- CC 4-PS3-1 Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object. [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include quantitative measures of changes in the speed of an object or on any precise or quantitative definition of energy.]
- CC 4-PS3-2 Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of energy.]
- CC 4-PS3-4 Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another. * [Clarification Statement: Examples of devices could include electric circuits that convert electrical energy into motion energy of a vehicle, light, or sound; and, a passive solar heater that converts light into heat. Examples of constraints could include the materials, cost, or time to design the device.] [Assessment Boundary: Devices should be limited to those that convert motion energy to electric energy or use stored energy to cause motion or produce light or sound.]
I am definitely a right brained girl! Science was always a difficult subject for me in school. I enjoyed the hands-on labs but most of the curriculum we were responsible for knowing, came from reading a Science textbook. I am a hands-on learner. I know this. That is why I enjoy LEGO Education WeDo so much. It is a great way to teach Physical Science to students.
With students, we turned this STEM activity into a STEAM activity very easily by creating a storyline to go with the WeDo Sailboat Storm activity.
WeDo STEAM activity. Have students choose a YouTube video to play in background after WeDo activity is created. Have students create stories, plays, monologues, etc. to accompany the WeDo activity. Have fun! Learning by playing is fun.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. ~Albert Einstein
These are some favorite photos from a photography and creative writing residency I am doing this week with fourth graders in Durham, North Carolina.
The creative process can be so chaotic and I appreciate that teachers make space in their classrooms for the messy muse of a residency. We have had some technical difficulties to overcome (downloading and organizing four classes of twenty five students (yes that is 100 X multiple photos -- and some students did not follow directions and limit their photos to five to seven photos each). But we got through it. The first day is the easiest day of the residency -- the kids are in full on muse mode composing photos.
The second day is tricky as the students select one photo to write from. When we use digital cameras during residencies, there is an added component of downloading them and transferring them over which can be a difficult task for younger students.
I am excited for the third day of the residency as we get down to the writing aspect. Students create their own writing prompt essentially during this residency, as they are encouraged to write from their own inspiration and follow the muse -- in whatever genre they choose. It takes time for some students to sit with their photo and let it simmer. When the spark happens, it is wonderful to witness.
Today a student was talking about her photo to me. She took a gorgeous photo of the outside of the building. There was a reflection of the forest that surrounds the school in the middle on the glass of the building. The bottom third of the photo was brick. The top third was cobalt blue sky. It was a perfect example of the rule of thirds. I asked her to tell me what she saw in her photo. She said, "That is classroom from last year up there." We talked some more. Then she said, "I have a great idea. I could time travel back to my old classroom!" I said, "You're writing science fiction, darling. Write on." Then I had to ask, "Do you watch Dr. Who?" She shook her head no, and another student chimed in, "I do. I do." Then I said to her, "The Tardis is a time machine."
Here are some of my favorite images from the week so far. Enjoy. What do you see?
Dear SRE Students,
Graphic organizers are great when you are trying to organize your ideas, especially when you are using a photo to write from. If you have an idea for a story for your photo, then choose a brainstorm format that works for YOUR brain. If you write better by just jumping in, then do that.
But for many of you, you will have to find a topic to write about and that search may be uncomfortable. Trust me, the writing will come. For some, your story will leap out at you when you least expect it. Trust the creative process, but more importantly -- trust yourself. You know your imagination best!
Here are some graphic organizers that may help get your brainstorm going. Don't force it. Choose the one that makes your brain smile and say, "That's me." Create your own if that works for you.
This is a great graphic organizer for brainstorming ideas from a topic. An example would be a photo of a tree, so you could choose the topic nature or trees and go from there.
We will discuss graphic organizers on our second day of our residency, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.
* Here is an interactive online graphic organizer resource. You can type your graphic organizer. I am just not sure if it will save your work. But it a great resource to use for selecting the graphic organizer that will work best for your creative writing from the photograph.
* For students who can navigate a lot of choice.
I made this robot at the LEGO Education headquarters in Pittsburg, Kansas. I am a certified LEGO Education Academy trainer. I provide professional development for educators implementing LEGO Education products (StoryStarter, MoreToMath, WeDo, Machines and Mechanisms, BuildToExpress, and Mindstorms EV3) into their schools and classrooms. I love my job!
Photo above: LEGO Education Academy train the trainers training -- US trainers sharing our Tower Builds, which are a part of every professional development training we do with teachers.
Your Task: In ten bricks or less, build a tower representing you. Give it a try. It's fun!
Photo left: Mr. Lego and me at LEGO Education headquarters
The most beautiful thing in the world is, precisely, the conjunction of learning and inspiration. ~Wanda Landowska
Photo Credit: Megan Oteri
WeDo STEM activity