You're a sunflower....

First grade study the basic needs of plants by planting sunflowers seeds and watching them grow! Every few days the used cubes to measure how tall they were getting! Now that the project is over, some of the plants have been moved to the garden! Day 1 is on the left hand side of the carousel, and Day 22 (the last day) is all the way to the right!

Rooted in engineering.

First Grade students have been studying basic needs of plants (sunlight, air, water, nutrients (soil)) using an Engineering Is Elementary lesson, “A Gift from Fadel”. Each student designed and built a package to transport a plant (or seeds in soil) safely to be gifted to someone of their choice. Check out the results below!

East:

Fernandes:

Foote:

McElwain:

Moffett:

Paine:

If you build it, they will come.

On the first day of Science Lab this school-year, our First Graders were introduced to a unique problem - Mylo, Suzi and Angelina are lost in the woods! Ever since the kiddos have been studying light & reflection and sound & vibration in order to figure out how to create an emergency signal to get the attention of the rest of their party. We’ve traversed the Tritt Nature Trail to get in the right mindset, and this week the students invented a communication device with only what was packed for the hike….

Fernandes

Moffett

Paine:

Foote:

McElwain / Woodall:

East:

Can you hear me now???

Our first graders are studying how light and sound can be used to communicate, demonstrated here by the vibrations on the string of their cup phones. (pictured: Mrs. Paine’s class)

First Grade ISN'T Getting Their Hands Dirty

First grade has been studying the basic needs of plants & animals. Combining shapes & types of plants & animals with the Engineering Design Process lead us to biomimicry, or engineered products inspired by nature. The students design and created their own garden tools and tested them by planting sunflower seeds in the Nature Nook.

Moffett: 

Fernandes: 

McElwain: 

East: 

Foote: 

Coyne: 

Friend: We got rained out of planting, but still had fun building and sharing our designs!

This STEM challenge is in the (book)bag.

No one has been working harder in the Science Lab than the 1st graders this semester! We are wrapping our Project Lead The Way unit on light and sound by creating devices that can communicate over distances through the forest. All that they can use to create vibrations and reflections is what was packed for a day hike on the nature trail. 

East:

Friend:

Foote:

Coyne:

Moffett:

Fernandes:

McElwain: 

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: 

Fine Dam Work.

Wrapping up our study on plants and animals, 1st grade looked at how animals use plants as shelter. There is no better animal engineer than the beaver, and we thought we'd try and copy some of their work. Students designed their dams and collected the materials. Here Mrs. Hughes' and Mrs. Friend's classes show off their work.

Can you dig it? (Hughes)

We have been studying plants and animals in 1st grade. When scientists and engineers are inspired by something from nature we call that "biomimicry". We just finished planting sunflower seeds using homemade garden tools that were inspired by a story we read in class. 

Thank you to the parent volunteers who came in to operate the hot glue guns!

Can you dig it? (Fernandes)

We have been studying plants and animals in 1st grade. When scientists and engineers are inspired by something from nature we call that "biomimicry". We just finished planting sunflower seeds using homemade garden tools that were inspired by a story we read in class. 

Thank you to the parent volunteers who came in to operate the hot glue guns!

Can you dig it? (Friend)

We have been studying plants and animals in 1st grade. When scientists and engineers are inspired by something from nature we call that "biomimicry". We just finished planting sunflower seeds using homemade garden tools that were inspired by a story we read in class. 

Thank you to the parent volunteers who came in to operate the hot glue guns!

 

Can you dig it? (Adams)

We have been studying plants and animals in 1st grade. When scientists and engineers are inspired by something from nature we call that "biomimicry". We just finished planting sunflower seeds using homemade garden tools that were inspired by a story we read in class. 

Thank you to the parent volunteers who came in to operate the hot glue guns! We were dealing with a little bit of rain during the planting, so I apologize for so few action shots! 

 

Can you dig it? (Moffett)

We have been studying plants and animals in 1st grade. When scientists and engineers are inspired by something from nature we call that "biomimicry". We just finished planting sunflower seeds using homemade garden tools that were inspired by a story we read in class. 

Thank you to the parent volunteers who came in to operate the hot glue guns!

Can you dig it? (Coyne)

We have been studying plants and animals in 1st grade. When scientists and engineers are inspired by something from nature we call that "biomimicry". We just finished planting sunflower seeds using homemade garden tools that were inspired by a story we read in class. 

Thank you to the parent volunteers who came in to operate the hot glue guns!

Seed Bombs Away!

Mrs. Moffett's class demonstrates "seed bomb" creation. A little clay, a little potting mix, some water, and a teaspoon of wildflowers, rolled into a few ball, dried out, and you get "seed bombs"! Toss them wherever you think could use a little more color, and in a couple of weeks you'll see blues and purples and yellows! 

This mimics the way the owl and elephant help plant seeds from the story we read in class! 

Nothing to sneeze at -

Our friends Mylo/Suzi/Angelina have found a bunch of "weeds" growing in their school garden! Where did the come from? How does the form (shape) of something affect its function (purpose)? Mrs. Friend's class is finding out by learning how plants are pollinated, and taking a crack at how farmers might help them. 

Light & Sound - Fernandes

In first grade we have been investigating the properties of light and sound, including vibration from sound waves (we made our own cup phones!) and the effect of different materials on the path of a beam of light. After students develop an understanding of light and sound, they were challenged to solve a design problem Mylo, Suzi, and Angelina face. In the story, the characters are lost and must use only the materials in their backpack to communicate over a distance by using light and/or sound. Students use the design process to sketch, build, test, and reflect on a device that solves this design problem.

Light & Sound - Coyne

In first grade we have been investigating the properties of light and sound, including vibration from sound waves (we made our own cup phones!) and the effect of different materials on the path of a beam of light. After students develop an understanding of light and sound, they were challenged to solve a design problem Mylo, Suzi, and Angelina face. In the story, the characters are lost and must use only the materials in their backpack to communicate over a distance by using light and/or sound. Students use the design process to sketch, build, test, and reflect on a device that solves this design problem.

Light & Sound - Hughes

In first grade we have been investigating the properties of light and sound, including vibration from sound waves (we made our own cup phones!) and the effect of different materials on the path of a beam of light. After students develop an understanding of light and sound, they were challenged to solve a design problem Mylo, Suzi, and Angelina face. In the story, the characters are lost and must use only the materials in their backpack to communicate over a distance by using light and/or sound. Students use the design process to sketch, build, test, and reflect on a device that solves this design problem.