Second Grade

Food Science and Technology

Science in the kitchen? Absolutely! Iron in your cereal!? Bread that grows!? In Food, Science, and Technology you will be learning firsthand what goes into the food you eat and how it gets from the grocery store to your stomach! Have you ever thought about what you eat every day? The foods you eat have so much more to offer than you might think. We are going to be cooking up some experiments using Biology, Chemistry, and much more!

As A Matter of Fact

Pop Rocks, Exploding Soda, and Melted Crayons...Oh My! Are you ready for some matter fun? Are you ready to dive in head first into solids, liquids, and gasses? Go ahead and sign up for the opportunity to experience the three states of matter firsthand! Get ready to bring learning to life while having fun along the way. Our experiments will be conducted scientifically and written using the scientific method.

Some of our experiments will include:
Matter is Poppin - A Pop Rocks experiment exploring gas
The Soda Explosion - A closer look at gas;
The Triple Threat: Root Beer Floats- A look at all three states of matter in one place
The Ice Cream Freeze - Changing States of matter (freezing) and Oobleck.... solid? liquid? or both?

Want to get a “charge” out of Chemistry? Let’s “bond” over Chemistry 4 Kids. In this class students will understand the chemical and physical changes in matter. They will investigate the chemical changes in all states of matter. Students will get down and dirty and will act as real researchers and investigators on their scientific quest. Students are going to learn the scientific method and problem solving in chemistry. They will apply their problem solving strategies to chemistry and BEYOND!!!!!!

LEGO We Do

Have you ever dreamed of designing, creating, and programming your own robot? Well, if so, then this class is for you. With the use of the LEGO We Do program, students will be able to build LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors; program their models; and explore challenges and activities that reflect S.T.E.A.M. concepts.

Symbolism

We will start by examining the world of Ancient Egypt to discover an entire language of Symbols. We will do some work with Hieroglyphs and start to explore this ancient way of expression. We will explore other cultures that use symbols. We will also bring this into modern times and start to observe symbols all around us. We will see how much one symbol can express. If a picture is worth a thousand words how many words is a symbol worth?

Needlepoint

Needlepoint is a form of counted thread embroidery in which yarn is stitched through a stiff open weave canvas. Students will create various items such as eyeglass cases, holiday ornaments, bookmarks, napkin ring holders and wall hangings. With a little imagination, designs come to life. Students will learn how to thread yarn and create geometric patterns using various color yarn. Please bring yarn to class.

Coach’s Corner

It is exciting to see students gain an understanding of how math, science and engineering are all part of PE! Students participating in an iPad component of STEAM, allows them to add a technology piece into PE. Students can use iPads to read QR codes, create mind-maps to illustrate the connections between PE (the physical arts), science, technology, engineering, and math, calculate target heart rate, and create design ideas for a new gym.

Keyboard Studies

This is a fun “hands –on” introduction to the keyboard. Students will learn to read and play music in Watchung’s Yamaha Keyboard Lab. Each student will be assigned their own keyboard, headphone and music.

Flying Wild

Are you a bird sleuth? Did you know that learning about birds will help you learn about nature and the world around you? This course is inquiry based, interdisciplinary, and will involve citizen science projects. Students will learn about bird identification, behaviors, adaptations, and more. We will conclude with a mini unit about the aerodynamics of flight!

Needlepoint is a form of counted thread embroidery in which yarn is stitched through a stiff open weave canvas. Students will create various items such as eyeglass cases, holiday ornaments, bookmarks, napkin ring holders and wall hangings. With a little imagination, designs come to life. Students will learn how to thread yarn and create geometric patterns using various color yarn. Please bring yarn to class.

"Geogami"

Geometry through Origami Students will start with traditional origami techniques and then move onto modular origami. Modular origami is a fancier name for geometric origami that is made up of many repeating “units” that are then assembled to create a more complex geometric form. Unlike traditional origami that uses a single sheet of paper to fold a figure, modular origami uses multiple sheets of paper that are folded into basic modules or units.

Treehouse, Dreamhouse!

Dream houses don't have to be on the ground. Some of the best houses have been created in the trees. Treehouses have evolved from simple shacks in the backyard tree to extravagant masterpieces, and now you can create your own! In this class, you will become an architect, designer, and construction worker all in one. You will brainstorm, design, and create your own miniature tree house. Come along for our backyard exploration!

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