Hello everyone! It has been way too long since my last post. I always think that the start of the school year will be the busiest, but then the last weeks of school roll around and I cannot believe how swamped I am. With 10 days left of school we have Move up week (yup – WEEK), Rally tests to score, phonics screenings, Dibels, report cards, conferences, cumulative folders award ceremonies, and field day. My head is swimming. In the past few weeks we finished our unit on plants. Our hydroponic celery eventually wilted and the sweet potato never grew at all. However check out our corn it was amazing!
|Sweet Potato & Celery|
|Big Bushy Corn… Neat!|
During science we did an experiment with paper airplanes. I got the idea from this website: http://srel.uga.edu/kidsdoscience/kidsdoscience-airplanes.htm
I printed one color copy of each of the directions sheets and divided my class up into groups. Each group received directions for a different paper airplane each day for 4 days. The group was responsible for reading and following the directions together, I told them I would not help them and that they had to rely on one another to figure it out. They complained a bit, but did eventually realize that they were as capable as I know they are, and they read and followed the directions just fine. On Friday students wrote predictions about which plane they had made they think would fly the farthest, and why. Then in throe group they agreed upon their best example of each of the planes they had folded (there are more than 4 planes in the experiment so groups did not make all of the options). Then we brought a recording sheet, meter sticks, and our planes outside to test which ones flew the fastest. Students recorded the distance that the farthest plane in their group flew, and wrote their hypothesis about why they flew that far. They had an awesome time!
|Sharing a directions sheet|
|You mean we get to finally throw them now? YEEEEAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!|
|We used teamwork to measure and record our data.|
|We had an awesome time!!!!|
Have a great week!