Since they cannot do anything about the frigid temperatures outside, creative teachers are developing new lessons inspired by cold weather.
Christopher Traugott walked into his workshop at Waterfront Elementary School and saw water rising through the concrete floor. He called the custodian about the broken pipe. But he also set his students to work figuring out why the pipe broke.
“We have water in the room,” Traugott announced to his eighth grade technology class. “Why do we have water in the room?”
After a week, the students learned about water properties, freezing temperatures, plumbing, and had researched pipe repair. They practiced using blow torches so they could make their own repairs for copper pipes in class.
Many teachers have done more than endure the unusually cold winter. From water properties to thermometer readings and snow measurements, teachers have designed new lessons using the cold weather as an opportunity for learning.