STEM Poetry

We are lighting up our poems in second grade!

During Poetry Month in April the second graders spend time using ReadWriteThinks interactive poetry websites.  They wrote Acrostics, Diamantes, and HaikusScreen Shot 2015-05-26 at 6.34.37 AM Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 6.34.08 AM Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 6.31.05 AM

 

After learning about these 3 types of poems and others in their classroom students worked in small groups to brainstorm as many sources of light as possible.  They were so creative. From fireflies to car headlights, and fireworks to iPad screens their lists were full of ideas.

Each group choose one light source and wrote a poem, any type of poem they chose.

We continued the lesson learning about electrical circuits. Students learned that electrical circuits are a path for electricity, electrons, for flow through to turn something on.  They learned about complete and incomplete circuits, switches, cells (batteries), and conductors vs insulators.  Students practiced their new knowledge and learned more using the Blobz Electric Circuit interactive website: http://www.andythelwell.com/blobz/guide.html.  They enjoyed earning stars and learning more about what we already talked about.

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Now, back to their poems.  Students used Chibtronics paper led lights to light up their poems.  They created a parallel circuit using copper tape and put LED lights where they wanted their poem to light up. Then, they created a switch using a dime battery and a butterfly clip. They look amazing!

Learn more about Chibtronics Paper Circuits here:  http://chibitronics.com/education/

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