On Friday, April 28th, 14 of Canyon’s Learn-a-Thon winners were treated to a special field trip. Theses students, in grades Kindergarten through sixth, logged the most minutes in science study during our Compass Week. These students spent extra time outside of school learning about different branches of science through reading, trips to the zoo, cooking, and watching shows. These future scientists were treated to a special trip to Barnes and Noble and lunch at Chili’s!
Thanks to everyone who came out last night for Family Science Night. Students and teachers were thrilled to see everyone and show off their experiments. It was truly an out-of-this-world experience!
Thursday of Science Compass week had a different look than previous days. Rather than study the “obvious” sciences like space and animals, students took a hard look at Social Science. Kindergarteners became archaeologists and carefully excavated dinosaurs… on the basketball court! Likewise, fourth grade also studied archaeology and wrote about the vitality of archaeology in the study of ancient civilizations. In a different role, Mrs. Lee’s class created a “time capsule” in paper bags and filled them with artifacts that would tell future generations about their favorite items. Ms. Robens’ first grade studied political science and discussed why the government has laws and then created their own campaigns for president! Mr. Wernsing’s class also studied political science, through story time, and how economics led to colonists revolting for their rights. Mrs. Kramer and Mr. Sotelo conducted an experiment in which students investigated how and why people pass judgment based on appearances. Ms. Hobbs’ class took an entirely different stance and examined the effects of bullying. They then created positive comic strips on how to help people be kinder and better friends. Third grade investigated sustainable living and how to reduce our carbon footprint. In turn, they designed and then created windmills to promote alternative sources of energy. Sixth grade delved into the world of psychology by examining their dominant personalities!
Day 3 of Science week brought out all of Canyon’s budding engineers. Kindergarteners created rollercoasters while some second graders in Mrs. Lee’s class made bristle bots (robots from toothbrush heads)! In Ms. Hobbs’ class, students created bridges and other buildings using popsicle sticks. 3rd grade created electromagnets using batteries and copper wire. They were able to pick up multiple metal objects! Simultaneously, 3rd graders in Mrs. Messersmith’s class were conducting other experiments by measuring rates of evaporation. 4th grade investigated different types of engineers and later were lucky enough to design several projects. 5th grade measured distance and wind velocity through the construction and flying of paper airplanes, which required multiple designs. Mrs. McKinney’s 6th grade class created electrical currents using a penny, a nail, alligator clips, and…. lemons!?! Ms. Messer’s 6th grade class, not to be outdone, created magnetic slime! It was a fantastic and exciting day at Canyon! Be sure to come out to our Family Night on Thursday, April 27th, from 5:30-7:30 pm, to witness more projects in person.
Tuesday, April 25th of Science Week focused on Earth and Space. Some classes learned about the effects of erosion and different planets. Kindergarten and first grade studied the phases of the moon using Oreos! One second grade class created layers of soil using pudding, cake, whip cream, and gummy worms! According to one source, who wishes to remain anonymous, “dirt tastes good.” Finally, our sixth graders who are preparing to leave our campus in a month, created their own planets that could sustain life. We’re hoping our sixth graders are merely graduating from our campus, not the galaxy.
Canyon kicked off Science week on Monday. Students in grades Kindergarten through Sixth grade explored famous scientists and inventors. Kindergarteners communicated long distance, across the room, with with homemade phones. First grade students “invented” items with clay, pipe cleaners, spoons and plates. Second grade experimented with circuit kits while fifth grade redesigned the playground for optimal use. Great job, Lions!
Kindergarten went on an adventure to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. There were many hands on exhibits to explore. Some of our favorites were;
The Scaff-Perini Climber
A three story climbing structure that allows children to experience their world from different heights.
The Art Studio
A place for artistic expression and a chance to help add paint to their giant robot.
Where we got to experience the power of air.
Where we got to ride tricycles through the “trike wash.”
And The Market
Where we got to experience dramatic play by taking turns shopping and checking costumers out.