Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Documenting Science Experiments on the iPad

Over the last few weeks we conducted scientific experiments and wrote them up in lab report format. This week we continue to conduct science experiments, such as what happens when various liquids (fabric softener, colored water, dish detergent, and oil) are mixed with water. This time, we are documenting our experiments on the iPads using an app called 30 Hands. Students take photos and upload them into their presentations, then record themselves explaining what they observed. The green boxes are sound boxes that allow students to record their voices without outside noise filtering in.

Book Clubs

   We are having literary discussions about series books!

Bits and Pieces Presentations

Pairs of students made posters to teach their classmates what they learned about their solids in small pieces


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bits and Pieces

     We spent time exploring solids that come in small pieces, such as beans, rice, corn meal, rock salt.
     Each partnership was responsible for conducting a series of investigations of one solid. What happened when you poured it from one container to another? What happened when you put one scoop of it in various size containers? If you put some in a bottle and some in a small vial and shook both, what was the difference in the sound? 
      Students took careful notes of their findings. Tomorrow they will make posters to share what they learned about their solid with the rest of the class.

Scientific Experiment and Science Writing

    An extension of our science unit on solids and liquids and our mini-unit on science writing. I posed the question, "What solid materials are the best for building a tower?" The class brainstormed a list of solid objects in our classroom.
     Each student then came up with a hypothesis about which objects (no more than 5) would be best.

     Next, we built towers and measured them.

    Students then wrote a procedure: step-by-step instructions for building their towers.
    Then, results: How tall was your tower? Did it fall down?
    Last, conclusions: Looking at your tower versus other students' towers, what did you learn about which materials are best for building a tower? What would you do differently next time?
        Lots of fun and good scientific thinking! 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Learning About Google Drive

   Mr. Charltray, our technology integrator, came to our classroom to teach us how to access and       organize our own personal Google Drive accounts, which will stay with us as long as we are in the Cape Elizabeth school system.

Building with Solids

    In science, we're beginning to learn about solids and liquids. As part of our exploration of the 
    properties of solids (particularly flexibility vs. rigidity as well as shape), we teamed up to build
    towers using a specified set of solid objects.