February was a special month where we honored and celebrated Black History Month and International Women’s and Girl’s Science Day. We read many books and explored different science/stem and art wonderings. Our Young Steam Inventors were fascinated and excited to connect with other children around the world celebrating International Women’s and Girls Science Day and Black History Month.
Preschool and Kindergarten
Our study of Wood and Materials started with exploring the process of how a tree in the woods becomes a chair that we sit in or blocks that we use in our block space. We explored and asked many questions like, “what happens when plywood gets wet?” and “how is plywood made?”.
We wondered what would happen when we attached large numbers of paper clips to smaller pieces of wood in tubs of water.
To end our study of wood students followed the engineering process to design, build and sketch treehouses using different types of wood. Kindergarten students sketched in their science notebooks and preschoolers drew their ideas out on white art paper and displayed in their classrooms.
Pre-K students show off their engineering skills.
Kindergarten Treehouses and Sketches
Preschool and Kindergarten Reading about, Sketching, and Building Treehouses
Science, Literacy, and Engineering: Preschool and Kindergarten Study of Wood
Preschool and Kindergarten Treehouse Sketches
The Singing Ringing Tree
The Singing Ringing Tree is a sculpture designed by Tonkin Lui Architects. It was designed and built a hill-top sound sculpture overlooking the town of Burnley, England. It was named after the Brothers Grimm folk story.
Here is a link where you can hear the sculpture singing and ringing!
Students built their own Singing Ringing Trees
“This looks like a real tree that I want to climb.”
“I want to design a singing ringing tree but I would add bells and lights to it. It would be like a marble ramp and you can send big marble balls to hit the bells and make sounds. You could use LED lights at night to save energy.”
“I want my singing ringing tree to be a treehouse. I want to sleep in it and have fun playing with my friends. I would put a pulley in it to bring up snacks for us to eat.”
Treehouses and Science Literacy Development
Kindergarten and School-Wide Treehouses
YSI Pre-K Treehouse blueprints and Treehouse building
Grade 1: Squirrel Study
Grade 1 students have been studying Animals in science and in their classrooms. This year featured a new FOSS Science Kit that connects to the learning in the classroom. I shared that with you on previous posts. The last two weeks of February focused on animal behavior in the winter. In science we observed and studied squirrels
Squirrel Study- Flying Contraptions that inspired our grade 1 Engineers
Squirrel Behavior in Winter and Safe Squirrel Trap Design
Squirrel Trap Designs and Fiction Literature
Grade 1 Squirrel Study and Engineering Designs
I decided to interview one student to talk about our learning journey.
Grade 1 Science Squirrel Study and Creativity Student Interview with Ms. Alicia
“We made Safe Science Traps to catch the squirrel running around in our school. Ms. Alicia told us that we had to design a safe trap to catch the squirrel and put him safely back into our playground area. She said someone left the door open to bring out balls and he got into the building. We talked about what kind of bait we needed to use. We said nuts like acorns, flowers, berries and seeds. We didn’t know that squirrels like to eat tree bark until we read a book about it. We started thinking of ideas on the type of traps we would build and where we would put them in the school. Most kids thought the cafeteria was the best place to put it because the squirrels don’t have as much food in the winter. After that we want to look at our sketches which is a kind of Blueprint to make it with recycled materials. That’s all I have to say.” ~Grade 1 Student
We will end the unit with touching upon the plant lifecycle. Students will plant, grow, observe and record their wheat and grass plants.
International Girls and Women in Science Day
February 11, 2020 was International Girls and Women in Science Day. Below are some featured photos of our Young Steam Inventor Girls on that day!
Onward into 2020!