- Send in old stuffed animals and old electronic toys to use during Maker space on Thursday/Friday.
- POL prep: Please gather artifacts for your artifact table and deciding how to display your table. You want your table to be engaging and draw attention. Don't forget to add POL prep in your work journal.
- Send in your POL planning sheet THIS Mon, May 9 & Tue, May 10 so that I can check in with each student about their plan for POLs.
- POL Practice: May 16-20 Please send in all artifacts and note cards to practice that week in class.
- Sign up for DVIA Summer Camp! It's going to be a wild summer!! Sign up in the office.
- Order Scholastic Books & Support DVIA!!
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- Femineers Meeting @ Da Vinci Science! Sat, May 14th | 3-5 pm
Most students are now creating their layout book before publishing their final hardcover fairy tale. I know that this process has taken us a full semester, but this has allowed students to reflect on their story multiple times to make it "just right" before creating their final product. Deciding how to spread out a story can be complicated since they also need to make sure the story uses all 14 pages in the hardcover book. Some students have had to redo their layout book twice after discovering that they have too many pages left over. I can't wait for the students to share their books with you soon!
Math: Students worked diligently to complete their playground designs. Check out Megan's room to see the display of playgrounds on the windows! Students have been learning about the metric system for measurement and will be moving into learning the customary system for measurement as well. This is the perfect unit to do some fun cooking with measurements, exploring conversions, and liquid volume. Check out the "Gallon Man" on your search engine to find some fun activities for lessons.
Reading: We are ALMOST finished reading Rump! In chapter 30, Rump discovers his name, his destiny, and the meaning of both. This has been a fun book to read and make connections. Students will discover the moral of the book in this chapter and have discussions of how it could relate to them. Students have enjoyed reading this book together. I found and subscribed to an audiobook so that we can listen to the remaining chapters together. With slightly different accents for the characters, it's easier to visualize what is happening with the audiobook.
Science: We had guest speakers on Thursday, Patrick Shanley Electric. We learned, explored, and played with a circuit board that Peyton's dad created to teach us about electricians, ICEE, GRI, and breaker boxes. He showed a parallel circuit and series circuit that would be connected in a building or house. I made a video of this presentation to share with the Tue/Fri class.
We also explored Projects 11 & 12 on the Snap Rovers. Project 11 showed students how to use a sound and light in the same circuit. They had fun making loud, high-pitched sounds during this project.
Project 12 showed students how capacitors store electrical energy.
Maker space: We finally were able to look closely at the lamps, take them apart, and see how the circuits were created in the lamps. Mr. Jim and I are new to this type of project, so we are figuring out how we can safely have students recreate these lamps. Some of the lamps aren't as easy to reassemble as we had thought. However, students were excited to see some circuit boards containing resistors and capacitors in the lamps. It was also fun to see students using these tools to take apart the lamps: Phillips screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, pliers, wrench, and an Exacto knife.
While we are thinking about how to proceed with the lamps, we would like to have students discover the inside of stuffed animals, mechanical stuffed animals, or electronic toys that are no longer working. Please send any of these items in if you have some to spare.
Have a fun week of learning! Just 4 more full weeks of school!!!!