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Showing off all of his live exotic animals, Nature Nick visited with kindergarten and first grade students at Smithtown Elementary School. Students learned about the animal visitors which included a toucan, an Eagle owl, a baby alligator, different types of birds and reptiles. A few students interacted with some of the animals and learned about their habits and environment.
Fourth graders at Smithtown Elementary School showed off their STEM-related skills during a STEM Fair in the school’s gymnasium.
The fair tied into the grade level’s Project Lead the Way curriculum and lessons throughout the school year. Working in small groups, the students collaborated with their peers to connect with the fourth grade PLTW modules.
The monthlong projects could be connected to any of the four modules in this year’s PLTW lessons – the human brain, computer systems, energy collisions and energy conversions. Students tested and hypothesized their experiments during the STEM Fair to invited guests and Smithtown Central School District administrators in attendance.
“STEM is a real career path for some of these students,” said Smithtown Elementary School Principal Janine Lavery. “This group of students was the first to work with our launch of Project Lead the Way in second grade. After working on these STEM-based lessons, they are seeing if this is a career passion they may want to pursue someday.”
The younger grade levels also visited the fair to get a sneak peek of some of their lessons in the upcoming school year. To close out the fair, Smithtown Central School District’s robotics team, the Mechanical Bulls, spoke about their program and demonstrated this year’s robot.
Engaging students in social-emotional learning is one goal of the Smithtown Central School District and students in Wendy Herman’s class at Smithtown Elementary School recently participated in a hands-on lesson. The class made “ugly dolls” out of felt and other materials to celebrate their uniqueness. Throughout the week, the students wrote short pieces to capture what makes the class unique, their families, and also the internal and external traits that make up who they are as individuals.
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