We thought last week’s science lessons were super fun, but this week’s lessons were super duper fun! We learned all about “motion.” The vocabulary words Mr. Clark highlighted were: force, axis, spin, slope, sphere and motion. Using tops, zoomers, racers and marble runs we explored different ways force can act upon an object. The kids were over-the-top excited about the explorations.
Tuesday, the children designed their own tops. They were challenged to find the design that was the most stable. Thursday, we created zoomers. This demonstrated how potential energy turns into kinetic energy. Also on Thursday, we had a competition among the “racers” the kids designed. They were given access to various wheels and one axel. Congratulations to first place winners Glen and Chloe; 2nd place winners Meshach and Sawyer and 3rd place winners Milo and Emma. The grand finale, of the week, dubbed the “Great Marble Extravaganza” was on Friday. Children got to use paper tubes, pipe insulation and other ramps along with a generous supply of masking tape to create intricate and exciting marble runs. Stay tuned to the website to see pictures of the creations.
An epidemic is starting to re-occur in the Trillium Room: Tardyosis. PLEASE have your child to school by 7:55. Beginning at 7:55, emergent readers get extra tutoring from older students; children organize for their day and hear about special features of the day. When children come in after 8:00, everyone turns to see who it is; the late child misses opening announcements and is potentially disoriented. We want to set the tone that important school work begins promptly at 8:00 and morning meeting is a critical piece of our day.
Although not an epidemic, please be advised that we have one confirmed case of pertussis (whooping cough) in our classroom. There has also been one case in another classroom.