In grade 1 science class, we talked about what objects are and we learned about the five senses. To reinforce these two concepts, we did an activity where they had to close their eyes, reach in a bag for 20 seconds, remember what they felt, then draw a picture of the objects they felt. They learned how to "see" with another sense: touch.
For the grade 2 science classes, we talked about the earthquakes that happened in Kumamoto, Japan. We talked about the destructive power of mother nature and what kind of damage that earthquakes could do. We watched some clips of the 2004 and the 2011 tsunami. I had also informed them that in 1867, Keelung was hit by a tsunami before so we cannot forget history! We also talked more about soil and their characteristics. We learned that there are many different kinds of soil, each with their own properties.
In third grade, we finished up our discussion of energy before the midterm. So last week we began our final chapter on movement. The students did an experiment with their favorite toys, looking at the toys and figuring out all the different ways different toys can be moved. Push, pull, turn on, remote control, etc....
In the fourth and fifth grades, we continued writing our reports and working on our powerpoint presentations. The students will finish up the final draft of their reports soon and then start presenting their experiments to their class just like real scientists!
The grade 6 science was cut short because half of the class needed to participate their science fair project that week. Under time constraint, we finished chapter 7's last lesson. We learned the differences between physical change and chemical change. For the chemical change, I demonstrated simple experiments by using Coca-cola with Mentos and vinegar with baking soda.
-Science Teachers Katrina, Steven, and Erisa
Er Xin Reporter