|Weatherstone STEM Lab||
We have been super busy, here at WES. We came back from break, flying! The past few days weather has slowed us a bit, but we are still moving forward!
A few things going on this rotation, kindergarten and 2nd grade classes will get to meet our worms. We will be supporting the classroom curriculum while learning all about our wiggly creatures! Also, first grade is building ramps! They are building their understanding about ramps, motion, and why a sphere rolls. They are having so much fun!
Check back to see more about what is going on in our class. Also, follow me on twitter @ccornwright. I try to post daily about the fun things going on in our class.
After learning about Caine's Arcade and the #cardboardchallenge, we decided to join the movement in all our STEM classes! We started with the Question, "What can I make with a cardboard box?"
Last week the 1st-5th graders Imagined everything they could make and wrote down a list off all the ideas they could come up with. Then they spent the last half of the class planning what they would make and how they could go about doing it. This week they started the building... and it has been amazing!!!! Some highlights from today were a plane, the Empire State building, and a hamster race track. What a busy, but fun day it has been! Can't wait to see what the other classes create!
This week 3rd-5th worked on becoming familiar with Word Processing. We started with the basics of learning how to center/left align text, indent, undo, and save a document. When we got through some basics to help with projects they may encounter throughout the year, we started talking about the expectations in college. We want them to be prepared when the time comes and work on starting good habits now!
I'm hoping we will get back to this later in the year. In addition, my goal is to start working on typing skills.
Kindergarten and 1st worked on learning their student number. Many of the kids who buy lunch were already pros at this. However, others need some practice. You can help your child by practicing their number at home. If you don't have it, send a note to their teacher, so they can write it down for you. This is the number they will use for logging onto a computer throughout their school career if they stay in Wake County.
Second grade worked on their number, but then worked on using the tracking pad on the laptops. We played some games that required them to move the mouse around and use the left click button. This practice prepares them for using the laptops independently in the classroom.
In the kindergarten classes, Mrs. Cornwright was discussing the design of snowflakes. She was relating the principles of structure to earlier projects where kindergarten students were trying to build towers. Creating a snowflake depends on many things including symmetry, exact lengths, points of contact. All of these things are important in building structures like towers and buildings.
The materials she used were marshmallows and dried spaghetti. Students were asked to design their snowflake on paper and then try to actually build their snowflake with the materials provided. We got some pretty awesome designs as you can see from the left.