ORWELL – Imaginations were running wild as students engaged in a variety of different activities available on Thursday, March 2 during Grand Valley Elementary’ s annual Title I Family Learning night.(From March 10 edition of The News).
Of those activities that evening consisted of a book fair station, a discovery zone, a planetarium/hands-on learning section and a refreshment room, as well as several centers within many of them.
One of these areas was the discovery zone, which had been put together for by GV PTO in order to provide opportunities for children to explore themed camping centers.
This part was managed by first grade teachers Liz Grier and Rebecca Crouch, who said the discovery zone has been part of family learning night for about ten years now.
According to Grier, the discovery zone this year included information on following directions, using a compass and a map, fire safety prevention and wildfires, as well as offered examples of different kinds of scat, rocks and soil, all centered on Ohio Learning Standards for Science and Social Studies.
Although many delighted over the fun camping theme, as well as the book fair and refreshments, the most popular part of the evening seemed to be the planetarium/hands-on learning stations located in the gymnasium of the school.
These hands-on learning sections included a gear building area, a puzzle making spot, a polymer sifting and building table, a rock examination place, a circuit area, as well as the most popular part of the night—a planetarium dome that was setup up by Super Science Investigators.
“I like the planetarium because I got to see the planets up close,” said sixth grader Alexus Freeman who attended the event because of her younger first grade sibling Maddie Freeman.
Kindergartner Lillian Dolan had similar thoughts.
“I like the dome because there [are] cool things inside it,” said Dolan. “There’s a magic video and a bear that asks a question.”
Owner Dr. Jeffery Driscoll, of Metamora, Michigan, said that he first created Super Science Investigators within Detroit Schools and has since expanded all over by providing planetarium shows through the use of a giant dome.
Fourth Grade Teacher Karen Glotzbecker seemed generally pleased with the results of Driscoll’s service and the evening’s results, while further noting that this is the second year Super Science Investigators visited.
“Considering that kids [already] went through stations in class [today], it’s been a good turnout,” said Glotzbecker.
Fourth Grade Special Education Teacher Erica Clason agreed: “It’s nice to see all the families out enjoying the time together.”
For more information about GV Title 1 programs please contact the school.
You can also view further information about Super Science Investigators by checking it out online at: www.superscienceinvestigators.com.
Pictured: GV Special Education Teachers Erica Clason and Angel Morse helping with refreshments during Title I Family Learning Night on Thursday, March 2.