I wish you all could have been there, but since you were not I took LOTS and LOTS of pictures!!! There are even a few video clips to help show the mood of my kiddos this week! I hope you enjoy these activities as much as we did.
Here we go...
This portion of the unit dealt with friction and how wheels help move objects.
|He is trying to push her... no luck.|
|We put tubes under the plastic box and as you can see by the picture she was flying across the rug!|
|We were comparing this flat rectangle with the flat objects we had difficulty moving with wind (paper clips, popsicle sticks, and paper). We talked about an easier way to move the block....|
|The wheels kept coming off!|
|This suggestion was to put two in each hole instead of one.|
|The wheels wouldn't turn...so someone suggested that we put something on the end of the stick. I had nails waiting!|
|She thought the nails were perfect!|
|We talked about how many and where to put them. In a system it's important not only to have the right parts, but that the parts go in the proper place.|
|The finished product!|
|Everyone liked that idea.|
|Next, we measured how far our cars went with each trial.|
|We used non-standard units of measure - blocks, bears, etc.|
|The kiddos recorded the results of each trial on the flags.|
|We created a page for our Fact Book. The children picked their favorite ball tested previously (see prior post) and measured with adding machine tape.|
|This was my example after we chose our fact together and worked to sound out each word. I wrote with the children to help with letter formation. They chose the fact - this was not a "copy the board" activity.|
|This portion of the unit dealt with sinkers and floaters.|
|He was testing to see if some of the floaters could be made into sinkers.|
|I found this chart on an AIMS lesson. The kiddos chose a shape for their sail based on which one they thought would be best.|
|Again, we talked about systems and what we need to make our boats move. She is testing her choice to see if it floats....JOY!|
|Each child added their first initial to their sail, then drew a diagram of their boat for their journal.|
Let the trials and races begin!
We tested each boat to determine how many seconds it took to reach the end of the lane. The children checked the timer, told me the number and I recorded the number on a certificate for each child to add to their journal. This prompted LOTS of spontaneous discussions on more/less, 1 more than/less than, I need 1 less to win, number order... can't beat math integrated with science!
Two kiddos with matching sail shapes raced each other.
We had SO much fun with this integrated unit! I have to say I missed my cohort in crime, Kristi - it's the first boat race I've done without her in many years - boo hoo!
Thanks to my other cohort in crime - who is now one of my parents - Amber for helping. I miss you both!
Oh well, on to clean up the mess and drag out the next unit....FARM!