Monthly Archives: January 2016
Today (and tomorrow for 4th graders) we handed out fliers promoting a local poetry contest that we are encouraging all of our students to consider enter. This fits perfectly with what our students are learning right now. Our fourth and fifth graders have been reading and writing poetry as part of a unit in the Amplify language arts curriculum we are piloting this year. The quality and complexity of poetry is challenging as students are reading works from poets such as Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and Emily Dickinson. Information about the contest can be found in the student flier or at the link below. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us.
Today our students collaborated, communicated, and used critical thinking in a simulation to develop proposals for how a place called STEMtown would be able to meet its energy needs as well as balance having a clean and enjoyable environment. Each group will generate two proposals and will decide on one they plan to present to the STEMtown City Council in a project next week.
Our students having been learning about energy since returning from winter break. This week we focused on the renewable energy source- wind. Students used the engineering design process to design, build, test, and improve wind turbines. Vernier energy sensors were used to measure voltage data. Students analyzed their data and evaluated their constructions.