Parents see sea that pupils created in classroom


May 08, 2002|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

OCEAN LIFE EXHIBITS by Stacey Gruber's pupils transformed their fourth-grade classroom at Hampstead Elementary into a model aquarium last week.

Inviting families for a look was the final part of Ocean Exhibit WebQuest, designed by media teacher Iva Martin to encourage kids to explore the Internet and print media for facts that they could turn into exhibits to teach other children.

This was the first public view of how the school's wireless laptop lab enabled the 9-year-old pupils to conduct research online for 13 unusual sea creatures. The public school instructional technology facilitator, Kelly Hammond, taught the pupils to use the laptops to create PowerPoint slide shows.

Pupils worked on the project after lunch and through recess. For the classroom, they painted murals of rays, sharks, dolphins and a coral reef. To further simulate being inside a deep fish tank, they hung balloon "bubbles" from the ceiling. Computer facts and pictures showed sea creatures. Other parts of the exhibit were a written research report and a model.

Matt Ehrenfeld and Nick Hughes compared the eagle ray with the manta ray. Matthew Hoffman provided live fiddler crabs for the exhibit he made with Derek Eckhardt. Sean Nolan made a paper loggerhead turtle. Kyle Zelesnick's advice for finding clever pictures of fur seals was, "You can go to clipart online."

"This is impressive for fourth grade," Dana Hoffert said, viewing her daughter Shelby's killer-whale slide show.

Rachel Sharkey and Zach Nibbelink chose the cone snail, which lives off Australia, and were fascinated by venomous harpoons it shoots through the nose, according to Zach.

"At low tide when people collect cone snails is when human deaths occur," Rachel said. In her report, she wrote, "I think cone snails are thrilling creatures."

Schyler Heird and Cheniah Goss chose sponges because, as Cheniah said, "They are colorful and don't bite. And if you cut them, the pieces will grow."

Melissa Stoner took her skill with PowerPoint home, where she gave each family member a how-to lesson, according to her mother, Anne Stoner.

"We couldn't believe our 9-year-old was teaching us this stuff," Anne Stoner said. "I think the computers got them into researching the project. They got excited about doing it."

Senior citizen concert

In celebration of Grandparents Day, the fourth- and fifth-grade chorus at Hampstead Elementary School is inviting area grandparents and senior citizens to a concert May 15.

The free concert will be presented from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the school, 3737 Shiloh Road. Light refreshments will be served.

Classrooms will be open for visitors from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Anyone who wishes to attend the concert is asked to call the school, 410-751-3420, as soon as possible to ensure a seat.

High school concert

The choral department of North Carroll High School, including the award-winning travel choir and ensemble choir, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. May 23.

The travel and ensemble choirs have been invited to perform at several events this year.

The travel choir received top marks in county competition and qualified for a state competition April 26. The travel choir and ensemble were invited to the ninth annual Invitational Honors High School Choir Day at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., to perform and to take part in a choral conducting class.

The ensemble choir was in Myrtle Beach, S.C., over the weekend for an Atlantic Coast regional choral event.

The school is at 1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead.

Information: 410-751-3457.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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