Hands-on learning at FPES


Students make dioramas, ‘snazzy snacks,’ catapult

By Charles Warner - cwarner@uniondailytimes.com



Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second grader Connor Bridges and his science partner, both students in Mrs. Katie Prince’s room, designed and built a catapult to launch a candy pumpkin. It’s one example of how hands on learning and the creativity it inspires are an important part of the education students at the school are receiving.


Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School third grade students in Mrs. Jan Ivey’s class have been studying Native Americans in South Carolina History and made dioramas of a Native American village. They used candy pumpkins, candy corn, gummy bears, black beans, pretzel sticks, Tootsie Rolls, goldfish, and clay to show what a village would look like. Pictured are students Madison Hill, Gabby Eison, Zaria Hill, and Janiya Andrews who look like they are having fun making a diorama.


Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School third graders in Mrs. Jan Ivey’s class make a snazzy snack at the end of each month that pertains to something they will be studying. Students made an edible magnifying glass to get them excited about their upcoming unit of study called, Explorers in South Carolina History. Pictured are students Deontae Beacham, Morgan Williams, and Payton Butler making their snazzy snacks.


Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second graders in Mrs. Alena Hogan’s room enjoy a variety of learning activities such as building LEGO mazes and designing community dioramas. Pictured here are students Kamirra Scott-Gist and Te’Jonna Suber in the midst of a class working on their projects and proudly showing off the progress they’ve made toward completing them.


Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second graders in Mrs. Alena Hogan’s room enjoy a variety of learning activities such as building LEGO mazes and designing community dioramas. Pictured here is student Amier Mobley holding the diorama he made in class.


Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second graders in Mrs. Alena Hogan’s room enjoy a variety of learning activities such as building LEGO mazes and designing community dioramas. Pictured here is student Jadyn Hill holding up the diorama he made in class.


Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second graders in Mrs. Alena Hogan’s room enjoy a variety of learning activities such as building LEGO mazes and designing community dioramas. Pictured here is student Luke Belue with the diorama he made in class.


Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second graders in Mrs. Alena Hogan’s room enjoy a variety of learning activities such as building LEGO mazes and designing community dioramas. Pictured here are students Anne Howell, Taylor Burnett, and Chloe Sorells hard at work on their projects.


UNION — There are plenty of things to learn in school and more than one way to learn them.

They know this at Foster Park Elementary School where, in addition to learning from textbooks, classroom lectures, and online educational activities, students also get to experience hands-on learning with projects that can help them learn about a variety of subjects.

In Mrs. Jan Ivey’s class third grade students have studying Native Americans in South Carolina history. As part of their studies the students made dioramas of a Native American village. The student used candy pumpkins, candy corn, gummy bears, black beans, pretzel sticks, Tootsie Rolls, goldfish, and clay to build those dioramas.

At the end of each month, the third grade students in Mrs. Ivey’s class make a “snazzy snack.” The snazzy snack they make is related to the subject they will be studying. The most recent snazzy snack made by the students were edible magnifying glasses. The subject they will be studying that inspired this latest round of snazzy snacks is called “Explorers in South Carolina History.”

Meanwhile, second grade students in Mrs. Alena Hogan’s room have been enjoying a variety of hands-on learning activities such as building LEGO mazes and designing community dioramas. To make their dioramas, the student use paper, scissors, and glue.

While most people wouldn’t normally associate a catapult with the classroom, that’s what happened in Mrs. Katie Prince’s room where some second graders designed and built a catpult that could launch a candy pumpkin.

All in all, there’s been a lot of hands-on learning at FPES and that’s to the good, because hands-on learning requires knowledge, creativity, imagination, skill, and even artistic ability. It can help them understand and master the creative process of transforming an idea/thought/vision into physical reality that others can see and experience. Together with the other aspects of the learning process — textbook studies, classroom lectures, and online activities — it can help transform and uplift young minds to fully and enthusiastically embrace learning and make it a daily part of their lives in school and beyond.

Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second grader Connor Bridges and his science partner, both students in Mrs. Katie Prince’s room, designed and built a catapult to launch a candy pumpkin. It’s one example of how hands on learning and the creativity it inspires are an important part of the education students at the school are receiving.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_FPES-Catapult.jpgPhoto courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second grader Connor Bridges and his science partner, both students in Mrs. Katie Prince’s room, designed and built a catapult to launch a candy pumpkin. It’s one example of how hands on learning and the creativity it inspires are an important part of the education students at the school are receiving.

Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School third grade students in Mrs. Jan Ivey’s class have been studying Native Americans in South Carolina History and made dioramas of a Native American village. They used candy pumpkins, candy corn, gummy bears, black beans, pretzel sticks, Tootsie Rolls, goldfish, and clay to show what a village would look like. Pictured are students Madison Hill, Gabby Eison, Zaria Hill, and Janiya Andrews who look like they are having fun making a diorama.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_FPES-Native-Americans.jpgPhoto courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School third grade students in Mrs. Jan Ivey’s class have been studying Native Americans in South Carolina History and made dioramas of a Native American village. They used candy pumpkins, candy corn, gummy bears, black beans, pretzel sticks, Tootsie Rolls, goldfish, and clay to show what a village would look like. Pictured are students Madison Hill, Gabby Eison, Zaria Hill, and Janiya Andrews who look like they are having fun making a diorama.

Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School third graders in Mrs. Jan Ivey’s class make a snazzy snack at the end of each month that pertains to something they will be studying. Students made an edible magnifying glass to get them excited about their upcoming unit of study called, Explorers in South Carolina History. Pictured are students Deontae Beacham, Morgan Williams, and Payton Butler making their snazzy snacks.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_FPES-Snazzy-Snack.jpgPhoto courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School third graders in Mrs. Jan Ivey’s class make a snazzy snack at the end of each month that pertains to something they will be studying. Students made an edible magnifying glass to get them excited about their upcoming unit of study called, Explorers in South Carolina History. Pictured are students Deontae Beacham, Morgan Williams, and Payton Butler making their snazzy snacks.

Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second graders in Mrs. Alena Hogan’s room enjoy a variety of learning activities such as building LEGO mazes and designing community dioramas. Pictured here are students Kamirra Scott-Gist and Te’Jonna Suber in the midst of a class working on their projects and proudly showing off the progress they’ve made toward completing them.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_FPES-Building-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second graders in Mrs. Alena Hogan’s room enjoy a variety of learning activities such as building LEGO mazes and designing community dioramas. Pictured here are students Kamirra Scott-Gist and Te’Jonna Suber in the midst of a class working on their projects and proudly showing off the progress they’ve made toward completing them.

Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second graders in Mrs. Alena Hogan’s room enjoy a variety of learning activities such as building LEGO mazes and designing community dioramas. Pictured here is student Amier Mobley holding the diorama he made in class.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_FPES-Building-2.jpgPhoto courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second graders in Mrs. Alena Hogan’s room enjoy a variety of learning activities such as building LEGO mazes and designing community dioramas. Pictured here is student Amier Mobley holding the diorama he made in class.

Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second graders in Mrs. Alena Hogan’s room enjoy a variety of learning activities such as building LEGO mazes and designing community dioramas. Pictured here is student Jadyn Hill holding up the diorama he made in class.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_FPES-Building-4.jpgPhoto courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second graders in Mrs. Alena Hogan’s room enjoy a variety of learning activities such as building LEGO mazes and designing community dioramas. Pictured here is student Jadyn Hill holding up the diorama he made in class.

Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second graders in Mrs. Alena Hogan’s room enjoy a variety of learning activities such as building LEGO mazes and designing community dioramas. Pictured here is student Luke Belue with the diorama he made in class.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_FPES-Building-3.jpgPhoto courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second graders in Mrs. Alena Hogan’s room enjoy a variety of learning activities such as building LEGO mazes and designing community dioramas. Pictured here is student Luke Belue with the diorama he made in class.

Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second graders in Mrs. Alena Hogan’s room enjoy a variety of learning activities such as building LEGO mazes and designing community dioramas. Pictured here are students Anne Howell, Taylor Burnett, and Chloe Sorells hard at work on their projects.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_FPES-Building-5.jpgPhoto courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Foster Park Elementary School second graders in Mrs. Alena Hogan’s room enjoy a variety of learning activities such as building LEGO mazes and designing community dioramas. Pictured here are students Anne Howell, Taylor Burnett, and Chloe Sorells hard at work on their projects.
Students make dioramas, ‘snazzy snacks,’ catapult

By Charles Warner

cwarner@uniondailytimes.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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