Lifesaving Lessons at Kinawa

Kinawa students had the opportunity to learn First Aid and CPR skills this year as part of a special exploratory class. Teacher Sheree Jungwirth is a licensed CPR instructor who created the class to allow 5th and 6th graders the opportunity to learn valuable lifesaving skills, including CPR and the use of an AED (Automated […]

Adult holding snake in Kinawa classroom with students observing

Exploring Michigan Native Snakes

Kinawa students had an up-close and personal experience with Michigan snakes in David Pruden’s Outdoor exploratory class. Jim McGrath from Nature Discovery in Williamston brought several species of native snakes. He talked about their life cycle and impact on the ecosystem, while also sharing interesting snake facts and dispelling common myths. Students had the chance […]

Kinawa 'History of Rock and Roll' class which features ukulele playing

Teaching Music History with Ukuleles

Okemos music teacher Erika Bridge received an Okemos Education Foundation grant in fall 2016 to purchase 30 ukuleles for her “History of Rock and Roll” exploratory class at Kinawa 5/6 School. This class, which Bridge developed herself, studies the emergence of the Rock and Roll movement from the 1950’s to today. By examining the popular […]

Student thank you for KidBlog grant

Blogging: powerful and fun learning for 5th grade writers

In the fall of 2016, Kinawa teacher Laura Kampf requested an OEF grant to purchase an online subscription to KidBlog for every 5th grade language arts classroom. This child-focused blogging program gives Kinawa teachers a new and fun way to help Okemos students hone their writing skills. As Kinawa teacher Joan Ferguson explains, “Although many […]