Math Equations in History Class!
Oftentimes, people get down on math, claiming they’ll never use Algebra or Geometry anyplace else. So, in an effort to show students that math is everywhere, Mr. Dickey gave his American History students a chance to combine their knowledge of World War I with past math classes. Mr. Dickey explained, “Since World War I is hit up a lot both in Modern World History and American History, when it comes to assessing student knowledge, I really don’t need for them to take a test or create something about the war. I like to utilize this little project as a way to show how you can find math in just about every aspect of learning.” Mr. Dickey continued, “For instance a lot of my students utilize proofs and ‘if then’ to make connections between the main causes of the war and its part. Others utilize general Algebra equations to calculate the percentage of soldiers lost and the cost the war had on all the countries.” Most students found creating the math was hard at first, but once they were able to get a handle of it, it was a lot easier for them! Mr. Dickey concluded, “The best part is when students really try to go outside of the thinking box creating questions that determine bullet velocity, calculating the position of the Lusitania when it sank, or even fun things like when Erik Marazon tried to create a box 6 Algebra 2 problem he learned in Ms. Blausey’s class. For me it’s a great combination of class work!”
Ice Melting Experiments in 1st Grade!
Mrs. Linkey’s first graders are currently completing science experiments using the scientific method! Mrs. Linkey explained that in first grade, students learn that the sun is a primary source of energy and energy changes that occur to land, air, and water. She added, “We discovered properties of water and how water changes with heat energy.”
During their first energy experiment, students used the scientific method to answer the question, “Will snow melt faster in the sunlight or in the darkness?” Students formed their hypotheses and began testing their theories. “We placed two buckets filled with three inches of snow, one in the sunny window and the other in a dark enclosed cabinet. Each hour we checked the buckets and observed their changes by measuring how many inches of snow were in the bucket. After our second observation, some students began to re-think their hypothesis as it was becoming clear that the sun bucket was melting faster than the bucket in the darkness,” said Mrs. Linkey. After further testing and discussion (and some thermometer reading), it was concluded that heat (energy) from the sun was the reason for faster melting.
During the next experiment with ice, students drew from the snow melting conclusion and tried a five minute ice cube melting challenge. Students were placed into groups and asked to strategize how to quickly melt ice cubes inside the plastic bag. They had to listen to each other’s ideas, problem solve, and work as teams. Once they had their plans, baggies of ice cubes were distributed and the challenge was on! Mrs. Linkey said, “It was a fantastically chaotic ice melting frenzy! I saw students who tried using their body heat. Baggies of ice were under hands, sat on, under sweatshirts, even breathed on! Another student decided to find a pair of mittens! If mittens kept hands warm in winter, why not warm ice, too?! Students placed bags in the sun recalling what occurred with the snow. Some even smashed the ice trying to make it smaller to melt faster. The ultimate melting strategy was running hot water from our classroom sink over the bag of ice. SUCCESS!” After the ice melting experiment, students had a concluding discussion in which they shared why they tried certain strategies and when they didn’t produce quick enough melting results, used teamwork (another success!) to try a different approach!
Mrs. Linkey added that observing the “mitten melting the ice” theory, led to another class question: Do mittens or gloves keep your hands warmer in the winter? “I can’t wait for the kiddos to find out” concluded Mrs. Linkey!
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Alumnus of the Year Nominations!
Northwood High School is seeking nominations for its Annual “Alumnus of the Year” award. Nominees must have graduated from Northwood High School in or prior to spring of 2017, and the recipient will be recognized at the Academic Awards Banquet in May. Letters of nomination should include the nominee’s name, current address, year of graduation, and a description of his/her accomplishments since graduation. These can include, but are not limited to, post-high school education, honors or awards received, employment history, and any other relevant information to support the nomination. Deadline for applications is Friday, February 23rd. Letters of nomination must include the name and address of the person making the nomination and should be sent to:
Jason Kozina, Principal
Northwood High School
600 Lemoyne Road
Northwood, Ohio 43619