In preparation for our upcoming session of Genius Hour, fifth grade is participating in an exploratorium. We will look at four different science subject areas: forces and motion, energy, states of matter, and human interactions with the environment.
Mrs. Sayre helped kick off this exploratorium with a lesson on forces. She led students in a discussion of the different types of forces and how they affect motion. The students then had the opportunity to experiment with these forces through Domino Bowling. They worked in a cooperative team using Dominoes and a marble to recreate bowling. They then experimented by using felt to create friction, and a ramp to create more potential energy. Once they bowled several rounds, the students used a round robin to discuss the differences that they noticed.