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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.
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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:

Moving Water!

We learned SO much today from Bill Morgner of Midcoast Energy Systems.  He came in this afternoon with bean bags, tennis balls, pipes, and pipe fittings.  Check out these pictures to get a look at your children plumbing with pipes and balls.

Here is a link to the album that highlights our afternoon with Bill.
Look!  Up in the air!  It's a bird, it's a plane,'s a community superhero!  These portraits are a result of our discussion about the roles people play to make a community successful.

Carrying Water

Today for Science Friday, we talked about communities that don't have running water. Below is a link to a youtube clip that highlights Massai Women and how clean water has changed their lives.  Children were surprised to hear that this was not a thing of the past.  Communities in developing countries are challenged by fulfilling this critical need today.  Here is the link:

Massai Women, Clean Water Project

We followed the video up with the challenge of moving water from one spot in the classroom to another.  One team was able to move 6 inches of water and one team was able to move 7 inches of water.  Prior to checking the results we talked about sportsmanship.  This group is energetic, but generally seems tuned in to others' feelings.  It is so much fun to be a part of their second grade year.

I am very much looking forward to our visit with Bill Morgner of Midcoast Energy next week.  I think we all get how important clean, running water is now and I think the children will a…

Community Needs

We had such a great time on Friday.  We worked on community needs for both Social Studies and Science.  We built simple bridges to connect the Roxaboxen community together on our bird's eye map and then we talk about the importance of water to a community.  Students spent all afternoon designing everything from water catchers to septic systems.  One surprise for me was when students added little squares of fabric to their designs and called them sanitation mats.   The purpose the mats was to trap the dirt in water.  We talked about clean water and they came up with their own way to filter it!!  

We'll continue this week designing and building around community needs.  We will then host Bill Morgner of Midcoast Energy Systems at the end of the month.

Here is a link to more photos.  Thanks in advance for your patience with my photography skills.