Global Learning Center

Welcome to the Grafflin Global Learning Center.  We are committed to connecting students, teachers, and families with the books they'll never forget and the resources they need to succeed.


To access our Research Resources page, please email our library media specialist below for the password. 

Ellen Paradiso
ELParadiso@cscd.ws

Click here to view the Winter Home STEAM Challenge Gallery featuring student ***S*N*O*W*** projects!  If your child doesn't know the password, please email ELParadiso@ccsd.ws for exclusive Grafflin access.

Winter Home STEAM Challenge

Challenge Video

 

Imagine you meet someone who has never seen, touched, tasted, or smelled snow before. Maybe an alien or someone from a warmer climate. How would you show them what you know about snow? Watch the video to find out more.  Video transcript is also available above. 

 

Video Transcript

This fall Grafflin was invaded by scarecrows. This winter a flurry of activity is storming over Grafflin School. Your mission, should you accept it, is the study of snow. Imagine you meet someone who has never seen, touched, tasted, or smelled snow before. Maybe an alien or someone from a warmer climate. How would you show them what you know about snow? Would you…?

Create a 3D model of a snowflake

Design and build an igloo out of snow or other materials

Choreograph a snow dance

Invent a new kind of sled or build an epic but safe sledding ramp

Compose a song that sounds like snow

Research and show how fractal geometry applies to snowflakes

Design a new toy to use in the snow

Photograph how the world around you changes when it snows

Design a snow obstacle course for friends or siblings

Study the physics of snowboarding

Or make snow ice cream. Yum!

As you embark on your study of snow, think to yourself:

“What do I know about snow?”

“What do I wonder about snow?”

“What can I learn about snow this winter?”

These are your challenge guidelines.

1. Your project probably stays at home or in some cases out in your backyard. As a rule, if it melts, it stays home.

2. Your family can send in photos or short video of you engaged in the inquiry and design process for your study of snow. We will post the media your families send in on the new Global Learning Center website so include your face in the pictures only if you want your face to appear on the website.

3. Try to include the design process in your photos or short videos. It’s easy to still take pictures of yourself in the think, make, and reflect stages without including your face. Feel free to get creative with how you showcase your work.

4. This project is totally optional and there is no deadline. We’ll keep studying snow as long as it makes sense to study snow.

Searching for inspiration? Visit Wonderopolis.Org, search the keyword, “snow,” and stoke your curiosity about the wonders of the water cycle.

When your snow inquiry is coming to a close, have your family email pictures and very short videos of your work to ELParadiso@ccsd.ws

Credits read:

This video was created using free stock photography, video footage, and music.  Credits available at http://bit.ly/2yuMIWQ

For more information visit the new Global Learning Center webpage.


 

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