Science

Enjoy our Voice Thread about what we think Science is!

 


"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought."  Albert Szent Gyorgyi

We've discussed what we think science is and researched what scientists do and what types of scientists there are. We have also collaborated on what qualities scientists need to do their job. We did a lot of thinking about what phenomenon means. We are discovering a lot together!

 

Enjoy our video on accountable talk.

 

We read a book calledThe Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown. It 's a book that talks about what's important about familiar things. We made our own  Important Book on Voice Thread. We talk about the important properties or characteristics of things we like. We hope you enjoy our book. Click on our VoiceThread below to read it.

 

We have been investigating properties of matter. Properties are something that an object has like characteristics. Some properties you can notice right away like size, shape, or color. Other properties you might not notice right away like if something is absorbent or if it's repellent, or, whether it's a conductor or an insulator. We discovered materials are used for things based on their properties. We made a book imagining what would happen if an object was made from a material that didn't have properties that matched what the object is used for.

Genius Hour

Everett's Project

My name is Everett Wood. I am in first grade. My passion is birds. I think birds are fascinating. I love to watch them. I watch them everywhere I go. They touch my imagination. Sometimes I wonder things like what the world looks like from a birds view or what it's like to fly on the wind. I wonder how they travel far away and how they can find their way back again. I think birds are beautiful and I love to listen to their calls. I think birds know things we don't. I think we can learn from birds. 

My Genius Hour project was about birds. I wondered what kind of birds were on the school playground and if those birds were like birds in Detroit or other places in Michigan. I wondered how these birds were alike or different in things like their food or their habits. I wondered if their sounds have meanings like a language. I got my information from my observations of birds at home and at school, and from books I've read and from sites like Cornell Ornithology Lab.. I drew the sketches from what was in my mind and then I checked with books to make sure my sketches were accurate. Drawing the sketches made the ideas and words for writing information about them come to my brain. We recorded sound clips with the sound of the bird with the sound of me giving information about them. We put the sound clips on QR codes and we put the QR codes on my drawings.

This afternoon me and my whole class went to the butterfly garden and we put up my bird installation. We staple gunned the drawings to the trees. Now other kids in school, or teachers, or parents, or people from the neighborhood can bring their phone or device with a QR reader and learn about the birds in Trombly's yard. If they listen closely to the sound clip they might be able to recognize the sound of a bird nearby. I hope my work will help people love birds as much as I do.

The cool thing about my project is even though I finished it I'm still learning. I got a note from our librarian, Mrs. Walpole and she told me about a new resource called Bird Note. I cankeep finding out more about birds in new places!

The Note from Mrs. Walpole

The Note from Mrs. Walpole

Caleb's Project

Here is the QR Code to My Google Slides about black holes.

Here is the QR Code to My Google Slides about black holes.

Here is the QR Code with My Video about how Black holes Form.

Here is the QR Code with My Video about how Black holes Form.

My name is Caleb Thomason - Redus. I am in second grade. What inspired me to choose black holes as my Genius Hour project is they are so mysterious. They give me a feeling of awe. I think, WOW, when I hear about them. That's so cool there are things like that in the universe. I also chose to research black holes because I want to be a scientist when I grow up. I want to study about the mysteries in space. I would like to explore space one day when I'm grown up.

This project took a lot of time. First, I had to get information so I read lots of books, read articles on the web and I watched videos from places like NASA. I learned how to summarize facts and tell who my sources were and other stuff. All of my notes I put in Seesaw. Each note I made would have a link to my source or a picture of the book I read.

I had to sort out tons of information so I made a Google Slide to help me organize my information. I used my research to create a video. Over spring break I decided to add sound to my video to give it more of an exciting feeling so my viewers would feel like they were watching an actual black hole being made. When you make a video you have to think about how your words and pictures and sound go together to tell your story. I made my video into an iMovie and I put it on Youtube.

Finally, I made a labeled, huge diagram of a black hole. On it I put QR codes that have links to my Google Slides and my video. Dr. Wargo, Ms. O'Meara made the QR codes. They were my advisers that helped me think about my project. My mom was my adviser at home and she helped me think about the sounds I wanted to add. My dad is also one of my advisors because he gives me all kinds of information about black holes and we have important discussions and share information. I hope my project will inspire other people to learn more about things we can't see.

 

Hayden's Project

My name is Hayden Drouillard. I am in second grade. My Genius Hour project is about sharks.  My essential questions are:

* What were the first sharks like and how are they different than sharks today?

* How and why have sharks changed over time?

* Are sharks endangered?

* Are people helping or hurting sharks on earth?

* What can people do to help sharks?

I think sharks are amazing because they're like ancient creatures from the past that are still here today. I think you have to give sharks a chance and see the good things about them and learn about why they are important. Don't judge them right away and think they are only bad. I have found out that people can learn some things from sharks. Inventors have copied the grooves on shark skin and they've made that kind of pattern on swimsuits, boats, planes, and on wind turbines. They're even thinking about how to use it on cars. They reason they like the shark skin is the pattern of grooves lets air and water pass over it so things can move quickly through the air and water. When people imitate animals like that it has a special name called biomimicry.

I read books, magazines and articles from the internet about sharks. I even read about them at home. I learned about how sharks have changed over millions of years and I learned that they survived 4 major extinctions and now I wonder how they can be so good at surviving. I learned that people have bad habits that are hurting sharks and I found organizations that can teach people about sharks and help sharks. I made posters on Pic Collage and I did a green screen video that takes you back to prehistoric oceans so you can see the first sharks. Even though my project is finished I haven't stopped learning about them. I hope you enjoy the work I'm sharing with you.

Come on an underwater tour with me to see what sharks use to look like millions of years ago!

Come on an underwater tour with me to see what sharks use to look like millions of years ago!

Look at the posters I made with Pic Kids on the iPad. I used facts from my research to make them. I added QR codes with links to things that give more information about facts on my posters.
Scan the QR Code and read about the main Threats to Sharks    

Scan the QR Code and read about the main Threats to Sharks

 

Scan the First QR code and watch a video about how to recycle plastic and save the oceans. Scan the second qr code and watch a ted talk by Sylvia Earle on how to Protect the oceans.

Scan the First QR code and watch a video about how to recycle plastic and save the oceans. Scan the second qr code and watch a ted talk by Sylvia Earle on how to Protect the oceans.

Scan the QR code to see my Google slide notes for my project

Scan the QR code to see my Google slide notes for my project


Phoebe's Project

My name is Phoebe Francis. I am in first grade. My Genius Hour project is about rabbits. I was very interested in learning about rabbits because I want to have one. I want to be a responsible pet owner because I think you should treat animals with respect. My essential questions were where do pet rabbits come from? How are pet rabbits different than wild rabbits? What are all the things you need to do to take care of a pet rabbit? I read articles and books and I put my notes on Seesaw.  I used information I had to make two posters. One poster was about favorite bunny foods and the other poster was a schedule about how to take care of your bunny. I also took my information and I made an ebook on an app called Book Creator. I added pictures and the sound of my voice in sound clips. My ebook is now on our iPads and I also made my Book Creator book into a video. You can watch my book video below. I hope you like my work.