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STEM Project: Seventh Grade Hurricane Houses
 
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The seventh grade’s first unit of study this year in earth science was weather. Students learned about weather tools and factors as well as big weather events such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. In class, students practiced tracking hurricanes and kept a close eye on the path of hurricane Jouquin as it approached the U.S. The culminating weather activity was a STEM project in which 7th graders worked in small groups to build a structure that could withstand hurricane force winds. This activity began with a brainstorming session where the kids came up with a list of things that could/would cause damage to a house during a hurricane. Kids came up with a list that included high winds, storm surges, flooding, power outages and torrential rainfall. They then came up with ways to make a house that could withstand hurricane force winds. Ideas included reinforced walls, hurricane shutters, and the shape of the building. Students were then given a list of building materials and construction constraints. The house had to be 2000 cu. Cm or more and it had to include two windows and a door. They then drew their house plans and listed the dimensions before actually building the house. Due to the unique designs of the houses, many students used volume formulas for cones, pyramids and spheres. Finally, it was time to test! A leaf blower was used to replicate hurricane force winds. The ability of the house to withstand hurricane force winds was judged by how close the leaf blower could get to the house before the house was destroyed. Twenty feet away was a category one, 15 ft a category two etc. To wrap up this activity students discussed what worked and what didn’t with regards to stability. Kids also discussed how building a simple model could be applied to “real” buildings. Science – What are hurricanes? What causes them? How difficult are they to predict? How can we stay safe? Technology - Track hurricanes. Research hurricane safe houses Engineering - Build a hurricane safe house Math– Use formulas to calculate 2000 cu. Cm.
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Ginkgo Tree @ Powhatan School
 
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Combining footage from 2013, 2012 & 2011...
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Third Grade Science: The Digestive System
 
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Students have been learning about the digestive system in third grade. Join Mrs. Gilpin in the classroom as she walks you through a fun, hands-on activity as we discover how the digestive system works!
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STEM:  Testing Earthquake Safe Buildings (models)
 
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Seventh graders have been studying seismic activity, plate tectonics and earthquakes in science class. Part of their study has related to examining the effect of earthquakes on buildings and how certain designs help make ‘earthquake safe buildings.’ Learn more about Powhatan School: Fifth Grade Writing: https://youtu.be/Psrx6idEwJ0 Fifth Grade NEAL & Science: https://youtu.be/sIlGTM2urno Bland Farm Field Trip Science | Kindergarten: https://youtu.be/aWVP1Io9P0Y Back to Blandy Farm Science: https://youtu.be/1zjQhUExiNE Science Acceleration: https://youtu.be/Gvk9iDSzIOI Science and Art | Etchings: https://youtu.be/I-kK52KajCE Art Creativity: https://youtu.be/PDVBWSVGk_M Guest Artist | Art: https://youtu.be/itEA73gxqig Sixth Grade Survival Trip: https://youtu.be/wMovFHp3WTQ Upper School Retreat: https://youtu.be/-NFGkcuNfsY Math Videos: Algebra I Class | Concussion Testing and Standard Deviation: https://youtu.be/jo1Im4E_HDQ Geometry Class | Field Day Overview: https://youtu.be/hwBJFXBDOvM Talking MATHCOUNTS: https://youtu.be/58Y1xdgRGpQ Geometry of Field Day: https://youtu.be/v-E_bIxBcnc End of Year Math Projects: https://youtu.be/e6-SfwfA5DY Camp Counselors: https://youtu.be/qJUT8LlOExI Upper School Retreat 2015: https://youtu.be/c3AwuxICmWg
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STEM Third Grade Engineering: Milk Bottle Cars
 
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The third graders have been studying simple machines. They learned from Mr. Martin and Mr. Taylor about simple machines used in our maintenance shop here at school, identified simple machines throughout their exploration of colonial Williamsburg, and explored each of the six simple machines through hands-on activities in the classroom. As a culminating activity for this unit, students worked with a visiting engineer to assemble and race milk bottle cars. Dr. Jessup, a retired engineer from Northern Virginia, has generously worked with us throughout this year. He has visited several of our classrooms to share his expertise, and his milk bottle car design was a hit with our third graders. Students were able to identify a pulley, screws, and a wheel and axle in the design. The car could be powered by a twisted rubber band, a balloon, or a pole bent 180 degrees. After discussions of friction and potential and kinetic energy, students predicted which car would travel farthest. The tension in the rubber band stored enough energy to power cars across the blacktop. Balloon cars were not so successful, and the bent poles generated great speed and excitement. Learn more about Powhatan School: Fifth Grade Writing: https://youtu.be/Psrx6idEwJ0 Fifth Grade NEAL & Science: https://youtu.be/sIlGTM2urno Bland Farm Field Trip Science | Kindergarten: https://youtu.be/aWVP1Io9P0Y Back to Blandy Farm Science: https://youtu.be/1zjQhUExiNE Science Acceleration: https://youtu.be/Gvk9iDSzIOI Science and Art | Etchings: https://youtu.be/I-kK52KajCE Art Creativity: https://youtu.be/PDVBWSVGk_M Guest Artist | Art: https://youtu.be/itEA73gxqig Sixth Grade Survival Trip: https://youtu.be/wMovFHp3WTQ Upper School Retreat: https://youtu.be/-NFGkcuNfsY Math Videos: Algebra I Class | Concussion Testing and Standard Deviation: https://youtu.be/jo1Im4E_HDQ Geometry Class | Field Day Overview: https://youtu.be/hwBJFXBDOvM Talking MATHCOUNTS: https://youtu.be/58Y1xdgRGpQ Geometry of Field Day: https://youtu.be/v-E_bIxBcnc End of Year Math Projects: https://youtu.be/e6-SfwfA5DY Camp Counselors: https://youtu.be/qJUT8LlOExI Upper School Retreat 2015: https://youtu.be/c3AwuxICmWg
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Fifth Grade Writing: Character & Conflict
 
