Our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders prepared a video-project explaining to our european friends about how do we celebrate Xmas in our country, what our main customs are and how we spend these special days.
The rest of school participating in the Erasmus project will do the same and then, we could see what we look like and what we differentiate ourselves form. Besides, each class of the school made a Hand-made Xmas card for our european partners. We hope you enjoyed it.
MERRY XMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM FRANCISCO FATOU SCHOOL!!
The second grade students with teacher Raimonda Zaiciene
The second grade students with teacher performed a flowering
bush experiment. The purpose of the experiment was to find out if the
water colored with various materials affects the bushes. The students were divided
into three groups and each group received a different bush. In the first jar
was simple water, in another water with ink and in another water with potassium permanganate. The teacher wrote the
students' guesses what color will be flowers bloom. After three weeks, the
results were discussed. There we saw
flowers bushes with the same colour.
Third-grade students with teacher Lina Stasiuliene
have been told that water is magical: it can become a cloud, rain, dew-fall,
fog, snow, ice and hail. We have been finding out that water is very strong: it
can break the toughest rocks, turning them into sand.
familiarized with water's state during winter, understood important ecological
problems, connected to the pollution of water, necesserity of preserving and
cleaning of it.
You can travel using
the water, it is needed for water-mills, to grind flour, water spins electrical
turbines, that provide electricity, because of that we have light, we can
listen to a radio, watch TV. Water essential when putting out fires.
Experiment 1: "Water is made out of
Requirements: water, cocktail straw, a paper sheet.Water
is made out of particles. It is not a solid object. Kids put drops of water on
the paper, and blowwed at it from Start to Finish. While blowing they
realized, that water molecules are able to divide and fuse together. Even the
tiniest drops can be split into even more tiny drops.
Experiment 2: "The taste of
Requirements: a few glasses of
water.Five kids go out of the class, while the others
decide to say that water in one glass is sweet, while in the other - tasteless. Some kids of
our class admitted that they tasted the
sweetness of the water. You can try this out and see if your kids are
susceptible to the power of suggestion.
Requirements: glasses of water,
and a glass of dishwasher and capsules of ink.Before the experiment, kids are
asked which of these two liquids will dye faster. After pouring the ink in, we
see, that water dyes itself faster.
Creating animation in the LOGO team with teacher Alma Maskolaitiene
The fourth grade students with teacher Vilma Indrisiuniene prepared poster about sea fish
Experiments with water in the physics lesson with teacher Alma Maskolaitiene
in the 8th grade put irregularly shaped bodies in the water and calculate the
volume of the immersed body according to the increased water level.
8 grade students information collected on special
you've been climbing in a lake or other water in the summer, you probably noticed that the water in the bottom is coolder than ever
before. Why ?
An anomaly in the water – what is
Most of the materials when are heated expands and shrinks when are frozen. However, there are exceptions. For example, water "behave" differently — mini expands (from a certain temperature). This unusual feature is called the anomaly of water.
After having taught the "Water" unit for a few weeks and having seen water from many different aspects, we decided to work on the children's metacognitive skills.
We asked them how we could pass the knowledge on to younger children and they decided to make board games in order to achieve this goal. In their water-groups of 4 they came up with very interesting ways to apply everything they had previously learned about water. They were very excited and got down to work right away!
Our year 4 pupils then played their board games with year 2 children. They felt like teachers!
The home simulation game, where they made "water wasting" zones in the kitchen, bathroom and garden.
Water monopoly. The water tank went full as children answered correctly. They made all questions by themselves.
The snakes & ladders water game. It included interesting facts about water.
They also simulated a forest where you learn about water while walking through it.
We moved on to assess the change in their attitudes. The Year 2 teacher reported:
"Following the presentation of Year 4 's improvised board games, my pupils came back to class full of new knowledge on the uses and conservation of water. They were eager to share everything they had learnt so we exchanged roles and they became teachers in my stead. Subsequently, they were able to answer questions on water, like: " Why is it best to water our plants in the evening?" or "How much water is wasted if we don't turn the tap off while brushing our teeth?". Generally, they seemed to have realized how important water is and remembered lots of facts about it. We are now to see whether they will make the right choices, concerning water conservation, in their everyday lives."
The Year 4 pupils, on the other hand, after playing the games with younger ones, came back exhausted, albeit happy! They "complained" that it was very hard for them having to adapt their language and behavior to younger children's level. They said they had had to do a lot of explaining and that they felt drained! Also, they reported that, while they were looking for ways to make something clearer for others, points that used to be a bit confusing, were now more straightforward. Overall, they seemed to have been great teachers!