We have been talking about natural and man-made changes this week. Some natural changes in the world that we can see are the Earth's Landforms and Bodies of Water. We explored some of the different landforms this week by researching using a Thinglink (click button below), created different landforms with play-dough, and then observing how landforms can change because of things like rain, wind and ice.
How The World Works
We are discovering the world and how it changes this week by exploring magnetism and land forms. Yesterday and today has been all about magnets! We have practiced reading Non-Fiction books and talking about the different features of non-fiction text, in order to successfully take notes on magnets. We worked together to fill in a KWL chart with different things that we already know about magnets, what we want to know, and then explored a non-fiction magnet book to fill in things we learned.
We went on a Non-Fiction Scavenger hunt to explore the different parts of non-fiction books ourselves.
After practicing with non-fiction, we used our note taking skills to create a fun Magnet Facts Booklet. Meet Mr. Manny Magnet!
With all of this learning and studying magnets, we have also had some fun exploring magnets! We have used magnets to test the magnetism of certain objects, as well as explore the classroom to figure out what our magnets were attracted to and what they repelled!
We have also explored the magnetic force of magnets to see how the poles can either attract its opposite or repel its same end. We tested magnetic force as well to see how thick something could be before the magnet would not attract a metal paper clip, with some fun mazes!
Superstar of the Week: Diana!
Diana is a Superstar because she is nice. She is happiest when she plays with Mom and Dad and is proud of herself because she loves her family. When she grows up, Diana wants to be a Dentist. Her favorite school subject is recess and she loves reading Magic Tree House books!
How The World Works
Today we completed a Motion Mission by exploring six different stations and using all kinds of motion to investigate with! We took notes of our observations in our Motion Mission Notebooks!
How The World Works
We put what we learned about force of motion to the test today, by building with Marble Works! Our task was to create a marble maze and then use our motion words to describe the force of motion that was happening to the marble as it moved through the maze.
Before using our directional words, we reviewed the words by placing the words in alphabetical order with a partner and then described each word to one another.
Once we felt really good about using these words, we put our knowledge to the test with the Marble Works! The task was to collaborate with a group of 3 people to work together to create a functioning marble maze that moved the marble on its own and stood by itself. We were challenged to use as many of the pieces as possible and then find ways to show as many directions of motion as possible. We videoed our explanations below!
How the World Works
We did an investigation of ramps and speed today! We used marbles to roll down ramps to see which ramp would make the marble roll farther, the tall ramp or the short ramp. We practiced writing a hypothesis before conducting the experiment and then tested our hypothesis with ramps and marbles. We tied what we learned about measurement in math last week to this experiment by measuring how far our marbles rolled with each ramp, using non-standard units.
Our IB Attitude of the Week is Appreciation. Appreciation means you are grateful and thankful for all that you have. We did some exploring of the word "appreciation" and then read the book, The Giving Tree to get a complete understanding of what the word really means.
What do you appreciate and how?
Interactions of Matter Videos
Click the Button to get to the Digi-Ports! You can click on your learner's blog to go watch their 30 Hands video they made for our Matter Experiments last week.
How the World Works
We have a new Line of Inquiry for our How The World Works Unit:
The difference between natural changes and man made changes.
In this section of our unit, we will be talking about force and motion and observing these through different investigations this week. We will take what we have learned about force and motion and apply it next week to how land forms are formed in Texas.
Force and Motion
We started this week by watching a fun video to teach us about certain kinds of energy and force. We then learned different types of ways to make a force through motion. In order to really use motion words, we had to review verbs! We read this fun book to introduce verbs and then practiced naming some on our own!
We played a really fun game called "Verb Charades" and took turns acting out some verbs for each other! Using what we learned from this game, we were able to apply our charades skills to acting out different kinds of movements such as, straight, left to right, up and down, back and forth, circular, diagonal, rolling, sliding, and many more!
The next day we reviewed all that we had learned about force and motion with a Circle Map!
Using the motion words, we went on a movement hunt around the classroom to find different things in the classroom that move. We labeled these things with our motion words that are written in green on our circle map.
After our classroom investigation, we decided that we needed to investigate further into the differences between a push and a pull. We did a Playground Investigation!!
We are talking all about fractions this week in Math. We have introduced some new Math Activities to the Math Stations!
Superstar of the Week: Mari!
Mari is a Superstar because she loves to learn! She is happiest when she is playing outside with her friends. She is proud of herself because she has nice friends. Mari wants to be a Fashion Designer when she grows up. Her favorite subject is recess and her favorite book is Creepy Carrots. Thanks, Mari!
Matter Sensory Poems
We published our poems today! Click on the images below to read your learner's poem about matter!
How The World Works:
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