“Today you are not first grade students,” Todd teacher Jennifer Horowitz told her class. “Today you are shape detectives!” she announced ceremoniously and the students grabbed their iPads and went for a walk down the school hallways to look for objects in the shapes of circles, squares, triangles and rectangles.
Why does a musical note played on the violin sound different when played on the cello? How is sound created? Fifth graders in Lori Fraternale’s class have been learning about measuring sound waves and how musical notes sound different on various instruments.
How do you teach compassion to children? Simple: start early.
Todd fourth grade teachers, Lorraine McDermott and Melissa Magliulo, make a habit of introducing books about compassion to their students while encouraging conversations about empathizing with those less fortunate. One such conversation resulted in the students embarking on a project to prepare Valentine’s Day care packages to underserved children.
“Never Have I Ever” and scavenger hunts are not typical games students play in a school setting but Todd Elementary teachers are always reinventing games to accommodate the changing environment.
Todd Physical Education teacher Jamie Tranchida is looking forward to getting slimed. You heard that right. Mr. Tranchida is inviting that sticky experience, provided at least 300 Todd students sign up for the Kids Heart Challenge.
Technology can help us and enrich our lives in so many ways; for example, it can enable students to study remotely during a pandemic. But sometimes losing access to technology can be a blessing in disguise.