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Fifth graders spent most of December reading short stories and worked to analyze plot. Now that they have returned from winter break, they picked up immediately where they left off; analyzing and creating characters, while determining conflict. This week, students are ready to take that planning and create a rough draft. They partner up with classmates to work through their stories as their drafts begin to take shape. After sharing, the students put pen to paper and revise their stories, adding dialog, strong leads and endings, before editing and ultimately publishing their work. Learn more about Powhatan School: Fifth Grade Writing: https://youtu.be/Psrx6idEwJ0 Fifth Grade NEAL & Science: https://youtu.be/sIlGTM2urno Bland Farm Field Trip Science | Kindergarten: https://youtu.be/aWVP1Io9P0Y Back to Blandy Farm Science: https://youtu.be/1zjQhUExiNE Science Acceleration: https://youtu.be/Gvk9iDSzIOI Science and Art | Etchings: https://youtu.be/I-kK52KajCE Art Creativity: https://youtu.be/PDVBWSVGk_M Guest Artist | Art: https://youtu.be/itEA73gxqig Sixth Grade Survival Trip: https://youtu.be/wMovFHp3WTQ Upper School Retreat: https://youtu.be/-NFGkcuNfsY Math Videos: Algebra I Class | Concussion Testing and Standard Deviation: https://youtu.be/jo1Im4E_HDQ Geometry Class | Field Day Overview: https://youtu.be/hwBJFXBDOvM Talking MATHCOUNTS: https://youtu.be/58Y1xdgRGpQ Geometry of Field Day: https://youtu.be/v-E_bIxBcnc End of Year Math Projects: https://youtu.be/e6-SfwfA5DY Camp Counselors: https://youtu.be/qJUT8LlOExI Upper School Retreat 2015: https://youtu.be/c3AwuxICmWg
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Fifth Grade: Greek Fair & Project Based Learning
 
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During the months of February and March, students worked in grade level small groups to research various aspects of ancient Greek life. Research focused on addressing the question, "How did the ancient Greeks' way of life compare to our lives today?" Students gathered information using a variety of text and online resources. When the research phase concluded, students collaborated to design a station or "stop" for our Greek Fair. Students wrote skits, built artifacts, created interactive displays, and prepared presentations. On Fair day, fifth graders greeted lower school students as docents and escorted them to each station where they were taught about each aspect of Greek life. Pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade students were entertained by a play from the Odyssey, met gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus, participated in ancient Olympic events, sailed on a fishing boat and traded fish for goods, met famous philosophers and mathematicians, learned about art and fashion, decorated Greek columns, and voted in an ancient Greek trial.
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You haven't read Hatchet the way we read Hatchet
 
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Mrs. Jaffe's English Class: A skilled reader in Middle School is able to discern, for example, the writer’s purpose. A skilled reader understands the inferences in each chapter which allows for a deeper understanding of the text. Through this approach we focus on teaching: Close Reading Critical Thinking Deciphering Inferences Study Skills & Notetaking Determining Cause & Effect In addition to honing these reading skills, the students explore the different kinds of problems found in literature. Each chapter of Hatchet presents a new predicament for Brian. The students discuss each scene and determine what type of problem it is. This knowledge of different problems will alter the way they approach each book they read. Hatchet is wonderful because it also explores different types of problems – specifically: Man vs. Man Man vs. Nature Man vs. Self Our book discussions become... More from Powhatan School: Fifth Grade Writing: https://youtu.be/Psrx6idEwJ0 Fifth Grade NEAL & Science: https://youtu.be/sIlGTM2urno Bland Farm Field Trip Science | Kindergarten: https://youtu.be/aWVP1Io9P0Y Back to Blandy Farm Science: https://youtu.be/1zjQhUExiNE Science Acceleration: https://youtu.be/Gvk9iDSzIOI Science and Art | Etchings: https://youtu.be/I-kK52KajCE Art Creativity: https://youtu.be/PDVBWSVGk_M Guest Artist | Art: https://youtu.be/itEA73gxqig Sixth Grade Survival Trip: https://youtu.be/wMovFHp3WTQ Upper School Retreat: https://youtu.be/-NFGkcuNfsY Math Videos: Algebra I Class | Concussion Testing and Standard Deviation: https://youtu.be/jo1Im4E_HDQ Geometry Class | Field Day Overview: https://youtu.be/hwBJFXBDOvM Talking MATHCOUNTS: https://youtu.be/58Y1xdgRGpQ Geometry of Field Day: https://youtu.be/v-E_bIxBcnc End of Year Math Projects: https://youtu.be/e6-SfwfA5DY Camp Counselors: https://youtu.be/qJUT8LlOExI Upper School Retreat 2015: https://youtu.be/c3AwuxICmWg More from Mrs. Jaffe's English Class: Vocabulary: https://youtu.be/YHDuFDcSS8c Sixth Grade English Class: https://youtu.be/dcOL6eGbvOw Literature-Based Curriculum: https://youtu.be/lKJVpjAxp3M
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All I ever needed to know (about going to the library) I lea
 
