I attend monthly meetings that focus each month on using the new science standards and how to assess those standards. I have met some really awesome teachers at these meetings and one teacher shared a resource she created called "Squared Away Science", which is a formative check of our kids' learning. We used this and completed some hands-on tasks recently.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Students got to pay $75 Panther Dream Dollars to attend our most recent vacation, which was a fan water day at CCES! It was such a blast and sure to be a memory they will never forget! This huge slip-n-slide was a huge tarp with soap sprayed on it and Mr. Eric sprayed it with the fire truck water hose. It didn't take long for a huge mud pit to form at the bottom and that was just as much fun to land in and going down the slide. They could also purchase water balloons for $25 to toss at their favorite teachers!
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Today we are reviewing why we have shadows and why it appears the shadows moves throughout the day, even if we are in the same spot. Why do we have shadows and what causes them to move? We drew our shadows in the morning, at noon, and in the afternoon. We also looked to see when our shadow seemed to be the darkest and lightest.
On the Friday before Easter, we did a little engineering in Studio 214 and students worked in team to create a "vehicle" to transport a raw egg from the second floor window to the ground safely! I brought in supplies for them to use and we used the scientific method to conduct the experiment. Students recorded all of their information and drawings in their science journals. Every egg passenger survived! That is the first time that has ever happened! We had a special snack at the end of the day!
We did a gallery walk last week in math class, where students travel in groups around the room to different stations to solve problems and work together. It's great for discussion between students. After we had completed the stations, the "student experts" went to their station and explained how their group members solve the problem and everyone checked their work and reflected on how they did on that target. They did a great job of explaining what they did to solve!