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Inquiry provides opportunities for discovery and exploration into how individuals learn.

LINES OF INQUIRY:

  -Scientific methods and thinking processes

  -Reflection and metacognition

  -Decision making and taking action

 

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Woodbury Science Lab: Gobstoppers

Wednesday, 10/7/16

On Friday, we went to the Science Lab. Ms. Nieves, the Science Lab Coordinator, led an engaging lesson on the scientific method. Students worked through the scientific method using gobstoppers. Do you think the gobstoppers changed the most in warm or cold water? Go ahead and make your hypothesis!

   

   

   

   

   

(The gobstoppers changed the most in warm water!)

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Art-to-Go

Wednesday, 10/5/16

Our class attended this special program on Wednesday.  Artifacts were brought in by the Cleveland Art Museum and handled by the 3rd graders.  Special gloves were worn so that students could handle the items with care.  Students sharpened their inquiry, observation, and questioning skills before the “big reveal!”

   

   

   

   

   

   

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Mystery Matter

Wednesday, 9/28/16

This unit went by so quickly! At the end of each unit, students will complete a summative assessment that involves inquiry, careful thought, and reflection. This unit’s summative assessment involved a mystery object? Students applied their knowledge of matter to determine if a mixture was a liquid or a solid. Students used hands and items to “play” in the mixture to make a decision. After exploring, each student defended his/her thoughts by writing an explanation. Some students explained that it was a solid because a fist wouldn’t go through. Some students explained that it was a liquid because when it was taken out of the container, it took the shape of wherever it was put (hand, floor, desk…). Many students even wrote about atoms and molecules. You may be wondering which answer is correct. BOTH ARE! This assessment could be either phase of matter, as long as it was explained.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snRLfYTjtcM&feature=youtu.be

   

   

   

   

   

   

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Sound Energy

Tuesday, 9/27/16

Students have been inquiring into sound. Students read about sound, learned about sound vocabulary words in the classroom and in Music, watched a Magic School Bus video, and experimented with sound waves of various objects. Five mystery objects were placed in canisters. Students shook each canister three times, recorded the prediction, and then opened the item to reveal its identity. After recording the mystery object, we discussed the objects' sound waves and frequencies.

   

   

   

   

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Magentized Cereal?

Friday, 9/23/16

Do humans eat iron? Will a magnet pull something out of cereal? If so, what and why? On Friday, I showed students the nutrional label of my (just about daily) breakfast, Gluten free and sugar free oatmeal. They were surprised to see iron on the label. I held a magnet to my stomach and nothing happened. Then we looked at a Wheaties box label...same thing, iron. Students used powerful magents to attract the iron--and nothing happened! We discussed why the iron wasn't coming through the solid Wheatie flake. Then we decided to put the Wheaties in a blender with some water to produce liquified Wheaties. Students were able to pull out iron, and it was powerful! Ask your child about the result, and what it has to do with molecules. In the liquid, the atoms spread out allowing the magnet to attract the iron.) The iron particles were black and were al over the over place. It was a messy, but fun and meaningful experiment! One students wondered if the result would be the same using milk in the blender, rather than water. I hope somebody tries this out at home.

   

   

   

   

   

   

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Root Beer Float Experiment

Friday, 9/16/16

What happens when you combine the solid of ice cream and the liquid of root beer? Well, besides a tasty treat – you get a chemical reaction! Students performed this experiment using the scientific method; and yes, students were able to enjoy the experiment as well!

   

 

   

   

   

   

   

   

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Naked Egg Experiment

Monday, 9/12/16

Last Friday we set up this experiment to determine if an eggshell could come off an egg without being cracked.  After soaking it in vinegar over the weekend, the outcome was revealed.  The eggshell DID come off without cracking.  This led to lots of questions! What would happen if it soaked in Sprite? What would happen if it was in the dark closet?  What would happen if an apple sat in vinegar over the weekend?  Would its skin come off in one piece?  I hope that students inquire and plan/do experiments at home to answer some of the questions.

   

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Inquirers & Scientists

Friday, 9/9/16

We have a bunch of inquirers on our hands!  Students put on their Safari/Learning Gear to go outside and observe.  Each scientist used an observation note pad and a writing utensil to observe objects and list them under the states of matter. Then each scientist inquired into the observations.  This is the first step, Observe & Inquire, to the scientific method. (We will talk more about the scientific method and perform many experiments throughout the next few weeks.)

   

   

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Schools Around the World

September 1-6, 2016

 

While students around the world all learn, not all students have the same access to learning tools. Small groups of students completed mini-research about school life in a specific country. The research centered on schools, the available learning tools, and accessibility to education. This mini-research broadened knowledge of how individuals learn around the world. The following two books and website link generated some knowledge and excitement about the project.

 

Click HERE to view a PDF-version of the Power Point I shared with students about learning tools in rural Tanzania.

 

 

 

Mini Research: Schools Around the World (Learning Tools)

Hallway Display:

   

      

Research & Share Out:

   

   

   

   

   

 

Tanzania Presentation

   

   

   

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Marshmallow Challenge

Friday, 9/2/16

Students worked cooperatively in small groups to build marshmallow towers. The object of this challenge was to inquire into, and to use, the limited resources provided (20 noodles, one marshmallow, one yard of tape, one yard of string, scissors, and 15 minutes) to build the tallest free-standing tower with a marshmallow on the top. One tower was left standing at the end of the challenge! When Mr. Robinson did this with the staff last year, ZERO towers were left standing--they ALL fell! One group students successfully designed a free-standing tower. Way to go!

   

   

   

   

   

CONGRATS!! :)

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Learning Styles

Friday, 8/26/16

 

Do you know your learning style? Last week we all took a Learning Styles Survey. We're all different...we look different, talk differently, have different backgrounds, languages, and cultures.  We also each have a dominant learning style. Being aware of your dominant learning style can improve your learning and knowledge. Click HERE to view the Learning Style Survey. After learning about each style, we made a class graph.  The mode learning style is visual.  Click on the learning style below to view a graphic organizer.

 

 

 

 

 

Auditory

 

Kinesthetic

 

Visual

 

 

 

Here is a short video demonstrating the 3 main learning styles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQYW6vYSGXs

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SOLE

Friday, 8/26/16

Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLEs) are created to encourage students to work as a community to answer a vibrant and challenging question by using the Internet. Students take charge of their own learning by inquiring and exploring. This was our first SOLE and it went amazingly well! My main job was to not interfere or give directives/advice—just give the inquiring question. I went over the essential agreements for SOLEs and let students loose.  Students had 30 minutes to inquire into the following question: How learning tools do humans around the world use to learn? Most groups found videos to watch on Brain Pop or YouTube. After the research, students gave a brief share out of their research notes to the rest of the class about their findings.

   

   

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ME Bags

First 2 Weeks of School

Throughout the week each student brought in a Me Bag.  This activity encouraged inquiring to learn new information. After the written hints were given, four students asked strong questions to gain information, and then 3 guesses were taken.  Some of the mystery objects were guessed with 3 or less questions. 

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

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Family Information Letter

 

 

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