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SCIENCE IN THE SUN: Alexa Moscatello measures the temperature of soil

Understanding energy

Fourth-graders in Laura Offerding and Alyssa Perez’s class recently explored energy transference by conducting simple experiments. The students collided marbles rolled at different speeds to observe the effects and transference of kinetic energy from one to another.

They also measured the temperature of soil that had been placed in the sun, comparing the temperatures to soil left in the shade. This demonstrated how solar energy is transferred into radiant energy and, through photosynthesis, will be converted into chemical energy stored in plants. They made the connection that when humans ingest vegetables and fruits, we store the energy as chemical energy again and then use it for motion, growth and metabolic processes, and heat. So in a way, the sun is in all of us.

Understanding that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transferred into other forms, is a fundamental concept in physical science, an important unit in the fourth grade science curriculum. The students will soon go on to explore open and closed circuits, and examine how the chemical energy stored in batteries is converted to electrical energy that powers lightbulbs in the circuits.

To conclude the unit, the students will look at renewable and nonrenewable energy sources.


Stephano Lomuscio and (below) Colin Troup, students in Joy Durland and Kim Glowinski’s class, show off their word flowers

Kindergartners grow flowers and their vocabularies

Gardens are growing in kindergarten classes – gardens of flowers and words.

The students learned what plants need to grow, then put their new knowledge into action. They planted seeds of zinnias, cosmos, and snap dragons in individual plastic cups and set them by the class windows to catch the sunlight. The plants are watered every day and students track the growth every week, writing observations on their height and overall health.

As a companion activity, the kindergarteners made large paper flowers and wrote on the petals some of the trick words the classes had studied. Trick words are frequently-encountered words that do not follow the conventional rules and patterns of spelling. They can’t be sounded out, usually because the vowels take on uncommon sounds, and instead need to be memorized. Trick words include: they, one, said, from, have, and were.

The trick word flowers were attached to string and hung over the real plants that the students are growing.

The kindergartners will take home their plants just before Mother’s Day.


The reward for their reading award: more reading

Samantha Darnesto and Michele Schoch’s third grade class is Tinc Road’s winner of Read to Succeed, a competition that recognizes classes with the highest reading comprehension scores. Read to Succeed was sponsored by Achieve 3000, a web-based learning platform that is used to bolster reading levels and improve comprehension.
 
Achieve 3000 includes both fiction and non-fiction texts. Students take a quiz after reading each Achieve 3000 article. The quiz results are then translated into points. Students earned points for scores of 75% and higher, and even more points for scores of 88% and higher.
 
More importantly, the platform monitors and tracks individual student progress with precision, presenting articles to each student that exactly matches his or her own Lexile level. When a student’s Lexile level increases, so does the complexity of the next text to be read.
 
“They love it because they can see themselves growing each week,” said Darnesto. “They love to see how well they do.”
 
Sometimes the teachers assign specific articles that augment lessons being taught in the classroom; sometimes they allow the kids to choose the ones that they’re most interested in.
 
For winning the competition, the class received a $25 gift card which they decided should be used to buy more books for the classroom library.


  

Celebrating Women's History Month

Women’s History Month in Laura Iacampo’s second-grade class started big and ended small. The students learned about the contributions to the U.S. and the world by notable women, then turned their eyes toward women who have made an impact in their own lives.
 
The celebration began with the class reading “Minty,” a story of the life of a young Harriet Tubman. As a companion activity, each student created a sunflower that expressed a dream or goal on each of the petals.
 
Next up, the class watched a YouTube reading of the book “She Persisted,” which described 13 extraordinary women who broke new ground, triumphed over adversity, or helped make the world a better place. The notable women profiled included those past and present, famous and lesser known. The students learned about the work of Nelly Bly, a pioneer in the field of investigative journalism. They were introduced to the contributions of Virginia Apgar, a New Jersey-born physician who helped combat infant mortality. And learned how civil rights activists Ruby Bridges and Claudette Colvin became leaders of a movement that changed the nation.
 
Biographies of contemporary women such as Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, and Sonia Sotomayor were also presented in the book
 
“We had a beautiful class discussion where the students shared what they learned,” said Iacampo. “They learned to never give up, to never stop trying and to believe in your dreams. For me, I wanted them to learn that each of us has talents and gifts to share with the world.”
 
Students also read profiles of important women during their independent reading.
 
The month wrapped up with the personal. Each student interviewed a woman in their own lives who they admire and created a Google Slides presentation that they shared with their peers. The presentations listed proudest achievements, greatest challenges, and ways the chosen women serve as role models. 


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