UNION — At Foster Park Elementary School they know that there are lots of ways to learn, ways that are not only educational but fun, and that’s why teachers there use a variety of resources to promote learning including reading historical fiction, cultivating prize-winning produce, and Oreo cookies for math, science, and creative writing projects.
Oreo Fun Day
The students in Mrs. Roark’s 3rd Grade Class participated in Oreo Day on Friday, October 13, 2017. Oreo Day is always a special day because students learn ….. with Oreos!
To begin their day, students answered the daily whiteboard message telling their favorite way to eat Oreos. The next activity of the day was to guess how many mini Oreos were in the estimation jar. Adrianna Johnson made the closest guess and won the jar of mini Oreos.
Next, students graphed their favorite way to eat an Oreo: just eat it, dunk it in milk, or split it apart.
Then, students learned about the layers of the Earth by making a model using Oreos, chocolate syrup, and M&Ms. This was also their tasty treat for the day!
Oreo word problems made math much more fun! Students also learned all about the phases of the moon and worked in small groups to create a model of the phases of the moon using … you guessed it … Oreos!
Finally, each student participated in an Oreo stacking contest. The results of the stacking contest were sent into an online project group to be compared with other schools around the world. The winners of the Oreo stacking contest were:
• 1st place, LeShay Inman with 26 Oreos
• 2nd place, Mason Smith with 21 Oreos
• 3rd place, Azariyah Dean with 18 Oreos
While waiting on their turn to stack their Oreos, students wrote stories about how to properly eat an Oreo and suggesting a new Oreo flavor. There was an Oreo Day Awards Ceremony at the end of the day.
Oreo Day is always a fun and exciting day of learning in Mrs. Roark’s 3rd grade classroom!
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While it offers many other forms of entertainment the heart of the Union County Agricultural Fair is, of course, agriculture and all things related to life on the farm. It is a celebration of farming and agrarian culture which has played such a large role in the history of Union County.
That celebration includes competitions at the fair involving farm produce and among those taking part in this year’s Agricultural Fair were the students in Foster Park Elementary School Afterschool Program. Under the supervision of the school’s Enrichment Tutor Mrs. Jackie Johnson, the students maintain a garden throughout the school year.
Among the crops the students cultivate in their garden is okra which they entered in this year’s fair. The students must have a quite a green thumb as their okra won 3rd place in the competition.
Currently, the students are cultivating collards and cabbage for their winter crop.
The Afterschool program at Foster Park wishes to thank Union Oil Mill for their donations and to thank Mr. Norman Johnson for his time in helping in this project.
In literature there is fiction and there is non-fiction, and in the popular mind the former is the product of the imagination of the author and is meant to entertain while the latter the product of the research of the author and meant to provide information about subject that originate outside the world of imagination.
Historical fiction, however, is a combination of both imagination and research, of the creativity of the author in telling a story that doesn’t just inform and educate about historical events, but seeks to entertain us by telling that history through characters both real and imaginary, their attitudes, beliefs, actions, and reactions to the event of the story. While neither strictly a historical recitation of the facts of the past, historical fiction can whet the appetite of the reader to learn more about by presenting that history by entertaining them.
That’s what the 3rd grade students in Mrs. Perette Candler’s class at FPES have been doing. They have been learning about history by reading historical fiction, something they enjoy doing. In one book they recently read, the students learned about the 1930s and the construction of the Empire State Building.