Winthrop Avenue School

Grades 3-4

Principal:  Mrs. Sally Curto
School Secretary: Mrs. Linda Komorowski

580 Winthrop Ave.

Bellmore, NY 11710

516-679-2920

Email: winthrop@bellmoreschools.org

 

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Current News

All About Snowflakes

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Winthrop Avenue School fourth grade teacher Alexandra Grodin and librarian Marjorie Falabella developed a multidisciplinary unit incorporating science, photography, technology and English language arts for Bellmore students to study snowflakes. The unit culminated with a videoconference with microphotography expert Michael Peres, a Rochester Institute of Technology professor from the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and College of Art and Design.

Prior to their video conference, the students delved into books about snowflakes, including Jacqueline Briggs Martin’s “Snowflake Bentley,” Mark Cassino’s “The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder” and Neil Waldman’s “The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story.”

The students viewed videos that demonstrated how snowflakes develop, as viewed under a microscopic camera, and learned about the different types of snowflakes, such as prisms, plates and stellar dendrites. They also learned about snowflake symmetry and created their own paper snowflakes, carefully incorporating symmetry and paper-folding principles. They were even able to take advantage of the season’s first snow to conduct classroom experiments.

Ms. Falabella also shared her interest in snowflake photography and having been influenced by Wilson Bentley, known as Snowflake Bentley, the first known person to take detailed photographs of snowflakes and to record their features.

All of the students’ investigatory study of snowflakes paid off as they prepared for Michael Peres’ videoconference by exploring his website presentation “Snowflakes Up Close.” They also viewed his museum exhibit at the Rochester Museum and Science Center and received the opportunity for an up-close view of Snowflake Bentley’s journal, loaned by The Buffalo Museum and Science Center. During the videoconference, Professor Peres shared his art of microphotography and the students were able to ask him questions about his work and passion as a microphotographer.

Ms. Grodin said, “This videoconference was a wonderful way for students to witness how a small interest becomes a hobby that leads to a passion.”

All About Balance

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Living on Long Island requires residents to cross bridges while traveling to upstate or to neighboring states. Since studying a unit about forces, Winthrop third grade students in Deana Genovesi’s virtual class have learned about the balanced and unbalanced forces that determine the efficacy of bridge design and the potential problems engineers face in their planning to build these structures.

The students first watched short video clips about balanced and unbalanced forces and read about the planning that accompanies bridge design. In their investigation of the various types of bridges, they learned how the structures are supported by balancing out forces. Using piles of books, two pieces of paper and pennies, the students were then instructed to design their personal balanced bridges. They sketched their plans and made notes about successful and unsuccessful design elements, adjusting their plans to balance the forces that accompany a safe bridge.

Bellmore Leaders Help Those in Need

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Bellmore students learned through the District’s Bellmore Stars Character Development Program that they can make a difference in the world by helping others in need. Throughout the month of November, Shore Road, Winthrop Avenue and Charles A. Reinhard Early Childhood Center students hosted food collections to benefit struggling families in the community.