Lab began with with an engineering challenge. We defined frustration and then I told my second grade engineers that I was going to purposefully frustrate them. I explained that frustration develops problem solving skills, creativity, and perseverance. Teachers call it productive struggle. The students were tasked with building a tower with index cards only. At first the cards kept falling and collapsing, but they quickly changed their designs and began experiencing success. Try this at home with a deck of playing cards.
Our bullfrog tadpoles have arrived! How long will it be before we see back legs?
Percy and Uno are doing well and enjoying spring. Uno laid an egg last week, but it was eaten by a crow. I was able to show her nest and egg to several classes. These sweet ducks hatched in the lab almost two years ago.
One of my scientists brought me this egg. My classes had fun guessing who might have laid it. It is larger than a chicken’s egg and it has a hard shell. The egg is dirty as though it might have been on the ground and it must be an animal native to Georgia. What do you think? We read, Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones, a story about oviparous animals.
With Easter only a few days away, Pre-First scientists experimented with Peeps and eggs. We used the Scientific Method and our senses in this lab. What will happen if we place Peeps in water? Will they float or sink? Will they dissolve or grow? Will there be a color change? What will happen if we microwave Peeps? Why? My scientists made a hypothesis before each experiment. They also took some Peeps back to their classroom to place in the freezer.
Five fourth grade entrepreneurs participated in our second Invention Convention. This was a choice activity and I am SO proud of these students for going beyond what was expected of them. They demonstrated initiative, creativity, and perseverance! They learned valuable lessons as they took their ideas through the invention process and developed their prototypes.