Science Field Day Shirt Design Update

So…..

I have been working on redesigning the bat. I don’t like the original (which you know).

I changed the purple background to a moon, and tried a different bat, but still don’t like it¬†either. It is not dynamic.

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Black and purple is a 2 color print, while the moon one is a 3 color print (pale yellow, light grey, black).

Here is a totally different bat. I know that this does not have the same look as the one above, but I like this one better. I can live with this one:

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I STILL, however, prefer the shark design:

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Or even the lab rat:

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Here is a voting poll:

Which shirt design do you like the best?
Which shirt design would be your second choice?

Hour of Code 2015

Right now we are working on Hour of Code 2015. Students in all grade levels are experimenting with learning how to code. I borrowed Android devices for this week, but if you have a chance to try some of these things at home on a computer or by downloading an app, they do work better than trying to do this on the tablets….plus our wifi does cut out occasionally.

Anyway….Click on the pictures below to take you to the Hour of Code activities.

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There are also online computer tutorials and courses. Click on the graphic below for courses even for preschool!:

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Waves

This week I did similar lessons with K-3rd, but adapted for the grade level. It was very interesting to watch the difference between the different grade levels and I think was valuable to all. Waves and energy are currently a 3rd grade science standard, but will soon be moving to first grade, so this is why I decided to use this activity with all K-3rd students.

What is a wave? We see waves in the ocean, but is that really the only type of wave?

Here are some items that students experimented with to make “waves”.

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Here is also a video of Lego people forming a wave.

So what is the pattern we see?

Student drew a before diagram and after diagram of the pattern.

Measuring Rocks

Here are the tools we use tor measuring.In the science lab, we have many tools that we use, and here are some of the tools that students will be practicing with:

  • balance scales
  • measuring tapes
  • “centicubes” (gram blocks)
  • items to measure – in this case, rocks

Students need to practice these skills:

  • to only put ONE rock on one side of the balance scales
  • when to stop adding more gram blocks
  • when to take off extra gram blocks
  • to count – and some of the rocks are over 50 grams, so this can be tricky for some of our youngest students
  • to recognize balance
  • the end of the measuring tape is zero – even if there is no zero shown
  • to make sure the rock (or object) is at the zero to start
  • to know length, width, and around
  • to record their measurements (with kinder, we first start with just practicing how to measure)

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Here are a couple interactive websites or online games:

Plate Tectonics

Videos:

National Geographic Plate Tectonics

Questions:

  1. What did the Tharp-Heezen Map show?
  2. What is the asthenosphere?
  3. How is the Mid-Ocean Ridge formed? What kind of boundary is the Mid-Ocean Ridge?
  4. How was Iceland formed? What was it before?
  5. There are two types of convergent boundaries (where plates come together). How are they different?
  6. In Cyprus, what was discovered at the plate boundaries between the African plate and the Eurasian plate? How did this happen?

Bill Nye Video: Earth’s Crust

Video Question Sheet

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