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Teacher Talk: Fourth Grade LEGO Mindstorms

April 15, 2021

Mater Christi School fourth graders were assigned a specific biome: tundra, coniferous forest, desert, deciduous forest, grasslands, or tropical rainforest. Students then researched at least five animals that have adapted to the unique conditions of their assigned biome. From their list, students chose an animal and researched survival adaptations of that animal to model with the LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 robot. Students were asked to create a “Survival Plan” for the […] Read more...

Teacher Talk: Kindergarten “Bee-Bot Drive” 

February 4, 2021

Mater Christi School kindergarten students each designed and built a building for their Bee-Bot community. The buildings are arranged around a special road for robots — “Bee-Bot Drive” — in the MCS elementary building lobby. Since returning from Christmas break, the kindergarteners have been coding in Bee-Bot, programming Bee-Bot and Blue-Bot robots to visit the buildings along Bee-Bot Drive. This process has helped students learn computer concepts such as frame […] Read more...

Teacher Talk: Science – Car Pull

January 29, 2021

There is an old proverb which goes something like this: “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand”. This has been a tough year for having students do the most important part of any science lesson…the lab. This is the part of science that really has students get involved in an idea for understanding. Due to COVID-19, many labs which […] Read more...

Teacher Talk: Math/Religion Stained Glass Project

January 22, 2021

Students in Mater Christi School’s 8th grade religion class culminated their Church History Unit with a collaborative math/religion project. After exploring stained glass design, students created their own geometric patterns using their knowledge of linear equations. Each student chose 10-12 linear equations based on positive and negative slope, and y-intercepts. They then graphed them on a coordinate plane (on paper). Next, they chose a color scheme and filled in the […] Read more...

Teacher Talk: Grade 3 Math

December 10, 2020

Third-grade students engaged in an activity using water drops and pennies to experience the various steps of scientific inquiry. First, the girls and boys attempted to see how many drops of water could be dropped on a penny before spilling off. They recorded their results and discussed why the numbers were so varied. Using their recorded data, the class made a list of the variables that could have affected the […] Read more...