Sunday, March 1, 2015

No Batteries Required...

In order to get ready to make their marble mazes, first graders play with gravity to get marbles to travel through pipe insulation tubes.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

What can you do with a wheel and an axle?

Make a top!

First graders used pencils, marker tops, old markers, wooden skewers, and crayons as axles...
And cardboard circles, take-out drink lids, used DVDs, and other round objects as wheels.

More re-purposing....

Looks like DVDs made the best tops.  

It works!  Students counted in a fair scientific way:  Using One Mississippi to time their counting.  (Some kids used..1 Mississippi Sip.  What is the origin of that?)

Paper captures path of top if the axle is a writing tool.

After finishing a cardboard wheel and pencil top, this first grader is selecting new pieces to try out.

Thanks Johanna for helping students problem solve and for the photos.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Munch Munch Wiggle Wiggle...Ask a First Grader to Sing the Rest

First graders figure out what belongs in compost.  Here's  some of what they discovered.

Using my best first gradese I would guess: worms, pumpkin, rolly polly,!

 And then they put together their own worm bin by:

Cutting up discarded veggies for worms to munch.

Separating worms from compost.

Wetting newspaper worm bedding.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

First Grade Green Unit Starts Off With a Trip...

Sims Municipal Recycling Education Center in Sunset Park

Eadaoin Quinn, Educator, presents info about what to recycle.

Recycling Center is busy, loud, cold, 

interesting, and...

a bit smelly....

Hands on exhibits involves kids in learning about what to recycle...

and how to move the recycled materials...

Pictures taken by Johanna....