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Push and Pull

We explored how pushing and pulling objects can create motion by doing two experiments. In the first experiment, students were given a toy car and had to build a ramp to make the car travel as far as possible. The next week, we had our fifth grade buddies help us to make catapults using a spoon, rubber bands, and popsicle sticks. Then they launched pom poms to see how far they could go!


Boat Building Challenge

After reading about the story of the first Thanksgiving, we worked together to build miniature boats that could float in a bin of water and hold a few people without sinking. Kids chose their materials, made a plan, and got building! They discovered that they had to make modifications and keep trying if their boat had problems. With compromise and perseverance, everyone was able to succeed!


Five Little Pumpkins Challenge

We read the Pete the Cat version of “Five Little Pumpkins” and then worked in teams to build a gate that would hold five pumpkins. We talked about the importance of sharing ideas, compromising, and not giving up in order to be successful. Each group was given the same materials: five clothespins, five craft sticks, and five pumpkin erasers. Every team was able to build a gate strong enough to hold their five little pumpkins!


Farm Field Trip

Our trip to the farm was a blast! We loved the hay ride, donuts, and animals. The playground was a favorite for many of the kids!


Centers

Here’s what we’ve been up to in centers this week… Working on our trash to treasure projects Making 3D shapes with magnetic rods Building with blocks and Legos


Habitats

We completed our study of animal needs and fact writing with an engineering challenge. Working in teams, students had to build a habitat for their animal.


Field Trip

We had so much fun on our trip to the Children’s Museum!


Push and Pull

We did two experiments this week to explore force and motion with pushes and pulls.   First, we built ramps to try to get a car to travel as far as possible. We had to make a plan, work together, and try to improve our design to make the car travel a longer distance.   Then we worked with some of our fifth grade buddies to build catapults with spoons, rubber bands, and craft sticks. We wanted to get a pom pom to travel as far as possible. Again, we needed teamwork and perseverance to be successful!  


Snowy Scenes

We enjoyed painting snowy scenes with our fingers at the Art Center. We added glitter… Then we added ourselves!