Summer Institute for the Gifted
Week 1 Newsletter for The Hudson School
Biology of Me
Expanding Your Universe
Sports Stop - B!
Speaking, Writing, Empowering!!
Building Blocks of Engineering
Cracking Codes: Patterns & Probability
Simple Machines, Complex Designs
This week, our inquisitive students learned the answer to the questions:
- What is a simple machine?
- What are the six types of simple machines?
Under The Sea: Diving into Marine Science
Sports Stop - Section A
The Detective: Master of Mysteries
The Curious Chemist: Chemistry in Our Daily Lives
During the first week of The Curious Chemist, students dove headfirst into some of the major aspects of the field of chemistry. They started the week making predictions and coming up with a question that they would ultimately like to solve using the Scientific Method. The students then moved on to the Periodic Table of Elements and atoms, making hands-on models of common elements and compounds using yummy tools such as marshmallows and jellybeans. They continued to experiment with chemical reactions, making a "Cloud in a Bottle," invisible ink, and watching the effects of vinegar as it cleans dirty pennies. They wrapped up the week making their own ice cream, studying how the materials react to create the icy consistency of ice cream.
Spying: Secrets, Surveillance, and Science
Lessons from the Wild Things: How to Write and Illustrate Your Own Book
What an imaginative and fun group of students! We read and looked at picture books and talked about how the books were made and what is a plot, a conflict and bleeding colors. The students sat in a circle as they went around to each student adding to a story they made up as they played "And then What?" Our budding authors and illustrators then made storyboards as they started to plan to make their own books, "The Big Idea." The class also visited the Children's Room at the Hoboken Public Library to research the various Caldecott books. We enjoyed a dramatic reading of our course's inspiration, Where the Wild Things Are, from Senior Children's Librarian, Ms. Lois Gross, and then explored and discussed different pictures to draw for our own books.