TEACHER: Ms. Fox
PROGRAM: Shoot For The Stars
SCIENTIST: Meteor Martin
This week’s LIMELIGHT SCHOOL OF THE WEEK IS……Duke Memorial Weekday School, Durham, NC
Hello Scientists. I hope everyone has had a wonderful and Scientifically great week. The last few months have been soooo busy with all the new schools and lessons that have been going on here at High Touch High Tech of RDU and surrounding areas. I have met tons of new friends and some truly incredible teachers. One of these just so happens to be Duke Memorial Weekday School in Durham, NC.
While at Duke Memorial, I had the pleasure of working with some amazing Preschools who had the opportunity to learn about and explore outer space while we “Shoot for the Stars.” These children blew me away with their knowledge of what you can find in outer space and even that “Shooting stars are really Meteors” WOW! That was great.
These kids were fantastic little astronauts as we learned about stars, constellations and shooting starts. They took tuns, waited patiently as I distributed the materials and shared as well as any other class that I have worked with. Hats off to Mrs. Fox and the rest of the teachers. I can’t wait to have the chance to work with you all again
As a side note, one of the little boys was walking out of the room with who I found out to be his brother. I asked if they were twins and the little boy said, “Yes, but we don’t have the same birthday.” So, I leave you with that little tiny brain teaser and until next time, this is “Meteor” Martin Blasting off!!! 😊
Hello Scientist. The is “Meteor” Martin and we have had a fun and wonderful week working with the children at Wild Wood, Thales of Wake Forest, and Pleasant Grove Elementary Schools. Our lessons this week were “Sounds Like Fun” and “What’s the Matter”.
Sounds like Fun began with a discussion as to what Sound is and where it comes from. We discussed sound waves and how they travel and were able to SEE a sound wave and make different frequencies with the help of an oldie but goodie, the Slinky. I was then able to prove that sound comes from vibrations as each child was able to tap and listen to a tuning fork. Next, we covered how we hear with our ears and everyone made using a device that mimicked our ear using a cup as our ear canal, plastic wrap for the ear drum and salt was used in place of the ossicles ( hammer, anvil and stirrup). We then banged the tuning fork and put it near the cup so that we could see how the vibrations traveled from the fork down our ear and eventually makes it to our brain. We were also able to also make roaring cups that amplified sound from a string and finally made music with a rubber band and plastic container. The children loved each and every activity.
With What’s the Matter, we spoke about the three main states of matter (Solid, Liquid and Gas) the properties of each and what makes one different from the other. We also went over evaporation and condensation with our first experiment testing the volatility of three different liquids. The children were able to observe and communicate what the noticed and how one liquid will evaporate quicker than another. Our second experiment focused on the cohesion and adhesion of water molecules as the kids were able to “pull” water around a track from start to finish using a Popsicle stick with the water bubble staying intact. Finally, we introduced what a chemical change is and how it differs from a physical change as we made a polymer using glue, water and borax.
Hello scientists, this is Meteor Martin and I am going to discuss our lessons for the week of Nov. 5th, 2018. First, we had Kindergartner’s work on Weather Wizards. Next some 3rd graders loved The Body Shop and finally we studied ecosystems with 5th graders and went on an Eco Safari.
For Weather Wizards, we discussed and discovered different weather events and climates as the children had a chance to “touch” lightning and “see” thunder. Next, we went ice fishing, and the kids learned to pick up ice with a piece of string using a secret ingredient. Finally, we all made instant snow that the teacher could keep and use it throughout the school year.
The Body Shop was a blast! The 3rd graders were able to see first hand digestion of a cracker using saliva. Then, everyone made a polymer very similar to how our digestive system takes food and turns it into energy. Next, we got to take a very close, HANDS ON look at a cow liver, kidney and heart. The reactions of the children were priceless.
Finally, this week, we went on a safari to explore and talk about ecosystems. The children made a rain forest from the ground up as we spoke about its different layers and what they are comprised of. Next, each child made there very own corral reef with bright colors and sea weed.
Whew, What A Week!!! Now to get supplies ready for some more fun and exciting hands-on experiments next week!
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