No Bones About It.

3rd Grade continues their exploration of earth sciences with a look into how scientists can observe an animals skull to learn about how they lived. Here Mrs. Adams' and Benson's classes demonstrate: 

Cervi-ng up Legumes: #farmtoschool

Mrs. Cervi's 2nd graders recently harvested green beans from our gardens on Post Oak Tritt Road. Not only did they plant these beans 2 months ago, they've been caring for them with the rest of the 2nd grade team every since! The students helped wash and prep the beans, while Mrs. Cervi did all the cooking on our Mobile Cooking Cart from the Captain Planet Foundation. The beans were flavored with chives (also from the gardens) and salt & pepper. The lemonade was flavored by spearmint from the garden. 

"No One steps in the same River twice..."

"... both the River has changed, and so has the Person." - Heraclitus

Our 3rd Graders just wrapped up a Project Lead The Way unit on "The Changing Earth". We studied different soil types in color, texture, size, and how well they drained water. We also experimented with our stream tables to watch the process of erosion, and brainstormed ways we could slow down that process. We needed to design a model that would prevent a landslide in the stream table from destroying houses (wooden blocks) at the bottom of a hill. 

Sketches:

Adams:

Benson:

Bosma:

Herman:

Lamphere:

Love:

Can you hear me now???

We just started studying sound in 1st grade. To test how vibrations carry sound waves we built cup phones. Below the pictures you can see the directions to make your own at home. Here are students from Ms. Coyne's, Mrs. Foote's, and Mrs. Moffett's class build and test their phones: 

Project Lead The Way

Hey guys: I was fortunate enough to go to Orlando for the 2017 PLTW Summit where I attended lots of great sessions, met awesome people, got together with my Verizon Innovative Learning Lab friends, got a book signed by CEO Vince Bertram, and my favorite: played with the VEX IQ Competition robots. Would any 4th/5th graders be interested in doing that too?

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Compounding the problem...

Fourth grade just wrapped up their Project Lead The Way unit on forces and simple machines. Each group was required to build a compound machine model that could lift a tiger 6" and set it safely in a place. The hardest part: they only had 25 minutes!

Wender: 

Eichler:

Kappel:

Miller:

Swift:

Blick: 

The 2018 Science & Engineering Fair

What is it? The Elementary Science & Engineering Fair is a wonderful way for students to share their STEM-related interests with the school community. What are they most excited about after 6-years of school?! Each project must consist of a student-led investigation and a display to present the results to their peers and judges. Students come up with their own question / problem and design an investigation / creation to answer that question / solve the problem. 

New this year, in addition to using the Scientific Method to answer a question, students can use the Engineering Design Process to invent something to solve a problem – but they still have to collect data from before and after, and create a presentation detailing their efforts.

Projects will be categorized into the following 12 groups: Animal Science, Astronomy / Physics, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth / Environmental Science, Engineering Mechanics, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science, Plant Science, Robotics, Social Science.

How will they be judged? We will use the CCSD Elementary Science Fair Rubric (shown below) to evaluate projects. 

 

Who participates? All 5th-grade students will be expected to turn in a project, but all other students are welcome to participate. Students will work individually, no teams.

When is the fair? Project displays are due on Tuesday, January 9th. Students will present their project throughout the week during their normal Science Lab time. Winners for each category will be announced at the school Science & Engineering Fair on Thursday, January 18th. The top six projects from our school will go on to the Cobb County Science Fair on February 10th.

How do you display the results? Each project must complete a tri-fold display board or 3'x3' poster (which can be designed and printed at school). The presentation must include the: question/problem, 3 research sources, hypothesis, procedure, equipment, data, analysis (including graphs), pictures and conclusions. Use of a journal is also encouraged. A one-page abstract summarizing the project is also required. Use of a journal is also encouraged.  Models, samples and technology presentations are not required, but can only help!

 

Best Practices: Parents are encouraged to guide students, but not to do the project. Models, including volcanoes or robots, and “research only” projects on general interest topics are NOT acceptable projects. Projects should be experiment-based, and results data-driven.

Where have we been? Our 5th-graders have been spending time in Science Lab learning the Scientific Method, and researching and discussing scientific topics that most interest them. There are a lot of resources online to help students narrow down their interests if they are still having trouble deciding on a project. We will continue to work on the Science Fair in the lab through December, but all experiments / inventions will be done at home. Your student’s topic may be limited by what they can accomplish at home!

What’s next? By November 16th students are required to turn in the Project Overview form (linked here) outlining their research question and project.  The sooner they turn it in for approval, the sooner they will get feedback! Their project can change after this point, but this will help point them in a direction! 

Contact Mr. Giunta at joseph.giunta@cobbk12.org with any questions.

We've got our toes in the (kinetic) sand.

Well, not our toes, but with as messy as the Lab was we might as well have used our toes! We've been covering properties of matter in 2nd grade, and this week we are trying to change the properties of sand! This field, "materials science", is fascinating! Here Mrs. Teuchert's class demonstrates: 

Here you can check out a video on "materials science" by the folks at Crash Course Kids: 

Our ingredients: mix 1 oz water with a teaspoon of dish soap and some food coloring. In a separate bowl combine 2 oz play sand and 1 oz corn starch. Combine both bowls and mix to desired consistency! 

It's like pigs live here!!