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All I ever needed to know (about going to the library) I learned in Kindergarten! Special thanks to our School Librarian, Ms. Lane, for making this video!
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Tape Art  (7th Grade)
 
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Wondering how those cool art projects in the library are made? View this video to find out!
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Fifth Grade Science: Measurement
 
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At Powhatan School we use an approach called Nature Enhanced Approach to Learning (NEAL). NEAL is a lens through which we can teach any or all components of our curriculum. We use it to bring our students outside into the natural world and to bring the natural world indoors to our students. Mrs. Kesler, a Fifth Grade Teacher, brings you a recent example of using the outdoors to enhance student engagement and make learning fun while we study measurement!
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First Grade Social Studies: China Unit  (2014)
 
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The First Grade social studies curriculum explores two countries that play an important role in the lives of modern-day Americans: Mexico, our neighbor to the South; and China, the most populous country with a rapidly growing economy. Students revisit an earlier taught geography unit as they learn about the geographic features, the culture and the contributions of China and, later, Mexico. Students explore each country's rich past and ancient civilizations by comparing and contrasting them to the present day. The Chinese Unit of Study culminates on Chinese New Year with a dragon parade and Chinese feast, where children sample cuisine. This cross-curricular study allows children to read fiction and non-fiction stories through shared reading and Guided Reading, write stories, study maps, discover plant and animal life, learn songs and dances, create authentic art work and become immersed in the culture.
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Stocking the Food Pantry
 
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Fifth Graders brainstormed ideas on ways to generate additional support for the food pantry as we approach the winter holidays. The children decided to host a baked goods/canned food exchange last week during lunch. We discussed timing our donation with the November and December holidays. The fifth grade baked treats and invited the rest of the school to visit with canned goods being the donation to exchange for a baked treat. Today, we took the entire morning to deliver the donations to Christ Church Cares Food Pantry just down the road in Millwood, Va. During the trip we discussed the meaningful ways the pantry serves people in our local area and the importance of helping others. This hands-on experience has always been a notable memory for each fifth grader and is another meaningful way we live our school motto; We learn not for school, but for life. ~Mrs. Kesler & Mrs. Nichols More from Powhatan School: Fifth Grade Writing: https://youtu.be/Psrx6idEwJ0 Fifth Grade NEAL & Science: https://youtu.be/sIlGTM2urno Bland Farm Field Trip Science | Kindergarten: https://youtu.be/aWVP1Io9P0Y Back to Blandy Farm Science: https://youtu.be/1zjQhUExiNE Science Acceleration: https://youtu.be/Gvk9iDSzIOI Science and Art | Etchings: https://youtu.be/I-kK52KajCE Art Creativity: https://youtu.be/PDVBWSVGk_M Guest Artist | Art: https://youtu.be/itEA73gxqig Sixth Grade Survival Trip: https://youtu.be/wMovFHp3WTQ Upper School Retreat: https://youtu.be/-NFGkcuNfsY Math Videos: Algebra I Class | Concussion Testing and Standard Deviation: https://youtu.be/jo1Im4E_HDQ Geometry Class | Field Day Overview: https://youtu.be/hwBJFXBDOvM Talking MATHCOUNTS: https://youtu.be/58Y1xdgRGpQ Geometry of Field Day: https://youtu.be/v-E_bIxBcnc End of Year Math Projects: https://youtu.be/e6-SfwfA5DY Camp Counselors: https://youtu.be/qJUT8LlOExI Upper School Retreat 2015: https://youtu.be/c3AwuxICmWg More from Mrs. Jaffe's English Class: Hatchet: https://youtu.be/osyOEa89GhY Sixth Grade English Class: https://youtu.be/dcOL6eGbvOw Literature-Based Curriculum: https://youtu.be/lKJVpjAxp3M
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MakerSpace Math
 
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Math in the MakerSpace!
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STEM: Bristle Bots Engineering Design Challenge (Fifth Grade)
 
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Fifth graders took apart electric toothbrushes to create a movable 'bot' in this design challenge. In this open-ended exercise, students were not given any instructions on how to design and build their 'bot' - only the general parameters of what the 'bot' needed to perform. This is the final part of their engineering unit in science. #STEM
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Study of Matter
 
