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Rimonim (grades 2-3) is combining science and music as they learn all about sound in music class this winter. They learned how sound is made, what happens when things vibrate, how sound waves travel, and how our ears work. Students turned their knowledge into action by taking part in different experiments. First, they tested out ruler vibrations- what happens when you hang a large part of the ruler off a table and pull down? What about a short part? Then, they investigated tuning forks: what happens when you strike the tuning fork and put it in water? Last, they watched what happens to grains of rice placed on a hand drum as a nearby box lid is struck in order to see how the rice reacts. Ask a Rimonim student what they learned from their experiments!
The Gesher students (grades 4-5) have been learning about the routes of exploration to the New World and the early English settlements. The students each researched an explorer and presented them to the class, telling about the explorer’s personal background, who sponsored their journey, their motives for exploring, the dates of their exploration, their route of travel, and impact made by the exploration. The unit continues as students learn about the first English settlements in Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth; students are creating act-it-outs that help them analyze why settlers came, the hardships they endured, and the reasons why each settlement succeeded or failed. Coming soon, the students will compare the six British colonies as they try to persuade other students to settle in their colony. Click HERE for more photos!