Fall 2016 Day 1

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Going on a Field Trip to Observe the Sky
Written by: Katie Rodriggs
\\We began the class by taking the students outside to observe the sky. I asked them what they saw when they looked up. At first they didn’t say much and questioningly someone mumbled the moon? So Emily put her right hand pointing up towards the moon. Someone else said the sun; Emily put her left arm up pointing the sun. I told everyone to look at the angle between the moon and the sun and directed everyone’s eyes to Emily. I asked what kind of angle is this? Some said acute, and I asked, “Is it obtuse?” “Is it acute?”, modeling with my own arms what that would look like, then I asked “Is it a right angle?”. Then I introduced the moon journals, drawing the example of the stick figures on the page, facing South, with the stick figure arms pointing at the sun and moon, making the angle between the sun and moon. They all made their observations in the moon journals.

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Exploring Ways to Foster Science Learning
Written by: Nathalie Gaebe

Students were provided a large piece of paper at each table group with a bag of markers. I asked them to think back to a time when they learned about light phenomena in a way that fostered their learning very well. I asked them to note the age they were when they learned this phenomena, where they were, who they were with, why it stuck with them and the ways their learning was fostered. They drew a large picture to represent their learning experience. Each group then had the opportunity to share these experiences with the class. Some of these experiences included learning about shadows, sunsets and rainbows. After each group shared, I asked them to discuss among themselves the common themes in the ways that fostered their learning. I had a few members from each group share the common themes they found and we wrote those themes on a large sheet of paper for everyone to see. These themes included asking questions, hands on, being curious and being outside.

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