Third Graders Are Curious and Love Science
Stephanie Avena, GS Science Teacher

Let’s meet a few third graders who are using their time at home to investigate their love of science!

Brandon proudly shares his creation, a LEGO ecosystem called Isla Nublar.

Brandon was first introduced to LEGOs in 2015 when he was four years old. His early LEGO sets covered many different topics (zoo sets, cars, buildings, etc). It wasn't until September of this year that dinosaurs entered his life. His father suggested watching something on t.v. that was new, exciting and more grown-up. Brandon and his dad scrolled through t.v. shows and eventually came upon LEGO Jurassic World: Legend Of Isla Nublar. From that moment on, all Brandon could do was eat, drink and breathe dinosaurs! That night he dreamt of an island filled with LEGO dinosaurs and the next morning, he made that dream come true! Hours were spent drawing, cutting, building, mapping and planning this magical island. Now he’s seen all five Jurassic Park/World movies and every day he imagines new LEGO adventures on Isla Nublar! 

An engineering project completed by Anika.

Third grader Anika became interested in science in first grade when she read a book called Science Encyclopedia by National Geographic Kids. She is currently working on a new invention at home called The Hovercloud. It's going to be made of cotton with a fan to make it hover. Her favorite home experiment involved standing on a bunch of taped paper rolls to see how many people they could support. She has also made some crystals from a kit. “I’ve made a few other things, like a volcano model that explodes with a fizzy tablet, and some other things,” she said. Anika found this project in her book Smithsonian Maker Lab

Leo shares his science notebook.

Third grader Leo first got hooked on science in kindergarten when he observed butterfly metamorphosis. “It was really exciting,” he said. Leo has been collecting facts in his home science journal for the last two years. He uses his journal for recording information about science topics that interest him. Leo searches topics that interest him and tries to learn as much as he can. Then, he writes down all the facts in his journal, prints a picture of the topic and glues it into the journal. He said, “If I see a plant that I don’t know anything about, I search for the plant and record facts in my journal.” The journal page (pictured) is about the Monarch Butterfly. “Did you know they have a four-inch wingspan and eat milkweed, which is poisonous?” he said. Leo loves reading books about space and is also interested in global warming and how it's affecting animals, like the polar bear in the Arctic. He particularly enjoys books from National Geographic and hands-on STEM projects. 

Third graders Valentina, Remy, Miles and Dalia (clockwise from upper left) growing mushrooms at home from a kit. 

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