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CLARK — Clark elementary school students learned about adjectives and how to measure angles this week.

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At Valley Road School in Clark, Kelly Williamson’s fifth graders learned how to measure and identify angles. In one activity, the students used pattern shape blocks to help determine the measurement of the angles in an equilateral triangle. The students also used the blocks to determine the measurement of the angles in a parallelogram and a rhombus. This hands-on approach was successful with the students because they were able to actually visualize what the angles looked like and manipulate the measurements. In the picture above, (from left) Ben Laucik, Dominick Muller, and Emmalie Pikula work together to measure angles using the pattern shape blocks.

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Would the Michelangelo’s work in the Sistine Chapel be quite as striking if he had only brought along black, white, and brown paint? We may be able to make out the silhouette of the Mona Lisa in grayscale but she would not garner the same attention as she does in full living color. Writing without diverse and colorful adjectives is much like a black and white picture of a famous painting. While the overall message may be conveyed without the color and flavor adjectives add to a text, reading a story would certainly be less interesting without them.

This week Miss Sinicropi’s Language Arts Classes at the Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark were introduced to alternative adjectives they could substitute for bland adjectives to spice up their writing. Her students put these adjectives to use when attempting to describe a myriad of objects using only their sense of touch. Students were asked to blindly reach into a bag and write the vibrant adjectives that came to mind. The students then collaborated to create adjective filled sentences to describe the assortment of items they had been provided with. Pictured above are Miss Sinicropi’s 4th grade students getting their first looks at the items they had been describing.

 (Photos courtesy of Clark Public Schools)


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