Monday, June 5, 2017

Field Trips!

This week we have been having a lot of fun with field trips! On Tuesday, we went to the Children's Museum and our second and third graders had the opportunity to learn a bit more about air and water. They learned that air can be extremely powerful by using the Amazing Airways display at the museum. Then they learned that not all heavy things sink and not all light things float using the Water Table at the museum.

After going through these sessions, students were then given free reign of the museum to do whatever they would like with the other displays and activities around the Children's Museum. Students loved experimenting with different things throughout the museum such as the home section, doctor section, and many other fun sections!

After visiting the Children's Museum, students went to a nearby park and had fun eating lunch with their sixth grade chapel buddies. After eating, students enjoyed playing on the park equipment with their chapel buddies!

For the end of this field trip, students went bowling at Stardust Lanes with their sixth grade chapel buddies. Students had a blast getting to know their buddies a little better as they competed against them in their lanes.

Overall, we had a great time on this field trip and I could tell that our second and third graders played hard as they waited in car line at the end of the day on Tuesday; they were very quiet! :)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Plant Seed Activities

This past week our second and third graders have been working through a plant unit in science. We began the unit by discussing what we already know about plants and what they need to survive. Then we had the opportunity to plant our own seeds in an aeroponic unit. In this device, our plants will not grow in soil, but they will grow in a type of plant foam. They will be watered through a pump underneath them and this pump will give them water as well as the necessary nutrients that they need to thrive. Pictured below is a diagram detailing how the aeroponic tote works. So far we have seen one sprout and we hope to see more sprouts pop up soon!

After planting our seeds, we had the opportunity to become part of the PIA: The Plant Investigative Agency. Students were placed into groups and were then given seeds along with magnifying glasses. Their job was to study the seeds and figure out what plant they came from. Surprisingly, students guessed many of the plants correctly since they were seeds they had seen before, such as cucumber seeds, tomato seeds, peach seeds, and plum seeds.

After this activity, students then had the opportunity to see how seeds were positioned inside of fruit. Students were given different types of fruit, such as a pepper, peach, tomato, and apple. In groups, they cut open the fruit and observed how the seeds were arranged inside of the fruit. Students enjoyed looking at the different sizes of seeds and how some fruits had a lot of seeds inside whereas other fruit only had one seed inside.

So far we have learned a lot in our this science unit and we hope to learn even more about plants!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tulip Venn Diagrams

     The end of the school year can be a crazy, stressful time where students can easily get upset with each other about silly things. So, to encourage and foster relationships in the classroom, our second and third graders completed an activity that got them thinking about their similarities and differences.

     To begin the activity, we first discussed the parts of a Venn Diagram, then students were introduced to the Tulip Venn Diagram activity. Using a Venn Diagram, students would partner up and discuss some things that they had in common with each other (which would go in the middle of their diagram) and some things that were different about each other (which would go on either side of their diagram). I made sure that students were partnered up with others that they may not usually talk to in or out of the classroom.


     Students enjoyed getting to know each other better and I heard many comments of, "oh, you like that too?" and "that is my favorite too!" Through this activity students saw their differences, but also their similarities and this will, hopefully, encourage students through these last few weeks of school to endeavor to share their similarities while also celebrating their differences. Feel free to come out and see our window displaying our Tulip Venn Diagrams!