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Wenonah Weighs In on Hurricane Relief

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During a recent hurricane relief fundraiser, fourth- and fifth-grade students on the Wenonah Elementary School Lighthouse Team incorporated mathematics into their community service project.

The Lighthouse Team is composed of fourth- and fifth-grade student leaders who organize fundraising initiatives to benefit people in need across the country. As part of the hurricane relief fundraiser aimed to benefit the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the students incorporated mathematics into the service project as they used addition to arrive at a total amount of food donated in pounds before it was picked up for donation.  

In total, the students raised 958.1 pounds of food, which was donated to nonprofit organization Island Harvest.  
 

Wenonah Students from Readers to Chefs

Wenonah Students from Readers to Chefs photo

Wenonah Elementary School students in Heather Porciello’s Life Skills class turned story elements into tasty treats as they learned to follow the steps of a recipe.

Students first read the book “The Old Lady That Swallowed a Bat” by author Lucille Colandro. After completing the book, students participated in a sequencing activity where they glued picture cutouts of story events in the order they occurred in the story. 

The class then connected literacy to life skills as they began following a recipe to bake bat cookies. Gathering the necessary supplies one by one, the students worked together until all ingredients were combined. Throughout the cooking activity, students carefully followed the recipe, incorporating measuring cups, a microwave oven and an electric mixer when needed. 

At the conclusion of the activity, the student-chefs added wings to complete their bat cookie creations. 

 

Wenonah Students Weave Webs

Wenonah Students Weave Webs photo

Design, research and critical thinking helped guide fourth-grade students to success in Lenore Lounsbury’s class at Wenonah Elementary School. They recently worked together in teams to weave webs capable of catching a stapler dropped from a height of one meter.

The students began the STEAM-based activity by first learning the job of an engineer and the processes they follow to create successful designs. With this newfound knowledge, the student-engineers then researched the many ways in which spiders spin their webs before beginning to design their own creations. Equipped with a clothes hanger, 15 feet of yarn and 6 inches of tape, students worked in groups to carefully weave intricate webs to accomplish the goal. 

Throughout the activity emphasis was placed on recognizing design flaws and correcting them until their webs succeeded. 

 

Wenonah Read to Feed

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Wenonah Elementary School connected literacy and learning during a recent community service initiative – the Read to Feed food drive. 

The initiative, which benefited the Sachem Food Pantry located at Sachem High School North, works through a pledge system. For every 75 minutes of reading accomplished outside of school, a friend or family member donated a food item to the participating classes. Throughout the drive the students watched the donations add up, as colored feathers representing the classes were added to a turkey-themed bulletin board.  

In addition to the literary connections, the drive also incorporated mathematics, as students tracked all weekly donations and used the data to graph their progress.