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 Grades- We will begin the school year with a design thinking activity. Our focus will be on collaborating as a team, communicating and sharing our ideas with each other respectfully, being creative and using our critical thinking skills to solve a problem.
2nd Grade- Using newspaper and masking tape, can you design and engineer a tower that can support a basketball?
3rd Grade- Using newspaper and masking tape what is the tallest structure you can design and engineer?
4th Grade- Using newspaper and masking tape, can you design and construct a 20 centimeters tall (free standing) table that is strong enough to hold a textbook?
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 Rube Goldberg Project using Simple Machines - (Students will apply their measurement skills and understand and be required to use a minimum of 2 simple machines in their project. In effort to learn about gravity, our Kindergarten friends will be testing their designs.
6th Grade Technology Class- Using, wooden clothespins, binder clips and colored jumbo craft sticks, build a structure that can support the most possible weight.
Collaborate and communicate with my partner.
Use “Accountable Talk.”
Use critical thinking skills.
Test our structure for strength.
Make changes and adjustments to our design.
Share our design with others.
Use “Good Partner” strategies.
Week 1: Digital Citizenship
Lesson 1: How do you judge the intentions and impact of people's words and actions online?
Lesson 2: How should you handle inappropriate online talk?
Lesson 3: What are the outcomes of presenting yourself in different ways online?
Lesson 4: What is a digital footprint, and what does yours convey?
Weeks 2 & 3: Engineering and Design Thinking
Design a product that will help kids enjoy Michigan winters.
Weeks 4 & 5: Programming and Coding
EV3 Robotics Self-Paced Course
Weeks 5 & 6: Architecture and Engineering
Design and engineer a tiny house for a client.
Typing will be completed as a warm up activity, each day, for 5 min.
Become efficient in typing the 100 most common English words.
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!