"Setting Goals + Working Hard = Reaching Dreams"
Friday, September 27, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
In science, we began talking about Newton's first law of motion. The experiment included a little Panther man, a jeep, and no seatbelt. We demonstrated what happens when we don't wear our seatbelt and discussed how science plays a part in that reaction. Remember- always wear your seatbelt everywhere you go!
In math this week, we have been learning about estimating. We completed this task with rice and beans to discuss estimating. Students had to make an estimate as to how many scoops of rice and beans it would take to fill the cup. We stopped every five scoops to make new predictions. We were surprised to learn that it took three less scoops of rice to fill the cup, compared to beans. Why? This was a lesson I got while attending a science teacher's academy in New York- the Mickelson Exxon Mobile Teachers' Academy.
We conducted an experiment this week to measure speed. We raced the car down the inclined plane and timed it. Then we measured the distance traveled. We discussed things we could do to make the car go faster and the forces that slow the car down.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Using whiteboards is a great, quick way for me to check and see who is getting it and who needs a little more practice. I also love the discussion we can have when we complete problems while using them! On this day, we were practicing four-digit subtraction with a zero.
We started this test in the classroom, but did not have enough room, so we moved it to the hall. This was so much fun to test to see what would happen when we doubled the height of the ramp. The kids had some great predictions about whether the distance would double also or just a little. We also took some time to jot down some new "wonderings" and we tested those too!
We are working really hard to create and record our data using tables and graphs this year in our science notebooks. Here is the first step of our experiment today and next week, we are going to graph the results! Check out Faith's entry today!
Man- I LOVE science! We conducted an experiment today to see how friction affects movement. We tested several objects with three different trials. The first trial was using a white tray. The second trial was to see how the objects moved on a piece of aluminum foil and the third trial was to test to see how the objects would move on a piece of sand paper. The data doesn't lie! Next week, we are going to graph our results!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
On Monday during the beginning of our recess time, we worked in the CCES courtyard, pulling weeds. Fourth grade students do this as a service project for our school. We make sure the weeds are pulled and all the garbage is picked up in this area. A couple years ago, we applied for several grants (and got them) and collaborated with the high school FFA to remake our courtyard area so students could enjoy it and so it would be a nice place to read or have lunch and snack! We completed the project through our math and science content and learned so much about measurement, symmetry, budgets, and plant life!
Haley was chosen as our "Leader of the Month" for the way she has helped and led her classmates this month. She has gone out of her way to help the students in her group whether they needed a pencil or an eraser or just help on a question. Each month, our leader of the month gets to choose a special prize from our treasure chest and Haley chose these awesome teeth! Our class was cracking up!
Today we tested several spheres using an incline plane (ramp) to determine whether the mass of an object would effect the distance traveled. We tested a marble, a ping pong ball, a tennis ball, a baseball, a dodge ball, a golf ball, and a bowling ball. What we found out was exciting!
Students were really thinking after our experiment today to reflect and write down their "wonderings". We are working really hard in Studio 214 to take the time to think about "what would happen if we did this?" Tomorrow we are going to test some of their wonderings from today's experiment and I think through these tests, we will have some big "aha" moments and it teaches us to question.