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Chemistry Class: Eighth Grade has been studying matter in science... Learn more about Powhatan School: Fifth Grade Writing: https://youtu.be/Psrx6idEwJ0 Fifth Grade NEAL & Science: https://youtu.be/sIlGTM2urno Bland Farm Field Trip Science | Kindergarten: https://youtu.be/aWVP1Io9P0Y Back to Blandy Farm Science: https://youtu.be/1zjQhUExiNE Science Acceleration: https://youtu.be/Gvk9iDSzIOI Science and Art | Etchings: https://youtu.be/I-kK52KajCE Art Creativity: https://youtu.be/PDVBWSVGk_M Guest Artist | Art: https://youtu.be/itEA73gxqig Sixth Grade Survival Trip: https://youtu.be/wMovFHp3WTQ Upper School Retreat: https://youtu.be/-NFGkcuNfsY Math Videos: Algebra I Class | Concussion Testing and Standard Deviation: https://youtu.be/jo1Im4E_HDQ Geometry Class | Field Day Overview: https://youtu.be/hwBJFXBDOvM Talking MATHCOUNTS: https://youtu.be/58Y1xdgRGpQ Geometry of Field Day: https://youtu.be/v-E_bIxBcnc End of Year Math Projects: https://youtu.be/e6-SfwfA5DY Camp Counselors: https://youtu.be/qJUT8LlOExI Upper School Retreat 2015: https://youtu.be/c3AwuxICmWg
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Kindergarten Reading
 
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In the Lower School, we use the nationally recognized Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Reading program. It allows teachers to personalize the reading instruction, while leaning heavily on research-based best practices to promote literacy across grade levels. It focuses highly on comprehension, fluency and decoding strategies that help continue to develop the student’s progress.
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Sixth Grade Reading
 
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As students matriculate into the Upper School in sixth grade, we continue to differentiate, but it looks much different with this age group. The differentiation in the Upper School is supported by a variety of great literature. “When a student reads her book with strong proficiency, then she will be steered toward a higher level book for her next selection,” says Mrs. Jaffe, the sixth grade English teacher. “Strong proficiency means she understands the inferences, the themes and the authors’ intention while she reads. She is then able to write a well-organized and well-supported synopsis of the book.” Learn more about Powhatan School: Fifth Grade Writing: https://youtu.be/Psrx6idEwJ0 Fifth Grade NEAL & Science: https://youtu.be/sIlGTM2urno Bland Farm Field Trip Science | Kindergarten: https://youtu.be/aWVP1Io9P0Y Back to Blandy Farm Science: https://youtu.be/1zjQhUExiNE Science Acceleration: https://youtu.be/Gvk9iDSzIOI Science and Art | Etchings: https://youtu.be/I-kK52KajCE Art Creativity: https://youtu.be/PDVBWSVGk_M Guest Artist | Art: https://youtu.be/itEA73gxqig Sixth Grade Survival Trip: https://youtu.be/wMovFHp3WTQ Upper School Retreat: https://youtu.be/-NFGkcuNfsY Math Videos: Algebra I Class | Concussion Testing and Standard Deviation: https://youtu.be/jo1Im4E_HDQ Geometry Class | Field Day Overview: https://youtu.be/hwBJFXBDOvM Talking MATHCOUNTS: https://youtu.be/58Y1xdgRGpQ Geometry of Field Day: https://youtu.be/v-E_bIxBcnc End of Year Math Projects: https://youtu.be/e6-SfwfA5DY Camp Counselors: https://youtu.be/qJUT8LlOExI Upper School Retreat 2015: https://youtu.be/c3AwuxICmWg
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MakerSpace: Bridge Building Design Challenge
 
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Enjoy this behind the scenes look at a cross-curricular project with fith grade science and art.
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Stream Study (seine net)
 
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Using a Seine Net: http://powhatanschool.org/pulse/in-the-classroom/stream-study-seine-net/ Eighth grade students spent their afternoon in the stream out by the athletic fields. “One of the many projects we take on each year in science class is monitoring the health of our local streams,” says Mr. Legge, Upper School Science Chair. “As the weather breaks in the springtime, we can take advantage of our natural habitats and spend some real hands-on time exploring the outdoors,” continues Legge. “We will do this at different points and at different times along the tributaries that cut across our campus to compare and contrast the results in various locations.” The process used is called seine fishing. It involves groups of students working together to drive aquatic life into a net downstream. This is done to catch and observe aquatic macroinvertebrate life in the stream. Learn more about Powhatan School: Fifth Grade Writing: https://youtu.be/Psrx6idEwJ0 Fifth Grade NEAL & Science: https://youtu.be/sIlGTM2urno Bland Farm Field Trip Science | Kindergarten: https://youtu.be/aWVP1Io9P0Y Back to Blandy Farm Science: https://youtu.be/1zjQhUExiNE Science Acceleration: https://youtu.be/Gvk9iDSzIOI Science and Art | Etchings: https://youtu.be/I-kK52KajCE Art Creativity: https://youtu.be/PDVBWSVGk_M Guest Artist | Art: https://youtu.be/itEA73gxqig Sixth Grade Survival Trip: https://youtu.be/wMovFHp3WTQ Upper School Retreat: https://youtu.be/-NFGkcuNfsY Math Videos: Algebra I Class | Concussion Testing and Standard Deviation: https://youtu.be/jo1Im4E_HDQ Geometry Class | Field Day Overview: https://youtu.be/hwBJFXBDOvM Talking MATHCOUNTS: https://youtu.be/58Y1xdgRGpQ Geometry of Field Day: https://youtu.be/v-E_bIxBcnc End of Year Math Projects: https://youtu.be/e6-SfwfA5DY Camp Counselors: https://youtu.be/qJUT8LlOExI Upper School Retreat 2015: https://youtu.be/c3AwuxICmWg
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Maker Math Project
 
