Sunday, March 31, 2013

Putting Newton's Laws to the Test!

  • While running with a tennis ball at your side, try to drop the ball on the target. We found this trickier than it sounds!
  • Test different objects by dropping them from different heights into a tray of rice. What happens when dropping a marble? crumpled up paper?
  • Marshmallow Shooters! Can you propel the marshmallow a short distance? a long distance? What changes had to occur?

Monday, March 25, 2013

Field Trip to The Flynn

Since 1987, Burlington Taiko has been mesmerizing audiences with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of the taiko. Our field trip to The Flynn Theater to see Burlington Taiko perform was amazing! We were very impressed listening to the rhythms and sound of the many drums including the biggest drum we have ever seen!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Force and Motion

Our class is exploring the ideas of Force and Motion through a variety of experiments and inquiries. We were introduced to Isaac Newton, the creator of the Laws of Motion. So far, we have tested the first law of motion through an experiment using a card, a cup, and a quarter. Our question was "What will happen to the quarter if we apply a force to the card?...and what will happen to the card?" We felt like magicians as we tested these questions with our experiment. We talked about the first law which, in simple terms says that an object in motion stays in motion and an object at rest stays at rest unless there is some sort of force. The children were so smart explaining how this experiment helps us understand Newton's first law! We will continue to explore the Laws of Motion throughout our entire unit.