Project Based Inquiry Science with Mrs. Fish
Mrs. Fish’s 7th graders are currently working on a STEM unit with a focus on engineering and the science of potential and kinetic energy, mechanical energy, and energy transformations. This is a Project Based Inquiry Science unit in which students are asked to consider, “How can I use my understanding of energy to simplify or enhance the world around me?” In addition, during this unit, students are challenged to complete one of three different tasks at the end of the unit to answer the big question. The first option is for students to create a Rube Goldberg contraption. For this option, a student or group of students creates a Rube Goldberg that is videotaped or presented at a Rube Goldberg competition. The second options allows for students to invent something to simplify or enhance one’s life. For this option, a student or group of students invents something that uses this unit’s energy concepts to make something they do in school more simple. These inventions can be presented to the community or school via YouTube video, or students can enter their invention into a competition in order to share it with the world. The final option is for students to create a minecart and rail energy system within Minecraft. A student or group of students use a “sandbox” game (like Minecraft – carts and rails, etc.) to design a roller coaster, Rube Goldberg, or a system that will solve a task. Students then screen-cast their design and share it as a video on YouTube or with the school. Mrs. Fish also reminds that while these three tasks are options, if a student comes up with a project that the teacher thinks will meet the intent of this unit, they can, in fact, create their own project challenge.
During this unit, the 7th graders engage in benchmark lessons that involve a variety of hands-on labs, virtual labs, and activities aimed at scaffolding their understanding of energy. Project days are provided for students to not only work on their own project, but also to see what others are doing. These days often include conferencing with Mrs. Fish and gallery walks so that students can share progress and gain feedback from their peers. Finally, during this unit, students are expected to blog about their understanding of energy as they progress through the unit. Using a blog as a journal allows students to add photos, drawings, and possibly video, as well as allowing them to share their ideas with an audience larger than their classroom, which gives meaning to the project they are developing. Students thoroughly enjoy creating their final projects and sharing them with others!
Check out this great final project video created by 7th graders Hailey Carey, Emily Carey, and Nevaeh Wojnowski!
First Grade Students Study Life Cycles
Mrs. Duckett’s first grade students have been looking at life cycles, food chains, plants, the environment, and how interdependent they all are with one another. Mrs. Duckett explained, “We are looking at changes over time, such as seasons, things we use, things that grow, and US!” In fact, one of the most exciting activities during this lesson was one in which students brought in baby pictures to display for the class. Students participated in an activity in which they guessed who they thought was in each picture. The reveal of names was fun because, while some were easy to guess, others were a bit more challenging. “We all enjoyed seeing the adorable baby pictures,” said Mrs. Duckett. Soon, students will be cutting strips of paper the same length of when they were born and another strip of their current height. Mrs. Duckett concluded, “It’s so fun to see how good we are growing and all we can accomplish now!”
The Northwood/Wood County Preschool, operated in collaboration with the Wood County Educational Service Center, is pre-registering for the 2018-2019 school year. The preschool programs are developmentally appropriate, play-based preschools supporting the Ohio Department of Education’s model curriculum.
The Wood County Preschool Program is an inclusionary preschool program serving children who have delays in development and children who are typically developing. Tuition, based on a sliding-fee scale, is charged for children without special needs. Children attend preschool two full days per week (either Tues/Thurs or Wed/Fri).
Please contact Naomi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-354-9010, ext. 133 to get on the 2018-2019 mailing list. Parents who have questions regarding children who may have special needs can also contact Naomi.
FAMILY FUN DAY 2018:
BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY:
Wednesday, May 9th, our NES K-6 grade Rangers will participate in the national “Walk and Bike to School Day!” Students are encouraged to “strap on your helmets, raise your kickstands, and join the thousands of students, families, community partners, and elected officials all around the country who will be participating in this year’s event!” According to walkbiketoschool.org, “Participants kicked off last year’s ride in record breaking numbers! Thousands of students pedaled their way to school during the 2017 Bike to School Day celebration! Over 3,000 schools across the country, from D.C. to Hawaii participated.”
NORTHWOOD COMMUNITY CARES MAGIC SHOW:
HELP! CALLING RANGERS OF ALL AGES:
SUMMER STARS PROGRAM 2018:
Tuesday, April 24: Marco’s Pizza Night
Tues. and Wed. May 1 & 2: Kindergarten Screening
Wednesday, May 2: 7th grade & NHS Band Concert and Awards at 7pm
Saturday, May 5: NHS Prom 2018
Monday, May 7: Academic Awards Banquet (grades 7-12) at 6pm
Tuesday, May 8: NEO Meeting at 6pm
Wednesday, May 9: NES Bike to School Day! / 5th & 6th grade Band Concert at 7pm
Friday, May 11: K-2 Field Day
Saturday, May 12: Drew Murray Magic Show, 6:30pm
Wednesday, May 16: 2nd & 3rd grade Music Program
Friday, May 18: NES Carnival
Sunday, May 20: High School Choir Concert at 7pm
Tuesday, May 22: Senior Awards at 1:30pm / JH Choir Concert at 7pm
Thursday, May 24: 4th Grade Music Program
Friday, May 25: NES Olympics Grades 3-6
Sunday, May 27: NHS Graduation
Monday, May 28: Memorial Day – No School
Friday, June 1: End of 4th Quarter – Last Day for Students
***Please note, the NHS Talent Show has been cancelled due to lack of interest.