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Kindergarten- Butterfly's have Symmetry? Designing and Building a LEGO Butterfly
1st- What instruments do Meteorologist use to predict the weather? Designing, Engineering and Testing an Anemometer
2nd, 3rd and 4th Graders- We kicked off the school year with students brainstorming, designing, engineering, making improvements and sharing their groups tallest structure out of uncooked spaghetti noodles, marshmallows and toothpicks. Each grade was given one or more of the above materials. Our focus was on using and understanding the Engineering Design Process, Using our Critical Thinking skills, Collaborating and Communicating with our team. Our next 3 rotations focused on Digital Citizenship: keeping and maintaining a positive Digital Footprint, the Responsibilities of a Digital Citizen, keeping ourselves SAFE online, finding Credible Sources online and understanding what Eye Pollution is and what to do if and when we come across Eye Pollution.
2nd- Engineering PVC Pipe Marshmallow Shooters and Catapults (Measurement)
3rd- Engineering with Light and Sound (Reflection, Refraction and PVC Musical Instruments- Pitch and Vibration)
4th- Engineering a Desk Organizer - (Students will apply their measurement skills to the nearest 1/4 inch and understand and apply finding the area and perimeter of their desk organizer)
Kindergarten- Our little ones are working hard at understanding their numbers, letters and sight words! Our centers are focused on students using LEGOs to build sight words, comparing numbers using greater than, less than and equal to signs and beginning to build addition equations. After the holiday break, we will begin differentiating our centers and some students will begin working on the next level of sight words and subtraction equations!
Our first grader are now learning how to mix colors! In Art class, students mix colors to create new colors. STEM team members mixed colored frosting, used light to change colors and found out what happens to colors when mixed in a chemical reaction of vinegar and baking soda! The culminating STEM challenge for color mixing will be: using colored triangles, how high can you build a structure by showing the color mixing in a pattern. For example if the bottom row is blue and the 2nd row is green then the third row of the structure should be red, as blue and red make green.
4th Grade- In STEM and Art, the 4th graders are in the final stages of finishing engineering a book and publishing their realistic fiction writing piece. The students were able to choose between a zig zag book, pop-up book, movie in a box and book creator app. Please look for information coming out soon on a showcase day for our 4th graders publications!