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Please consider a small tax deductible donation to our headset project.  I am excited about going wireless with our ipads.  I like the idea of making a smooth transition to skill building time or more importantly, for them to start their careers as researchers.

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Our big goal right now is to make posters about different countries as we try to "travel" around the world during the holidays.  This means that we have to gather facts and summarize what we learn!  We also have to keep track of our research materials so that we can refer back to them.  For a first big adventure in research, things are going GREAT.  We'll share the results of our efforts as soon as possible.

Thanks for your great kids!
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Wonderopolis - edition 1

We have just completed our first non-fiction magazine.  Students gained an understanding of:

Reading for information.Using text features to help them understand their reading, like bold print, maps, headings and pictures and captions.Weaving facts into a non-fiction story or an article. I am working on the most efficient way to "publish the magazine."  I have just 4 copies this time.  In seeing the results, I have some ideas about how students can learn from this first experience.  This is an exciting way for us to work together to create a project as well as gain more writing experience.  You can see the "magazine" below by following this link.  Students will take home their piece of the magazine and they will take turns bringing the 4 copies home to share after the break.  

Wonderopolis - Edition 1

The Planetarium

Today we took a visit to the Planetarium.  The second grade curriculum involves talking about eclipses, constellations and "faces" or phases in the moon.  Most students chose to write about the eclipse, but 1 student remembered the moon witch that some cultures see in the moon.  Here are just a few of the entries from our notebooks.

The Bill Project

This picture is from a couple of weeks ago when we worked with Bill Morgner again from Midcoast Energy.  The challenge was to see high high we could blow water up through a tube.  Bill and Marsha taped the tubes to a yard stick and then filled the tubes partway with water.  We had to level the water at the desk and then each student took turns blowing the water while the other student took measurements.  This activity involved watching air pressure at work and math.  One student also said that it was very important to work with your partner otherwise you might get WET!  Thank you to Bill for all of his time with us.  We are lucky to get one more session with him.

The plumbers continue their work!

Today their task was to solve the problem of getting water to our faraway school garden.  They made models or garden sprinklers and then we filled the models with water outside.  Some of them were able to use gravity and air pressure to create a strong stream of water.

FARMS kitchen

We had a great time at FARMS kitchen.  The recipes were all about pumpkins.  We made pumpkin soup, pumpkin corn bread and roasted pumpkin.  The kids really liked the pumpkin bread and the pumpkin soup.  They were surprised that we had to scoop out the pumpkin pulp.  Kaydence, Alex and Brayden, Miriam, Spencer and Laurelai were part of the pumpkin bread team.  While we were waiting for dishes to come out of the oven we drew Halloween pictures and Karen Kleinkoph read a story about the pumpkin life cycle.  

Science Friday - 3 Little Pigs

October is Fairy Tale month.  On Thursday, students learned my epilogue of "The Three Little Pigs."  In some versions of tale, pigs "1" and "2" end up living with pig "3" happily ever after.  Yes, this is true, but eventually the pigs start tiring of sharing such a small space.  In order, to stay in the "happily ever after" place that all fairy tales end with, pigs "1" and "2" decide to go out and find other living accommodations.  Instead of building houses, they are going shopping for a house. 

The students' job was to build models of houses that a pig might choose to buy.  Prior to building students talked about the type of materials available to them, the properties each material offered to make for a great house.  We talked about strength, size, texture and shape as properties that would guide choices for building.  Here is a link to our models: