After learning about the moon, the students polled their friends as to whether or not they would like to go to the moon, then they were filmed answering the question "Would you like to go to the moon? Why or why not?" These are their insightful responses. What about you? Would you like to go to the moon? Why or why not? Leave your answer in the comments.!
The Birth of a Star
The kids loved learning about objects in space. We learned that stars (like our sun) are formed from swirling gas & dust particles that pull together and heat up. Behold, "The Birth of a Star" by Ms. Champ's Nearly-ready for Prime Time Players.
We also loved listening to They Might Be Giant's song "The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas". (One of my all time favorites!) Enjoy.
After reading The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and learning about different types of bridges, the students were challenged to build a bridge of their own using any materials in the classroom. We had discussed the forces that make bridges work (pushes and pulls), and had looked at photos of real bridges and the supports they use, in order to help the kids think about their design. They could choose whether they wanted to work alone, or in groups, and had to write up a plan for their design, materials, etc. first. I was only there to give questioning feedback. The students truly had to think and plan it out on their own. The bridges were all able to withstand me pushing on them with my hands! Future engineers in the making!