Monday, December 11, 2017

Coding and Weather

Last week Porters Point School participated in Hour of Code. Students learned how to code their own scenes using Scratch Jr. and learned about how coding can lead to exciting careers in computer science! Here are some of our students giving a "thumbs up" to coding!



The students also began learning about weather. They made charts of what they already know and added on their new learning.

The students observed wind with very scientific tools (yarn) to learn about it's speed and direction. They also learned how wind can be both helpful and harmful, collecting things that wind can easily move like fall leaves and seeds and sorting out things that can only move in very strong winds.

This week, as we learn about the water cycle, students are using scientific vocabulary to describe the process. They are observing the water cycle in action by creating a mini environment in a plastic bag that will be powered by the sun. They also made predictions about how quickly water will evaporate from a "puddle" in our room and what will happen to the water vapor. Some students predicted that the classroom will fill with clouds. Can't wait to find out!

Newsletter, Week 14

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Veteran's Day

The first grade students want to thank our veterans for their service! On Friday they wrote letters to local veterans to do just that!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Solids and Liquids

This week our students have been investigating the properties of solids and liquids! When we began, the difference between the two was pretty unclear:

The students had many questions about what types of things were solids or liquids, so we set out to learn more!

In the end, students were able to identify many more properties. (And also had a lot of fun!)