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End of Year projects in Mr. Holloway’s class are open ended, allowing students to pick a topic that they would like to explore on the own. Since students are given little guidance, they are allowed the freedom to find ways that work and don’t work, and see the importance of planning. The key is to select a project and apply a math concept that they have learned over the course of the year. In this particular project, geometry students are exploring velocity, and how shape effects wind resistance. Students use the STEM makerbot to create... Learn more about Powhatan School: Fifth Grade Writing: https://youtu.be/Psrx6idEwJ0 Fifth Grade NEAL & Science: https://youtu.be/sIlGTM2urno Bland Farm Field Trip Science | Kindergarten: https://youtu.be/aWVP1Io9P0Y Back to Blandy Farm Science: https://youtu.be/1zjQhUExiNE Science Acceleration: https://youtu.be/Gvk9iDSzIOI Science and Art | Etchings: https://youtu.be/I-kK52KajCE Art Creativity: https://youtu.be/PDVBWSVGk_M Guest Artist | Art: https://youtu.be/itEA73gxqig Sixth Grade Survival Trip: https://youtu.be/wMovFHp3WTQ Upper School Retreat: https://youtu.be/-NFGkcuNfsY Math Videos: Algebra I Class | Concussion Testing and Standard Deviation: https://youtu.be/jo1Im4E_HDQ Geometry Class | Field Day Overview: https://youtu.be/hwBJFXBDOvM Talking MATHCOUNTS: https://youtu.be/58Y1xdgRGpQ Geometry of Field Day: https://youtu.be/v-E_bIxBcnc End of Year Math Projects: https://youtu.be/e6-SfwfA5DY Camp Counselors: https://youtu.be/qJUT8LlOExI Upper School Retreat 2015: https://youtu.be/c3AwuxICmWg
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The Buddy Program
 
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On a campus that educates students from age 4 to 14, creating a sense of community is critical. We know that collaboration, working together, and building a community is not spontaneous; we are fortunate that we can spend time both in our classrooms and on our campus to create a special place for students to learn not for school, but for life. A foundational part of our community is built upon our buddy program. The purpose of the buddy program is to build mentorship and friendship between different aged students. Through buddies, community and comradery develops. Students cheer for their buddies when they endeavor to try something new, they encourage one another when they perform in plays, and they support each other’s charities and fundraisers. As a teacher, I have the pleasure of witnessing these buddy relationships unfold during each school year. At the beginning of each year, upper school and 5th graders write letters of introduction to their younger buddies. The letters usually include hints for the younger students to try and guess the identity of their buddy. Younger students anxiously await the letters and get excited to try and guess who their buddy will be for the year. Meanwhile, older students wonder if their buddies will know them, recognize them, and be excited when they meet. Then, one special day in October, the buddies meet for the first buddy lunch! Upper school buddies go to the classrooms of the younger students to pick them up for lunch; some groups stay in the lower school while other pairs go back to the upper school campus. During lunch, buddies talk, laugh, joke, and get to know one another. Then, they get some time to play indoors or outside. Throughout the year, buddy lunches become a time for sharing, encouragement, or question and answer sessions. For older students, being a buddy means you are a role model, a leader, and a cheerleader. For younger students, having a buddy means that you have a friend who is older-one to ask questions of, to talk to, to recognize during whole-school events. Buddy lunch (and play time afterward) allow these relationships to grow. Buddies have additional opportunities to work together and complete special projects throughout the year. During Earth Week in the spring of 2015, buddies joined together to plant trees on the Crocker Conservancy. The previous year, buddies made reusable lunch sacks. This fall, Kindergarten buddies visited at Thanksgiving time to perform Thanksgiving carols. Here are two recent examples of our Buddy program: https://youtu.be/gdP35sZCgog More from Powhatan School: Fifth Grade Writing: https://youtu.be/Psrx6idEwJ0 Fifth Grade NEAL & Science: https://youtu.be/sIlGTM2urno Bland Farm Field Trip Science | Kindergarten: https://youtu.be/aWVP1Io9P0Y Back to Blandy Farm Science: https://youtu.be/1zjQhUExiNE Science Acceleration: https://youtu.be/Gvk9iDSzIOI Science and Art | Etchings: https://youtu.be/I-kK52KajCE Art Creativity: https://youtu.be/PDVBWSVGk_M Guest Artist | Art: https://youtu.be/itEA73gxqig Sixth Grade Survival Trip: https://youtu.be/wMovFHp3WTQ Upper School Retreat: https://youtu.be/-NFGkcuNfsY Math Videos: Algebra I Class | Concussion Testing and Standard Deviation: https://youtu.be/jo1Im4E_HDQ Geometry Class | Field Day Overview: https://youtu.be/hwBJFXBDOvM Talking MATHCOUNTS: https://youtu.be/58Y1xdgRGpQ Geometry of Field Day: https://youtu.be/v-E_bIxBcnc End of Year Math Projects: https://youtu.be/e6-SfwfA5DY Camp Counselors: https://youtu.be/qJUT8LlOExI Upper School Retreat 2015: https://youtu.be/c3AwuxICmWg More from Mrs. Jaffe's English Class: Hatchet: https://youtu.be/osyOEa89GhY Sixth Grade English Class: https://youtu.be/dcOL6eGbvOw Literature-Based Curriculum: https://youtu.be/lKJVpjAxp3M
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Market Day
 
