Genius Hour Update!
Our final Genius Hour work session will be next week beginning on Wednesday, January 18 and concluding Tuesday, January 24. Students were asked to come prepared to work on their final projects. All research should be completed before the next GH work period. Stay tuned for presentation dates in early February for students to showcase their work.
2nd Grade - What's the Matter in the Kitchen?
Students in 2nd grade continued exploring chemical and physical changes and why they're important in the kitchen. We did an apple experiment on oxidation and students discovered that the oxygen in the air and the apple cells mix together and cause a chemical reaction. The apple turns brown. Students experimented with different ways to stop the oxidation and discovered that Vitamin C found in lemon juice stops the oxygen from turning the apple brown.
Students also observed chemical change by burning marshmallows. Students watched as the sugar and oxygen mixed and carbon dioxide and water vapor were released. Next week we'll finish our chemical and physical change experiments and discuss how solar and light energy can be used to cook food.
3rd Grade - Freedom Express
Third grade students participated in an Inductive Reasoning activity to analyze the differences between the North and the South in the mid-1800s and how those differences eventually divided our nation, After learning about the economy, climate, transportation, communication, and lifestyle of the Northern and Southern states, students began a Compare Contrast lesson to gain a better understanding of just how different these two regions were in the 1800s. We also began our new novel: A Picture of Freedom, the Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl by Patricia C. McKissack.
4th Grade - Camp Interdependence
Fourth graders started their TAG day by completing the recommendation for Mr. Wealthy's property - the 2 million acres of land which is actually Yellowstone National Park. Students overwhelming decided that the land should be designated as a National Park, even before learning that the land in question was Yellowstone National Park. Next we began comparing two of our nation's oldest parks and the rich history they offer to the United States: Yellowstone and Yosemite. Students compared and contrasted the history, Native American influence, exploration, and exploitation of these two parks.
5th Grade - 20th Century Pioneers
Fifth graders participated in a Creative Problem Solving lesson to solve the "mess" of the most devastating war in history, World War II. Students learned about medical pioneers and advancements that solved some of the problems of World War II. Students worked with a group to brainstorm problems and solutions as a result of the mess and then evaluated their potential solutions using criteria they created. Students presented their action plans for the top ranking solution. Next week we'll solve a mystery about Atlantis and learn about pioneers of ocean discovery!