"Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes, and their ears, the resources of forms, materials, sounds, and colors." - Loris Malaguzzi
My students come from diverse cultures.
Many are refugees from Malaysia or Burma. Their families have left their homes to see seek spiritual freedoms and better lives from persecution. They have come to their new home with a few clothes and not all of their family members. Many members of their family had to be left in their Homeland because they couldn't afford to bring the whole family, or those members had to stay for a mandated reason.
The other make-up of my classroom culture come from low poverty. Many students who come through my classroom don't have much to call their own. Many times I provide school supplies, clothes, snacks, and unconditional love to help get them through the school year.
No matter their challenges, my students are resilient, bright, and inquisitive. They have a hunger to learn and persevere. My students won't let themselves be defeated. They give their personal best at each task given to them. My students strive for excellence!
Students will first begin building a generator. Once built, we will begin to talk about the different types of energy we see. We begin by talking about how food give us energy. From there we convert our chemical energy into different types of energy based on the device we have built. Some devices give us the energy flow of: my chemical->mechanical->electrical->battery chemical->electrical->light.
Breaking down energy conversion make students slow down their thinking to incorporate all possible options to make things work properly.
Once they understand what energy is and how it can work, they will be amazed in the amount of energy it takes to so the simplest or most complex tasks. Energy is all around us, but we don't know or understand how it happens. I want to help students dive in and see how it all connects into our busy day-to-day lives.
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