Tin Cans needed for STEAM project

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We are in need of clean tin cans for an upcoming project involving our study of waves that we will be working on in a few weeks. So, if you have some soup-sized cans that you were planning on sending to the recycling facility, send them our way this time. We would really appreciate it. When we get what we need, we’ll send out an email. Thanks!

 

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Story Mapping with Pixar Shorts

We have just concluded reading and writing narrative stories in our CKLA reading curriculum, and we have taken a few days to focus more on literary story elements by viewing Pixar movie shorts before moving on to our next CKLA unit. We have analyzed the movie shorts whole class, collaboratively, and individually. As you may have guessed based on the content, our kids have been very engaged in this study.

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Potential vs Kinetic Energy

Here are a few more pics of students learning about potential and kinetic energy as well as how energy transfer works. Students engaged in a lab involving dropping different types of balls and recording data about their bounce heights. They also explored energy transfer by colliding marbles, and they explored energy concepts with rubber band cars.

Marble Collisons

Some days you wish every parent could see what is happening in their child’s classroom. Friday was that kind of day! Students were studying energy transfer: how a rolling marble transferred energy to a still marble on impact, and how the steepness of the incline affected that transfer. Every student was fully engaged. And then…after finishing, one group decided to try the same experiment but using a yardstick, thus changing the length of the inclined ramp. Other groups caught the vision, and suddenly my students became scientists excited to create their own experiments!

More Potential and Kinetic Energy

Testing rubber band powered vehicles on a carpeted floor. How does changing the amount of potential energy, change the amount of kinetic energy? How does today’s data compare to yesterday’s?

Potential and Kinetic Energy

Testing rubber band powered vehicles on a smooth floor. How does changing the amount of potential energy, change the amount of kinetic energy?

Spaghetti Engineering Challenge

The first day of the 2018-19 school year was exciting. Our STEAM challenge: Groups of 4 had 16 minutes, 20 spaghetti noodles, and 1 yard of masking tape to build a tower that would support a jumbo marshmallow on the top.

Summer Math and Reading Opportunities

Summer Math and Reading Opportunities

Dear Parents of EY 4th and 5th graders,

Summer is a great time to shift gears to other activities, spend more time with family, and recharge for the return to school in the fall. Research shows, however, that student achievement in reading and math can decline by one-month’s worth of school learning or more over the summer.

Fortunately for this year’s 4th and 5th graders, they will have access over the summer to reading and math online programs that they have used during the school year. The programs available online are:

Reading:

Kids A-Z (also known as Raz Kids)

https://www.kidsa-z.com/

Math:

Zearn (skills and concepts- this will be set to fractions this summer)

Zearn.org

Xtramath (math fact fluency)

Xtramath.org

If possible, we encourage you to have your child access these programs over the summer to keep their reading and math skills fresh. This will help them start their 5th or 6th grade year with confidence.

Thank you. Have a great summer!

Mr. Evers

Mrs. Keyser

Mrs. Reed

Mrs. Willcuts

Scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Our fifth graders have been reading portions of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” this year.  This unit begins with a review of Shakespeare’s life, and it emphasizes how his plays were popular and written for everyone. Through some close reading, discussion, and a variety of language games, students have become more comfortable with Shakespeare’s language and performing. The culmination of the unit was to act out one of the scenes in the play.

 

Milo McIver Field Trip

Yesterday we visited Milo McIver Park in Estacada. Earlier this year students learned about ecosystems, and they had the opportunity to learn from Ranger Mark Shaw about the common animals that inhabit the McIver Park area. We also toured the fish hatchery there as well. It was great to learn how a fish hatchery operates, and all the math applications that are needed to make it all run smoothly.