The East Explorers junior astronauts have completed their Mission X training and Houston is very pleased with their effort and hard work! We have done our part as members of Team USA Sharon to successfully propel "Astro Charlie" to the moon. Our grades 3-5 students have enjoyed 8 new missions that tested their strength, agility, dexterity and teamwork. Students warmed up each class by working on abdominal strength activities to strengthen their Astronaut Core and completed the Astro Agility Course to develop speed and the ability to change directions quickly. At our Climb a Martian Mountain Obstacle Course students attempted a variety of climbing challenges and performed Space Rolls to mimic the low gravity environment of space.
For the MX Base Station Walk we played "Beat the Astronaut" to test the theory with regard to lung, heart and muscle endurance. Mr.D and Mr. M set the challenge, all Cougars versus one astronaut. All students wore pedometers to see if we could accumulate enough steps to reach the 6.2 mile distance that it would take for an astronaut to return to the base station. We started out jogging, then stopped along the way to perform muscle-strengthening exercises-jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups and feet agility drills. Later, we played "Asteroids" and "Alien Tag", using different movement modes throughout the games. At the end of class, we turned in the pedometers and recorded the number of steps taken.We calculated all the steps taken for the classes and converted them into miles. In the end, one thing was certain-we were exhausted!
Here are the East Explorers of Team USA Sharon, Massachusetts enjoying Week 1 Activities of Mission X.The East Explorers make up three of Team USA Sharon Teams, with 3 teams each from Cottage St School and Heights Elementary rounding out the approximately 750 students of Team USA Sharon! All of our district 3,4 and 5th grades participate in the program during physical education class.
Here you will see the kids taking part in MX 2013 activities under the direction of Mr. Brooks and Mr. Monahan. Very creative challenges, indeed!
The Sharon Public Schools each year participate in the celebration of "Read Across America Day".
Special "surprise guests" volunteer to visit our classrooms to read a favorite book or story to the kids.
This year was no exception, and Astro Charlie was spotted in the gym with a group of kindergarten and first-graders. They were enjoying the book "Astronaut Handbook".
All of the kids had a great time while listening to the book read to them by "Mr. V"...After reading the book, the students were given a sneak preview of "Train Like an Astronaut" activities.
For most of us here on earth, we are always striving to eat right, get plenty of exercise and sleep, and to help our bodies to stay healthy by maintaining life-long sound habits of nutrition and diet. For our younger grade school children beginning with kindergarten, Team USA Sharon showed the students how much they would weigh on earth as compared to other planets and the moon. By using different weight balls and objects, the children rolled the balls back and forth to each other to feel the difference in "gravity" at each station. They then moved to a "new planet" every several minutes with a different weight ball and repeated the process through eight stations.
The children then discussed how different it felt to roll and catch the ball at each station, and how much fun it would be to actually travel to another planet to try this activity. One second grader later told me "How much fun she had visiting Pluto- with the beach-ball"..... from a future Mission X astronaut!