Brandeis fourth-grade students explored the push and pull of magnets, how magnets attract or repel based on their poles. By touching a plasma ball, students saw how the light attracted to their body heat/touch and changed colors.
Finally, groups created friction by rubbing balloons against wool clothing. They understood that negative charges more easily than positive charges, causing the balloons to attract the cereal. The greater the charge, the more cereal stuck to the balloon.
Penguin Day at Brandeis
Second-grade Brandeis students in Mrs. Liebman’s class celebrated Penguin Day. The children have been learning about penguins for the past several weeks. Each child did research on a particular penguin and wrote a report about it.
The day consisted of activities such as balancing an egg and walking with it like an Emperor Penguin. The children dressed in black and white and had a fun-filled day.
Brandeis Students Explore The Deep Blue Seas
Dr. Nicole Millette from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts, joined Brandeis first- through eighth-graders via Skype to discuss plankton and how it affects ocean animals. She sparked their interest in reading further about this topic. Students are encouraged to read more and borrow or buy books about ocean animals during the Brandeis Spring Book Fair. Students had the opportunity to ask questions about oceanography.
Lattes and Learning With Rabbi Haimoff
Brandeis parents and grandparents gathered for an informational and enjoyable evening with Rabbi Dr. Saul Haimoff. While sipping homemade coffees and enjoying some sweet treats, attendees discussed the punishment Moses received after hitting the rock and disobeying Hashem, and the reason for the severity of his consequences. They spoke about how to bridge the gap between the parent and child generations and explained the importance and relevance of Jewish values in the modern world.
Using a Venn diagram, participants compared what is important to them, what they love, what the world needs, and Jewish values. Community, for example, was a subject that was discussed and its significance in every aspect of our lives.
As parents, it is sometimes difficult to connect with the next generation, and it can be beneficial to learn about unique and exciting ways to engage our children and bridge the gap.
Crystals at Brandeis
Ms. Savoy, Brandeis Middle School science teacher, and her sixth-grade students designed and created their very own crystals. The crystalline structures were then examined further with magnifying glasses and microscopes.