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  • Week 5-Remote Learning(April 27-30)

    Posted by Teresa Wolf on 4/27/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Kindergarten-2nd grade:

    Listen to the book, “Happy Dreamer” by Peter Reynolds with this link:

    https://youtu.be/edJHW-BsGnM

    I am going to try to SeeSaw you with me reading that book so you can pick which one you want to watch.

    Then draw or create something that shows what kind of a dreamer you are. Please post a picture or a video on SeeSaw or email me at tawolf@d47.org.  I can’t wait to see what kind of dreamer you are.  It can be one that is not mentioned in the book too!  If you post a picture on SeeSaw, please make sure to tell me what kind of a dreamer you are and why you think that.

     

    3rd and 4th grade:

    I am bringing back a build project from 2nd grade:

    You can watch this video to give you some hints and pointers to making it better. It also tells you the science behind the project.

    https://youtu.be/ocJSCmKyhK8 (This link will be in your Google Classroom STEM)

    In 2nd grade, we made a cooler with a partner that had to keep an ice pop frozen for an hour.  What if we use an ice cube and we keep it in our cooler for 90 minutes?  What if we put it by a sunny window or outside?  It could be a very small cooler because it only has to hold an ice cube.  Maybe it is a cube shape with a cube inside!

    You can post a picture of your cooler in our Google Classroom STEM or SeeSaw.  Or you can have your parents email it to me at tawolf@d47.org.  I can’t wait to see what you will create with the materials that you have at home.

     

    Optional activity:

    There will be a coding assignment in Tynker if you would rather code.  It starts easy and gets trickier.  It might help you to learn some new coding concepts.

     

    5th grade:


    This week, you are going to go back on the https://vr.vex.com/ but either coding a Basketball Drill or a Robot Dance Party.  I linked some resource sheets in our STEM Google Classroom.  If you get it completed, you can either share it with me after you save it into your drive or make a video and send it to me at tawolf@d47.org.  I can’t wait to see what you create with these different playgrounds for the virtual robot.

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  • Week 4-Remote Learning (April 20-24)

    Posted by Teresa Wolf on 4/27/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Kindergarten-2nd grade:

    Listen to the book, “What to do with a box?” by Heather Moeller with this link:

    https://youtu.be/88U5pZgAmUQ

    I am going to try to SeeSaw you with me reading that book so you can pick which one you want to watch.

    Then what can you make with a box or boxes.  You can use construction paper, paint, tape, glue, scissors, markers or whatever supplies you need.  If you do not have a box or boxes, you can draw a picture of what you would make.  Please post a picture or a video on SeeSaw or email me at tawolf@d47.org.  I can’t wait to see what you will create from a box or boxes.

     

    3rd grade:

    We were talking about simple machines and making them with the Vex pieces.  Watch a Simple Machine Song: https://youtu.be/iQu3GY509ZM to help remind you of all of them.

    Can you make a compound machine using at least 2 of them?   How many simple machines can you include in your compound machine?  You can use Legos, recyclables materials, blocks, Knex, or any supplies that you want to use.  If you do not have any supplies or materials to use, you can draw a picture or use Google Drawing.  I will have ways for you to share it on the STEM Google Classroom.  Or you can have your parents email it to me at tawolf@d47.org.  I can’t wait to see what you will create with the materials that you have at home.

     

    Optional activity:

    There will be a coding assignment in Tynker if you would rather code.  It starts easy and gets trickier.  It might help you to learn some new coding concepts.

     

    4th grade:

    We were talking about energy and how it can change to other types of energy.  This week, you can watch either of these links on this windmill in Africa.  

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: https://youtu.be/sDXAf_p5FjU

    William and the Windmill: https://youtu.be/BzlgyDAMupw

    The links will also be in your Google Classroom STEM.  With permission from your parents, find materials to build your own windmill.  Can it move when there is wind?  There will be a Flipgrid to share your windmill or your parents can send a picture or video to me at tawolf@d47.org.  I will have options on how to share or drawing choices in your STEM Google Classroom.

     

    Optional activity:

    There will be a coding assignment in Tynker if you would rather code.  It starts easy and gets trickier.  It might help you to learn some new coding concepts.



    5th grade:

     

    I am so excited!  Vex has made a VR version of our robot that we were using in class.  Well, it is even better than the one that we built.  You will be exploring this week at 

    https://vr.vex.com/ to code the virtual robot.  You can go into Google Classroom STEM to see a slideshow that will help you navigate that new site.  I will also be posting an optional coding assignment on Tynker if that interests you.

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  • Week 3-Remote Learning (April 13-16)

    Posted by Teresa Wolf on 4/12/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Kindergarten-2nd grade:

    This week activity needs permission from parents first since it requires getting objects wet.  You will be testing objects in your house to see what sinks and floats. Are there properties that make it able to float or sink?  What would an apple do? What about wax paper or foil? What about a lego or a block?

    Challenges:

    Can you make an object that sinks be able to float? What did you do?

    Can you make a boat out of supplies at home that will float and hold pennies as passengers?

    Please share with me on SeeSaw what you find out or if you try the challenges too.  Or you can email me at tawolf@d47.org.



