We are in the middle of our simple machines unit, and students are learning and interacting everyday with the machines and each other!
The fourth and fifth graders tested out MACHINE vs. HAND to make BUTTER!… Then, of course, enjoyed it with some bread and sugar.
The middle school students tested out levers and the positioning of the fulcrum to lift a load. They discovered the closer the fulcrum was to the effort force, the greater the amount of force was needed to tilt the lever.
Fourth and fifth graders learned about the advantages of inclined planes. The steepness of the board was increased and spring scales were used to test the force needed to lift an object.
COMING SOON…… RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINES!
The first and second graders are off to a successful start! They spent class time discovering simple machines today.
Love, Miss Hawthorne
The students at TCPS just wrapped up their unit on Forces, Motion, and Energy. They spent six weeks learning about gravity, kinetic & potential energy, speed, and so much more…
Below are pictures that documented the fun (& learning) that occurred!
*4th graders timing bubble gum chewing to calculate the speed
*7th graders hopping away!…
*8th graders trying to catch up!
*4th graders testing gravity
*2nd grader working on “Blow Art” – used forces to paint a picture
*Friction testing outside on the grass
*Friction exploration in the classroom
*Investigating potential energy (testing height of ramp and distance the cup moved)
*Sticky Sneakers – experimenting with spring scales to test friction in Newtons
*Culmination group project on Isaac Newton’s Three Laws of Motion
Next up … SIMPLE MACHINES!!
These first couple weeks at TCPS have been a blast (for me and the students)! I am settling in well and enjoying learning more about the school and students each day. Here’s a look at what we have been doing in Science.
We have observed our classroom guinea pig, Albert, we used the metric system to measure our smiles, we discovered the importance of bare skin to the sense of touch, classified insects and spiders, and even made a rainbow!
Many more discoveries to come…
All TCPS students grades 1-8 helped make our very own, wall-size, periodic table! Each student was assigned to research a different element(s) and then made a poster that showed the element block with all the acquired information they learned. When it was all put together, we had a wall that was color coded just like the real periodic table of elements!
The middle school students have been working hard the past four weeks to understand elements, why they bond and have now learned how they react. They did four mini experiments showing different chemical reactions and the four clues that differentiate a physical from a chemical change. They were explosively awesome!
All students 1-8 learned about the three types of rock: sedimentary, igneous an metamorphic. For each type we learned what they mean, how they are formed and a few examples of each. As a way to demonstrate how they form, we made sedimentary sandwiches, chocolate igneous lava rocks and metamorphic marshmallows. The students loved to learn and watch their yummy “rocks” form!
Grades 1-3 demonstrated the relative distances to scale between each of the eight plants in our solar system. They each counted out a certain number of steps where each step was approximately 100 million km. We were amazed to learn that Neptune is about 50 steps or 5 billion kilometers away from the sun! Take a look at our solar systems below. We needed the whole school parking lot to fit all eight planets!
Middle school students had a competition as to who could correctly make and label the eight moon phases with four Oreo cookies. They did an awesome job with everyone succeeding in getting the correct answer. And what better prize than being rewarded with a tasty lunar treat!
As part of our weather unit, the eighth grade students designed, recorded and edited their own clay animation to show the three main steps of the water cycle. Each partner pair was instructed to take a minimum of 50 pictures that were then put together in a short film. They did a fabulous job!
Below are a few examples.
John T and Sammy M’s Claymation