Math Test Tomorrow

We have finished unit 5, and it’s time to practice for our test tomorrow! Students that make a practice test or complete the Jeopardy game will earn an EXTRA 5 points on their test!! Remember that once you open the Powerpoint presentation . . . you need to play the SLIDESHOW to play the game.

Let’s play Jeopardy!

Oobleck: Solid, Liquid or Gas?

Yesterday in science we explored oobleck. Our task was to observed oobleck and list its properties. Students had to decided whether each property was consistent with a solid, a liquid or a gas. It was not easy and in the end we had about a 2/3 to 1/3 split. Most of the class thought it acted more like a solid and some thought it was more like a liquid. Truthfully, it has the properties of both 🙂

Below are a few videos of students sharing their thinking about oobleck!

Welcome Miss Di Tullio!

I am pleased to announce we will have a student teacher this spring!  Miss Kim Di Tullio, a student at Saint Michael’s College, will join us after our holiday break.  Miss Di Tullio stopped by to spend time with us the past two Fridays in an effort to get to know our class.  We’ve already got her blogging on our class blog! Welcome Miss Di Tullio!

S’Cool is Cool!

Last week we began our Weather and Matter unit.  In this unit we will explore weather and the the role states of matter play in our water cycle.  One exciting part of this unit is collecting weather and cloud data for a NASA project called S’Cool.

S’Cool is a branch of NASA that uses satellites (aqua & terra) to investigate the role clouds play in the heating and cooling of Earth.  This project relies on children around the world to observe clouds and collect local weather data (temperature etc.) to compare to satellite data.  To prepare for this important work, we began by collecting local weather data and learning about the instruments meteorologists use to collect weather data.  We use weatherunderground.com to collect current data.  Their weather station is on Belair Drive in Colchester!

Each day S’Cool sends us the time the satellites pass over Colchester.   We must make our observations within 15 minutes of this time for the data to be valid.  Monday was our first day of collecting and uploading data into the S’cool website.  The S’Cool website has a page devoted to kids, so check it out! Ask your child to tell you what type of clouds they think are in the pictures below.  If you hover over them with your mouse, the name of the cloud will appear.

Altocumulus

Cirrus