Thursday, March 20, 2014
One of our lessons this week focused on magnets- how they work, what are they attracted to and why? Students conducted a discovery/engagement task to test different objects to see what was magnetic and what was not. They then had to create a hypothesis as to what was attracted to magnets and why? We then created an electromagnet!
We have really been focusing on how to create a hypothesis and taking the time to create wonderings too and then test them in class. I believe students have the most valuable learning when they are creating their own questions and then experimenting to discover the answer! Here are some examples from a lesson this week where students took their individual thoughts and created a group hypothesis and we sorted them into two categories: testable or researchable. We also discussed how we could change the researchable questions into testable ones. The next day in class, we tested our hypothesis and even I was surprised!
I am super excited about some new resources I recently ordered! Picture Perfect Science is such a great tool for teachers to use to tie in literacy with science. It is also written, basing lessons on the 5E Model of Engagement. The books include formative assessments, linked to the NGSS standards. I can't wait to use them! There are three of them in all!
We used an energy stick to create human electrical circuits- sounds scary doesn't it? Don't worry, no one was injured! Students were amazed at how the energy could flow through and make the energy stick light up! We created a series and parallel circuit and discussed the difference and why it's helpful to use parallel circuits in some situations. We listened to "The Electric Slide"!
I am so excited because our butterfly habitat and caterpillars arrived today! We are going to be observing them as they go through their life cycle to change into a butterfly over the next few weeks, just in time for our last unit in science on our world of living things!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Hopefully we will have more update this month with things that are happening in Studio 214. My computer at school now blocks me from updating anything because of a network filter, so I will update from home each week. Keep checking each week to see what your child has been up to and what they are learning!
The link below provides some awesome examples and resources to use when teaching fractions! They came from the Jefferson County School District.