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Second grade entrepreneurs!
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Wetlands Field Day
 
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Our third graders have been studying the importance of the wetlands on the Crocker Conservancy. Students put on their muck boots and waded into the wetlands to discover which plants and insects were thriving in our calcareous muck fen. Throughout our unit of study, students explored the wetlands both as a filter for the stream and as a habitat for plants and animals. We splashed out to Crocker through the puddles left by recent rains, listened for signs of life from the boardwalk, and finally waded down into the muck for a much-anticipated closer look at the habitat. After two weeks of study, students felt ready for our wetlands field day, an event planned as the culmination of the unit. Brent Barriteau from NRCS returned as our soil expert, joined by three of his colleagues, Nick, Ally, and Kaitlyn. We learned from them about distinct wetland soils, water-loving plants, native trees, aquatic invertebrates, and birds. The water was still high today, but despite the strong current and muddy waters that follow heavy rains, Mrs. Gilpin, Mrs. Slavin, and the students were able to find some promising evidence of life in the stream. Their favorite catches of the day were water pennies, and crane fly and caddisfly larvae. It was a wonderful morning of learning, and we want to say a huge thank you to the four conservation professionals who came to share their expertise with us today.
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States of Matter: Glass
 
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Established in 1948, Powhatan School is an independent K-8 Day School accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and is a member of both the National Association of Independent Schools and Independent Education. Powhatan School opened the 2013-14 school year with an enrollment of 240 students. Powhatan serves families in Clarke County, Frederick County, Western Loudoun County, Warren County, Winchester City and the panhandle of West Virginia. Looking for: A private school in Clarke County VA A private school in Winchester VA A private school in Berryville VA A private school in Boyce VA A private school in Charles Town WV A private school in Stephens City VA
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Powhatan School Kindergarten Science: SU Physical Therapy Visit
 
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Powhatan School relies on a number of relationships with community organizations to extend our classroom learning. Last week, students and faculty from Shenandoah University's Department of Physical Therapy visited kindergarten to share their expertise during our Healthy Bodies unit in science. Dr. Andrea Fergus, a professor in the DPT program, brought her students along to teach our kindergarteners about people with disabilities and the tools they use to help them in their daily lives. Powhatan students explored wheelchairs, helmets, canes, braces, walkers and prosthetic devices and had an opportunity to try using each one. To wrap up the lesson, students had a chance to brainstorm ways to incorporate people with disabilities into their daily games and activities. "These lessons help kindergarteners understand and be sensitive to people who are different or face different challenges," says Mrs. Warren, kindergarten teacher. "It also shows them that we are all very much the same."
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Chapel Talk
 
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One of the long-standing traditions at Powhatan is the eighth grade Chapel Talk. Each eighth grader gets up in front of the school community and delivers an 8-10 minute presentation about a topic he or she is not only knowledgeable and passionate but also one that the mostly younger audience, Pre-K through seventh graders, will be interested in and able to understand. The presentation is followed by a question-answer session. This provides the eighth graders the opportunity to share something unique about themselves, to teach others about it in the process, and to stand up and be leaders for the younger students. It also promotes younger students learning from older students. This capstone project showcases strategies Powhatan students have gained throughout their Powhatan careers such as research, writing, technology, communication, and collaboration. The students prepare for their performance during English class first trimester. After being audience members for years, most eighth graders arrive in eighth grade with a pretty good idea about what they’d like to do, but not always. After mulling over possible topics for the month of September, in October, the students zero in on the final topic and conduct research. Pretty soon they are tasked with formulating thesis statements, which become the heart of their presentations. The thesis connects to their passion and is - in a sense - the message they want their audience to take away from their presentations. In October, they work through at least three drafts of writing, revising, and editing their speeches before moving along in November to creating their audiovisual component to accompany their speeches. Most choose a slideshow presentation, which does a great job of providing visuals for the audience in the auditorium. Throughout the process, the students support one another through peer review sessions, providing both positives and suggestions for each other - with the goal of each eighth grader doing his or her best. This is the foundation for public speaking and honing communication skills. Here’s what one eighth grader had to say about chapel talks when it was all said and done: “It brought us together as a grade. All of us wanted the others to do well and succeed.” And another had this to say: “Public speaking, making presentations, performing interviews, and conducting research are all tings chapel talks prepare you for. It’s a great experience for people our age to help us ‘learn not for school but for life.’” Established in 1948, Powhatan School is an independent PK-8 Day School accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. With an enrollment of 247 students, Powhatan serves families in Clarke County, Frederick County, Western Loudoun County, Warren County, Winchester City and the panhandle of West Virginia. In Loudoun, we bus to Purcellville, Round Hill, Bluemont and Middleburg.
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Burning Calories
 
