The third graders are very excited as the egg drop project reaches it’s final stages. They are working very hard on their egg drop vehicles. The have been busy planning, creating and testing their prototypes. The eight graders were invited to the primary school campus. The third graders shared their designs with them, brainstormed and discussed possible design improvements. It was a wonderful experience for students from both the campuses to collaborate and work together.
The second graders learned about different types of motion. They conducted various experiments to observe the effects of mass and friction on speed and motion. The students engaged in building different types of wheel and axle systems and tested them on an inclined plane. They made twirly birds to observe how air resistance varies by altering the wing span of the twirly birds.
Kindergarten students learned that senses help us experience our world. They did various activities to compare different senses and discussed their observations. They were able to name parts of the body that correspond to our five senses. Students explored the topic by creating different musical instruments, playing music, experimenting with optical illusions etc. Students were introduced to scientific vocabulary related to this topic and they were encouraged to use it as they shared their observations.
Third grade students are studying structure of life. They delved into an assortment of fruits while doing their seed investigation to find out the location, properties and size of the seeds. They did the seed soak experiment where they carefully analyzed the collected data. They planted red kidney beans and are observing and recording it’s growth to understand the life cycle of a plant. The students learned about various methods of seed dispersion. They then designed and build a wind dispersed seed structure. They tested their design and measured the distance traveled. The students are now studying the structure and behavior of crayfish.
First grade students learned about the various types of weather. They became familiar with the weather symbols and played memory games using those symbols.
Students have been recording the weather. They looked at the weather conditions from our upper school weather station using the link https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=6603 and recorded the outdoor and indoor temperatures at our campus.
They used this data to compare the weather conditions using a bar graph.They learned how to read and create a bar graph.
Students are learning both Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales. They conducted a hot to cold investigation.They were introduced to the terms - room temperature, body temperature, freezing point and boiling point.
The students used the Tellagami app to record their weather report.
They made a wind sock as they learned about wind, its speed and direction and tested it. They will be learning about the water cycle and extreme weather in the coming weeks.
The second graders did an amazing job in the previous unit ‘ Habitats’. They successfully designed and build the insect hotels which are providing shelter for the insects during winter time. They ended the unit by learning about food chain, food web and animal adaptations.
Currently, students are busy investigating balance and motion. They are exploring stability and learning the importance of equilibrium. They are getting familiar with concepts such as center of gravity, counterbalance, counterweight etc.
The students are trying various balancing tricks such as balancing a crayfish tag board on their fingers with and without clothespins as counterweights. We will continue to explore ‘Balance and Motion’ in the coming weeks.
The third graders have been learning about the dynamic Earth.The focus of this topic was design and construction. The students have been learning about earthquakes and the social, economic and environmental impact it has. They learned about plate tectonics and the different types of earthquake waves. They conducted an experiment to understand the difference between S and P waves.
Students explored stable structures around the world; we especially focussed on landmark skyscrapers such as Taipei 101 in Taiwan and Burj Khalifa in Dubai. We investigated the question- Can we build earthquake proof structures? They learned that earthquake resistant buildings use various techniques such as base isolation, dampers and ball bearings to stay stable.
The students build a ‘Truss Bridge’ using magnetic sticks and balls to explore and understand that this load-bearing structure is stable because the connected elements form triangular units.
They then build models of earthquake resistant buildings and tested them on class made earthquake simulators.
Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a great New Year!!
The kindergartners have been busy learning about the human body. They reviewed various body parts and learned about the organs in our body and their functions. Students worked in groups discussing the functions of each organ, learned to use a stethoscope to hear the heartbeat and created a model of our lungs.
Students are learning about the structure and function of our skeletal system. They worked in groups to build the skeletal system puzzle.They looked at x-rays to observe the skeletal system.
In the coming weeks we will explore the various systems of the body and learn about our five senses.
For the past few weeks the the first graders have been studying various topics such as magnetism, density and symmetry. The focus has been on making predictions and proposing a hypothesis.
Students studied different shaped magnets and learned that a magnet always has a north and a south pole irrespective of its shape. They conducted an experiment to see how magnetism can defy the force of gravity. They learned about the various properties of magnets and tested them.
Students conducted experiments to test the density of solids and liquids.
The students are currently exploring symmetry in nature. They are learning about reflection and line symmetry. They are using mirrors to create symmetrical patterns.
Third graders have been busy learning about rocks for the past few weeks. The students studied the different types of rocks and their properties.
Students used testing tools to record the hardness of rocks on Mohs hardness scale. They played rock detectives while trying to identify the mystery rocks. They used their observation skills and the testing tools to identify the rocks.
Students are currently exploring the dynamics of our planet Earth. They will be learning about Earth’s structure, volcanoes, tectonic plates, earthquakes etc. They are building a working model of a volcano and learning about chemical reactions in the process.