JULY 29TH RETURN TO SCHOOL PRESENTATION
Below is a link to the Return to School Presentation that was given to the community on July 29th. This link will be available for viewing for a week or should the state alter the current return to school requirements.
https://youtu.be/K7E_EzT8wY8

Kindergarten

  
Hello,
I hope everyone is doing well.  Here is the post Easter plan.  Each week, I will post the current lesson below the introduction.  Older lessons will get bumped down one spot.
 
Thank you for your hard work, and please let me know if you have an questions. 
 
My email is okonb@bsd.k12.pa .us
Parents, we can try setting up Zoom or Facetime meetings upon request if you think they would be beneficial. 
 
Feel free to check out the other grades for more content your child may enjoy.  There is no rule saying they can't review old material or look ahead to new. You can also scroll to the bottom for exra science activities. 

Student Art Gallery

This Week's Lesson

Hello Kindergarten!  Its hard to believe that it is the last week in May already!
 
What an interesting first year of school!
 
Let's looks at some of the things we've done. Go ahead, pick a favorite or two and celebrate the end of your first year of STEAM!
 
 
Magnifying glasses and Microscopes  
 
 
 
5 Senses
Touch, Sight, Smell, Taste, Hearing  
        
Water Cycle and Weather activities 
         
 
 
Seasons 
   
 
 
Coding on computers 
     
 
 
Shapes 
 
 
 
 
Plants 
      
 
 
Insects 
 
 
 
Have a great Summer! 
 
 

Past Lessons

May 18th-22nd
 
Hello Kindergarten. I miss you guys so much! 
I hope we have nice weather at the start of First grade so we can go outside and do some projects we missed. 
 
As we get closer to summer, you may start to see fireflies.  When I was growoing up, we always called them lightning bugs.  Whatever you call them, they are our State insect, so let's check them out! 
 
Fireflies
 
 
 
While you are hunting fireflies, you may start to see bats.  Don't be afraid, bats are very helpful.  They eat lots of mosquitos and other insects that bother people.
 
 
 
 Have a great week!  Don't forget to send in any pictures you want me to add to the website!

May 11th-15th

Hello Kindergarten.
 
We've been learning about insects and now it is time to focus on one you may be seeing flying around  your flowers. 
 
 Bees
 
 
 
Optional Project.
I know that bees may sting and most people do not like them, but they are great to have around for fruits and veggies to grow.
Also, there are many insects that LOOK like bees that sting people more often, while bees get blamed. 
 
 
 
Just for fun, I am reposting the first video I made for Kindergarten, since it only got 7 views.  It was on my page before students were directed to the related arts pages.  One correction, the "coltsfoot" plant was actually a young "garlic mustard" plant.
 
 
 
 
Have a great week! 

May 4th-8th

Hello everyone.
 
Our lesson is in 3 parts again today.  Take your time, explore at your own pace, and have some fun!
 
1. It has been a while since we've done anything like regular schoolwork. I may not be able to hang it up in the hallway or around my room, but if your parents email me your insect drawing, I will add it to my website right above this lesson.  My email is okonb@bsd.k12.pa.us
 
 
Optional Insect activities
 
2. Check out this SciSchow Kids insect video with Jessie and Squeaks.
 
 
3. Optional, Extra, Just for Fun!  I am celebrating my birthday this week (May 5th), so I thought I would share some of my favorite bug songs, videos, and games to celebrate.
 
             
 https://safeYouTube.net/w/6iQ9                        https://safeYouTube.net/w/BVQ9
 
 
    
 
Have a great week! 
 

Past Lessons

April 27 - May 1

Hello.
 
Last week we compared living and non living things and hopefully you were able to check out the Nat Geo Invertebrates page.  It was the one with all of the neat insects.
 
This week we are going to take a look at life-cycles and insects.  You may remember lifecycles from when we learned about plants.
 
1. Check out the video 
 
 
 
2. Check out these great online options form the Pittsburgh Zoo! 
 
 
 
3.  Check out these insects!  Have you seen any of them lately?
 
 
 
 
Have a great week! 
 

April 20th-24th STEAM Activities

Hello.
We are going to start looking at life cycles and identifying living and non-living things. 
This week's lesson is in three steps:
 
1. Watch this video from Mr. Okon
 
 
 
2. Check out this SciShow Kids Video to build on what you've learned.  Use the link below the picture.
 
 
 
 
3. Explore the Nat Geo Invertebrates Page.
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Have  a great week! 

Pre-Easter Activities

Pre-Easter Activities

 
All of the activities below this line were set up before Easter.  Check out anything you may have missed and enjoy some old favorites.
 
More educational game links are at the bottom of the page.

Mission Statement

The goal of science education is to develop within students an understanding of the world around us by fostering curiosity, developing inquiry skills, and creating an excitement for learning science.

Course Description

The STEAM lab is essentially a science lab that focuses on using hands on materials to learn about or our world and to design solutions to real world challenges. Each science unit uses the different parts of STEAM every day, but each day of the unit will focus on a particular part.

The Science focus involves learning how our world works through a variety of media.

The Technology focus has 2 parts: First, students will be looking into the progress human have made in dealing with the current topic, Second, students will use the classroom technology to study each topic further and complete projects based on science careers.

The Engineering focus has students using what they have learned to explore different solutions to real world problems using hands on materials and modeling.

The Art focus deals with the development of critical thinking in problem solving, cultural understanding and awareness, and creative experiences and expression for the purpose of cultivating a lifelong appreciation of the arts.

The Math focus centers on tracking our progress in each experiment and measuring the effect of each variable we test.

 
 
 
 
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