I teach gifted students the standard SC.5.P.8.1; Compare and contrast the basic properties of solids, liquids, and gases, such as mass, volume, color, texture, and temperature. Gifted students have unique ability to learn. I emphasize multi-disciplinary collaboration by providing the students with options to do their initial research through lab station, tools, reading and exploration. Then the students come together on a project which brings their knowledge together.



If awarded the grant, the big idea is to have each students create a personalized glass that will be used as a teaching tool to measure mass and volume and at the end of the unit, they can take home as a reminder of the things they have learned. Volume and mass is a hard concept to teach since it does not come up often in the curriculum and is not the same as weight. I will also intentionally engage the student in design thinking by decorating their glass to develop their creativity because I want to prepare them to become the innovators of the future.

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Glass half full or half empty? Makerspace Lab

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School:
Hunter's Green Elementary 
Category:
Stem 
Teacher/
Administrator:
Amanda Glover 
 
164999 
Students Impacted:
738 
Grade Levels Impacted:
Pre K - 5 
Date:
December 6, 2018

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FOUNDATION FUNDED - $1,995.01

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Project Goal

I teach gifted students the standard SC.5.P.8.1; Compare and contrast the basic properties of solids, liquids, and gases, such as mass, volume, color, texture, and temperature. Gifted students have unique ability to learn. I emphasize multi-disciplinary collaboration by providing the students with options to do their initial research through lab station, tools, reading and exploration. Then the students come together on a project which brings their knowledge together.



If awarded the grant, the big idea is to have each students create a personalized glass that will be used as a teaching tool to measure mass and volume and at the end of the unit, they can take home as a reminder of the things they have learned. Volume and mass is a hard concept to teach since it does not come up often in the curriculum and is not the same as weight. I will also intentionally engage the student in design thinking by decorating their glass to develop their creativity because I want to prepare them to become the innovators of the future.
 

 

How Project Benefits Students

My students love science! They are a curious bunch that like hands-on activities. The first part of the lesson involves exploration through computer, reading and learning how to use the tools. I will have the students cut bottles/jars into glass cups (teacher supervised) to the size of their liking. Each student will sand the edge of their glass. This teaches them how to use tools such as glass cutter and sandpaper. As a side note, it shows the students how you can recycle glass items into something useful. Once they have their glass ready, we are going to measure water and rice into beakers. The beakers we use will have 100 ml of water and 100 ml of rice. We will discuss the metric system vs imperial system. We will put both beakers on a balancing scale and discuss what measurements we are taking. I will engage in group discussion based on the research they did at the beginning of the lesson and find out what resources have helped them so far in understanding the concepts.



I will create constructionist space where each student can decorate their glass using Cricut Design Space to design letters or symbols and cut out on stencils or vinyl. They can use duct tape to decorate or other unconventional materials. By not having a defined template, the students are encouraged to use their own imagination to construct their knowledge of themselves and the universe around them.
 

 

Expected Outcome(s)

I will assess the lesson in three parts, reflect if students get the big idea, reflect visually if the kids are learning and reflect on the use of the materials in this lesson.

After the lesson the questions I would like my students to be able to answer are:

What is mass?

What is volume?

What is matter?

Why is it important to measure mass and volume?

How do we measure mass of solid vs liquid?

How do we measure a volume of solid vs liquid?

What is the difference between mass and volume?

When do we use this information in the real world?

I will observe what kind of collaboration is happening in the room and what kind of questions is the lesson generating.

And thirdly I will evaluate the lesson plan with the following questions:

Are the students able to answer question of the big idea?

Did the lesson plan meet the objective of the curriculum?

Does creating a souvenir help student retain the big idea?

Would I make any changes to the lesson plan based on observation?
 

 

Detailed Cost Summary

The bread and butter of this grant is a mobile cabinet workbench with a Cricut maker placed on top of the workbench and variety of materials and books stored in the workbench for a mobile lab to teach according to standard SC.5.P.8.1; Compare and contrast the basic properties of solids, liquids, and gases, such as mass, volume, color, texture, and temperature. I can imagine the smiles on the kids faces when I roll in the workbench and they know they are going to have a fun science lesson! 

