April 12, 2018

posted Apr 12, 2018, 2:19 PM by James Falletti

2nd Graders enjoyed some “downtime” in STEM Class playing Free Flow on their iPads. Free Flow is a pipe building game that challenges kids to connect matching dots with pipes to create a flow

December 14, 2017

posted Dec 14, 2017, 11:36 AM by James Falletti

2A was introduced to Prodigy today; and while we didn't get to far with it, at least their usernames and passwords were created. A form was sent home with your child, giving you (the parents/guardians) access to your child's program. You'll be able to see how he/she is doing, what he/she is learning about, and where they stand as-far-as the Common Core. 

I intend to show them the ins and outs of the game next week when I see them, but if you wish to sit with them and explore the game together -- I will have no problem with that. I only ask that you let your child figure things out on their own or with minimal help - this way I can get a clearer picture as to what we need to work on more in regards to Mathematics. 

On the paper that I gave them, their are instructions for you to log in to your child's page, but it also includes their username and password. Please visit

November 16, 2017

posted Nov 16, 2017, 7:01 AM by James Falletti   [ updated Nov 16, 2017, 7:06 AM ]

Today, students had continued their studies of animals and ecosystems in their STEM Class by including map skills, a video of the everglades, and interaction with live and preserved animals. 

We discussed the Piranha
Piranhas are South American fish with razor-sharp teeth and a reputation for feeding frenzies. In fact, piranha means "toothfish" in the Brazilian language of the Tupi people. However, not all piranha species have a taste for blood; some are vegetarian. 

We Discussed the American Alligator
Alligators are large reptiles, members of the order Crocodylia. Alligators and crocodiles are, therefore, closely related, and people often confuse one with the other; however, these two reptiles are very different. The American alligator lives in the southern United States, from North Carolina to Texas, according to the Smithsonian Zoo. These gators can be found in slow-moving rivers, ponds, lakes and swamps.
We Discussed the Leopard Gecko
Leopard geckos are nocturnal lizards found in desert environments in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and parts of India and have been popular pets in North America since the 1980's. They have tiny claws instead which gives them an advantage in sandy environments.

Here's the video that we watched in class:

Animals of the Everglades National Park

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