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Wayne Post
  • Science Museum helps Kelley 4th graders prepare for test

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  • NEWARK — Jennifer Jasewicz’s fourth grade pupils played an important role May 27 in helping other fourth graders at Kelley School review for the upcoming New York State science test June 2.
    Working industriously this last month, they created a “science museum” for the day in the large group instruction room that featured tri-fold posters with pictures and information related to various science topics they’d studied this year.
    Jasewicz’s students also created tee-shirts about their individual topics and wore them when they made a presentation to Amanda Quku’s class and to parents at 2:30 p.m. in the “museum.”
    Materials used for the posters and tee-shirts came from the website “Donors Choose” that Jasewicz submitted a proposal to a few months ago that ended up being fully funded.
    “We received $694.75 worth of materials such as a magnetic easel, construction paper, crinkle-cut craft scissors, glue-dots, T-shirts, fabric makers, and iron-on transfer paper,’’ she said.
    Once the materials were received, students picked science topics further research and began collecting resources and gathering facts.
    Jasewicz enlisted the aid of special area teachers at Kelley who helped her students with their projects.
    • Librarian Catie Abonado helped them during library time to find books and articles to learn more about their topic.
    • Becky Hauf, computer lab teacher assistant, helped students in their keyboarding class locate child-friendly search engines through which they could obtain information about their topics.
    • Art teacher Amy O'Connor assisted by helping students creating tee-shirt designs.
    Jasewicz said her students compiled interesting facts, typed paragraphs and collected pictures and photographs to create their tri-fold posters for the “science museum” that were viewed throughout the day by other fourth grade classes.
    T-shirt fronts were student’s illustrations made with fabric markers and the backs were vocabulary words related to their science topics.
    Jasewicz said the word cloud designs were made by using www.abcya.com/word_clouds. They were then printed and ironed on to the back of their tee-shirts.
    Once the various classes visisted the museum, students’ grabbed a pencil, clipboard, and packet used for record interesting facts gleaned from each poster.
    Kelley Principal Teresa Prinzi commended Jasewicz and her students for their outstanding work.
    “I think the museum project was amazing and it helped fourth graders review for the science test,’’ she said. “Mrs. Jasewicz’s students should be very proud of their hard work and effort. And Mrs. Jasewicz did an amazing job of accessing resources to provide students with a great learning opportunity.’’

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