Mrs. Poindexter’s class used Pic Collage and Hands-on materials to compare fractions. Check it out!
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2nd Grade ChatterPix Biographies
Mrs. Poindexter’s class created famous people and then brought them to life! Check them out below:
First Grade Force and Motion in the Makerspace
Students in first grade at both Glenvar and Oak Grove used the Makerspace to build hands-on knowledge of force and motion. They rotated through six centers to investigate and understand Science SOL 1.2: The student will investigate and understand that moving objects exhibit different kinds of motion. Key concepts include a) objects may have straight, circular, and back-and-forth motions; b) objects may vibrate and produce sound; and c) pushes or pulls can change the movement of an object that moving objects exhibit different kinds of motion.
Maker Center Planning Sheet and Student Reflection
Center 1: Spinning Tops — Circular motion and elapsed time
Prompt: Make a spinning top. How long does it spin?
Center 2: Air Tube
Make something that will fly.
Center 3: Zipline – pushes and pulls/ straight and circular motion
Design a car that can carry a toy dragon across the room on a zipline. Explore ways to make the car move smoother and faster.
Center 4: Musical Instrument – Vibration
Create a musical instrument with rubber bands. Find ways to include higher and lower pitched notes on your instrument.
Center 5: Racetracks
Build a racetrack. Experiment with different types of cars, marbles, and balls. Which ones go faster? Slower? Why?
Center 6: Robots On the Move
Make Dash the Robot Move!
Cross Posted at the Learning Collaboratory.
Hot Wheels Force and Motion
Students in Mrs. Grave’s Fourth Grade Class had fun (while learning) with Hot Wheels cars. They used the cars to review kinetic energy, potential energy, friction, independent variables, dependent variables, constants, measurement, converting fractions to decimals, and problem solving. Plus they got a jump on 5th Grade Math as the learned to find the average of three measurements
In the activity, they first explored the relationship between the height of the hot wheels trace vs. the distance the car travels. Then they created their own experiment by changing one variable. Then, they devised a way to collect their own data and came to a conclusion about the variables in their experiment.
Here are the resources we used:
Learn about Speedometry– FREE Hot Wheels Resources for Teachers
Makerspace Prompt Cards
I’ve been using prompt cards in my Makerspace for a bit now. I find that they help students, but they also help the teachers who bring the students into the Makerspace too. Even though teachers at my schools have been trained on how to use the equipment, they often need reminders…and it helps them feel like they have a way to answer student questions.
I prefer using them in Acrylic Sign Holders like these, but they are expensive. If you trim cards down a bit, they will work in the plastic 8×10 picture frames you can buy for pretty cheap. They don’t hold up as well, but if you are on a budget, they will work. Another option is to run the cards on tagboard and use sheet protectors.
This packet contains resources to create Makerspace Centers with the following materials:
- LEDs and Coin Cell Batteries
- Hot Wheel Tracks
- Little Bits
- Makey Makey
- Dollar Store Fans
- Squishy Circiuts
- old toys
Each center contains pictures, simple directions, and QR codes to scan for more info. You get them on Teachers Pay Teachers here.
Hour of Code 2015
Any teacher can do this…no need to know code! Just visit https://hourofcode.com/us to get started.
Newest Synergy Handouts
Here is the link to this year’s Synergy Handouts. Feel free to download as needed.