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Guest Blog by Jaslyn: Indoor Science Experiments

At the indoor science field trip (which is in the cafeteria) when I first walked in I could see 9 tables with science experiments on them. First we had to sit on the floor and Mr.B  told us what all the experiments did. First I went to the experiment that had bowls full of colored water, pencils, and plastic bags. First I had to fill my bag half with the colored water. Then we had to see how many pencils we could stick into the bags without it dripping. Mr.B said that when we stick the pencils in the plastic moves around it. I only got 10 pencils in the bag.

Next I did “Foil Boats”. In this experiment you had to build a boat made out of a small square sheet of tin foil and put as much pennies on the boat as you can. I built mine with the all the sides bending up. On my first try I got 54, on my second I got 43. The highest score was 64. A boy in my class beat it by 4.

After that I went to a station that had a big skinny metal ring with 5 medium sized buttons  on it. You then had to spin the buttons and then rotate the ring. As you rotate the ring it will keep pushing the spinning buttons higher and higher until you stop. For me it was hard but I got, once. My friend, Alexis couldn’t get it either so we just went to the next station.

Then I went to another station that had empty soda cans and straws. What you have to do is rip the top of the paper and pull the straw out. After that you pinch one end and go near the can. Once you do this the can will follow the straw. If it doesn’t work you have to wipe it with a towel. I couldn’t do it the first or second time but I did the third time. With some help. So after I did it I got kinda bored of it so I moved on.

After I went to the “Rocket Tube”. For safety we put on safety glasses. On there you have to pour some red water into a small cup filling it to a black line that is drawn on there. You then drop in a half piece of baking soda and then put on the cap, turn it upside down and drop it into the tube. Since we had tape on the floor we stepped back to it and waited. After about 10 seconds the cap of the small cup got shot at the ceiling. The cap got shot because the pressure of the water forced the cap to shoot to the ceiling since the cap is very weak. The “Rocket Tube” was my favorite experiment there!

The next one I went to was one that involved sticks, clips, and wire. For this one we had to write our name on the stick and then take a piece of wire and wrap it around the stick. I had to wrap it around the stick equally and then get one side and wrap it around the other side. I did the same thing with the other side. After that I clipped on a clip to the end of the wire and then did the same to the other side. After that I was done. Then I put it on the tip of my finger and it stayed on, it didn’t fall! Every time I did it it never fell off.I could do it on my tongue, toe, finger, and nose. Which was really fun.

My next station was a mirror. There were strips of mirrors on each side, back and front. One person would stand on one side and another person stood on the other side. I did it with my friend. We changed stops which is really fun. The mirror basically combined mine and my friend’s face. Which is kind of creepy but awesome at the same time.

The one that almost nobody did was the tank one. There was a big bottle and it was filled with blue water and had a plastic fish in there. We had to spin it hard so it could work. When you spin it the water gets forced to the side so the water makes a “V” in the middle. Usually the water can’t be tricked and by that I meant it automatically moves when you turn it. It was really cool. We had two but when Mr.B was showing us it fell to the floor and broke. Since it broke open most of the water spilled out.

My very last stop was at the “Plane Glider”. There we had to build our own plane. We had to trace and cut out a plastic plate. And to finish it I had to put a penny at the front tip of the plane and then stick it on with tape. Then my plane was done. That was the last one since my class already left me because we needed to go. I was having a  lot of fun so I didn’t want to leave. But at the same time I also wanted to leave because I wanted to test it out at home!

Our MysterySkype with Ohio

We connected with Miss Land’s class in Mentor, Ohio. This was their first Skype and our second of the year. This was a special Skype in many ways. It was their first one and it was a chance to surprise Mr. Seliskar’s niece. Mr. Seliskar grew up in Mentor and his niece is in 4th grade there. He connected with Miss Land via Twitter to get the classes involved in the fun of a Mystery Skype and to surprise his niece. It was a fun time for both classes. They learned about California and us about Ohio. They were intrigued that classrooms in California walk right out to the outside due to the warm climate.

It was a great time and a nice surprise for Mr. Seliskar’s niece. Below is the video from the Skype.

