Everyone who knows me, knows Van Gogh's The Starry Starry Night is my absolute favorite piece of art and every year I used it for inspiration when developing lessons. This year the grades 3-5 class got the opportunity to experience that inspiration! However, it wasn't an ordinary lesson. Think about Van Gogh and Dr. Seuss, how could you possible tie these two together? Well here is it! "Dr. Van Suess the Christmas Night" (one of the students named this piece) Students created a starry starry night background, with the foregroung being whimsical christmas tree from Dr. Seuss.
After reading the story A wish to be a Christmas tree written by Colleen Monroe, the students at Harcourt Elementary participated in another STEM challenge. They were divided into 5 multiage groups, given random materials and provided with a challenge. Their challenge was to plan, design and build the tallest Christmas tree. They all worked together, collaborated, problem solved and together they completed the challenge. Great job everyone! I am so proud of you. Check out our photo gallery to see more images of this amazing event!
After reading the story, How to Catch an Elf, the kids at Harcourt school were giving a STEM challenge. Multiage groups (K-5) were created and their task was to use random materials to build an elf trap. There were given one hour to plan, design and create their product. After the hour was up, each group presented their trap.
Orange Shirt Day September 30th. In recognition of this day, Harcourt Elementary students and staff are asked to wear an orange shirt on Friday, Sept. 29th. The Orange Shirt recognizes the harm done to generations of children by the Indian Residential Schools and is an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that every child matters.