Second Grade Scientists

posted Feb 1, 2012, 11:50 AM by Nikki Robbins   [ updated Feb 1, 2012, 11:51 AM by Jennifer MacFarlane ]

Our class was busy studying alternative forms of energy. During this past science unit, students studied atoms, the smallest piece of matter; molecules, a group of atoms; microbes, the smallest life forms; and cells, the smallest units of life. This background knowledge led to the study of algae cells. Scientists are currently finding ways to use the oil from algae, found in the vacuole of an algae cell, to fuel vehicles. Each student had the opportunity to look under a microscope at an algae cell, and we are growing algae cells in the classroom. This was very exciting! Students gained inspiration from microbes for their own artwork. Look below at their beautiful creations!

Things you can do at home

  • During investigations, students learned about photosynthesis. Go to this website to see how this process works:

http://www.teachersdomain.org/asset/tdc02_int_methusweb/

  • Ask your child to read you My Little Book of Little Things.
  • We looked at this website with pictures of microbes for inspiration during art:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98Ra2q1ZqUU

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