Our Big Idea for the year is "Adaptation." This semester we have been focusing on the Enduring Understanding "Change is inevitable, nothing stays the same." One of our guiding questions has been, "What causes change?"
In Science, we have been exploring how matter and energy change. Students have been experimenting how these "changes" can occur and have come up with a variety of ways to demonstrate what we are learning. In the pictures you will see some experiments we did to explore the conduction of heat through different materials (spoons in this case). Students also explored friction using different types of tread on shoes, force was explored by trying to blow 3 different types of round objects, and vibrations from loud sounds was experimented with by students first hand! It was quite loud during this experiment, but it was necessary!
In Math, we have been learning how to write and evaluate expressions using multiplication, division and variables. Students were given an expression- (2x3)x3, and were asked to model it using counters, doing this showed students what is actually happening when they solve this on paper. Most students mistakenly built one array showing 6x3, then we discussed why and how to show it correctly (pictures show the correct model!). This is prepping them for algebra!
In Social Studies, we again explored change. This time we focused on how South Carolina changed after the Civil War. We zeroed in on how life changed for a slave and how life changed for the plantation owner. Students made a magic upside down flip book to show their understanding of Reconstruction in South Carolina. On one side of the book students showed how the life of the plantation owner changed after the Civil War, and on the other side students showed how the life of a slave changed.
Students also went to see the real H.L. Hanley Submarine! Our tour guide was super impressed at how much we knew about the actual submarine and it's story and how this helped change South Carolina.
One of our reading groups just completed a lesson taught by our USCBeaufort Practicum Student. The focus was a timeline of the Battles of the Revolutionary War which tied in nicely with the comic book they have been reading called THE ROAD TO REVOLUTION.