Third grade students have been working on creating stop motion animation on the moon phases. You can click below for those finished projects.
As classes finish I will make a compilation video of all the projects and will post them below.
The Arlington DC group found a way for people to search their relatives that are buired at the cemetry.
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First grade is working on measuring "from edge to edge." Last week we finished up finding out who was the tallest person. This week we took a leap to see who can do the longest standing long jump. These pictures are from Mrs. Renigar's class.
I can not believe that the end of school has happened! As I closed my classroom doors this afternoon for the last time this school year, I was thinking about what a great year it was. It was the first time I was able to take the second grade to dip net; first graders were able to learn about the two most common birds on our campus (the robin and cardinal, some got to know the mockingbird as well) and to identify their songs; the awesome time the third graders got a closer look at the Apollo, Shuttle and Mars rover missions. There are so many more.
In the last quarter fifth graders were learning about motion and basic physics. As a last fun project, the students, in groups, had to create a "lunar rover" that can be self-propelled, travel over a foot of gravel and keep the astronaut (which is strangely similar to an egg) alive. Below are some of attempts.
It's that time of year for work in the third grade garden. This year while we were weeding and turning the soil we came across these mammoth carrots! They were planted by last years third graders. Hopefully this years crop will come up while we are still in school and not over the summer. Cross those fingers!
Today Mrs. Hahn's class earned extra science time. They chose to do some rocket fun. The first one that they watched was a tea bag "rocket". We took a tea bag and cut of the string and emptied out the tea. That left us with a cylinder of light weight paper. We lit the paper and watched what would happened. You can watch the video below. The flame created by burning the tea bag heated the air inside the cylinder. This made the air less dense and it rose above the cooler, more dense air. When the tea bag burned it left behind ash that was light enough that it did not need much force to lift it. It also had so little mass that it floated back down slowly.
Then we took it out side. After much fixing, we finally got the water bottle rocket launcher working. We talked about how the air pressure was built up by the bicycle pump and it wanted to be released. By releasing the ring that held the bottle on to the launcher, the air pushed the bottle several yards into the air. Bonus, the kids got to see me and Will get soaking wet from the last rocket.
Today Ms.Lemmon's class got to enjoy extra science lab time for behaving well for the last quarter. Their class chose to see what happens when you add Mentos to soda. We also wanted to see if there was a difference between using a mint Mentos and a fruit flavored one. Once we decided that the mint Mentos did the best job, we wanted to find out what soda created the largest reaction. This one, I will keep secret and let you find out.
Above is the soda that made the largest reaction and below is the soda with the smallest reaction.
And just for fun, we wanted to see what 5 Mentos would look like in the secret soda.
I came across this video on Sunday morning and I could not resist posting it. To say it is on the ridiculous side is an understatement, but I love me some NASA!
I know this is not an exciting post, but the easiest way to log information for the staff meeting. I decided to use a Webcounter for my Weebly to help decided what best to spend my time doing. Here is the web site I used:
But it is easy enough to google for free counters. I have one on my home page and on another page.
In regards to the Weebly. Super Easy. I have really found it helpful in finding safe sites for student internet research. I even dragged my laptop with me when I took a fifth grade class to the Media Computer lab. While they were doing research and needing another site or could not find information, I would locate a new website and then publish a new button. Super easy and keeps the kids from Googling anything not appropreate by accident.
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