2B Spins… But Not Out of Control

2B Spins… But Not Out of ControlHow can one change the way something moves?

How do you balance an object? How do different forces create different sounds?

Tough questions, but not for grade 2 students who are completing a science unit on Balance & Motion.

Students learned how a push or pull force creates motion and that the amount of force effects how an object will move.

Using tops, zoomers, and twirlers, students experimented by applying various amounts of force to their objects to get them to move faster or slower.

Then, students took their investigation to a new level by using a real kid world application—bubble gum. Students explored how a strong or weak push effects the size of a chewing gum bubble.  They determined a strong push force, creates a bigger bubble. But too much force creates a mess on your face.

Working together, 2B students were able to balance 15 clowns on a “high-wire”. Not an easy feat! Just when the class was able to balance 14 clowns, the addition of the 15th clown would throw the other 14 clowns off balance.

However, 2B students were not deterred. They continued to apply their newly acquired knowledge about counterweights and balancing points while demonstrating the ESLR of Working Collaboratively.

2B students also investigated how forces, create different sounds using kalimba’s and xylophones. They discovered the relationship between pitch and how quickly an object vibrates.

Whether making noise, balancing clowns, or blowing bubbles, 2B students are always learning.

To read more stories about Shekou International School visit their website: www.sis.org.cn/why-choose-sis

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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