Fifth Grade- Mystery at School

Now that our fifth grade classes understand how the immune system works, the students worked together to determine what illness was being spread around Mylo, Angelina, and Suzi’s classroom.  They used the patient information sheet to analyze the symptoms each child had and then reached a conclusion on the illness.  All of the classes agreed that it was either the flu or strep throat.  We were able to make some excellent real world connections to the job a doctor has in diagnosing patients.

Second Grade – Modeling Erosion

After learning about the different ways the earth can erode, the students were able to actively investigate erosion by creating a land model made of sand.  They modeled how wind (blowing through a straw), earthquake (gently shaking the tray), ice (pushing ice cubes down the sand), and water (pouring 100 mL of water) erodes land.  They collected the amount of sand that went to the bottom of the tray and measured it in a graduated cylinder.  This was a great math connection to measuring and estimation


First Grade – Design a Playground

The culminating project for our Light:  Observing the Sun, Moon, and Stars was to create a model of a playground that included features that will protect the students from the sun, just like the problem in our story.  This project was the students first experience using the Engineering Design Process (located in the front of the STEAM journal).  Students tested their designs by placing 5 mystery beads on the playground and then used the flashlights (our model of the sun) to see if the bead would change color.  I was very impressed by the teamwork in all of the classes.  The kids had a great time creating the playground designs.  

Kindergarten – Why Do We Have so Many Bones in our Fingers?

Now that we understand the structure and function of bones, our kindergarten classes conducted an experiment in which they played a peg game using just one hand.  For the first round, the students could use their hand as normal and were able to place as many pegs as possible in 20 seconds.  For the second round, we wanted to see what it would be like to only have one bone in our fingers and thumb.  We placed tape around our fingers so that they could no longer bend and played the game again.  The students concluded that we need so many bones in our hands so that they can move more freely and help us pick things up.


5th Grade – Infection Fighters

Now that we have learned how germs are spread, our fifth grade teams researched the immune system using our PLTW presentation.  Students took notes and then created a diagram on paper before transferring it to a program called Mindomo on the iPads.  Assignments were then submitted to Google Classroom to show understanding of the topic.


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