Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Developing a Model of Earth's Systems

Students were able to choose how to represent their learning.  They could do a poster, 3-D model or an animation.

Students begin the planning and building process.  They began by showing two of Earth's systems interacting. Then, they added a third system.

3-D Models

2-D Models


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Our Kindergarten Buddies

Today was our first day with our Kindergarten friends from
 Mrs. Mariott's class!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Using our five senses to write... and avoid the roofers drilling on the roof

Thanks to Eagle Scout Bryce Hill for making these awesome incredible benches. He 
has truly added a great place to sit and think at Paxton Keeley!

Water Distribution investigation

Students worked to show the distribution of Earth's water.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Landforms and Weather

Students were asked to list as many
examples of landforms that they could.

Then, students were asked to think about
how a landform affects weather and climate 
OR how the weather affects the landform.

Students hit the books!

We discovered that water and wind 
greatly impacts landforms over time.

We also learned that weather patterns are 
dominate with certain landforms.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wind and Waves

Students used a straw, paper fan, and a half plate to create waves.

Students were asked to observe and consider the following:

How does the wind direction affect the waves?
How does wave strength affect wave size?
How does the length of time wind blows affect the waves?
Does the wave energy get stronger or weaker as it travel

Monday, September 7, 2015

Should cursive be taught?

Students were asked if cursive should be taught. While the majority of students said yes, both sides have excellent points!

Two examples of being in favor...

Two examples against...

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Shoreline Erosion Simulation

Students are investigation how water impacts land formation.

Supplies for investigation

Building the shoreline out of sand.

Using the water bottle to create waves.

One group built a shoreline out of gravel. Compare the differences! Which water would you choose to drink?

Students were asking great questions, recording observations, and connecting this investigation to their fourth grade unit on soil erosion. Thank you to our Science Coordinator for the supplies.