Last Wednesday we began our hands on part of the plant unit.  The students have a lot of background knowledge of plants, their parts, and the purpose of those parts.  Now is the time they get to see it in action.  I am so excited for this unit because they become observers and recorders as they see right before their eyes how quickly things grow and change. 

We planted a rapid growing plant called Brassica.  They will get to see the plant grow from a sprout, to a plant with a flower, to a plant that produces fruit.  They will then see that the fruit has seeds inside and they can continue the process again with the new seeds. 


On Friday when I came in we had 3 sprouts coming up!  Before I left for the weekend I snapped a picture and there were 5 or 6 sprouts now.  They are going to see a lot of changes this week!





Before we had to send back our balance and motion kit we were able to utilize the zoomers to discover that things stay in motion when you have a force that pushes and pulls an object.  Some had an easier time than others but I think by the end of the activity all students got to get their disk to zoom.  I will have to say my arms got a workout that day helping the students spin their disks!


Next up is plants and I am so excited!!!



If you get one or less whole punches each week you get to participate in fun Friday.  Well a few Fridays ago I decided to let them have an extra special treat…SMORES!  They loved watching the marshmallow swell up in the microwave and eat them tasty treats. 



Do you remember this Friday?  They may have been a tad bit hyper!


Compare and Contrast

We have been comparing and contrasting characters, stories, and much more.  They have been discovering how things are similar and different.  Knowing this information can help us understand the text better.  Next time you read a story or stories pull out a piece of copy paper and make a venn diagram with them like we have been doing on our easel. 




Meet Cowgirl Cleaner!  She cleans up this students room and she used many recyclable items such as boxes, straws, and toilet paper rolls. P1000421
Meet Sargent!  He protects you from the darkness (see his flashlights, which turned on) and he was resourceful by using toilet paper rolls, tuna cans, and boxes. We turned out the lights after his presentation to check out his lights. 
Meet Rain!  She can do anything and she made her robot with an air freshener, foil, and straws.
Meet Tim (Wall-E’s Brother)!  Tim shoots baseballs to this student so that his dad doesn’t always have to help him.  We were told though he only shoots to this student because if his big brother comes around Tim starts shooting the baseballs at him...haha.  What imaginations?  Tim was made out of many recyclable things: a remote controlled car base, a hot chocolate box, an apple juice bottle, and toilet paper rolls.
Meet Guardian!  He helps this students mom clean the house, does his homework, and makes him any candy he wants.  Guardian had candy inside of him! The student used toilet paper roll, plug protectors as teeth, and ear pickers AKA Q-tips.
Meet Zoom! He is the fastest skier Colorado has ever seen.  If this student was to ski with Zoom he said he would have to wear a jet pack to keep up with him.  Zoom can skate too! The resources he used were a milk jug, spray paint, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, and a sprite bottle. 
Meet Mud digger!  He can transform into a monster truck and get muddy.  He used cans and his dad helped him weld the pieces together.
Meet Toe!  He plays the PSP with this student.  Another student offered another idea for Toe, since he has cables as arms and legs he could fix your TV!  Thought that was a good suggestion.  I love how they listened to each other’s presentations.  This student used boxes and old TV cables to create his robot. 
Meet Tobor!  Tobor would do this students homework.  Is the homework that bad?  The student used tooth paste boxes, light bulbs, wheels and a Cheetos ball container to make his robot.  We went out in the hallway and he rolled his robot for everyone to see. 
Meet Kylan!  Her robot will play with her when ever she needs a playmate.  She was made with newspaper and an old air freshener. 
Meet Buster!  He will do this students math homework!  This student created his robot using these recyclable materials: cans, toilet paper, and various food boxes.  I love how he has a heart!
Meet Firebot!  He creates fire for when it is cold out.  I thought this was such an interesting concept because I figured he would put fires out.  This student was resourceful in using cans, a shoe box, an apple juice bottle, and paint. 
The students created spectacular robots thanks to the help of their amazing parents!  The student enjoyed presenting to their peers.  After they introduced their robot and told us what it could do and what it was made out of we opened the floor for questions and compliments.  They had such great thought provoking questions and sweet compliments for their classmates.  I am so proud of them.  The robots have been displayed in our school media center for all the teachers and students to see.  The students have gotten so many compliments from their school!  


All About Hearts and Love

February 18th we headed out to the high school tract for 30 minutes to jump rope for heart.  We had 5 little jump ropes and 1 big one we took turns on.  They had so much fun and if you ask them I think we might have danced a bit too.  Mrs. Austin had some good music playing .Smile 


Mr. Adam loves these guys to pieces and he showed the kids his love by sending them there very own bouquet of flowers on Valentine's day.  They were smiling from ear to ear.  They would be over their smelling the bouquet all week. 


We danced and danced at the PBS Valentine's Day dance!!!!!!  Can I just say I HEART these students!