Test Time!

Written by Kennedy

The 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders are taking a test called the F.S.A.. It is a stressful time for them, so we had to make a poster and do a parade for them. In the parade, we put our poster up. It was fun. Every class did a poster for a 3rd, 4th, 5th, and or 6th grade class. Our poster was for Mrs. Kurt. We all made a name for them to make them less stressed on the poster. Ours was “Mrs. Kurt’s Kool Kids.” My classmates put messages on the poster to cheer them up, too.

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STEM Friday: Exploring Light

Introducing the basic concepts of light, students experienced, hands-on, how light energy helps us see.  Using three LED light sources, we demonstrated and discussed the sources of light; the difference between opaque, transparent, and translucent objects; how light can be absorbed (blocked) or transmitted (passed through); and how light travels in straight lines and spreads out as it moves away from its source.

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Students were fascinated with this exploration!  Below were the big ideas for this activity:

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STEM Friday: Graphing

Today, we were mathematicians!

This Week’s Challenge

Students had to survey all four second grade classrooms; collect the data; tabulate the results in a tally chart, picture graph, bar graph, and circle graph; draw a conclusion; and answer questions from their graph data.

Research Question: What kind of candy do second graders like best?

Our participants had four choices:

  1. Chocolate Bars
  2. Mint Candy
  3. Soft/Chewy Candy
  4. Hard Candy
  5. Sour Candy

These were the results:

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Each team was assigned a type of graph to organize the data.  Below are our graphs:

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Bar Graph by Team France
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Picture Graph by Team America
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Tally Chart by Team Canada
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Circle Graph by Team England

Conclusion

Based on our data, “we found out that second graders like chocolate and sour candy the most” (Aeris).

Chinese New Year

Today begins the celebration of Chinese New Year.  In class, we learned all about this lunar festival.  To celebrate, each student received a red envelope with a “lucky” penny inside.  On their envelopes, students practiced Chinese calligraphy by writing words such as “happiness,” “dream,” and “love.”

Later, we enjoyed listening to the story of Nian (Year), the man-eating monster that comes out around Chinese New Year.  We finished the day off by eating fortune cookies as we finished decorating out dragon masks.

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新年快樂

(Happy New Year!)