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posted: Wed, Mar 13th, 2019

Elizabeth Dressel, Jolie Acosta, Benjamin Zilberman, and Michael Alfano work on a circuit

Understanding what happens when you flip a switch

Fourth-graders in Kara Camporini’s class learned the basics of circuitry by making circuits themselves. The hands-on lesson allowed students to apply what they had learned about electricity to something practical and sparked (pun intended) further discussion.

Students worked in groups, with each using a battery and a couple wires to light a small bulb. More importantly, they were asked to describe what was happening at the molecular level with the flow of electrons and explain why an open circuit wouldn’t work. Students also postulated what they thought would happen the next day when they were to connect additional batteries to their circuits. Some thought that the circuit would blow out, some thought the bulb would burn brighter, some thought that the bulb would just burn longer. 

The electricity experiment is part of the revised elementary science curriculum that was introduced last year. Science has become more hands on, with opportunities for students to explore and discover on their own. Very often the young scientists are asked “what if...?” and get to find out in follow-up experiments the next day. These cliffhangers help keep the interest level high.

“The students are more excited by it [the hands-on curriculum] and they love testing out their ideas to see whether they’re right or wrong,” said Ms. Camporini. “They get to try something and then tweak it to make it right. They’re more enthusiastic than if they were just reading about science in a book.”

One of the major fields of study in the fourth-grade science curriculum is energy. In addition to solar energy, the children learned about potential and kinetic energies then developed their own experiments and activities to try their ideas in the real-world.

Sandshore celebrates reading

The most famous celebrity birthday of March is undoubtedly that of Theodor Geisel, known to the world and children of all ages as Dr. Seuss. Every year his birthday is recognized nationwide as Read Across America Day, a celebration of reading and all things Seussian.

As she has done in the past, Sandshore reading specialist Anemarie Hall coordinated a massive schoolwide reading festival. The fun included Seuss-related STEAM activities, guest readers, and a door decorating contest (with winning classes receiving popcorn parties). To show their appreciation for the author and his enduring works, students and faculty wore Seuss shirts and hats.

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