Dear Kindergarten Parents,
Please be reminded that Friday, June 8 will be a games day at school. Your child can bring in as many games as they want and we will have fun playing them. We will try very hard not to lose any of the pieces.
Yesterday, the children watched an egg break when dropped from the top of the stairs. This started their final design challenge. “What can you design to protect an egg from breaking when it is dropped?”
The children are using their scientific and engineering skills to solve this problem. They are working in small groups and following the ‘Design’ steps (Think, make a plan, make the design, improve it, share it-in this case, try it). Communication, collaboration and cooperation skills are also being emphasized.
First, the children thought about different ways to protect the egg. Some of their ideas were:
A water bottle
Metal/plastic ball with soft stuff inside
Box inside a box
Tissue inside a container
Cover it with paper
Cover it with bread
After that, they started to make their design.
Next, we will be trying out their engineering skills to see if their egg remains in tact when dropped. How exciting.
Next week will be out last week for our 8:00 reading program. I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the parents who have come in to help children with their reading.
It’s that time of year when we want to acknowledge how much work as parents you do for us. To show our appreciation you are invited to a parent appreciation breakfast. Please open the link below and sign up if you have been part of any parent volunteer activities at SIS this year (PSA, our morning reading time, field trips etc).
Thank you so much,
Poor Olivia. She broke her arm on the weekend. But that hasn’t stopped her from doing her work. Even though she is right handed she started writing with her left hand. The children enjoyed looking at the Xray of her broken arm while Olivia showed them where the break is.
We are all set up to start our design process. Thanks for helping your child collect reusable/recyclable things for our project. Today we thought about what we wanted to make or invent and who we are going to work with. We looked at all our materials so we know what is available. Tomorrow we will design and label our idea on paper, collect the materials we need and begin putting it together. The children will be able to tell you all about it on Thursday at Student Led Conference time.
Lately, the children have been using words like investigate, gravity, discover, push, pull, fast and slow. These words are used to describe some of the activities we are doing. For example, the children were challenged with the question “Why do things fall?” We jumped up in the air and tried to stay up and not come down. We couldn’t. We also went outside to find things that have fallen on the ground.
We experimented with different objects like paper, feathers, marbles and sticks to see what happens when they fall. After a while, children noticed that some fell fast and some fell slow.
Now we had two questions for investigate. ‘Why do things fall?’ and ‘Why do things fall fast or slow?’ After brainstorming and investigating, the children thought it had something to do with the weight, size or look of the objects. Then they thought something was pulling or pushing the objects to the ground. Then the word gravity was discussed.
Finally, we chose an object from the room that couldn’t move by itself and found something that could make it move. Children used things with wheels to move their object, they pushed it with another object, used magnets and blew it.
Moving a block with a vehicle
We also watched a video to help explain gravity. It was about a man called Isaac Newton. He was a scientist who helped explain why things fall. We discussed what a scientist is and what they do. Here are some of their ideas.
help the earth
study food to keep us healthy
study the earth
make machines to help clean up garbage
help take care of animals
study live things
study not alive things
help people not be sick
keep our air clean
draw and write
Next we are going to investigate why things move (motion) and why things stop moving.