On Friday, November 9, all OVCS students will enjoy a day filled with science during a one-day, come-in-costume, hands-on workshop. If you’ve never attended a workshop like this before, you’re in for a lot of fun! Here’s how this one will look:
8 – 8:30a.m. Arrive in costume, set up learning centers (OVCS students will arrive at the normal time, 8:00a.m., and guests will arrive at 8:30a.m.)
9:00a.m. Welcome, pledges, prayer, presentations
10:30ish Learning centers
1p.m. Trebuchet fun outside (Sam & Jannah Park)
2p.m. “Magic School Bus” videos
COSTUMES: Come dressed as ANYTHING related to science! Create, beg, borrow, or buy (on Halloween clearance!) a costume: any animal, any scientific tool, anything created by God! Planet or star, tree or flower, ice cube or thermometer — the sky’s not the limit, because the sky is a possibility! [Note that the NEXT workshop will be “Scientists and Their Discoveries,” so you might want to save coming as an actual scientist until then…] If someone needs a costume, sh/e is welcome to wear the felt fins we’ve been using in our study of fish — child could wear a solid color top and bottom, and tape on dorsal fins, pectoral fins, and caudal fin. Yes, students have been swimming around the classroom for the last month!
LEARNING CENTERS: These are the learning centers that we have planned; we could still use help with more.
Herb garden – Dayna Pittiglio
Light (and rainbows) – Christine Hensley & Diane Harrington
Animals in winter – Joy Hayes
Creating with (homemade) playdough – Jenn Smith
Fingerprints – Kelly Dayfield
Solar system mobiles– Diane Harrington
Art – Emily Souza
Museum — to display students’ projects
FEAST – Kitchen will be organized by Erica Daniels, Sandy Day, and Miss Tillie. Everyone who comes to the feast should contribute food. 🙂 We are naming everything sciency names like “Liquid Sunshine” (Lemonade) and “Crescent Moons” (PB&J). 🙂
TREBUCHET — Following the feast, we’ll go outside (rain or shine!) to have some fun with a homemade trebuchet. We’re not sure whether Mr. Park knows it or not, but MRS. Park volunteered him to build a trebuchet for our workshop! Fun with physics!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
If there is any time left over before the end of the school day, we will watch as many “Magic School Bus” videos as we can. That will be the end of a long, fun day!
HERE’S HOW OUR CLASS IS GOING TO PARTICIPATE:
Our class is currently memorizing Psalm 8, and we will recite it at the workshop. Here is the version we’re using; we started this past week, and have memorized Ps. 8:1-3 so far.
1 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet:
7 all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
ALSO: Students are welcome to give a short speech on a science-related topic of their choice. This is not required. If they’d like to do this, at this point students should just be taking in, taking in, taking in on this topic through books, videos, internet sites, and knowledgeable people. This is an opportunity for an oral presentation (NOT reading a report) on a subject that interests them. I will help students refine their presentation (if needed), but much of the preparation should be done at home. Would you please let me know if you’ve discussed this with your child, and whether s/he would like to do this?
IF TIME PERMITS, we will also learn a song to sing — an old hymn called “All Things Bright and Beautiful”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd7h1bj2eBw. Isn’t it a perfect hymn for studies in science and nature?!