Saturday, October 29, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Found poetry on the American Revolutionary War

Students used "patriotic" and historical, discarded books to craft poems that share what the Declaration of Independence means to them.  

This is no easy task!  Searching for the right word, or looking at a word in a new way, requires much thought and reflection.

Read on to see our creations!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Book Fair Chair Coordinator Needed

PTA is in need of a Bookfair coordinator. The volunteer would coordinate volunteers to ensure that the bookfair runs smoothly. Usually this is done through signup genius.  The coordinator is not responsible for  being at the fair for it’s duration, but may volunteer when needed. The coordinator will work in conjunction with Susan Finke the Media Specialist to plan out volunteer needs for the fair. PTA already has a list of volunteers that can be contacted immediately. Please talk to Susan Finke ( or Kristin Eastman ( if you are interested or have further questions. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Space Systems Abound!

We are beginning week two of our study of space systems.
Students have been having a few experiences to help them understand concepts such as Apparent Motion and the Predictableness of Shadows over time.

Students created a Sky Viewer to help them understand that while it seems like the "sun" is moving across the sky, it is really our earth that is moving through day and night (one rotation of the earth on its axis).

We used some of the resources from the website Mystery Science to develop these ideas!

 The website has many video clips and simulations to help us see the idea of Apparent Motion in a few contexts.
 Who set the first clock?  A few students knew that a long time ago people may have used a sundial to tell time based on the predictable shadows created by the sun. Did you know why the day was divided into 12 hours? The early Egyptians were responsible for this division of time as they would count the segments of their four fingers which made twelve.  Thanks to Mystery Science for the activity!

Students were impressed with how accurate the sundials were in natural and manmade light. 

Facing north, we tracked shadows throughout the day. Students enjoyed revisiting the shadows on day two to discover that the shadow was present at the same time as day one. The length of the shadow and the position of the sun in the sky were topics of discussion as well.

Students will continue to observe and record data to determine patterns from nature!

Friday, October 14, 2016

National dictionary day

Sunday is national dictionary day. Look at these awesome hats to celebrate words!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Research on Explorers, Colonists and First Americans

Students have completed their research and presentations on some early historical groups of people. Students worked individually or with a partner to communicate their information to their peers. In addition to sharing what they have learned, students learned how to "take notes" while hearing a presentation.

We were challenged to listen and summarize important ideas into succinct notes. Our inclination is to record every single word that is shared by the presenter. We know that this important skill takes time and practice to learn!  

View a few of our presentations!

Science Public Service Announcements

Students read and researched content related to how humans impact the land, the air, the water, vegetation, and space.

Students collected information related to all areas and then chose one to present further information on. The intent is to change human behavior!  Students were challenged to find strong images and statistics to help persuade the audience. Check these out to see how they did!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Developing a Model of Earth's Systems

         Students created a model of Earth's Systems by choosing if they wanted to make a 3-D or a 2-D model.  They were able to choose their materials and think about which systems they wanted to include. Each model needed to include at least two of the systems that we explored this month.  Most students found that it was more natural to include all four! Can you identify the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere in these photos?