100th Day STEM Challenge

For the 100th Day of school, students were challenged to design, build, and create their own structures, art, and inventions using a plethora of varying materials.  The only caveat was that they were limited to 100 pieces of each type of material.  I am consistently impressed with the students’ creativity and ingenuity in tackling obstacles and challenges.  Here are some of the pictures from our day!

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Science: States of Matter

We finished up our states of matter science unit by performing a series of experiments.

Gas – Elephant toothpaste and the chemical change to a gas

Elephant toothpaste with yellow food dye Elephant toothpaste in lab beaker Students performing experiment Students performing experiment

Solid – Oobleck and changing from a liquid to a solid

Students experimenting with Oobleck and it's properties. Students experimenting with Oobleck and it's properties. Students experimenting with Oobleck and it's properties.  Students experimenting with Oobleck and it's properties.  Students experimenting with Oobleck and it's properties.

 

Liquid- Density through layering different liquidsLiquid layers density experiment.Liquid layers density experiment.

Wonderwhirlers

Today we explored Wonderwhirlers!  We tested how design, mass, and force effect an object.  It also helped us learn about how to harness wind energy.

 

How to make a paper Helicopter Design Template

Constructing paper helicopters.Girl throwing paper helicopter.

What to expect . . .

Students will have a journal in their Rainbow Homework Folders starting today!   (11/29) Students will be tasked with writing a quick sentence or paragraph about something they read, or respond to a specific prompt from class.  The goal is to make the task of writing less daunting, and to motivate students to put more of themselves into their work. Encourage your student to read their writing to you each night!

 

SCIENCE

We are diving back in to science in second grade.  Our focus for the next unit is:

  • How does sunlight provide a source of energy?
  • How can different forms of energy cause changes?
  • What is temperature and what happens when it is changed?

 

Pumpkin Math

Second Grade did some wonderful pumpkin math on Friday, October 27th.  Students measured their pumpkin’s circumference, weighed their pumpkins, made scientific observations, and graphed the number of seeds.  Second grade is full of mathematicians.

Pumpkin Math Pumpkin seeds Pumpkin Math Students pulling the insides out of a pumpkin. Students working on pumpkins! Students counting pumpkin seeds. Pumpkins ready for pumpkin math.

Animal Habitat Diorama Extra Shoe Boxes

Happy Tuesday!

Our class is beginning its final project on Living Things.  Students are tasked with creating a diorama of an animal habitat.  They will do all of the research and construction at school, but we are in need of extra shoe boxes!  If you have any extra please send them in, and our class will be very grateful.

Shoe box

Here is how your student will be evaluated for the project:

Diorama rubric

This the link to the PDF version:

Animal_Habitat_Diorama

Animal Adaptations

We used  buildyourwildself to help us learn about structural adaptations in class.  Your student is more than welcome to continue using the website at home.

Mr. Thompson with structural animal adaptations.

 

We also had a Phobetron pithecium (Hag Moth) visit our classroom yesterday.  It dropped from the ceiling and landed on an unsuspecting student.  We carefully had it crawl on to a pen and then in to a seal container.  Where it promptly  changed to it’s pupa stage.  We will keep it in class to see the Hag Moth emerge!

Monkey Slug
Cocoon

**Never should students seek out caterpillars or any other insect to interact with.  Many insects, like the hag moth larvae (Monkey Slug), look interesting but might be harmful to the touch.  This is a good time to reiterate with this same sentiment at home. ***