Unity Charter School class visits Loantaka Brook Reserve for hands on learning

Written by Cat D. Posted in Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Education, Sustainability, Whole Child Education

loantaka3To make their unit study of water and the states of matter come to life, Jen’s 2/3 Learning Group took their first “in the field” trip of the year at Loantaka Brook Reserve in Morristown.

The students created underwater-scopes in class out of old yogurt containers and plastic wrap. They used these tools to help them observe the animals, plants and other items found in the brook. The children enjoyed lovely weather, fresh air and time in nature.

loantaka2The class found three frogs, a worm, fish, spider webs, bone fragments, algae and many leaves. We used our Science eyes to collect data both with and with out our scopes and record the data with sketches and words in our Water Logs. We look forward to at least two more adventures in local waterways this school year!

Unity Charter School Field Day 2014

Written by Cat D. Posted in Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Positive Discipline, Whole Child Education

By Jen Carcich Field Day 2014This year, Unity Charter School had the picture perfect field day! The weather was sunny and warm with a faint breeze blowing. The entire school walked over to Collinsville Park for a morning packed with activities. The children were broken into multi-age groupings K-6 with the 7th and 8th grade students being the group leaders. Group leaders instructed the group how to play each game, made sure everyone had a turn and that the games were played fairly. Teachers facilitated as well but the day was very much student lead. Shoe fly, parachute games, wet noodle tower and the wet sponge relay were just some of the great activities. Our PE teacher, Alyssa, had all of the children practice the games in during PE in the weeks before field day.Field Day 2014 2 The Parent Association provide watermelon and veggie sticks for snack. This year the events ended with a water balloon toss with teams comprised of eighth grade students and the staff member of their choice. It was a very close competition, but in the end Danielle and Ethan were the winning staff/student pair. It was a great way to end out final full week of school.

Third graders lead interest group on “Eco-Blades”, homemade Beyblades

Written by Stacy Havens. Posted in Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Interest Groups

By Jen Carcich

Gray C., Chris S. (both third graders) and I are running “Home Made Beyblades” for this round of Interest Groups.  It is for children in grades K-4.

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Gray and Chris have taught the group what a Beyblade is, how they battle, what their parts are, and gave some suggestions on the best way to battle.

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This week the children brought in Beyblades from home. While battling they noted how the parts function together on a Beyblade. We then discussed what found items we could use to create our own eco-friendly versions of these tops.

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Over the next two weeks, the children will be assembling their own Beyblades our of found materials, glue and tape.  Our final session will end with the students battling their eco-blades!

New Feature on the Unity Web Site

Written by Cat D. Posted in Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Uncategorized

By Catherine Delett

My first grader has been using a cool new feature of the Unity web site recently – the “shortcuts” link at the top of the homepage.

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See it? Right there in the top corner above the menu banner.

If you click it, you get a grid of icons that link to web sites the kids use at school, as well as a convenient link to the Realtime Parent Portal.

Shortcuts Having a first grader, we usually click once more on the K-4 icon to get this:       K-4-Shortcuts   It’s really helpful because my son knows how to find what he is looking for because this is how they find the web sites in the classroom. Thanks, Unity, for helping to make some homework days a little easier!