Dr. Kim Garfinkel (a Hamlin parent and OB/GYN) visited Grade 4 scientists at the end of their Human Life Cycle unit. Dr. Garfinkel answered questions from the Curiosity Box, shared pictures to deepen understanding, and peaked the students’ interest with anecdotes from her personal and professional experiences. Ms. Ray, Ms. Gonzalez, and the Grade 4 learners are so thankful to have hosted Dr. Garfinkel in their Science classes.
As a culmination of our Human Life Cycle Unit in Grade 3, students hosted two guest scientists and also Hamlin parents. Dr. Kim Newell and Dr. Lesley Meister visited the LS Science Lab to answer questions from our Curiosity Box. Dr. Newell, a pediatrician, covered the topic of puberty. Dr. Meister, an OB/GYN, discussed fetal growth/development, and childbirth. Ms. Ray, Ms. Gonzalez, and all of the Grade 3 learners are filled with gratitude to have had the opportunity to learn from these experts.
-Guest post by Ms. Irene Gonzalez
Guest post by Ms. Jennifer Phillips, Kindergarten
As one of our final field trips for our emergent unit on bones, we visited Dr. Lane’s (Mackenzie’s mom) medical office where Dr. Jones (Kaia’s dad) joined us as we learned more about what they do and the tools they use to help people.
Kaia’s dad, an orthopedic surgeon, brought some actual pieces of bone for the girls to examine, as well as some models of bones, and hardware/tools he uses when repairing the bones of his patients. Dr. Lane, a fertility specialist, gave each girl an ultrasound of their arm, pointing out the layers of their bones seen on the screen and how their bones connect. Each girl left with a copy of her ultrasound.
Our study has been a cross-curricular endeavor, with Kate Roseman teaching the girls a song/rap about bones, Mrs. Gonzalez and Ms. Ray deepening the girls’ understanding of bones with their scientific expertise, and Mr. Witrak and Ms. Stevens lending us the bones from the Lascaux cave in McKinne lounge for our Georgia O’Keeffe inspired artwork.
Our culminating project will be a “Bones Bonanza” in June where the girls will be able to share their knowledge and work with their families.