MBS Ospreys Soar into the Future

A full-grown osprey has a wing span of up to 6 feet, but only weighs about 4 pounds!  I never knew how interesting these raptors were!  This fall Malletts Bay students chose the osprey as our new school mascot.  So, today Steve Costello from CVPS presented a slide show about Vermont’s osprey to MBS students.  It was fascinating, and we learned so much about the osprey!

Did you know that in the 1960’s osprey were nearly extinct in Vermont?  One reason they came back is because of a woman named Meeri Zetterstrom. Meeri noticed a pair of osprey at Lake Arrowhead in 1988 and worked tirelessly to help them nest and breed.   Steve documented Meeri’s story in his book Meeri Meets the Ospreys: A True Vermont Story of Love and Dedication.

Baby osprey facts captivated many students.  We learned that a baby osprey’s eyes are orange or brown and the adults have yellow eyes. You can tell a baby osprey because the tips of their feathers are white. Baby osprey grow fast . . . they’re born weighing 2 oz. and grow to 4 pounds in 12 short weeks!

We enjoyed the assembly so much we went right back to class and recorded our reactions. Listen to what we thought minutes after the assembly was over.  We learned a lot about the osprey!  Students can visit CVPS’s Osprey website to learn more about this unique bird.

It’s Freezing in Here . . . Brrrrrr

icy waterdropMelting, Evaporating, Condensing, Freezing . . . water, water . . . it’s everywhere.  We’ve been investigating water in all it’s wonderful states!  This week we are wrapping up our unit on States of Matter. We’ve observed water change from a solid to a liquid, from a liquid to a gas, from a gas to a liquid and back to a solid again!

What’s the key to all these changes? HEAT!  Add it to a solid and it becomes a liquid; add it to a liquid and voila-it becomes a gas.  We learned we can reverse these changes by removing heat.  When warm air is cooled, water vapor condenses and becomes a liquid again.

This week we are connecting our knowledge of the states of matter to the water cycle.  The kids loved reading A Drop Around the World by Barbara Shaw McKinney.  They were amazed to learn that the water we drink today is the same water dinosaurs drank!  How can this be?  The WATER CYCLE . . . it cycles water all around the earth and has for millions of years.  Enjoy the video below of our last experiment on freezing.

Math Test Tomorrow

We have a math test tomorrow for unit 2. Today we completed a review in class of the material on tomorrow’s test. We discussed that to prepare for a math test, we need to PRACTICE. Students have the OPPORTUNITY to practice for their test and earn bonus points (5 points!). They have two options to practice:

1. Make a practice test with 20 problems (Must contain a variety of problems). The mathboxes and journal pages are a great place to find math problems for a practice test. Students must complete the practice test and return it tomorrow to recieve the bonus points.

2. Play Jeopardy (unit 2)and keep track of your work on a 4×4 grid. You may get an error message about “macros” and “viruses” . . . this file DOES NOT have a virus, so please ignore the message.  When the Powerpoint opens, click on the slideshow tab and click “from the beginning” to start the game.