Menards

The children of Gilliate room 6 have continued onward with their construction project. After observing children building in the classroom, exploring construction in the community, talking with construction professionals, taking a tour of a model home, creating blueprints, and learning some of the intricacies of what goes into building the house, the children asked if they could build a house of their own. After discussions were held, the class was able to deduce that they would need to start by building a foundation. For this, specific materials were obviously required. So, the class took a field trip to Menards to buy concrete and explore sections of the store that connected to their project work.

 Arden: Can I push the cart?

Cristian: A garage! I want it!

 

“Should we put a garage on the house?”

 Arden: After we finish the house we need to paint it.

Juai: A roof and windows.

Arden: Can we make a deck?

Cristian: Yeah, we need stairs for it.

 

Foundation…

 What’s here?

 Cristian: Sand, rocks, triangles… for the rocks we need so the house stronger so it can’t knock down.

 Metal rods…

 Cristian: I think they’re for the house for the top!

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Science and Engineering

The past few weeks have been all about exploring science and engineering in Room 6! We have all been scientists, engineers, and architects together with many exciting experiments going on. In the last week, we have seen the students design and build simple machines like levers, build rocket ships and their launch pads, observe chemical reactions with vinegar and baking soda, and explore nature by capturing a grasshopper on the playground. 

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Jordan is building with some new pipe materials in the classroom. Jordan said, “This is the stick for my digging and seeing machine. I can see a wolf when I look through it!”

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Christian built a new ship for his animal friends. “This is my inter-dimensional space ship. The wolf is in his super hero costume. The pig and cat are in their beds on the ship. The fox is the captain.”

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While using pipettes to drop dyed vinegar onto baking soda, Avionna said “I like how it fizzes!” “I like it to! It fizzes the more you put on it,” said Arden.

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After several students captured a grasshopper on the playground, Leo was the only one who wanted to help transfer the insect to his new terrarium. Here Leo is, about to place the lid on the terrarium. Leo said, “The lid has holes so the grasshopper can breathe. It’s too small for him to hop out.”

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Sunlight

The children have been interested in the sunlight that beams into our window when our lights are dim. Some students were building in the block area when they discovered shadows were being created as they built their structures in the sunlight.  We took this discovery a step further and did research on the computer about light and shadows. We discovered that shadows could be formed anywhere. Since we first discovered shadow making on the inside of the building, we decided to see if we could create shadows outside in direct sunlight.  Each student gathered their building materials and we went outside to see what would come of building outside. The students were amazed about the shadows that were created and the structures that were built.

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