O-H-I-O! from your friends in California!

Here are some of the questions we asked:

  1. Are you east (west) of the Mississippi River?
  2. Does your state border the Atlantic (Pacific or Gulf of Mexico) Ocean?
  3. Are you in the __ time zone? (Can add Eastern, Central, Mountain, or Pacific)
  4. Is your state in the __ region? (Can add Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Middle West, or West)
  5. Is your state one of the original 13 colonies?
  6. Does your state border another country?
  7. Does your state border more than ___ states? (Fill in a number)
  8. Does your state have a coastline?
  9. Does the ____ River flow through your state?
  10. Does your state’s name have two words in it?
  11. What is your weather like now?
  12. What kind of climate do you have?
  13. Do you experience any extreme weather?
  14. Do you live in an urban, suburban or rural area?
  15. What crops are grown in your location?
  16. What are some animals that you might see in the wild in your area?
  17. What are some famous places, tourist attractions or events from your location?
  18. Are there any famous people who were born in the state or country that you are from?
  19. What is your state or country have a nickname?
  20. Do you border any bodies of water?  If so, please name it.
  21. What part of the world are you located in? What Hemisphere?
  22. Name one state or country that borders you.
Builders of Tomorrow…

Builders of Tomorrow…

Students used Google Build, Floor Planner and Legos to learn about area, perimeter and angles in the abstract to the concrete. Rendering structures in 3D and building the same building with Legos

Post image from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego

Guest Blog by Jaden: San Diego Trip

I had a blast at San Diego. Our class and 2 other classes from our school went to see the San Diego mission. The San Diego mission was the first missions to be built by Father Serra and which he built 9 missions. When we got there first we went to the church inside mission San Diego. The docent was talking about the history about Father Serra and how he built the mission. The docent told us about the pictures on the wall and statues and who were those people as statues on the walls. Also the docent was leading us to the back of the church she was telling that the doors were made from redwood trees and it was also for protection from enemies. Next, the docent led the group to the garden nearby the church and then we saw a statue of Father Serra and where some indians were buried. After, she was talking about Father Serra, the whole group went to a museum. The museum was filled with things that were from the indians and the docent was talking to us how important and the indians wanted to make an easier life for themselves.

The next place we went to was the San Diego Cruise. It was a boat and it had seats inside the boat.We ate lunch inside the boat.The boat had three floors , one floor for the top of the boat to see a great view, the 2nd floor was for the employees that were working for the boat company and the last floor was were the snack bar and some of the tables and ate lunch. But, me, my mom, Gustavo, and Jacob went to the top floor and ate up there. We saw a seal family resting and a dolphin getting fed. The company was called “Whale Watchers” but we didn’t see any whales!!!

The last place we went to was Old Town, San Diego. When we got at Old Town, San Diego, the docent was wearing cowboy clothes and Old Town made you feel you were in back in the day. The docent was telling us about this plants indian women used on a cactus for lipstick. After  the docent was telling us about that,we went to this place where iron was burned. The guy was in dirty uniform and he was using different tools to try to burn the iron in his hand. The next place the docent took us to was a house. So we went inside the house and the docent led us to a bucket and another bucket. The docent was telling us about how the indians got water for their tribe. After our tour at Old Town  we got our own personalized pizzas and we got to eat it on the bus drive back to school.  It was a great experience to go to San Diego and to see sea lions and big helicopters and submarines on the Cruise ship. It was a fun field trip and I hope I can go again

Our Stories on the iBooks Store

Our Lemonade Stand Stories

Our Stories

These stories were made in the Pages app on the iPad and then imported into iBooks Author to be uploaded to the iBooks store. Students created their own writings and illustrations. They can now say they are published.

Our iPad Photowalk

Students went on a photowalk with their iPads after we talked about the rule of thirds. Students then used iPhoto and the built in filters of the iPad camera to manipulate some of their photos. These photos were cropped to fit the aspect ration of the Google slide deck. Students uploaded their photos to their Google Drive to insert into the presentation. They used their Chromebooks to insert the photo from drive to presentation slide.