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59f888bfd89bcAlyssa, Jacob and Dylan putting together their HAL activity.

Alyssa, Jacob and Dylan putting together their HAL activity.

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59f888bfd89bcKaylee, caleb, Ricky and Adyson work together to build their HAL activity.

Kaylee, caleb, Ricky and Adyson work together to build their HAL activity.

HAL Happenings

Fourth and 5th grade HAL (High Ability Learners) students enjoyed “Thinking Like An Engineer” during the district’s HAL Activity Day earlier in October.  MacKenzie reported that her favorite activity was designing a parachute that would lift a small plastic soldier.  The project that Ricky enjoyed the most was building a bridge out of spaghetti sticks, marshmallows, popsicle sticks, and tongue depressors.  Cool!  Jared liked all the learning that happened.

At the end of October, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade HAL students built Ghost Towers and performed experiments at Jefferson’s after-school HAL Activity.  Teams worked together to plan a tower with a strong base and good roof out of packing peanuts (they kind of look like ghosts) and toothpicks.   While they built towers, candy pumpkins soaked in different liquids.  Students developed hypotheses about how Sprite, water, and vinegar would affect the candies.  Observing and recording the changes was surprising.  Everyone had fun exercising their brains!

Next District HAL Day – December 6                       Next Jefferson After-School HAL Activity – November 28

 

Kathryn Deitz