Media Use by Tweens and Teens
Youtube, Tik Tok, and Fortnite – Oh my! Entertainment nowadays for tweens and teens is media focused and keeping up to date with the latest and greatest can be daunting. Common Sense Media is a great resource for helping parents, educators, and others remain informed of the day to day changes that technology brings.
Below you will find a few articles and video clips that touch base on a variety of media your student may be utilizing. Both parents and students provide reviews on these medias and more.
Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Fortnite
Parents’ Ultimate Guide to TikTok
Houseparty – Group Video Chat – What kids and parents are saying
Help! My Kid Wants to Use Social Media
Tweens, Teens, and Phones: What Our 2019 Research Reveals
Did you know that learning the Scientific Method can be as easy as carving pumpkins and counting seeds?
2nd graders have been learning the vocabulary words and steps for the scientific method this past week using pumpkins. After researching a little bit about pumpkins and how they are classified by scientists, each 2nd grader shared their hypothesis about how the size of a pumpkin might determine the number of seeds inside it. Do larger pumpkins have more seeds or do smaller pumpkins have more seeds?
Next, it was time to begin our investigation and gather data. Pumpkins were weighed, and seeds were counted. It was a fun and mushy experience at times, plus a counting challenge, as the number of seeds we counted ranged from 305 to 583 per pumpkin. Although our class reached their own conclusion, we did also agree that true scientists would count the seeds in hundreds of pumpkins before reaching or publishing their conclusions.
So which one is it? Do larger pumpkins have more seeds? Or, do smaller pumpkins have more seeds? Grab a few pumpkins and let us know what you find out. We’ll add your results to our collection of data.
Mrs. Katie Todd, 2nd grade
The 4th graders have been studying the early tribes of California. They are learning about their environments, tools, and shelters. They were tasked to create an example of a house or a tool in our STEAM lab. They used their imagination and creativity to collaborate and to work independently. They applied their past knowledge to create something new and exciting. They found fun ways to display their learning.
Beth Clark,4th Grade Teacher
This year, the 5th graders are finding their voices through podcasting. The 5th graders worked through the creative process to develop a podcast “channel” that included cover art, a creative channel name, and creating their own intro and outro music.
Podcasting allows all students to share their thoughts, knowledge, and opinions on any given topic and can be used across all subjects. Students who may not be good writers or may not feel comfortable sharing in front of their peers have flourished by creating podcasts.
The students recently created their first “All About Me” podcast episode in which they shared information about themselves. This project allowed all students to have a voice in their learning. Throughout this school year the students will continue to use podcasting to demonstrate their learning. They will be conducting debates, interviewing book characters, reviewing books they have read, and much more.
Kyle Duport, 5th Grade Teacher
What does a toothbrush head, a cell battery, a tiny motor, double-stick tape, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners all have in common? These are the materials you need to make your own “Bristle Bot Robot.” During technology class in 6th grade, students were able to create and design their robot using the materials above. As the students proceeded through this STEM activity, they had to use their knowledge of design, circuitry and physics to make sure that:
- The Bristle Bot was balanced and could stand up.
- The battery and the motor were properly connected so the motor would run properly, and the robot would move.
- The Bristle Bot was designed well using creativity and precise manufacturing (so pieces were placed correctly and wouldn’t fall off).
So what were the results of the STEM Bristle Bot activity? A ton of laughter and fun! Plus, the students gained some basic knowledge about motors, circuitry and creating a basic robot.
By: Mrs. Grack, Technology Teacher