VIIs: Chinatown and the Brooklyn Bridge Almost Done

 

The VIIs have remained busy with their learning even with spring break approaching. 

In Social Studies, The VIIsC have been working restlessly on the Brooklyn bridge so they can present it on Monday, March 11th. They love the work that they have been doing on it and cannot wait to show the school their hard work. 

Martin Gilmore, a student of the VIIsC is especially excited about the opening because it is on his birthday. Both students of the VIIsC that we interviewed were working on important parts of the bridge such as the Casons, which Milo Salmon was working on, and the Manhattan tower, which Martin Gilmore was working on. For anyone who does not know what either of those things is on the bridge, Milo and Martin recommend coming to the opening of the bridge. 

Most of the VIIs have already finished their part of the bridge and are just waiting for final details and the cables to be made so they can finally unveil it. They have also been researching the history behind the Brooklyn bridge and other things related to it. 

Meanwhile, the VIIsR have continued with their study of Chinatown. They have learned how to write their names in Chinese characters and are now working on a mural which will have their Chinese names on it. Along with the mural they are also making paper-mache animal heads, which they will hang from the classroom ceiling and poems about Chinatown. They have also learned about the culture of Chinatown. Which includes, having learned about lucky colors, which are “red, gold, and orange” according to Aidan Harter, VIIsR. They have also learned about the animals in the Chinese zodiac, which the two VIIs managed to name with minor difficulty.  The VIIs have also been learning about the food, having gone out to Dim Sum, a traditional Chinese family meal,  earlier in the year. 

The VIIs have also been busy in Math where they are working on subtraction, which Martin says he “doesn’t need because I know ninety-nine times four.” 

Both VIIs have recently started Computer class. The  VIIsR have been learning how to handle computers and “how to delete stuff,” said Aidan, VIIsR, while the VIIsC have been working in a program called Typing Pal. 

The VIIs have continue to read quite a bit. When asked if they liked reading, Kaia Manges, VIIsR excitedly said, “I love reading.” Kaia just started reading The Penderwicks, while Aidan Harter, VIIsR is reading a book called Shark Attack. The students from the VIIsC are reading Geronimo Stilton. Although most of the VIIs could  not tell us much about the books since they are still at the beginning of the book. 

Most of the VIIs are excited for spring break, but for others “it is a fifty-fifty” because they really want to stay in school but also look forward to having a break. Either way, it seems like the VIIs have been working with curiosity andenthusiasm even as we approach spring break. enthusiasm even as we approach spring break. 

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