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Third grade jumps into the NEW Lower School Science lab with this fun experiment...
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Algebra I: Standard Deviation (Concussion Testing)
 
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In the fall of this year, Upper School students took the ImPACT concussion test to establish individual baselines to be used in the future with suspected head injuries. In working with an area trainer, we learned that ImPACT testing uses Standard Deviation to help diagnose concussions. From this, our algebra project, "Do I Have a Concussion?" was born. The process described by the students in this video is a simplified version of our interpretation of the actual ImPACT Concussion testing. ImPACT testing is completed under the direction of and read by trained professionals based on industry approved algorithms. Actual diagnoses are made by physicians. Students used the internet to read about Standard Deviation and Normal Distribution. They learned the time-consuming process to manually compute standard deviation and did so on several simpler problems before discovering that technical tools, such as graphing calculators and computer software like Excel, can quickly and easily do the work for you.
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Seventh Grade Science: Plate Tectonics
 
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Understanding earth’s interior structure, plate movement and the mechanism of plate movement is essential in understanding earth’s ever changing surface, so I do several activities and demonstrations with my students to help them visualize these concepts and ideas. The crowd favorite in seventh grade is using cornstarch and water to simulate the asthenosphere which is the middle part of earth’s mantle and is described as a flowing solid. Earth’s tectonic plates (the lithosphere) move over this flowing asthenosphere. Cornstarch is a substance that does not follow the normal rules of a liquids which is that liquids flow at consistent, predictable rate. A substance such as this is known as a non-Newtonian liquid. In cornstarch this happens because the grains of starch are not dissolved in the water but rather suspended. This allows the goo lock up when pressure is applied, but it will ooze if no pressure is applied. Our second activity is a great way to “show” convection. Convection is heat transfer by the movement of currents within a fluid. Convection is the mechanism believed to be responsible for the movement of the earth’s plates. I fill a pan with water and put a small candle underneath the center of the pan to represent earth’s internal heat source. When food coloring is put directly above the heat source, kids can see the food coloring rise to the top because the denser cold water is heated and then rises as it warms. If I put a drop of food coloring near the heat source, the drop of coloring will move toward the heat source and then rise. I also put an herb such as basil or parsley on the surface of a pan of oil with a heat source underneath. The heat causes the basil to separate and move out and away from the heat source. These demos are a great way for kids to see the rising, cooling, sinking motion of convection currents. Learning about something you can’t see, like earth’s interior can be tough, so hands-on activities like these are really great. I guarantee you that kids don’t forget this!
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Glass Fusion Windowpane
 
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Mr. Royston's eighth grade art class is finishing up their glass fusion project... More Art Class: Art Creativity: https://youtu.be/PDVBWSVGk_M Guest Artist | Art: https://youtu.be/itEA73gxqig Science and Art | Etchings: https://youtu.be/I-kK52KajCE Tape Art Project Hyperlapse: https://youtu.be/cRQxnfTDQsQ First Grade Batik Art: https://youtu.be/IFti3LqfjXs Art Department: Summer Installation In Montreat NC: https://youtu.be/yEP1MZvmMiA More from Powhatan School: Fifth Grade Writing: https://youtu.be/Psrx6idEwJ0 Fifth Grade NEAL & Science: https://youtu.be/sIlGTM2urno Bland Farm Field Trip Science | Kindergarten: https://youtu.be/aWVP1Io9P0Y Back to Blandy Farm Science: https://youtu.be/1zjQhUExiNE Science Acceleration: https://youtu.be/Gvk9iDSzIOI Sixth Grade Survival Trip: https://youtu.be/wMovFHp3WTQ Upper School Retreat: https://youtu.be/-NFGkcuNfsY Math Videos: Algebra I Class | Concussion Testing and Standard Deviation: https://youtu.be/jo1Im4E_HDQ Geometry Class | Field Day Overview: https://youtu.be/hwBJFXBDOvM Talking MATHCOUNTS: https://youtu.be/58Y1xdgRGpQ Geometry of Field Day: https://youtu.be/v-E_bIxBcnc End of Year Math Projects: https://youtu.be/e6-SfwfA5DY Camp Counselors: https://youtu.be/qJUT8LlOExI Upper School Retreat 2015: https://youtu.be/c3AwuxICmWg More from Mrs. Jaffe's English Class: Vocabulary: https://youtu.be/YHDuFDcSS8c Sixth Grade English Class: https://youtu.be/dcOL6eGbvOw Literature-Based Curriculum: https://youtu.be/lKJVpjAxp3M
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Fifth Grade Engineering: Cantilevers
 
