To conclude our unit on magnets, we created Paper Plate Magnet Mazes. We started with our wand magnets to move the object through the maze from the bottom of the paper plate and challenged each other to complete each others mazes. The kids loved these so much and wanted to take them home, so I found button magnets to take home, which worked as well as the wand magnets.
We got the idea from this Cakies website. Instead of a protractor we made 5 circle templates. A parent helper traced the circle templates on the paper plates. The students then erased random openings and added stops. Then they designed a center and object to go through the maze and taped a paperclip to the back of the object.
Today's STEM challenge was to build a wheelchair from the LEGO LearnToLearn sets. Students were given the choice to work in pairs or by themselves to make a wheelchair that would be fast, safe, look interesting and fun for a fictitious new girl to school named Maggie, that has used a wheelchair all her life. Students also had the option to include a place for Maggie's backpack. This is my favorite lesson activity from the LEGO LearnToLearn curriculum pack. I am sure if Maggie was real she would love any of these designs!
Today was sports day. Students were invited to wear sports apparel of a favorite team or a sport they participate in. We have quite the sporty class!
Even with a guest teacher, STEM continued this past Friday! Ms. Dunsmore, our guest teacher, led the class in this LEGO LearnToLearn lesson, Across the River. After watching a short video What Makes Bridges So Strong saved on our STEM page students launched into the challenge of building a bridge over the river (gray base) from their LEGO kit. Here are a few of the results Ms. Dunsmore captured. Thanks, Ms. Dunsmore!
Last week we read the story Galimoto about a boy who collects wires to make a toy vehicle. So for STEM on Friday students were challenged to make a vehicle from, now, long ago, or the future out of twist ties. The twist ties were a lot harder to work with than pipe cleaners, but a fun new medium to try. We finished up today and here are their fantastic results!
This week students wrote new year's resolutions to start off the new year. The hats on the bulletin board lift up to reveal their top three resolutions. The kids had so much fun at the photo shoot. These pics were taken in 3 takes, but the students would of done it over and over again if I had let them!
This week we started exploring magnets. Here some teams are getting ready to go on a magnet hunt. Thanks to parent Ms. Liles, the students traveled to different parts of the school to find things that were and were not magnetic. ( One team still to go!)
Here is an experiment I did with my niece over the holiday. Since I had some leftover holiday MM's after school started, I shared it with the class as well. It was cool to see It super big with the document camera!
The kids oohed and aahed! I asked them to think back about our unit on states of matter and they were able to answer my questions on why this happened...and they came up with a lot of great questions. What if you did it with other patterns? What if you did it with all the colors? What if you swirled it around? What if you used cold water?
Try it at home and find out! Here are the simple steps:
1) Make an aa, bb pattern with red and green MM's around a plate.
2) Gently pour hot water in the center of the plate until the water flows just past the outside of the MM circle, but not covering the MMs.
3) Wait and watch. Do nothing else!