Setauket Elementary School first graders are learning all about sound with the help of sixth graders through a dynamic, collaborative lab. The lab was originally designed by sixth grade teacher Richard Guez and teaching assistant Bridget Faughnan for the Phenomena Club, with the help of science lab teaching assistant Janet Moseman. The educators transformed the program into a 12-station, interactive lab to be incorporated into the first grade curriculum.
Throughout the lab, sixth graders guided first graders through hands-on experiments including sound and vibration games and activities that address water and sound, as well as resonance. Additionally, a technology component was incorporated, and students were able to use Phet simulations, YouTube sound effects and music-generating websites.
The sixth graders had to master each station themselves and become well-versed in the technology. They were excited to step into a teaching role and model the lab for their younger peers.
“They needed to understand that their role was not only to guide the first graders’ experience, but also to generate opportunities for them to enjoy, learn and wonder about each lab station,” Richard Guez said.
Date Added: 2/8/2023