Room 204 – Tom Reynolds

Dear Students and Families,

The Holidays are over and Spring is inching closer and closer! Although room 204 is counting down the days to warmer weather, we continue to work to the best of our abilities regardless of the temperature outside!

Recently, our students completed a unit on natural disasters. We discovered how volcanoes erupt, why earthquakes occur, how tornadoes form, and what causes avalanches! We put our knowledge to the test by building a volcano, creating tornadoes using soda bottles and a tornado generator kit, and created vibrations in order to watch how a seismograph works! Students have also participated in activities relating to Black History Month!

Moving forward, room 204 will begin a unit on the “Rainforest” and will discuss animals, climate, land formations, and the four layers of the rainforest: Forest Floor, Understory, Canopy Layer, Emergent Layer. As a final project, students will work together to build a diorama of the Rainforest. Also, students will begin to develop ideas of an invention they would like to create for The Phoenix Center’s “Invention Convention” tentatively scheduled for April!

Room 204 is also currently participating in trips to Stop and Shop for Community-Based Instruction. Students will be focusing on determining the affordability of items by comparing list prices to their budget, using the “Dollar-up” method in order to pay for purchases as well as using a gift card.

If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to visit our classroom, schedule a conference, or volunteer to help out, you can contact me at 973-542-0743 EXT. 204 or through email: treynolds@thephoenixcenternj.org.  The best times to reach me are 8:30-9:00am or 2:30-3:00pm.

Tom Reynolds