    3rd-5th grade:

    This week, we are going to do some coding on Tynker.  You will have a free account on Tynker until the end of May.  Please see Google Classroom STEM for the link and log-in directions for your class.  You will have to enter a class code to gain access. You will be able to save your progress since you will have a specific log-in.  You will see new coding games and activities. You can explore and code whatever interests you this week. If you have problems logging in, remember to private message me through Google Classroom or have your parents email me at tawolf@d47.org.

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  • Week 2-Remote Learning (April 7-9)

    Posted by Teresa Wolf on 4/6/2020 8:00:00 AM

     

     

    Kindergarten-2nd grade:

    This week, I have a couple different options that you can pick from or you can do them both, if you want.  

     

    Option 1:  Egg Tower or Egg Support

    The idea is to build a structure that will hold a plastic egg or a candy one on top without   If you don’t have an egg, it can hold anything on top. You can use playdough, toothpicks, foil, paper, popsicle sticks, straws, legos or anything that you have at home that would work for this challenge.

     

    Option 2:

    Make an egg shaped lego design or basket.  If you do not have lego, you could make a paper basket that can hold something inside.  It needs to have a handle too!

     

    3rd-4th grade:

    Challenge:  Transport an egg (plastic or candy) safely down a zipline.

    They can use any materials they can find to build the basket and the attachment system to the string or yarn.  It’s completely up to you how long you want to make your zipline and where it is located.

    Some options might be making the basket that holds the egg out of lego pieces, egg carton, pipe cleaners, yogurt container or old plastic egg halves.

     

    The challenge is to get the plastic egg to the end of the zipline undamaged and safely in the basket at the end.  If you don’t have an egg, it can be anything small that would fit in your basket.

     

    Extra challenge:  Can it hold weight and travel safely down your zipline?

    Could you make it a race challenge with two ziplines side by side?

    Have fun!  I can’t wait to hear from you in Google Classroom STEM with the Flipgrid report, SeeSaw STEM or you can email me a picture or video to tawolf@d47.org





    5th grade:

    Wow!  I had some great Rube Goldberg videos and drawings last week.  I was so impressed! This week, I would like you to make a penny or coin bridge.  Please go into Google Classroom STEM for more details. I will have an optional activity in there too encase you do not have enough pennies or coins for this activity.  There is no worries or stress with this! I look forward to seeing what you figure out with this project.

     

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  • Week 1-Remote Learning

    Posted by Teresa Wolf on 3/31/2020 11:00:00 AM

    Week 1:

    K-2nd grade:

    This week’s activity is making your name or STEM out of recycled materials or other  items from your home. If you have access to SeeSaw, you can look for the STEM section and send me a picture or video.  I can’t wait to see you! I will be sending you a video to view this week too. 

    3rd-4th grade:

    This week’s activity is inventing something to solve a problem in your house or for yourself.  You can either draw it on paper, use Google Drawing or make it out of recycled materials. If you have access to SeeSaw, you can look for the STEM section and send me a picture or video.  I will also have this posted in our Google Classroom so you can share it with me there. I will have Google Drawing linked for you in our STEM Google classroom with a spot for you to add a photo if you want to share it with me.  I can’t wait to see or hear from you! I will also be posting some extra STEM activities if you would like to try them at any time during this remote learning time.  

    5th grade:

    This week’s activity is to make a Rube Goldberg chain reaction using items in your room or in your house.   I will also have this posted in our Google Classroom if you want to share it with me there. I also have a video linked if you need to see what I am talking about.  It can be an easy one that takes a few minutes to a more complex one if you have time. If you don’t want to make it with materials you can just draw a model on paper.  I can’t wait to see or hear from you! Vex IQ blocks programmers are working on a VR robot that will appear on the screen so you could still do coding with a virtual VEX IQ robot to play out your code.  I will keep you posted on this!  

     

    I am available from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day if you need support.  After 1:30 I may be meeting with other teachers and may not be readily available, but should be able to respond by 3:30 p.m. that day.  You can reach me at tawolf@d47.org.

     

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  • September 15, 2016

    Posted by Teresa Wolf on 9/15/2016

    This week, we have been busy starting our Project Lead the Way units in K-5th grade.  

    • The 5th graders started learning about all types of robots.  We are using an app called Robots (free) throughout the whole year.  The students started exploring the app and deciding what type of robot they would like to learn more about in the next few weeks.  The students are so excited to be starting the robot unit.
    • The 4th graders got a sneak peek into the final build for their Energy unit.  The students starting brainstorming possible designs for their bumper cars that will hold a raw egg and collide against a wall.
    • The 3rd graders started their flight unit.  They designed their own paper airplane to start noticing how it flies and how it changes when they make changes to their designs.
    • The 2nd graders observed what happens to an icepop when it sets out for the hour.  They heard the introduction story that set the excitement to understanding that they will have to try to keep the icepop frozen for an hour with their design.  At the end of the unit, they will be designing a cooler.
    • The 1st graders reviewed and watched a quick clip about what engineers do.  They then heard the introduction story to their Light and Sound unit.  The students received their Launch Log where they drew a picture of the problem that they are going to have to solve at the end of the unit.
    • The kindergarteners are learning about structure and function of items that were designed by an engineer.  They noticed the similiarites between items that have the same functions.  I will be posting pictures of them with their engineer hats on next week.
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