Sound Effects of a Rainstorm

We listened to sounds of videos, but didn’t watch the video. We listened to the sounds of a rainstorm, and then tried to reproduce the sound effects for a rainstorm using our hands and feet. We also used other tools like pie pans, cups of beans, rulers, cups, containers, etc.

Here are some videos from YouTube that we listened to plus some extras:

 

 

Straw Structures

Students were learning the Engineering and Design Process (or part of it) through building Straw Structures?

Materials:

  • 50 straws
  • 50 pipe cleaners
  • 25 paper clips

Objective:

Build the tallest free-standing structure possible that will hold a golf ball at the top, using the giving materials.

Constraints:

  • Must support the golf ball for at least 1 minute.
  • Must work with partners and make everyone feel included.
  • Must take apart the structure and clean up when finished.

Method and Timing:

  • 5 minute individual brainstorming time – students were to be working independently (quietly) in their science notebook, sketching or writing out notes to share with their group
  • 5 minute team planning time – share their ideas with their table partners, figure out a way to combine their plans, or use some of the ideas
  • 20 minute build time – making adjustments as they go

Reflect and Revise

  • The whole block of time was used for the planning and building. We have did not have time for the reflect and revise.

Weather

This year’s Earth science theme is weather. I have been working with Mrs. Schmidt at Tierrasanta Elementary with some curriculum rotation and NGSS lessons. We will also have some engineering lessons mixed in, but we will be studying weather between now and winter break.

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