Students are learning how to acquire, comprehend and synthesize knowledge (thinking skills – one of the approaches to learning). They are practicing these through learning about the six simple machines and how they make work easier. The students completed their research, made posters and then the rest of the class used their (the expert group’s) research to deepen their own understandings of pulleys, levers, wedges, wheels and axels, screws and inclined planes. Using the design cycle , students are applying their understanding of scientific principles to create and innovate various machines. Students showed their work in progress to our Buddies when they visited us.
In Math students have been solving a range of problems as well learning and using the jump and split strategy for subtraction.
Students continue the writing process with their realistic fiction stories….most are busy publishing their work.