GreenMount School is a busy place! Below are some of the things you might have seen if you peeked in sometime one recent spring as we prepared for our Baltimore Theme event.
8:20 a.m. Children run down the path to the school, backpacks flopping, calling out hellos to the parents and other students. Ms. Baker, our Head of School, greets everyone by name as they walk in.
8:30 a.m. Homeroom - Today in the combined 1st and 2nd grade homeroom, students practice shaking hands to learn the proper way to greet each other. They check the temperature and put it on a bar graph, check the date and calculate how many days are left in the school year by placing straws in the hundreds, tens and ones jars.
At Morning Meeting Ms. Baker and Ms. Elaine talk about why some people in Baltimore might not have homes or shelter and why it is important for the school to collect items for Paul's Place, one of our community partners.
8:45 a.m. 1st and 2nd graders turn in their math homework and start today's lesson about patterns. Kindergarteners learn about fractions by cutting an imaginary pizza into pieces. 7th and 8th graders study Geometry and Algebra.
9:45 a.m. 7th and 8th graders are off on expeditions to the neighborhoods they are researching for their culminating theme event. They will identify areas for improvement in their assigned neighborhood by interviewing business owners and residents, investigating community resources and examining infrastructure facts. They will put together a mock grant application for neighborhood restoration and present it to a group of parents and grandparents acting as a committee from HUD on theme culminating event day.
Grades 4th through 6th do Language Arts activities, discussing books or finishing their book reports. A local author is here today to speak to the students on a topic related to the Baltimore theme.
10:45 a.m. In music class students practice songs that highlight Baltimore's history, and work on the staging and choreography for the production. Second and third graders will practice on the recorder later in the afternoon.
11:15 a.m. Time for lunch! Lunch is in two shifts with each group eating together in the cafeteria. When the weather is nice, everyone heads outside for recess for some good running around.
12:15 p.m. 4th graders edit their "Stoop Story" videos. In the Baltimore tradition, they sat on the "stoop" of a row house and told personal stories while their friends sat and listened. These videos will also be part of the theme culminating event. The students have learned about the art of storytelling as well as use of software to edit video. Meanwhile, in other classes the students are writing in their journals, or having a Writer's Workshop.
1:00 p.m. In art class 5th and 6th graders complete their versions of a famous painting they saw on their field trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art. They will each write a story of what they imagine happened before, during and after the image captured in the painting.
2:00 p.m. Kindergarteners examine the worm eggs that Ms. Laura has brought in. They research worms using a variety of resources, including books and the internet. After the worms have hatched, they look at them with a magnifying glass and then put them in the school's vegetable garden.
2:15 p.m. In Explorations class, Ms. Elizabeth teaches students the difference between a cocoon and a chrysalis and shows them a Monarch butterfly and its caterpillar.
3:00 p.m. Students gather in their homeroom to receive last-minute instructions and be sure that they have everything they need for their homework.
3:15 p.m. Students are dismissed, but often parents and students are lingering in the foyer or on the playground laughing and socializing. It's hard to leave GreenMount!