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I teach third grade science at The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Chicago, Illinois. The Lab Schools was founded by John Dewey, a philosopher and progressive educator who believed that children learn best when they are allowed to experience and solve real world problems. The Lab Schools continue to search for innovative and creative approaches to learning.
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Third Grade Science Projects
Once each quarter third grade science students do a project related to the science curriculum.
In the Fall quarter students will build their own Ice Cube Coolers (a device to keep an ice cube from melting for as long as possible). This project is part of the study of states of matter--solids, liquids, and gases.
In the Winter quarter students will make their own inventions as part of the unit on Simple Machines and Inventions. And in the Spring quarter students will build habitats to house crickets as part of the unit on Insects.
TWO FALCONS VISIT THE LAB SCHOOLS
April 2, 2008: Two Peregrine Falcons were sighted on The Lab School's Blaine Hall today. We think one is a male and one is a female. One falcon has a band on its leg.
April 3: One falcon was seen today, and it appears to be nesting. Is this the female spotted yesterday?
April 24: Sadly, the falcons seem to have moved on. No one has seen them for the past two weeks.
Web Info About Falcons
Courtyard Crows Nest 2007
Click here to see pictures of the crow's nest and baby crows that were in the courtyard tree.
More About Birds
To see a fantastic collection of bird and animal pictures visit Emil Martinec's web page. His site includes local Chicago birds and birds from around the world. Click here.