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The fifth grade is now in the thick of our study of simple machines. Their design challenge was to build a cantilever that could support a 4 pound weight hanging from the end without bending more than 2.5 millimeters. The structure was inspired by Dr. Jessup’s experience building a carport, and students were told that they needed to leave a defined space to park a van below. They were allowed 2 columns and 2 beams, and then could add cross supports as necessary to meet the requirement. Given that the structure modeled a real world project, students were also advised to minimize cost by using as little material as possible. Each cantilever was weighed in the end to determine efficiency of material use. After multiple iterations, a lot of collaboration among groups, and very lively participation, every group of students met the design challenge.
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Third Grade Publishing Party
 
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Summer Camp: Intro To Pottery
 
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Kindergarten Science: Plants
 
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Kindergarten has been exploring plants in science class. To help understand how roots work the class undertook an experiment using different color liquids and paper towels. Learn more about Powhatan School: Fifth Grade Writing: https://youtu.be/Psrx6idEwJ0 Fifth Grade NEAL & Science: https://youtu.be/sIlGTM2urno Bland Farm Field Trip Science | Kindergarten: https://youtu.be/aWVP1Io9P0Y Back to Blandy Farm Science: https://youtu.be/1zjQhUExiNE Science Acceleration: https://youtu.be/Gvk9iDSzIOI Science and Art | Etchings: https://youtu.be/I-kK52KajCE Art Creativity: https://youtu.be/PDVBWSVGk_M Guest Artist | Art: https://youtu.be/itEA73gxqig Sixth Grade Survival Trip: https://youtu.be/wMovFHp3WTQ Upper School Retreat: https://youtu.be/-NFGkcuNfsY Math Videos: Algebra I Class | Concussion Testing and Standard Deviation: https://youtu.be/jo1Im4E_HDQ Geometry Class | Field Day Overview: https://youtu.be/hwBJFXBDOvM Talking MATHCOUNTS: https://youtu.be/58Y1xdgRGpQ Geometry of Field Day: https://youtu.be/v-E_bIxBcnc End of Year Math Projects: https://youtu.be/e6-SfwfA5DY Camp Counselors: https://youtu.be/qJUT8LlOExI Upper School Retreat 2015: https://youtu.be/c3AwuxICmWg Powhatan is fully accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and holds memberships with the Elementary School Center, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, the Virginia Math League, the Educational Records Bureau, and the National Science Teachers Association. We bus to Charles Town, WV and families attend as far north as Harpers Ferry.
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Kindergarten Spanish 2
 
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Kindergarten students take Spanish 5 days a week, listen to Senorita Shourds talk about some of the ways we learn in K!
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Magnetic Slime!
 
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Students used graduated cylinders to measure glue and water. We added iron filings, then mixed in borax to create the slime. Students hypothesized; would the iron filings be enough to make the slime attract to a magnet? Students who said no were vindicated when our standard classroom magnets seemed to have no effect on the slime. When we used stronger neodymium magnets, though, the slime suddenly seemed to come alive. Students loved watching as the slime appeared to swallow their magnets. They were able to create small towers as the slime stretched upward with the magnets as well. Magnetic slime was a fun and memorable way to practice the scientific method and conclude our study of magnets.
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Simple Machines
 
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Immigration Feast
 
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Third grade has been studying immigration as part of our social studies unit this trimester. We focus on past and present immigration ideas and begin by traveling back in time to where millions of immigrants, some of them our ancestors, passed through the Great Hall at Ellis Island. We look into reasons why people immigrate and how immigrants contribute to American culture. With this we study the phrase America is like the Melting Pot or Salad Bowl if you will, where people can maintain their cultural heritage and identity and become part of the fabric of our society. Along the way, students conduct family interviews and assemble oral histories about their own backgrounds. Our study culminates with our immigration feast where we make from scratch a melting pot stew of sorts. In a ceremonious way, each students adds some idea about immigration to the pot as they add the ingredients one at a time. The next day, each student brings in a traditional dish from home to share at our feast. It is a great way to learn about not only our nations history, but our family history as well. This year we are publishing a cookbook filled with the recipes from our feast and the family traditions behind them.
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Author Study | Kindergarten 2014
 
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Kindergarten student presentations about their favorite author.
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STEM:  8th Grade Science:  Motion
 
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The 8th grade has been studying motion in science class this week. On Thursday students worked on a project that incorporated science, technology and engineering as they explored the subject of motion. Small groups of students built small carts out of LEGOS capable of carrying a smart phone. Using an app on their phones, students then tested for acceleration and deceleration on the ramps inside the McIntosh Center for the Arts. Established in 1948, Powhatan School is an independent K-8 Day School accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and is a member of both the National Association of Independent Schools and Independent Education. Powhatan School opened the 2013-14 school year with an enrollment of 240 students. Powhatan serves families in Clarke County, Frederick County, Western Loudoun County, Warren County, Winchester City and the panhandle of West Virginia. Looking for: private school Purcellville VA private school Clarke County VA private school Winchester VA private school Berryville VA private school Boyce VA private school Middleburg VA private school Upperville VA private school Paris VA private school Round Hill VA private school Western Loudoun County VA private school Charles Town WV private school Stephens City VA
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