Monthly Archives: February 2019

Trout Observation Lab

Today our students engaged in a good dose of hands-on learning about the anatomy of a trout. This is part of a larger unit on ecosystems, which has included students analyzing cause and effect relationships within food webs and raising trout in the classroom.Thank you once again, Mr. Koepke,  for donating the trout for our students to study! This has been one of the most memorable activities as many students from long ago still ask if we are still doing this activity.

Fun With Food Webs

As we raise our rainbow trout, we are learning about aquatic ecosystems. Students are in the process of building food web models, and soon they will be analyzing the effects to a food web when an organism’s population declines or disappears altogether.

Paper Bridge Project

Bridge Unit Final Task: Create a bridge that spans a 10 inch canyon using only 15 pieces of 9″x12″ construction paper & pieces of masking tape. Bridges are then tested using a force sensor to see if they can withstand up to 60 Newtons. It was exciting to see evidence of all the students have learned!

Trout Hatching Time!

Bridge Engineering

In January our students took on the roles of bridge engineers. Using KNEX kits, they built many different bridge designs, tested each design for strength, analyzed designed and data, and recorded their learning in engineering logs.

Design Branding and Sharing

Our cat toy engineering project in December concluded with two great experiences. The first was a design branding activity led by George Fox University professor, Ashley Lippard, and her two students, Breana and Janelle. Student groups were led through a series of steps to develop a product name and logo for their inventions. The second activity involved some guests to our classrooms – Ewing Young kindergarten students. The older students shared their designs with the younger students. It was great to watch our students engage in such quality interactions with the kindergarteners about their learning