• Poster for the Big Race

    Posted by Martha Wells on 2/14/2020 9:30:00 AM

    The students continue reading Stone Fox.  We have been working on cause and effect, as we know that Grandfather did not pay the taxes for ten years causing Mr Snyder to demand payment.  We also know that Little Willy is determined to enter the dog race.  In order to understand a little more about a dog race in the snow, we watched a youtube on the Iditarod and read more information about it.  Our big project is designing a poster to entice people to enter a dog race. 

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  • Stone Fox

    Posted by Martha Wells on 2/7/2020 9:30:00 AM

    We can hardly wait to continue reading Stone Fox. It is both exciting and suspenseful with Willy and Searchlight having to save the farm from the tax collector!  

    The students have been writing a variety of responses:

    cause & effect: ex. Grandfather owed $500, so Clifford Synder demands payment

    character development: protagonist vs antagonist; internal vs external attributes

    quick writes: what surprised me

     

    Great discussions are happening as well. All students are feeling confident and comfortable to read aloud to the class.  

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  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

    Posted by Martha Wells on 1/31/2020 7:50:00 AM

    We are reading the fantastic historical fiction, Stone Fox, by John Reynolds Gardiner.  It is a terrific book for second and third graders to read, and so far the class is clamoring to read more at the end of each class.  Along with reading, the students are writing a variety of responses in their reading journals including character development of both the protagonist & antagonist, character traits, cause & effect, plot, etc.   We will continue reading this novel through the end of February.      

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  • Three States of Matter and an Epic Fail!

    Posted by Martha Wells on 12/20/2019 12:05:00 PM

    We had been studying the Three States of Matter.  Please ask your scientist how molecules act in the three different states and how the three different states are represented in the water cycle. 

    I tried to have a awesome lab: determining what state of matter OOBLECK is!  Somehow, the cornstarch and water didn't cooperate and just stayed in their original state, so we will have a redo when we get back in January. 

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  • Three States of Matter

    Posted by Martha Wells on 12/6/2019 3:15:00 PM

    Moving like molecules is a really fun way to learn about the three states of matter.  Solids have molecules that move slightly, have a shape and have volume; liquids have molecules that move a lot, take the shape of its container and have volume, while gas has molecules that are free forming and have volume.  

    The students have been busy writing in their notebooks about the three states of matter.

    At the same time, these scientists are learning about the Water Cycle particularly condensation. We have completed two labs regarding condensation with cups of cold water and warm breath on cold windows...water vapor is a curious thing.

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  • Clouds can predict the weather

    Posted by Martha Wells on 11/25/2019 12:00:00 PM

    We have been busy with two science concepts: how clouds can help us predict the weather and the water cycle.  We have been reading non-fiction and taking notes, watching Mystery Science youtubes and discussing the different kinds of clouds and the weather they bring.  We have learned that the size and location of clouds help us understand the weather.  Cirrus, Stratus and Cumulus are the three main cloud types and within those groups there are many other combination clouds like altocumulus, cumulonimbus, stratonimbus, and cumuluscongestus.  

    We started studying the water cycle with a lab of making a water cycle in a ziplock bag and tapping it to the outside window.  We have been making observations and documenting what we have seen--a lot of evaporation and condesenation on the side of the bags.

    We did a lab: Gas Lab about evaporation.  Please ask your scientist about it. 

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  • CLOUDS!

    Posted by Martha Wells on 10/31/2019 8:50:00 AM

    We having been studying CLOUDS.  The students are very knowledgable about the three main types of clouds, Cirrus, Strata and Cumulus, and variations; where they are located in the sky, low clouds, midlevel clouds, or top clouds; and how they help us predicate the weather.  

    The students have just begun studying the water cycle in relation to clouds.  Their lab: water cycle in a ziplock bag is tapped to our windows for observations of evaporation and condensation.

     

    Next week: Tricia, school principal, will be reading to us. 

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  • Science: Weather and Climate

    Posted by Martha Wells on 10/1/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Last week, your students investigated the difference between climate and weather.   This week, we will be learning all about the eight tools used by meterologists to predict the weather. 

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  • Science Unit: Weather and Climate

    Posted by Martha Wells on 9/18/2019 11:00:00 AM

    The science focus for the most of this semester is Weather & Climate.  There will be plenty of hands-on labs for the students to participate in.  

    The following is the description of the unit study from the BISD Science Center. 

    Weather

    The unit begins with weather elements so that students can move to understanding seasonal weather patterns.

    Too much precipitation too fast resulting in a salmon stream overflowing onto a road. 

    Seasonal weather patterns - November is consistently a very rainy month

     

    Geography

    Geography of Pacific Ocean & Olympic Mountains

    Water flows down from the Olympics to the Skokomish.

    This area of Highway 101 is in a floodplain.

     

    Salmon Life Cycle

    November is when the salmon are coming up the river to spawn.  

     

    Why doesn’t the dam help avoid flooding?

    Dams on the river do not manage flood waters - they are used for hydroelectricity for Tacoma.

     

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