Do you know how to make a compass? Ask your local 4th grade student and they can share the details. Today students had a fantastic opportunity to make a compass from household items such as a jar, a needle, a magnet, thread, and a few other items.
Acadia Gurney (a current 10th grade student) joined our class and taught everyone how to make a compass. She started by reviewing the scientific method with students. Each student formed a hypothesis on our abilities to create a compass. Students quickly came to the conclusion that if they carefully followed directions most jars could actually become a functioning compass. Some students had difficulties with the thread, a bent card, or even a needle that lost magnetism. It was a really fun activity for everyone. Thanks again Acadia! Everyone loves their new handcrafted compass.