Monday, October 23, 2017

Day 34 - Elementary Schools start implementing KTL- Comprehension


Grade Two students have been working with two-column notes to help revisit some stories that they have been reading. They have been learning about Problem/Solution within a text. Here they are working independently to find the different solutions that were tried by the characters in their story, Pinky the Pig. We did the first two solutions together and then they completed the others on their own. They then used the two-column note to help them retell the story. They really enjoyed this activity.













Friday, October 20, 2017

Day 33 - Sphero - Mrs. Tate - MSMS Grade 6


Several middle school students have been learning how to program Sphero during Activity Block on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Students have been working on writing a code for Sphero to complete several challenges including:
  1. Stopping in a specific spot
  2. Going in a straight line and stopping in a specific spot
  3. Following the path of a “lightning bolt”
  4. Completing a maze
  5. Tracing the path around a table
  6. Following a path through the library stacks
Some students have been successful with almost all of these challenges and are now coding their Sphero to complete a difficult obstacle course with ramps!  Here are some pictures and videos of these challenges.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Day 32 - Patterns in the sky - Mrs. Maiorana - Francis Wyman Grade 1

This post first appeared on Mrs. Maiorana's Blog

One of our topics of study in first-grade science is understanding patterns in the sky. We want students to know that the sun and moon rise in the east, seem to travel across the sky, and set in the west.

Recently, Mr. Musselman came to help us with our "Shadows Investigation" where students observed how their shadows changed throughout the day. In the morning, the shadows were longer than in the afternoon.



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Day 31 - Scientists in Action - Mr. Daley - Fox Hill Grade 4

This post first appeared on Mr. Daley's Blog 

As part of our science unit on Plant & Animal Structure and Functions, students have been testing different materials for "picking up and dropping off pollen from one flower model to another" in preparation for their designing and building hand pollinators. I captured our "scientists in action" this week as they conducted their "fair" tests, being careful that variables were controlled for each investigation.






Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Day 30 - Invertebrate Safari - Mrs. Lynch - Francis Wyman Grade 5

This post first appeared on Mrs. Lynch's Blog


The Land of the Lost Invertebrates

What Makes an Invertebrate an Invertebrate





As we finish our explorations of the elusive invertebrates, students became the scientists in the Land of the Lost Invertebrates. They were met with these curious creatures, rain forest sounds, binoculars and fact cards (another student's animal riddle card.)




Once they explored all of these unique critters they went back to their newly identified animal and presented their findings to their fellow investigators. The results were impressive. All of the animals were correctly identified. 

The students were asked to observe all of the animal inhabitants prior to deciding which animal they were searching for. Clues on the card broke down animal structures, features, habitat, eating habits and more.



Finally, the scientists will work together to determine the traits of these strange lost creatures. I'm sure they will be able to identify the structures, characteristics, environments, eating habits and more of these less familiar inhabitants from our own scientific explorations. In the end, the students will break down mollusks, marine invertebrates, crustaceans, worms, insects and arthropods both myriapods and arachnids. Our study of the invertebrates will be wrapping up shortly!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Day 29 - Scientists in Action - Mr. Daley - Fox Hill Grade 4

This post first appeared on Mr. Daley's Blog

As part of our science unit on Plant & Animal Structure and Functions, students have been testing different materials for "picking up and dropping off pollen from one flower model to another" in preparation for their designing and building hand pollinators. I captured our "scientists in action" this week as they conducted their "fair" tests, being careful that variables were controlled for each investigation.







Friday, October 13, 2017

Day 28 - Farm Chores in the Cub Cadets - Mrs. Bottiglio - Burlington Early Childhood Center


(Collecting Eggs and Selling Eggs at a Farm Stand)
(Milking Cows)
During our Harvest unit, our class has been busy doing farm chores.  In our dramatic play area, we had a hen house where we need to collect the eggs from under the hens.  After we collect the eggs in a basket, we then transferred the eggs to cartons.  Then we put the eggs in a farm stand so we can then sell the “farm fresh” eggs.  

We also had been learning why farmers need animals on the farm.  The children have had the experience to “milk” cows.  We created cows and placed “milk” (white paint with water) in rubber gloves.  A small hole was made in the gloves and children had to squeeze the milk out while balancing on a peg stool.  It was fun doing chores on the farm.