Thank you to Media Specialist Kelly Pidcock for sharing a few of the engaging and varied learning experiences happening at Geist Elementary this fall!
Have you ever wondered what makes a glow stick glow? Erica Erickson’s 4th graders used that question as a springboard for an investigative process practicing the scientific method. First, students hypothesized and gathered materials. Following an intriguing demonstration by Mrs. Erickson, students wrote the steps to the procedure, formed observations, and drew conclusions. Through the experiment, students discovered that glow sticks have two chemicals. In the large plastic tube is the diphenyl oxalate. The plastic tube also contains a smaller glass tube which holds hydrogen peroixide and chemiluminescent dye. When a glow stick is cracked, the shattering of the glass tube allows the chemicals to combine and form a reaction. Now that’s a GLOWING experiment! #buddingscientists
Geist Elementary is very fortunate to be one of three pilot schools for Global Studies at HSE. In this first rotation, children experienced Chinese language through educator Sandra Cao-Wilson’s instruction in Mandarin. Music educator Jen Koenig teamed with Cao-Wilson to provide tastes of Chinese customs and music. Students sang “Happy Birthday” in Mandarin and learned about birthday celebrations in China. The students also also had the opportunity to try out traditional Chinese instruments and dance — students learned the Little Apple Dance and the Fan Dance.
In a fun example of student-centered learning, Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Scott recently let their 4th graders drive instruction. The goal: to build visual and multimedia tools to showcase some strategies for solving multiplication problems. Students teams agreed upon a presentation mode then got to work creating.
Collaboration and peer review helped the students to produce stellar learning tools to share. The final creations were posted on Canvas to reach a wider audience of parents and families. Now, classroom volunteers have some tools with which to assist during math block!