Tuesday, September 30

Scientists also are very good at math! Below is a short video of our timed center math today. Everyone did such a good job reviewing all the concepts from Chapter 2! Remember you'll have to be using Internet Explorer to see the video!

In Science we conducted an experiment to see which brand of paper towel would hold up the best when wet. We used the Scientific Method to work through the lab and everyone cooperated so well with their groups! Here are some pictures!
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Carefully counting the drops!

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How many will it hold??

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Great cooperation!


Monday, September 29

We took notes on the steps in the Scientific Method. We also watched a short video about the Scientific Method. We will be conducting a lab tomorrow so our homework is a crossword puzzle which will help us become more familiar with the vocabulary of the Scientific Method.
Here is the PowerPoint we used while we took notes:

Thursday, September 25

Today we took a quick open note quiz to see how much we had learned (and kept organized) about lab safety.
We observed some pictures with students doing dangerous things in the lab, and used our Writers to describe each situation. We then learned all about the lab tools we will be using during our labs this year. We labeled a worksheet as we went through each piece.
Here is the worksheet -

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Wednesday, September 24

Today we came up with rules we thought would be important if we owned a science lab of our own. We used our Writers to create our list. We then read through 15 basic lab rules that are followed in most science labs.
This is the sheet we used:
We began working on a colored cartoon illustration that teaches one of the 15 rules. We also went over the rubric that will be used to grade our cartoons. The cartoon is due Friday. Here is the rubric.

Tuesday, September 23

Today we took a quick open note quiz to see how much we had learned (and kept organized) about lab safety. We then learned all about the lab tools we will be using during our labs this year. We labeled a worksheet as we went through each piece.
Here is the worksheet -
We got to choose a piece of the equipment, and with our table team we have to make a presentation on Friday trying to convince everyone that our piece is the most important in the lab!
Here is a picture collection video of us working today! You'll need to be using Internet Explorer instead of Firefox to view it!



Monday, September 22

Today we came up with rules we thought would be important if we owned a science lab of our own. We used our Writers to create our list. We then read through 15 basic lab rules that are followed in most science labs.
This is the sheet we used:
We began working on a colored cartoon illustration that teaches one of the 15 rules. We also went over the rubric that will be used to grade our cartoons. The cartoon is due Friday. Here is the rubric.

Thursday, September 18

We discussed the very important skill of a scientist today - following directions! We participated in several activities where we had to follow oral and written directions in order to be successful! Ask us if our homemade cups leaked and we ended up getting wet! We also reflected on our learning by using our Writers to summarize some of the things we learned today!
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Wednesday, September 17

Today the 1st Core group conducted some investigations on how observant scientists need to be. We studied a tray of items for a minute and then tried to answer some questions after the items were re-covered. We also completed a mini-lab where we looked carefully at pennies to see how our drawings from memory changed as we were allowed more time to observe them. We observed changes that occurred when our pennies were exposed to a salt and vinegar mixture.
Here is the lab sheet we used -



Tuesday, September 16

We discussed the very important skill of a scientist today - following directions! We participated in several activities where we had to follow oral and written directions in order to be successful! Ask us if our homemade cups leaked and we ended up getting wet! We also reflected on our learning by using our Writers to summarize some of the things we learned today!
Here are some pictures of us working hard!

Monday, September 15

Today the 2nd Core group conducted some investigations on how observant scientists need to be. We studied a tray of items for a minute and then tried to answer some questions after the items were re-covered. We also completed a mini-lab where we looked carefully at pennies to see how our drawings from memory changed as we were allowed more time to observe them. We observed changes that occurred when our pennies were exposed to a salt and vinegar mixture.
Here is the lab sheet we used -



Friday, September 12

Both groups used their Writers to take a quiz on what we have learned so far about Scientific Inquiry
Here is the quiz we took -

Thursday, September 11

We played BINGO with our Super Scientist boards.
We then learned about Scientific Inquiry and how important this process is to scientists.
Here is the PowerPoint we used. You may not be able to view the video clips, but you can make sure you have the written information in your notes. -

Wednesday, September 10

Today the 1st Core group thought about and discussed what it means to "do" Science.
They worked with their table groups to come up with answers to various questions about science.
Here are their results:
We also completed a coded sheet about 34 kinds of scientists and discussed the jobs of each of them.
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Tonight we will be building a Super Scientist Bingo card so we can have fun learning about all the science careers available to us!

Tuesday, September 9

We played BINGO with our Super Scientist boards.
We then learned about Scientific Inquiry and how important this process is to scientists.
Here is the PowerPoint we used. You may not be able to view the video clips, but you can make sure you have the written information in your notes. -

Monday, September 8

Today the 2nd Core group thought about and discussed what it means to "do" Science.
They worked with their table groups to come up with answers to various questions about science.
Here are their results:
We also completed a coded sheet about 34 kinds of scientists and discussed the jobs of each of them.
Front - Back -
Tonight we will be building a Super Scientist Bingo card so we can have fun learning about all the science careers available to us!

Friday, September 5

My homeroom worked very hard today putting together their PowerPoint Photo Shoot!
Here are the directions we used to create them.
I will post a link to the completed projects very soon!!

Thursday, September 4

Today was my homeroom's turn to take science for 2 days (see our revised schedule at the "Parents' Reef"). We followed the same lesson the other group participated in on Tuesday, September 2nd! Check back tomorrow to see this group's finished products!

Wednesday, September 3

Today we learned some basics about PowerPoint. Our teams each used a laptop to place our photos into a presentation. Some of us added sound, text, and cool slide transitions!

To see our slide shows click HERE!

These are the directions we followed to create our presentations:

Tuesday, September 2

We began a project to learn about the set of 12 digital cameras we have in our classroom. We will be using these cameras all the time to document what we are doing in the science lab! This is what they look like:
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Hamilton Explorer

First we watched the video below to talk about some picture taking tips!

This video came from Here
We selected one of the three possible themes with our group, planned our picture taking, signed the care agreement, and went out to photograph interesting images! Here is the form we worked on today!