What does a scientist do?

4F Jan 23-27 We began a new Unit of Inquiry this week under the theme of How the World Works. This unit will be an inquiry into how scientists investigate and help us to understand our changing planet with a focus on the form of the Earth and how it changes.  The students spent the week in a variety of provocations and pre-assessments to discover and think about what scientists do, how they do it, and how they share their findings as our writing focus will be on expository writing.

Additionally, we had a metacognitive focus this week about how we participate in class discussions and developed some strategies to continue developing in this area. We used viewing and talking about art every morning to practice this important skill. finally, we

Finally, we had a lovely visit from a local school as part of our service learning to develop community, and a visit from an artist to discover chaos, order, and tone in music.  Check out Seesaw for reflections, and the photo album below for lots of pictures.

 

Just a little bit

Pardon the cheesy title but it was irresistible.  Before the break, I had ordered an electrical building block system called Little Bits.  They arrived and the students have had a great time this week exploring the components and beginning building challenges.  The system allows students to recognize cause and effect, use their imagination by attaching whatever they want, and begin a rudimentary coding process. It was lots of fun watching them hook up circuits that worked and begin to build devices such as light activated alarm systems and remote control vehicles. This addition to our P.I.C time will give students another vehicle to explore creativity, build with their hands, and learn how parts affect other parts. Keep an eye on Seesaw to see some of their creations and check out the photo album below.

In other low-tech news this week, the class noticed some results from our garden and we all got to try some radish. It was great to see the sense of pride and excitement as students harvested and shared the results, and how it inspired some of the class to spend time after school caring for the garden and begin to think about planting more for the spring.

4F Jan 13