# The Math and Science Scoop

## ~SPRING 2016~

On March 21st, 2016, the Bi-Borough K-2 Parent Academy was held to provide families with hands-on math tools and activities to help support their children at home. Thank you to River Edge teachers, Ms. Leah Taylor and Ms. Reem Halabi, for sharing fun games, manipulatives, and ideas for families to engage in as way to strengthen key math skills. The sessions were a great success as parents learned the content and skills emphasized in Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second grade, and prepared activities to bring home for interactive math practice. Check out their presentations with tools and activities below.

## Check Us Out!

The students of River Edge continue to learn exciting things in math and science, and they are proud to show off their hard work! As new concepts and skills are learned, students have enjoyed applying what they've learned through explorations and experiments. Students build their understanding of math and science concepts as they engage in hands-on activities and create projects in our classrooms and Discovery Labs!

## MATH

Kindergarten students learned about 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes, and found examples of these shapes in the real world! They also created a "pizza" out of 2-D shapes!

First Grade students built upon their knowledge of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes as they created composite shapes by combining 2-D and 3-D shapes.

Third grade students learned that fractions are numbers. Check out their representation of fractions to create a whole ice cream sundae! Each of the flavored scoops is part of a whole; some are equivalent and some make up larger parts of the whole.

## SCIENCE

Second grade students learned the properties of soil and compared different kinds. In order to see which type of soil has the largest pore spaces, they poured water into four different soil samples to measure the amount of time it takes for the water to drain.

After water was poured into sand, clay, gravel, and loam, students were able to explain the pore spaces of each kind of soil based on their experiment.

Fourth grade students have been exploring forces and motion. Using ramps, toy cars, and small farm animals, students investigated an object’s position and motion. After observing the animal’s movement down a ramp, students had to design and test a device that would slow the fall of the animals.

Fifth grade students learned about the physical and chemical properties of matter, and how to differentiate between physical and chemical changes. They also observed and analyzed different chemical reactions!

## Introducing STEM

Teachers and supervisors attend STEM workshops and bring the challenges back to the classroom! We were faced with the challenge to build the tallest freestanding structure with spaghetti, string, tape, and a marshmallow. Then, our team designed and built an airbag system that can safely land an egg dropped onto the floor. When we dropped the egg, it cracked slightly and we had to improve our design.