TPS Happenings

Meeting Authors

Last Wednesday through Friday, class visits to the Book Fair included time with author (and TPS parent) Monique Curry, who read her children's book In My Eyes to first and second graders and answered their questions. Author/Quirk Books publisher (and TPS parent) David Borgenicht spoke to third, fourth, and fifth graders about how books are publishedGuest author Ty Drago speaking to Middle School students about his craft; Ty is the author of a middle school horror series, The Undertakers, which features smart and well-organized zombies.

Chinese Cooking

What would a study of China be without learning something about Chinese cuisine? Three workshops, led by guest chef Deb Sloman, introduced Junior Unit children to a variety of Chinese dishes and taught them a thing or two about chopping with a knife!

Lenape Learning

One of our 3rd grade classrooms is now a "Lenape Village of 500 Years Ago." 

The students self-selected an area of expertise to teach to others about the Lenape Village/Culture. They did the research, wrote their facts and scripts, practiced with their group, collaborated in building, and had a great time! The various stations around the room were wigwam and cordage, gardening, hunting, cooking, family, overview/introduction, and fire making.

The response from guests was terrific. The students took ownership of their stations and showed great pride in sharing their knowledge with others.

Mystical Creature

The head of a dragon.  A single horn jutting from its head.  The body of a deer.  The hooves of a horse.  The tail of an ox.   What is this mystical creature?  The great qilin is the Eastern version of the unicorn, and it was believed that only the very powerful ever caught a glimpse of it. 

When 4th and 5th graders "traveled" to the Han Dynasty last week, they had the great honor of creating sculptures of the qilin.  These sculptures determined who Emperor Wu chooses to sculpt the life-size statues of the qilin for his tomb.  Our talented sculptors practiced the focus and quiet that they have learned in previous time-travel excursions and created carefully designed pieces.