First graders spent time learning about all the things plants need in order to germinate, grow and thrive. To better understand the need for sunlight, water, air and nutrients, students grew their own plants. They decided that the grass looked like hair and immediately got creative by drawing faces to fit the hair coming out of the top of the pots!
A few days ago you read about students in second grade making their own anemometers to measure wind speed and a wind vane to measure wind direction. Well, these students went on to make a weather observation garden using these homemade tools. You have seen them in the terraced front gardens. Way to go Second Grade!
Science class for fourth grade students has been all about types of energy these days. Here they are seen exploring light energy and the fact that white light is a combination of all colors of light. They used water droplets to create a prism in order to observe all the colors. After examining different sized water droplets, the students concluded that smaller droplets resulted in better rainbows. If you have or know a fourth grader, be sure to ask them to tell you all about it!
Second graders began their study of weather by creating clouds inside bottles to see how water vapor condenses in lower pressure environments. They then began learning about weather measurements and tools as they created their own weather stations.
They also created weather vanes and anemometers to measure wind speed and direction.
Recently students in third grade designed and built marble roller coasters in order to better understand the concepts of motion. They explored the effects of friction, gravity and momentum as they designed, tested, redesigned and improved their constructions.
As part of their continued studies, they performed a science lab where they examined balance versus unbalanced forces. They discovered through experimentation that just because an object is not in motion does not mean that forces are not action upon it.
This September, Learning Center 6th – 8th grade students embarked on a two night, three day camping trip to explore Cherokee history and the great outdoors. While camping in the Smokemont area of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, students explored the area in a variety of different ways. At the Learning Center, we believe in hands-on education, and there is no better way for our students to learn than to venture out and spark their curiosity.
The wonderful folks at Smokemont Stables led Learning Center students and staff on a four-mile horseback ride through a wooded trail. Students learned about local flora and fauna from helpful and knowledgeable guides. Students were taught the basics of safely riding horseback while exploring the incredible biodiversity of our mountains.
While at camp, students adventured around the Bradley Fork Creek, hiking, wading, looking for signs of insect and animal life, inspecting plants of all kinds, and learning to fly fish. In camp, students were taught leave-no-trace ethics and pitched in to set up camp and maintain a safe, clean, and happy community.
The group ventured out of camp to explore Cherokee and the many educational opportunities it offers. They toured the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, taking in a fascinating history of the tribe from pre-history to the modern era. Students also perused the Qualla Arts & Crafts Center, seeing a variety of local crafts made by Cherokee artisans. The Cherokee visit culminated in a traditional Cherokee-style meal of bean bread and roasted chicken with the fixings, served at the museum.
Students in third grade took their studies of Johnny Appleseed to a new level when they opted to create Prezi presentations. Prezi is presentation software that uses motion, zoom, and spatial relationships to bring ideas to life. It’s used by professionals all over the globe. . . and it’s now effectively used by Third Graders at The Learning Center!