Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Periodic Table Battleship


Finding fun ways to introduce the periodic table of elements is easy with amazing sites like destinationimagination.org or teachbesideme.com .

Today we created our own battleship game using the instructions on each site. The premise is simple but it was a surprisingly fun twist on the game.

 

The benefits are simple:
- Exposure to the periodic table
- Learning how to read the periodic table 
- Recognizing the elements and their names


The perks are:
- A better way to learn
- Incorporating some fun
- Avoiding boring lessons


We continue to prove that S.T.E.A.M. learning can be fun at Seabury School!

Understanding Math through Words




Understand math can be difficult. Explaining math is even more difficult task for some. This week in math we tried to break down our counting system. The above description is one given by the Wolfram Alpha website. I think ours are a bit easier to understand.

The instructions here were to explain, using diagrams, pictures, and words what 1241 means. Explain its value. Explain it's set representation.


In many of the answers we saw some really good explanations of how base systems work. Differentiating that numbers are symbols called integers was a big step in understanding how number systems work.


Also, understanding the difference between a numbers innate value and it's symbolic representation can be critical for long term math understanding.


So often in math we focus on rote memorization. 


But what happens when we get our students to really understand math?



Friday, September 15, 2017

Fall Gardening - In full Swing


Over the past few years our 4th graders have begun working on the garden to establish a vibrant area to grow food for study and consumption. After two years of work, a grant, and a ton of work by our very own Jenn Parker during the summer camps...we have an amazing garden!






Thursday, September 14, 2017

What is Dot Day?



The value of Dot Day can be a little hard to spot at first. At least, beyond the timeless value of art and creativity. But in participating in Dot Day activities, students are unknowingly practicing the act of growth mindset. This is the core of the book Dot Day. We are part  of 169 countries and 9,003,546 people registered to participate in Dot Day activities this year!

It's about a student who is convinced they can't create art. And through a simple act of support, the student realizes they can create art. The story is great. The heart of it surrounds the concepts of Carol Dweck's growth mindset in which students can learn to overcome "fixed" ideas about their abilities.






Dot Day Preparations

Dot Day is nearly at hand. In preparation, we are creating our t-shirts to wear.



Keep an eye out for more information tomorrow!



Friday, September 8, 2017

Science from the Garden

Seabury garden is in full bloom. A few of our 4th graders have been taking advantage of the crop surplus by finding ways to use the vegetables in cooking. 


Yesterday we made zucchini bread!


- Mr. B

The Speed of Neurons

Science, science, and more science. We can never get enough of it. 
This little flashback moment was from the first day of school. No sense in waiting to get us started. We had a guest teacher, Mr. Cory, who was a long time Seabury staff member. Mr. Cory taught about the speed of neurons. We tried to calculate the speed of the electrical current that moved through our bodies.


These simple movement experiments were designed to illustrate the speed at which our bodies transmit data through action and reaction.


We used connections through our feet and wrists, or elbows or hands to represent the neuron pathways.


 Then we calculated the speeds and averages. Math and science in one lesson?! Hard to beat that.




It was a great lesson that spanned topics of pyschology, biology, math, and electricity. Integrated sciences at their best! A bit thanks to Mr. Cory for his hard work.

- Mr. B