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Over the past several days, we have been closely monitoring the Cal-Wood Fire, in partnership with the Boulder Office of Emergency Management and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. Firefighting crews have done an outstanding job containing the northern spread of the fire, but we know that wildfires can be unpredictable and we must remain vigilant and prepared for any changes to the fire’s activity. Out of an abundance of caution, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department has requested that we close our schools in Lyons to in-person learning for Tuesday and Wednesday, in the event the fire shifts direction, which may require additional evacuations.
Beginning Monday, October 5, we will be implementing a hybrid in-person learning schedule for all students who are not currently enrolled in the LaunchED program. Click here to learn more. Comenzando el lunes 5 de octubre, estaremos implementando un programa de aprendizaje híbrido en persona para todos los estudiantes que no estén inscritos actualmente en el programa LaunchED. Haga clic aquí para saber más
Inspired by a read aloud on Halloween, students discovered that a "client" was in need of a design. The "client" was a family of bats from the book, Bat Baby Finds a Home, by Robert Quackenbush. The story revealed that it is not easy for bats to find a place to live. Everywhere the bats attempted to make a home, there was some disruption. For instance, when the family hung themselves under a tunnel, they soon realized that a train traveling over the tunnel made it very loud.
Students analyzed the text to understand criteria for bat homes. To support the non-fiction text, the teacher brought in a fiction work about bats. As students uncovered details about bats' lives they were becoming prepared to brainstorm and ideate around innovative homes for their clients.
With focus on collaboration and cooperation, students combined individual ideas to prototype one bat home. Students practiced public speaking by sharing and receiving feedback from peers. Students were able to "test" each design by the criteria the class decided upon: dark, quiet, small opening, cool, a place to hang, and a possible food source nearby. They also determined "next steps" for iterating their design.