Friday, May 19, 2017

Drums

    As an enrichment of our study of Africa, we made drums by decorating oatmeal containers with designs inspired by African beadwork and fabric patterns. We are now using the drums to accompany our singing of several African songs.









Geometry


    What's a polygon? What are the names of some polygons? Which polygons have pairs of parallel sides? Did you know that a square is a type of rectangle and also a type of rhombus? 


Spanish lessons from high school students

   
   Spanish VI students from Cape Elizabeth High School taught lively lessons to our class!





Thursday, April 27, 2017

Learning About Science Experiments

     The education coordinator and a volunteer from the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust came to our classroom to teach us about science experiments.


  We then did a little experiment. First we all took our pulse.


    We did jumping jacks for one minute, and then we took our pulse again. The data confirmed our   hypothesis: If you do exercise, your pulse will go higher.


   Next, we planned an experiment we will do on trees. Our idea is that plants use light to make food. Our hypothesis: If we put black trash bags over a plant to block the sun, the color will change and it won't grow as much.
      Next week, we will go to CELT to perform our experiment.

African music and culture




    Our wonderful music teacher, Mrs. Bean, taught us African dancing, . . . 




      . . . and African games. This game involves passing rocks in the rhythm of an ever-quickening chant.

                     

                      This game involves moving to a rhythmic chant too. If partners raise opposite
                       knees, they stay in. If they raise the same knee, they go to the end of the line.


Collecting Data: Standing Long Jumps


   We collected data by doing standing long jumps and measuring the distance jumped. We then graphed the class data.




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Documenting Science Experiments on the iPad

Over the last few weeks we conducted scientific experiments and wrote them up in lab report format. This week we continue to conduct science experiments, such as what happens when various liquids (fabric softener, colored water, dish detergent, and oil) are mixed with water. This time, we are documenting our experiments on the iPads using an app called 30 Hands. Students take photos and upload them into their presentations, then record themselves explaining what they observed. The green boxes are sound boxes that allow students to record their voices without outside noise filtering in.