Students at Lahontan Elementary School participate in music and physical education classes.
The first Greenwave Special took place last Friday. Students were given a list of available clubs and signed up for one that sounded interesting to them. Staff accessed the results of last year’s student survey to give them an idea of what the students wanted.
“Our teachers were creative when considering which clubs to host and incorporated student requests, which was really great to see,” said Assistant Principal Reema Pulsifer.
Greenwave Friday Clubs included Origami, American Sign Language, Fishing/Casting, Wilderness Survival/Camping Basics, Picasso and Punch, Sewing, eSports, Jewelry Making, Crime, Herpetology/Reptiles and more.
“This was a great opportunity to build our school community and culture,” Pulsifer said. “It was also fun to see which skills and hobbies our students and employees are interested in outside of academia.”
The students in Courtney Aguilera’s class took part in an exciting game of Steal The Bacon this week. In this unit, students learned how to use the RACE writing strategy.
During this game, the final question was a truth or dare RACE question. Two students took on the challenge of answering a daring question.
“I asked them on site to write and sing a song about the RACE strategy and they completely blew their DARE out of the water,” said Aguilera.
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Travis Ryness’s fourth grade students use Minecraft Education to build their social skills and content knowledge, and to expand their discourse through collaboration with their peers.
“Students work on tasks independently or together. They can create and set up their own worlds and let students join their world,” Ryness said.
Each lesson created for the platform aligns with the standards for each content area. Their first lesson was to help each other show empathy by visiting each other’s homesteads.
Ryness said his students are engaged and thoroughly enjoying this program.
“It’s really fun and we actually learn a lot of new things using it, I really like it,” said student Alexi Swanson.
Most people remember where they were on September 11, 2001. However, today’s students do not have these memories of that heartbreaking day that rocked the world. From that day on, the third grade students in Alyssa Tousignant’s class learned about different heroes, gleaned the important information, and chose which part of the hero’s story they wanted to illustrate. Tousignant said teaching this topic to younger students can be difficult because you have to make sure they understand it while paying attention to their emotions.
“You don’t want to traumatize them completely, but you also want them to understand why that day was so tragic and how it helped unite our country and taught us to lean on one another in times of desperation,” said Tousignant said.
Music and physical education classes are in full swing this week in Lahontan. In Heather Sorensen’s class, students learned how to read sheet music and practiced playing it with drums.
In Jenny Cole’s physical education class, students learned how to move their bodies in fun and different ways, playing a game of mirroring each other’s movements. Students took turns creating a fun move for other students to imitate.
“It was a lot of fun and I made it funnier because I would have made a silly face and then they would have to do it too,” said kindergartener Kennedy Downs.
Pre-K students in Sandy Wassmuth’s class came up with the idea of making a fireman to help put out the fires that are causing the smoke in Fallon.
“They’re tired of not being able to go outside, so they figured out how they could help,” Wassmuth said.
As well as talking about how they can help, students will develop their little hand muscles by peeling and manipulating stickers and working on hand-eye coordination by placing the stickers on the lines to bring some life to their firefighter .