VR Field Trip

The Think Lab was buzzing with excitement on Tuesday as students went on an intercontinental field trip to explore the 7 New Wonders of the World. We didn’t need a plane, permission slips, or passports thanks to our Google Expeditions Virtual Reality Headsets. World History students experienced awe-inspiring architecture from ancient civilizations such as the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, and the Roman Colosseum from the comfort of our swivel chairs!

Atomic Structure Lab with Coach Bohn

6th graders got to put their periodic table of elements skills to the test with this unconventional lab. Coach Bohn’s science classes used gumdrops and toothpicks to construct the element Lithium while reviewing all they have learned about atomic structure during the first few weeks of school. In this special lab, students even to got to eat their work! I guess you can say it was pretty sweet.

Create Club: Mondays in the Library

6th grader uses a sewing machine for the first time

The library is packed on Mondays during lunch with middle schoolers looking for opportunities to unleash their creativity. Legos, sewing, stacking straws, friendship bracelets, art, and anything else that fosters hands-on student creations is an option during Create Club. This club is perfect for White Oak’s future inventors, designers, and builders.

7th graders measure material for their scrunchies

6th graders make friendship bracelets

The principal learns to sew!

6th grader sews like a professional!

6th graders construct legos

 

7th graders show each other what they have learned

8th graders explore stacking straws

7th graders make cars

Game Club: Thursdays in the Library

Cards

Students are showing up for Game Club! Every Thursday White Oak Middle Schoolers get the opportunity to bring their lunch to the library and play card games, chess, dominoes, scrabble, and any other non-tech games of their choice. In today’s hi-tech world, a little game break goes a long way for kids. Check out Scholastic’s article describing the benefits of children playing board games.

Girls Game Club

Chess

You’re never too old for Go Fish!

More card games

Spoons

Tech Tools in Math

Students show off their video game designs.

Middle School Power Math students spend Fridays in the Think Lab using Bloxels Builder, a video game making app for kids. Students are no longer just playing video games, they get to be the creators! To build video games, students must work through the design process, develop critical thinking skills, and effectively collaborate with team members. This project has made math relevant and sparked some serious creativity in the Think Lab. Thanks, Mrs. Henry, Ms. Broussard, and Mrs. Harrison for partnering with me on this project!

6th graders design a video game.

Mrs. Henry shows students how to use the Bloxel Builder app.

Middle Schoolers collaborate.

Students work through the design process.

Students connect math to the real world.

Students engage in critical thinking.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Book club spent time today reflecting on the meaning of Thanksgiving. Students took turns writing thankful thoughts on pumpkins and then shared with each other.The pumpkin exchange was followed by a reading of A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman. Book club followed Pete on all his adventures and loved how he outsmarted the townspeople.

Next, everyone joined in reading Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale by Derek Anderson. Who knew traveling to Grandma’s house could be so dangerous? At the close of the meeting, all the students gathered together and sang “Over the River” by Lydia Maria Child.

Happy Thanksgiving from the White Oak Middle School Book Club. We hope you take the time to cherish your family and friends during this season of gratitude.

The Great Halloween Escape!

Book club participated in the The Great Halloween Escape today and emerged victorious!  The students solved a series of puzzles and riddles by deciphering clues hidden in various Halloween articles.   The students who make up book club are incredibly talented, intelligent, and creative ladies who Mrs. Logan and I have the honor of spending time with every Friday. Have a Happy Halloween!

 

 

Magical Halloween Coding with Tech club

It is the spookiest time of the year! Are you ready for monsters and magic potions? Check out the new Spooky Brew Tynker project! Today,  WOMS Tech Club learned programming concepts like messaging, costumes, sounds, and advanced animation as they created a potion-making game for their friends. What effect will their potion have on a monster? Will it turn the monster into a fire-breathing dragon? Transform the monster into a spooky skeleton? Or make the monster change in size? With a multitude of coding concepts available, students have the ability to customize their monsters and potions. Happy Halloween!