Saturday, January 30, 2010

The SOUND of Science

Over the last couple weeks we have been learning about sound in Science. The kids have had such a great time learning where sound comes from, how sound travels, how animals use sounds, and sounds that are around us. We've had lots of great explorations with sound as well. One of the fun things we did was make instruments. The kids were given a set of materials and asked to brainstorm ways they could use these materials to make sound. They worked as groups to make all kinds of things over a series of a week. We made drums, zithers, tamborines,and horns. We also made wind chimes.

They watched as Mrs. Harbour and Ms. Peters explained how sound vibrates and travels in sound waves through a demonstration with a cup of water and a tuning fork. We could actually see the vibrations in the water! We also did a class activity that showed up how a sound wave actually moves.

Sound Waves

In a video we watched, we learned how different animals use sound waves as in echolocation. As an extension activity we brought in empty water bottles, filled them up with different amounts of water, and learned how to blow into the bottle and make sound by making the water vibrate.

The sound it made depended on how much water was in each bottle. Below are some really cool websites. We weren't able to go to all of them in class due to time but the kids would really enjoy them at home.

Find Sounds

BBC schools

Magic School Bus


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Back into routines!

Well we come to the end of our second week back at school from holiday break. Somehow that first week back feels like the first week of school again. Trying to get kids back into routines and struggling with getting up at 5:30 in the morning.

Since we have been back we have been busy. To begin with, our intern began last Thursday (Ms. Peters). She is in her final stage of education and will be teaching full time in a couple weeks. She is excited about getting to know your child and learning from them as well. She has a lot to offer and will continue to make every day a positive learning environment for your child. Having an intern is a great experience and the kids love her already. We are finishing up our current math book and will begin working on new investigations with counting and surveys. It is a fun book and the kids will love it. In Reader's Workshop we have been working on reading strategies that will help us become better readers. Make sure you ask your child daily to tell you what strategy we worked on and have them practice that with his / her book in a bag. In Writer's we have been revisiting narrative writing. We are learning how to write fictional stories which include beginning, middle, and end. I can't wait to post their work up next week. Science has been a lot of fun for the last two weeks as we learn about sound. We have been exploring what makes sound and what needs to happen for sound to occur. For the last two days we have been making items that are easily used for sound. We were unable to finish out exploration today but will finish tomorrow. I will post pictures this weekend of our fun filled science lessons.

Over the next couple weeks I will be finishing up end of the 9 weeks running records and complete our state assessment. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and is at school every day.

We are almost at the half way point...let's keep up all the great work!