Spring SAVY 2014, Week 1 – Where’s the Beach? (Kindergarten)
We had a wonderful day Satuday getting to know each other and our new laboratory space. We started our session with a morning meeting and shared a little bit about ourselves. We discovered that we love science! In our Where’s the Beach? unit, students will take an active role in identifying and resolving a real-world problem. Our goals for the unit include:
Goal 1:To understand the concept of systems.
Goal 2: To understand the principles of erosion.
Goal 3: To understand and apply the basic principles of experimental design.
Goal 4: To develop reasoning skills with application to science.
To understand the concept of systems, students were given a flashlight and model vehicle as examples. New vocabulary was introduced including: system, input, output, elements, boundaries, and interactions. We defined and applied these new terms to the flashlight and vehicle examples. We began our discussion of the beach as a system with our new understanding of how a system works.
Next week, students will be introduced to a problem at the beach and it will be their job to solve it. The problem-based learning format allows students to obtain significant science content knowledge in the course of solving a real-world problem.
- Encourage your child to think about their experiences at the beach and consider what things scientists would like to study about the beach.
- Draw a system and label the elements, boundaries, inputs, outputs, and interactions.
See you Saturday!
Mrs. B and Miss Nerrisa