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Thanks to the RBBEF, the 6th-grade students were able to take a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo on April 11th. Prior to the trip, Ms. Pape organized lessons on ecosystems, endangered species,  and animal conservation to inform the student's experience at the zoo. The students had a wonderful time touring the zoo, where they were able to see animals from all over the world. Additionally, students learned about the efforts the zoo was making towards animal conservation. Students even had the opportunity to physically interact with the animals at the petting zoo station and the aviary exhibit! The trip was extremely informative to students, and they will further apply their trip to their academic showcase projects. Students will conduct research on animals and habitats, as well as analyze the positive and negative impact zoos have on animals and ecosystems.

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The RBBEF recently funded a grant for $6,000 submitted by the Red Bank Primary School. These funds went to purchase Chromebook carts for Grade 2 classrooms, allowing us to begin our 1:1 initiative a year earlier. Prior to this, our 1:1 program was for Grades 3-8 only. In partnership with the District, these carts were filled by the District's Tech Department with gently used Chromebooks. Our second graders love their new devices! This welcomed addition allows for individualized instruction, research, math centers, presentation preparation, skills practice and more. Feel free to visit the Primary School Twitter feed (@rbpsEAGLES) for more pictures. We thank the RBBEF and their many donors for making this project a reality!

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The 5th-grade students had a blast at The Bounce Factory!  We participated in a variety of STEM-related activities that engaged all students both physically and mentally.  The students worked on their team-building skills to complete several different math and science-centered activities.  Communication was the key to them competing against another team to strategically place discs in sequential order, apply geometry understanding to build a cube out of PVC pipes and balance it on a pail, and use probability to determine the outcomes of flipping coins.  In The Bricks 4 Kidz portion of the trip, students embraced their creativity and worked collaboratively to build functioning swings using Legos. In the bounce rooms, students got to learn about how physics impacts their play. They learned about gravity and friction, and how all of these impact safety while on the inflatables.  It was a great day, filled with opportunities for learning through collaboration, exploration and play!

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The 4th-grade classes enjoyed a trip to the Huber Woods Lenape Longhouse.  One of the goals of this trip was to have the students collaboratively build their own Lenape longhouse. Students were provided with an overview of Huber Woods upon arrival and were provided with small group tutorials. One group learned how to dig holes with clamshells and sticks to support the structural beams. The other group learned how to wrap and frap rope to support and hold parts of the Lenape longhouse in place. They learned this all while creating a ladder with wooden sticks.  Once these two skills were acquired, students came back together and properly placed foundation beams for the longhouse infrastructure. Finally, students laid out canvas strips which were supposed to simulate tree bark and covered our structure. In the end, all students got to go inside their Lenape longhouse and discussed what other things may have been created to help the Lenape survive. For example, we discussed how the Lenape probably made cots to sleep on and tools to hunt with. We also talked about how their food was stored underground.  Also, we discussed how human needs and necessities were the driving force for engineering, and how engineering constantly evolves by humans making things better. In the end, the students got to feel how the Lenape community had come together. Students got to feel what it’s like to live a day in the life of a Lenape Indian and learned that it takes a village to get things done and hard work pays off. Students were all smiles when they were finished looking at their completed Longhouse. This was a fun learning experience for the 4th graders that attended as they smiled at their very own longhouse project. 

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Classroom Learning
Students are having a lot of fun and learning computational thinking at the same time! 
Project Name: Building Computational thinking through hands-on coding
The materials in this project allow students to learn the basics of coding.  Students use computational thinking skills with hands-on puzzle pieces to map out their codes while moving through mazes.  The visual cues (puzzle pieces) reinforce understanding of step-by-step programming.  Students actively engage with the program.  They use the iPad via the touch screen to put their code into action moving through various mazes.  Students are learning directional movements and pacing.  When errors occur they are able to move the puzzle pieces around and try a new "code".  Students really enjoy working with this program and are very excited when they complete a level.  I love watching them plan out their moves and put them into action.  Students are gaining confidence in their ability to create codes and master maze levels.



The 8th-grade students enjoyed a fun-filled day at Six Flags Great Adventure on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.  The trip provided the 8th-grade students with many hands-on experiences related to science, math and the arts!  As soon as they walked into the park the students were citing the parabolas they saw with every roller coaster. They applied concepts related to ratios when they were on the rides, and calculated how long it took for the Ferris wheel to makes its rotations.  The students studied forces of motion, kinetic and potential energy and conservation of energy. They used estimation skills on the games that the park had to offer and learned so much about the wildlife in the safari, such as diets of the animals, and their sleep and hibernation habits.  The students saw the animals in their habitats, had discussions about their predators, and learned about which animals are being protected from extinction.

This trip to Six Flags Great Adventure provided an experience that few of our students have due to financial constraints.  The trip was a rewarding experience in academic achievement but also gave them an opportunity to have a final bonding opportunity with their classmates before they leave RBMS to attend a Regional High School next year.  A great time was had by all!

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