Last week we read the book Balloons over Broadway and learned all about Tony Sarg, the inventor of the balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Tony Sarg's balloons were first used in the parade in 1924. We also watched a video on the History Channel showing us how the balloons are made in a studio in Hoboken, NJ. I hope they were able to share some of what they learned over the long holiday weekend!
Second graders have been researching five amazing inventors. Ralph Baer invented the handheld video game controller, Philo Farnsworth invented the television, George Ferris invented the Ferris Wheel, James Naismith invented the game of basketball, and Levi Strauss invented blue jeans. Each of these inventions changed the world, but which inventor and invention was most important?
Please view some of our videos, consider the students' arguments, and vote for which inventor is the best. Then share this page with your friends. We are trying to collect responses from all over the world.
Westbrook's votes have been counted and the school-wide winner is If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen with 28% of the vote (117 votes). Creepy Carrots was in second place with 18% (75 votes), That is NOT a Good Idea! was third with 13% (56 votes), and A Little Book of Sloth was fourth with 12% (51 votes). The Princess and the Pig and Snakes tied for fifth place with 26 votes each. The statewide winner was The Day the Crayons Quit.
All of the books are now available in the LRC for checkout.
Welcome to Westbrook's new makerspace, the iWonder Lab. Students will be engaging in their first engineering design challenge throughout the months of February and March.
I am getting a bit of a head start looking at the Monarch Award books nominees for 2015. A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke is adorable AND informative. Check out my Padlet to see some other resources.
Mrs. Freeley is the LRC Director and Mrs. Nelson in the Technology Facilitator at Westbrook School.