Mini chemists…potion making is a favourite steam activity but When I teach a big group of students I often struggle with the mess and waste of materials! My colleague introduced me to a great solution, mini science! The key is to keep everything mini, we use small Pipettes, left over milk cups, and Dixie cups. By keeping everything small we use less materials and have less clean up! Plus you can make even more reactions!
As this year comes to a close I realize that I did not share a favourite project. This spring, our grade 6 students created art work to honour the stories of refugees. After reading stories and interviewing people who have gone through the refugee experience, students created their own artworks on help others empathize with their subject. Students were challenged to use symbolism and imagery to help highlight important aspects of the story. Students could work in any medium - paint,watercolour, cardboard, clay, textile, wood, photography, exc..
On Friday we had our first battle bot competition with @sphero bots! Things did not go exactly as planned, only 2/40 balloons popped, not enough time with the spheros before the battle and the grade ones were definitely too young! But all in all everyone had so much fun, the @imaginationplayground blue blocks became mazes, arenas and more, we tried something new, and we learned a lot! Have you done battle bots with your students? Any tips?
This word making game was created by one of my grade 2 students for a new baby in the family. “I want to help him learn to read!” Each square has letters on each side that can be turned to make different words. It took a lot of persistence to measure and drill the holes to fit the dowels through! So excited to see her vision come to life!