Alexander, Jonas and Jacob working hard on their scientific illustrations.
Arionna and G'mari measuring the height of a superball bouncing on a surface.
I had a great time with 4th and 5th grade students this week. Fourth graders worked on communicating data using diagrams. We went down to Reedy Creek, found specimens, and drew and labeled them as accurately as possible. These students must have great observation skills because I saw a lot of detailed diagrams. We plan on working on our scientific illustration skills throughout the year.
Fifth graders performed a controlled experiment to find out how changing the surface a superball is bounced on affects how high the ball bounces. They had to use their math skills of finding the mean and creating accurate bar graphs to display the data they collected. They used a meter tape to measure distance and recognized why it is important to run multiple trials and to communicate and collaborate with other scientists to develop a theory.
These activities are a fun and engaging way to explore science concepts more deeply than working out of a textbook in class or listening to a lecture and taking notes. This is why it is so important that students come to class with their assigned readings and reading summaries completed. They need to be prepared for a discussion on the concepts and be able to get clarification on things they don't understand to be ready to participate in activities. This is why I do not accept late reading summaries. Please encourage your child to be prepared for class everyday.
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