02 Feb Splash! A Second Grade Project
SECOND GRADE: Fiction! It was a ball for his dog to fetch. The dog splashing into the water sparked their thinking about splashes. The dog’s owner threw the ball in several times, prompting students to discuss which splash they had drawn. This led to a discussion about the relative size of said splashes.
ADVENT: What projects did the students work on during their exploration?
SECOND GRADE: They explored area, perimeter, length, width, height, and different ways of measuring each of those dimensions. The students wanted to measure all parts of the splash. At first, the faculty talked about measurements without naming them.
“Students were already thinking in scientific terms,” said Erina Spiegelman of 2B. “After awhile we gave them the vocabulary to name their findings.”
ADVENT: Will your classes continue to study the splash?
SECOND GRADE: We answered our initial question and evaluated which splash was the largest. We have moved on to graphing to compare the splashes and are using that data to teach comparative bar modeling.
ADVENT: What did the students think about this project?
SECOND GRADE: The students were really invested in accurately measuring the splashes. They used this exploration to consider how different camera angles could give us different perspectives and therefore be useful for collecting different types of data. In true Advent fashion, students also brought their interest in splashes to science class. They explored surface tension and adhesion, the water cycle, and how water behaves on different surfaces.
“The students were excited to learn that we drink the same water as the dinosaurs,” said ECC-Third Grade science teacher Judean Patten-Clark.