Kindergarten students learned that senses help us experience our world. They conducted various experiments to compare different senses and discussed their observations. They were able to name the respective sensory organs. Students were introduced to scientific vocabulary related to this topic and were encouraged to use it as they shared their observations. They explored the topic by playing different musical instruments, experimenting with optical illusions and working with sensory bins.
The first grade students engaged in the engineering and design process to build a shadow puppet theater. They researched how shadow puppetry is used as a form of entertainment across the world. The students explored the “Wayang” form of shadow puppetry from Indonesia and watched a video for inspiration. They used their previous knowledge on light and shadows to understand the scientific concepts behind the shadow puppet theater and developed their language arts skills as they created a storyline. With great enthusiasm, the students developed a story collaboratively in groups, designed and created their characters and presented it to their classmates.
Second grade students learned about animal adaptations. They researched and collected information about the various physical and behavioral adaptations that help animals survive. The key terms discussed were hibernation, migration and camouflage. The students then engaged in an engineering and design project to establish themselves as problem solvers. They created animals that would adapt to the given environmental conditions. They included behavioral and physical adaptations in their creations.