Today LE had a visitor from Casey Farm. He spent the morning teaching them about: migration and animal tracking, food chains, adaptations to winter, and hibernation/dormancy. He was very engaging and kept the children moving with some very creative activities.
Today we had an exciting visit to the URI planetarium and science labs!
In the planetarium, the children saw two presentations. The first presentation was about our sky and various constellations. We then viewed the “Cosmic Colors – Spectrum of Light” presentation. We learned that each color has a different energy level (blue has higher energy then green.) All of this information tied into our tour of the science labs. For example, the children viewed cells in a microscope. When the microscope utilized different colors of light, different parts of the cell could be seen. The children were fascinated by an instrument that could measure 2 molecules bumping into each other and they could observe the resulting spectrum of colors to see how fast it was happening. Yana and Oleg told us that in their science lab, they are trying to create a drug to cure cancer! By the enthusiasm of these children in the science lab, it seems that we have several future scientists in our classroom.
Thank you so much to Yana and Oleg for a wonderful experience today!
Jennie and Gary
Mind Shift – How we learn
This week, we feature the most popular posts of the year on MindShift. This one, which seems most apropos to review on the eve of 2012, took the top spot.
Inspired by Sandy Speicher’s vision of the designed school day of the future, reader Shelly Blake-Plock shared his own predictions of that ideal day. How close are we to this? The post was written in December 2009, and Blake-Plock says he’s seeing some of these already beginning to come to fruition.
The 21st century does not fit neatly into rows. Neither should your students. Allow the network-based concepts of flow, collaboration, and dynamism help you rearrange your room for authentic 21st century learning….
Check out this beautiful book illustrated by Ruth Chung, our past art teacher!