in design problems that encourage collaboration, analysis, problem solving, and computational thinking. They use touch technology, robotics, and everyday materials to explore topics such as energy, light and sound, motion and stability, and gravity. Students apply the design process to sketch, build, and reflect on a new paintbrush design or use VEX IQ robotics components to develop an animal rescue device. With Launch, students will leave elementary school with a passion for and confidence in the STEM subjects, ready to continue their learning in middle school, high school, and beyond. Launch is set up in modules that follow the design process."

Source: PLTW Students More Prepared for Higher Education, Dr. James Van Overschelde, Texas State University Spring 2013 American Journal of Engineering Education.

Below, you can read more facts about Project Lead the Way in detail.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Teaching in Room 6: A Little Something for Teacher Appreciation

Teaching in Room 6: A Little Something for Teacher Appreciation: Teachers.  The group of people I hold most dear to my heart.  Not just because I myself am one, but because I know first hand the time and e...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Truly AMAZING gift for an AMAZING SHARK!!

Remember Wyatt Falardeau, the 12-year-old Vero Beach boy who was getting fitted for a 3D-printed prosthetic arm in...

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Monday, September 22, 2014

A GREAT Video on the Importance of Mindsets!!!

Mrs. Barker showed this to us today at our faculty meeting!!  It's DEFINITELY worth a look and illustrates the importance of mindsets at BOTH home and school!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Initial Science Fair Information

Mrs. Crisafulli recently e-mailed out the following information regarding Science Fair...

"Good Afternoon!!

Hope your school year is going well so far and that your child is enjoying 5th grade.

  I will be sending home an initial science fair info packet this week. Enclosed will be the following:
  • Project timeline with due dates.
  • Parent letter pertaining to if your child is doing an individual or group project.
  • 5th Grade Science Fair Expectations & Keys to Success.
  • Science Fair Proposal Form DUE 10/15.
  • Science Fair Research Paper Rubric for the Research Paper DUE 10/30.
  • A sample of a research paper.
  • The info for writing a 5th grade abstract from the district along with a sample abstract.
  • The judging forms for grades 4 & 5 used by judges so you have an idea what is covered.
  • The Form 1 Research Plan DUE 10/10.

In October, I will send another helpful packet which will include:

  • Science Fair Board Layout instructions
  • Graphing Instructions/Information
  • Speech/Presentation Instructions
  • Information for writing conclusions

Also, please look for science fair board order forms which will be going home soon.

If you have any questions. Please contact me via email ("

Newsletter for September

It was GREAT to see everyone during "Meet the Teacher Night!"  We can't have as nearly as successful year without YOU!!

September 4