CLARK — Students at Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark have been learning the meaning of new words from context clues, reviewing foundational math concepts and discovering the “heart beat” of music.
A picture is said to tell a thousand words, but the students in Miss Sinicropi’s 4th grade language arts class at Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark are only looking to see one of these words at a time. The students have been using context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words in stories and texts. This past week, the students delved deeper, also exploring groups of pictures which visually reinforced the contextual clues present in a story. They were asked to record their best estimate of the meaning of a word using only prior knowledge and context clues within the book, and review with the class. The students were then allowed to individually study a series of images which served to provide more concrete clues as to the meaning of the words read. The class then regrouped to discuss and found that their definitions became much more accurate. Finally, Miss Sinicropi presented the students with the actual definitions and allowed them to reflect on how the differing context clues pointed to the solution.
Students in the first grade at Frank K. Hehnly Elementary School in Clark dove into music fundamentals for the first time at the beginning of the school year. They learned about steady beat, which is the pulse (or heartbeat) of music. Music teacher Meghan Bowers asked students to demonstrate a steady beat by listening to fall themed tunes. Students then used a pumpkin to keep a steady beat in a game of “hot potato.” Students Emma Da Fonseca and Emily Pittan from Mrs. Arrowood’s first grade class are pictured above.
Students in Ms. Guarino’s third grade class at Frank K. Hehnly Elementary School in Clark reinforced their math skills by rotating through math center stations. Each week, a parent volunteer leads one of the stations. Each center station, focused on a foundational math skill, required students to think and react quickly. Math centers allow students to learn and reinforce math skills cooperatively with their classmates. “They help students create a better understanding of math in a small group setting,” Ms. Guarino stated. Pictured above is an “Around the World” center station being led by a parent volunteer. This station focuses on the students practicing their addition facts.
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