Catapult building, our Special Guest, and Types of Energy

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In the last few weeks, we’ve have the opportunity to do lots of hands on learning. We built Rube Goldberg Machines as a school activity, and more recently, we learned how to build a catapult! First, we designed our own, and tried to see which designs worked the best. Then, Madame Shannon demonstrated a catapult, and we all built them to take them home.

We’ve continued learning about machines, and now we’re learning about how they’re powered. We got a special visit from Dr B, who helped us learn about the different ways machines are powered.

After Dr B. left, we talked about renewable energy and what types we’ve seen. This inspired us to build pinwheels to mimic how wind electricity works!

Source:: Mme Shannon’s Blog

About The Author

My name is Shannon Neill and I am currently the Grade 1/2 teacher at AcadeCap. I began my teaching career in 2017 after graduating from McGill University with a Bachelor’s of Education, specialized in French Immersion Pedagogy. Since my first year of teaching, I have been working with Grade 1 and 2 students, from Montreal, to Winnipeg, and now Ottawa, where I have been with AcadeCap since 2018. Working with students in Grade 1 and 2 is definitely something special. The students are curious, honest and so willing to learn and share - I consider myself pretty lucky to be able to learn from my students every day!

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