Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Matter Hat

You might not know this, but your second grader has been stranded on a deserted island.  We are going to be taking on some "what if" tasks to support our learning about states of matter and their properties.

The first task was to design a hat from various house hold items that would protect them from the sun on the island.  Thinking about the properties of different materials, children had to tape together an arrangement of a hat.  It was so much fun that even 7th/8th grade Science Teacher, Mr. Stenstrom stopped by!  Here is a link for more pictures:

The Matter Hat

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

African Animal Slide Show

Here are the slide shows.  Please enjoy and notice the students' ability to collect facts and turn them into sentences, as well as the arrangement of each slide.

Benjamin's Crocodile Show

Braden's African Civet Show

James' Bush Baby Show

Mackenzie's Hedgehog Show

Jonah's Warthog Show

Camden's Flamingo Show

Tanner's Hyena Show

Riley's Warthog Show

Franklyn's Warthog Show

Harmony's Leopard Show

Molly's Jackal Show

Sawyer's Cheetah Show

Garret's Zebra Show

Vivian's Jackal Show

Sidney's Cheetah Show

Back yard Pictures and YES! The Africa Slide Shows are DONE!

Here is a fun collection of pictures.  First, we spent outdoor classroom last Friday doing a scavenger hunt.  It was a simple activity but fun to see the kids scramble around to search for simple items, like acorns, pine cones and 3 foot long sticks.  Some of us had a little time to make a nature design with our found items.

Here is the link to a couple more pictures:  Pictures from the woods.

ALSO, WE ARE DONE WITH OUR AFRICAN ANIMAL SLIDE SHOWS.  I am very pleased to have done this with them.  You will get a hard copy of them on Friday.  I am working on loading them to this site so that the kids can read them to you.  Here is a picture of our bulletin board:

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Race car measurement

A couple of weeks ago now, we used race cars and ramps to think about measurement.  The job was to build ramps, measure them, and determine which ramp would make their car go the farthest.  Along with measurement, we learned about gravity and momentum during this experiment.
Here are a couple of moments from FARMS Kitchen.  We had a great time learning about African cuisine and becoming more expert at kitchen skills.  I was very impressed with their efforts, manners and sense of adventure in trying new food.