Friday in the Ogle Library, fifth graders designed, tested, and re-designed catapults. I provided them a set of instructions (Devin Collier) but told them they could change them as they saw fit. They had a bag of about 20 wide popsicle sticks, various widths of rubber bands, a plastic spoon, and a large pom pom. We discussed adjusting the fulcrum and other variables when their catapult didn’t work as desired. When some teams tried to lift theirs off the floor at launch, we discussed controlled variables and how it is important we use the same materials, start at the same line, and keep all bases on the floor. They had lots of fun and most important, learned to not give up if something isn’t easy.
More Fun Catapult Ideas
Manu This Guy Version
At the end of March, the Ogle Library Tiny Tots for Literacy kids had fun programming Code-a-pillar and Bee-Bot to sequence events from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Our last Tiny Tots for Literacy meeting for this year will be April 26 at 2:00 pm.
Kindergarten Enrichment and a third grade class I covered for the teacher PLC planning period Friday explored the library’s new Sphereo Minis. Fun! We love how you can use different modes to steer them. Tilt mode and Joystick mode are our favorites because they are the speediest!
Next, we are going to try the obstacle course that comes with it!
At the end of March, second graders worked on a creative library project. After reading Jeff Mack’s Good News, Bad News picture book and making predictions, the kids used ABCYa StoryMaker to create their own original page to continue the story. They had fun and look how creative their pages are!
Last week in the Ogle Library, first graders played a Minute-To-Win-It style STEM challenge with a St. Patrick’s Day twist. They had a bag of pennies, a little plastic dinosaur, and a planning sheet. Working cooperatively, each table’s kids discussed and came to a consensus as to their plan to build a 3-D bridge for the dinosaur to fit under, using only pennies. It was fun to see the kids thinking about how to do this. Several groups laid the pennies flat and it took them some time and figuring for them to realize they needed to stack the pennies. After the bridges were built, they had to revisit their plan and discuss what they might do differently next time. They had a fun time and learned the importance of not giving up even when the challenge is difficult.
Today in the Ogle Library, kindergarten listened to me read my very own copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar that I owned as a child in 1976. As we read the story, the kids sequenced the items eaten by the caterpillar. They pointed out how when the caterpillar made a healthy food choice, it had more energy and felt better. We discussed how we can apply that in our lives with the food choices we make. At the tables, kids checked out books and I rotated by iPad around so they could experience Eric Carle’s interactive Very Hungry Caterpillar app. This is a favorite! The video clip below is adorable because the little girl starts talking to the caterpillar.