This is a quick summary of what the students have been working on, though I haven't had time to get into too many details about the projects on here this month!
The first grade classes also began a new lesson this week. They will be investigating What's Inside? We're starting with the body. The students have shown interest in how their bodies work since they first used mirrors for self-portraits. We are asking them to think about how the organs in their bodies work. The first group was studying the heart.
We look at a 3D model of a human heart on an iPad app. It actually beats and can even be sped up to beat more quickly. The kids were fascinated.
Teacher- Why does it do that?
Kiarelys- When you run, it sounds like that.
Sandieliz- It looks like a nose.
Teacher- How big do you think your heart is?
Wilberto, making a fist- Like my punch!
Kiarelys- The heart go up, it's more bigger. [She's talking about the appearance of the heart as it constricts and releases]
Teacher- What are the parts for?
Wilberto- It can save you. If you stop breathing, you die. These pop up like this. [aorta]
Teacher- Why does it beat?
Wilberto- When you're running so much [it beats.] it stops doing "boom boom" when you sit.
At this point, all of the kids feel their chests to see if their hearts beat.
Lia- I'm sitting now and it's still beating.
Sandieliz- Mine too!
Wilberto- It's so you can't die!
We revisit the size of the heart question by looking it up and it said the heart is the size of a fist.
Wilberto- I saw that on TV and I knew.
Sandeilz- I think it is four or five... [pounds?]
The second grade classes are beginning an investigation on What is Balance?