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Honey Bunches of Notes May

During our current thematic unit “How the World Works” children are developing the following understandings:

* The world is a system.              

* They are part of many interconnected systems: family, culture, time, etc.

* When something happens in one part of the world, it affects other parts of  the world system.

* Improving one part of the world can improve the dynamics of the whole world   system.

The children are learning about machines in “How The World Works” because the world uses machines to get work done. Computers, vehicles, appliances, and many other types of machines are used everyday. That’s how the world works! When people invent new machines it can change things all over the world. Additionally, just as the world is made up of different parts that function as a system, machines are comprised of different parts that operate as a system.              

We are approaching the study of how the world works as scientists and inventors. At the beginning of the school year, each group of students sharing a table chose a machine to name their table after.  In the interest of learning how their specific machine works, the children have been learning about machines and the scientific principles that govern how machines work. Through books, videos, demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on experimentation, the children have been exploring forces. In addition, the children are acquiring knowledge about the process of invention by learning about the lives of inventors from diverse backgrounds.

After the children gain an understanding of how forces affect the way machines work, an expert from Honey Creek’s community came into our classrooms to meet with each group to explain how their machine works. The students are preparing to present what they learned to the rest of the class by supplying answers to a group reflection sheet and by constructing a model of their machine.

To reinforce this content, K-1 will be going to Greenfield Village on Tuesday, May 22nd. On this field trip, the children will see the Wright brothers’ bike shop, visit Edison’s Menlo Park lab where he produced a steady stream of inventions including the phonograph and the light bulb, and we will also see how different materials are used to make items such as pottery and glass decorations at Liberty Craftworks.

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