More About 2nd Grade Learning About Sound

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Last week you read about second grade students and their whistle parade! These students have also been exploring sound in the classroom by rotating through stations and discovering how you can change the pitch of sound on a variety of different instruments. Students have learned that the length of a vibrating object is associated with the pitch it creates.

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Why are 1st Graders in the Garden?

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Students at TLC aren’t strangers to getting their hands dirty.  Why?  Because gardening engages students by providing a living environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture, and learn.

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Gardens are living laboratories where our students learn everything from team work to food production and lessons can be taught across the curriculum.  Gardening encourages students to become active participants in the learning process.

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These first graders took time to plant radishes.  However, they weren’t just planting radishes.  They were also learning about energy that plants need to grow. They also deepened their understanding of how plants get nutrients from the soil to grow, flower and produce food.

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While they were in the garden, they snipped dozens of marigold blossoms in order to make garlands to decorate their classroom in celebration of fall harvest season!

2nd Grade Science — A Whistle Parade

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Second graders have been studying sound in science. In order to understand the relationship of pitch and length of air column, Ms. Emily had students play with water whistles. Students could change the length of their whistle by adding or removing water and then observe and hear how it affected the pitch.  The class had a blast learning about pitch with the whistles  . . . and with the whistle parade they did around campus!

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8th Grade Science PBL — Disease Transmission

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Recently, eighth grade students have been immersed in a project based learning (PBL) scenario where they are trying to determine what a mystery disease is and how to handle it from a community perspective. Students are taking on the roles of county health officials by diagnosing the disease, creating an action plan to stop the spread of the outbreak, and educating the public on disease transmission.

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PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. This mystery disease scenario is allowing these students to not only learn the science of disease but also a community response to manage it. This PBL approach helps students develop skills for living in our knowledge-based, highly technological world.

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6th Grade STEM — Learning About Pollination

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Sixth graders have been learning about pollination. They listened to a presentation by a special USDA representative about what pollination is and why it is so important.   2017091395132355

Students learned how pollinators are an essential link in agriculture. Animal pollinators, especially bees, are critical for producing more than one-third of U.S. food products. In addition to bees, other pollinators, including butterflies and moths, beetles, flies, wasps, birds, and bats are necessary for pollinating more than 80% of plants in nature.

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In addition to what the class learned in the presentation, they have gone on to build their own 3D models of pollinators based on what traits an efficient pollinator needs.

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7th Grade Science — Biological Inheritance & Gene Tracing

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Recently, seventh grade students have been studying biological inheritance and genetics. They have followed a horse pedigree, completed gene surveys and are currently creating aliens based on Punnett squares.  The Punnett square is a diagram that is used to predict an outcome of a particular cross or breeding experiment. It is named after Reginald C. Punnett, who devised the approach. The diagram is used by biologists to determine the probability of an offspring having a particular genotype.

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2nd Grade STEM Bins

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Second graders were recently introduced to STEM Bins, a hands-on form of engineering for elementary students. STEM Bins contain a large variety of materials.  When a student opens the bin and sees the contents he or she is encouraged to think imaginatively.  Students have the chance to design and build real world things such as working tools, bridges, mazes or traps.  However, they can also design something the world has never seen before.  STEM Bins promote creativity and engineering by using 2D and 3D shapes, lines, and angles.
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As the second graders were introduced to STEM Bins, they worked together collaboratively as they thought about what to build as well as when they improved upon designs together as their structures took shape.

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Second graders will continue to use STEM Bins throughout the school year.

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4th Grade Begins Project Based Learning Project

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Students in fourth grade have begun a Project Based Learning project that began will a physical science based activity called Contraptions. Ms. Chris was able to purchase Contraptions with the Tools for Schools money our school earns when parents shop at Ingles. IMG956476

Students had wooden planks and balls to make contraptions that would move the ball from one point to another. Ms. Chris says that she was amazed at the contraptions they built and the team work they demonstrated during their first Project Based Learning time!

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3rd Grade STEM — Building Moving Skeletons

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Third grade students are busy studying the skeletal system. Ms. Kathleen and Ms. Emily are seen here working with students as they figure out exactly how their hands move.  2

Students engineered their own robotic fingers using paper, string and paperclips.  They were all very eager to make a complete hand!

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