My students are English Language Learners. They come from Vietnam, Yemen, Barbados, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nigeria, Cambodia, and Bangladesh!
My students learn best with interactive, hands-on learning which helps them build vocabulary.
As they learn English as a new language, my students are also learning academic content such as science and social studies as they learn English.
This project will give students the chance to conduct observations and to learn science vocabulary in a way that promotes general knowledge of physics and is just plain fun.
This trip will let students experience things many of them never have! Going to Manhattan for one. Playing pinball for another. But also, what other time in their lives are they going to get a chance to see a pinball machine taken apart so that they can feel the effects of an electromagnet and see how it works? Students have already studied magnets and closed circuits. Now we want to build on that prior knowledge through this exciting field trip.
What better way to experience how friction, magnetism, and gravity affect moving objects than through pinball??
This project, developed by me and Modern Pinball owner Steven Zahler was previously featured in a Teacher's College video on creative ways to teach science when I was teaching a previous class. I would like to have this year's 5th graders get access to the same wonderful project. Will you help us?
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