Monthly Archives: September 2013

STEM – Insulated Cup Project

Last week our students engaged in our first STEM activity this year. Student groups were given the task of developing a hot beverage cup that would be a good insulator. Specifications were to use materials supplied in the classroom, not include a lid, and fit in a typical car cup holder. Each group collaborated to generate and sketch ideas and write a proposal. Once their proposals were submitted, students began construction. Chapters Books generously donated sixty 16 oz paper cups for our project, which enabled us to provide each group with two cups to use for the activity.

The day following construction, each group used  Vernier temperature probes along with either a Labquest handheld (borrowed from MVMS) or laptop to record, monitor and analyze data (starting temp, ending temp, and temp difference after 5 min) . After recording data, our students analyzed the data collected in a spreadsheet to find out which student group cups were the best insulators, and why they were so effective.

Parents will be able to view the students’ cups  on Back to School Night along with the their analysis work.

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Exploring US Geography with Google Earth

Today we kicked off our geography unit by using Google Earth to explore landmarks across the United States. Next week we will focus on geography of the Pacific Northwest.

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Great First Day!

We had a great first day today. Besides going over rules and procedures, our students participated in a mixer activity, used iPads to participate in a poll about math facts, constructed a line plot graph, and began using student planners.

Just a reminder that the first math timing is due tomorrow. Directions are printed on the back side of the timing sheet.

Finally, be sure to sign up for Remind101. Details are on the information slip included with the parent packet given out on Supply Night or sent home today with your child.

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