Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Day 124 - Burlington Science Center's Superfish Program! - Mrs. Parnell - Pine Glen Kindergarten

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Mr. Musselman of the Science Center was in to share his Superfish presentation today.  Our kindergarten marine biologist students learned about vertebrates and invertebrates, covering many of the creatures we expect to see when we visit the aquarium next week!

The first creature comes from an unexpected animal family for the aquarium, the bird family!  We learned about penguins.  They have beaks and feathers and can be many sizes.

Then we explored invertebrates, particularly the mollusks.  We noted their exoskeletons and discovered other commonalities.  We learned that each of the ones we talked about are filter feeders.  The oyster lives in the tide pools and eat algae.  The clams live in the sand of the beach and use their strong muscle (like a tongue) to burrow in the sand for safety from the birds.  We also witnessed scallops and mussels, Mr. Musselman's favorite! 

We also learned about sea stars and the strong suction they have to open the bi-valve animals when they eat.  The lobsters have very large strong claws to help them eat!

Students impressed Mr. Musselman as they directed him as he assembled is superfish model  We knew the many parts of the fish!

Finally we observed a very smart creature, the octopus!  Like the sea star he uses very strong suction cups that are along its tentacles.  The octopus can outsmart it's prey by changing its colors to lure prey towards it or scare away a predator.  Finally, they may squirt their ink out to scare away or or confuse other creatures.  The New England Aquarium octopus is so clever, he has even been caught trying to escape, or grab a snack in the neighboring tank!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Day 123 - Stream Table Demonstration - Mr. Daley - Fox Hill Grade 4

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Today, Mr. Musselman, from the Burlington Science Center, visited Fox Hill 4th graders to lead a "stream table demonstration" as part of our Weathering and Erosion science unit. During the 45-minute hands-on activity, students recreated models of river systems in table top experiments. The demonstration advanced students’ qualitative understanding of how rivers shape the Earth’s surface while explicitly providing opportunities to develop their science practices such as observation, modeling, and experimentation. Students gained knowledge that the angle and amount of water flow affect the shape of a river and observed the surface features that resulted. Following are some photos of our Room 20 scientists "in action" at today's stream table activity. Enjoy! (Thanks to Mrs. Hevey for serving as today's photographer!)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Day 122 - Bridges Week 4: Lifelong Teaching and Learning - Mrs. Warford - Memorial School Grade 4

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The focus on today's Bridges session was on lifelong teaching and learning. Students and seniors prepared a short lesson on a topic of their choice or a skill they have. What a fun time! Making leis, golfing, playing Farkle, rugby, hockey, setting a dinner table, and exercising were just a few of the things happening in room 228!