Kindergarten has been learning all about engineers in the Science Lab this month! We read The 3 Little Pigs and designed their very own houses. But beware, the Big Bad FAN is coming to test out how well they did! Here Mrs. Garrett's class shows off there work:

See Mr. Giunta in "Dorothy Must Die" at the Red Door Playhouse

Since Dorothy took over, The Land of Oz has become a dark and scary place. Ask The Witches and they all agree, Dorothy Must Die! 

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Bring your Family. Dress in Costume. Explore the Haunted Funhouse. See the Show…if you dare. (All Ages)

A modern tornado sweeps Kansas teen Amy Gumm into the Land of Oz. But it’s ten years in the future, and she discovers The Emerald city has changed for the worse. Dorothy has taken over the kingdom as a ruthless dictator, greedy for the Emerald Magic she craves. The Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Lion, have enhanced their gifts from the Wizard to an obsessive and terrifying degree. Meanwhile the Witches both Good & Wicked have banned together in an underground plot to bring down Dorothy and restore the rightful ruler to the Palace. Can Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, complete impossible task of taking Dorothy down? Experience the darker side of Oz this Halloween. Based on the Best Selling novels by Danielle Paige.

One Weekend Only: Oct 27-29, Friday and Saturday - 7:00PM, Sunday - 3:00PM

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Wahsega. Wow!

I was super fortunate to be able to join the 4th grade students, teachers and parents on the trip to the Wahsega 4-H Center this week. Students learned about astronomy, pioneer life, survival skills, stream ecology (my favorite), and wildlife; and had fun playing games, dancing, hiking, and singing around the campfire. I can't wait to reference these times we spent together throughout the school-year as we dive deeper into each subject! 

"The Rise Of The Slime Economy" - NPR

From NPR: "It has become a social media sensation and even led to a run on glue sales. We're talking slime — and not the green liquid Nickelodeon famously dumps on celebrities. And for many young people on YouTube, Instagram and Etsy, it's a moneymaker.

Of the more than 5 million posts on Instagram tagged with #slime, most depict brightly colored stuff filled with glitter and pigments of all kinds. So the slime of today is far more viscous and elaborate than that green liquid on Nickelodeon. Slime has become so popular that the American Chemical Society recently published a fact sheet about it including a detailed scientific explanation for how the magic happens." Check out the rest of NPR's story about the escalating popularity of goo here

This week in 5th Grade we are using goo to learn about variables as a part of the scientific method. I'm partial to this recipe from the YouTube channel Get Crafty Crafty: 

Georgia Science Teachers Association: STEMtalk Video Competition

GSTA STEMtalk Video Competition

Students, how is STEM shaping your future? Tell us and win a chance to speak at the 2017 STEM Forum.

We're thrilled that you're interested in doing a STEMtalk! We can't wait to hear your thoughts on how STEM is shaping your future. And, our winners will share their inspiration with the 1,500 teachers who will attend this year's STEM Forum October 25-26, in Athens. Think you might be interested?  View the winning videos from past years.

GSTA has modeled our STEMtalk concept on the work of TED and TEDx. Building on the work of experts at TED, here are a few suggestions on how to give a great talk. These aren't comprehensive, but they will give you some guidance as you develop your STEMtalk. Submissions are due Thursday, October 12, 2017.  Winners will be announced by Monday, October 16.

Find additional information about the competition on the GSTA STEMtalk webpage.

Not so simple...

How do you rescue a tiger who has fallen into a moat around his enclosure? In 4th grade we are using this PLTW lesson to learn about simple and compound machines. Using VEX kits teams will build their own solutions! 

Here is Mrs. Wender's class building levers: 

And Mrs. Blick's class building pulleys:

When a river throws you a curve:

Fifth grade has been "diving in" to the destructive and constructive forces of nature. Here we used stream tables to witness erosion from river banks that created oxbo lakes and deltas. 

Castles in the Sky

In Kindergarten we are taking something familiar, fairy tales like Jack & The Beanstalk, and using them to introduce something unfamiliar, like principles of engineering. In this case we wanted to see how tall and strong we could build a beanstalk out of pipe cleaners! Below Mrs. Tommasello's and Mrs. Garrett's classes show off their work. 

A total eclipse of the heart...

On August 21st at 2:30PM we'll experience a solar eclipse at 98% of totality. CCSD, along with every other county in metro Atlanta, is altering their school day, and we'll be able to watch the eclipse on our active boards in the classrooms here at Tritt. To get an ideal of what the eclipse will look like from anywhere in the US, check out timeanddate.com

I shared the following video, from one of my favorite channels, SciShow Kids, with grades 1st-3rd. It takes a closer look at the Solar Eclipse that crossed Europe in 2015, and provides an animated version of what we can expect here.  

The next video, from Vox, was shared with 4th and 5th grade: 

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Green Paws Registration is OPEN!!!

Welcome back to school everyone!!! I can't wait to explore all sort of science with you this year!

If you love science as much as I do, then you should consider signing up for GREEN PAWS, my after-school FAST class. We go hiking, explore the creek, do lots of gardening, eat all those fun fruits and veggies we grow, play -themed games, and build crafts inspired from nature! 

Green Paws meets on Thursdays from 2:30-3:30 and is for 2nd-5th graders. 

Green Paws Jr. meets on Fridays from 2:30-3:30 and is for 1st-3rd graders. 

You can sign up on Tritt Tiger Foundation website. Cost is $180 per student.