 

Items

# Item Description Total Cost
1 Mobile Cabinet Workbench $569.00
2 Cricut Maker $450.00
3 Cricut cutting mat, 12x24 $20.99
4 Cricut basic tools $30.59
5 Flat Storage Trays $22.71
6 Storage Trays $13.47
7 LESSONS IN SCIENCE SAFETY WITH MAX AXIOM 0736878874 $8.10
8 DYNAMIC WORLD OF CHEMICAL REACTIONS 1429656352 $6.13
9 SOLID TRUTH ABOUT STATES OF MATTER WITH MAX AXIOM 1429634510 $8.10
10 SOLIDS, LIQUIDS, GUESS WHO'S GOT GAS? 151071068X $10.81
11 WHATS THE MATTER IN MR WHISKERS ROOM 0763635669 $6.89
12 DROP OF WATER A BOOK OF SCIENCE AND WONDER {HC} 0590221973 $17.09
13 CHALLENGE BASED LEARNING IN THE SCHOOL LIBRARY 1440851506 $45.00
14 IZZY GIZMO {HC} 1682630218 $14.61
15 GIRL WHO THOUGHT IN PICTURES THE STORY {HC} 1943147302 $15.49
16 BIG BOOK OF MAKERSPACE PROJECTS INSPIRING 1259644251 $20.00
17 STEAM LAB FOR KIDS : 52 CREATIVE HANDS-ON PROJECTS 1631594192 $19.64
18 MAKER LAB 28 SUPER COOL PROJECTS BUILD {HC} 1465451358 $17.19
19 STAR WARS MAKER LAB {HC} 1465467122 $17.19
20 AMAZING MAKERSPACE DIY BASIC MACHINES 0531240959 $6.81
21 AMAZING MAKERSPACE DIY FLIERS 0531240975 $6.81
22 AMAZING MAKERSPACE DIY WITH ELECTRICITY 0531240967 $6.81
23 AMAZING MAKERSPACE DIY MOVERS 0531240983 $6.81
24 ADA TWIST SCIENTIST {HC} 1419721372 $15.46
25 Ada Twist's Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists $13.49
26 Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants $9.33
27 Rosie Revere, Engineer $14.36
28 Iggy Peck, Architect $15.95
29 Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters (The Questioneers Series #1) $12.27
30 Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers $14.12
31 Iggy Peck's Big Project Book for Amazing Architects $13.49
32 Nonstick Iron $17.24
33 Tabletop ironing board, 31” $16.39
34 Perler Pegboard, Assorted color, set of 18 $28.87
35 Perler Beads, Assorted color, 22,000 $37.19
36 Pony Beads, Assorted bright colors, 1,000 $7.72
37 Polymer Clay, pink, 1 lbs $13.79
38 Art paper, 9x12, Green, 50 sheets $8.79
39 Copper Wire, 1lbs $17.92
40 Adhesive back copper foil, 36 yd $9.89
41 AA Batteries, 24 $24.98
42 AAA Batteries, 16 $18.97
43 AA Battery Holder $2.96
44 Neodymium Magnet, 6mm, set of 2 $17.96
45 Jumbo paper clips, Assorted color, 40 $1.78
46 Rubber band ball $6.41
47 Binder Clips, large, 12 $3.82
48 Fastener, 100 $1.42
49 Unbreakable jars, 8 oz, 12 $32.99
50 Jumbo craft sticks, 100 $2.47
51 Colored Copy Paper, green, 500 $37.11
52 Rubber Duckies Duct Tape, 10 yards $11.28
53 Duct Tape, Turquoise, 20 yards $5.02
54 Duct Tape, Hot Pink, 20 yards $5.02
55 Duct Tape, Green Apple, 20 yards $5.02
56 Duct Tape, Blue, 20 yards $5.02
57 Duct Tape, Hot Pink Glitter, 8 yards $8.02
58 Sandpaper, medium, pack of 50 $26.39
59 Sandpaper, fine, pack of 50 $21.59
60 Foamboard cutter, adjustable blade $22.49
61 Styrofoam hot wire cutter $81.74
62 Glass cutter $26.62
63 Cordless glue gun $19.42
  Total: $1,995.01

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