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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!    


Color Mixing

At the Art Center this week, we experimented with mixing colors. We used red, yellow, and blue food coloring. We transferred drops of colored water from one bowl to another to see what would happen. It was also a fun way to get some fine motor practice in while squeezing the pipettes! Everyone is excited to try mixing all of the colors together next time. What will it make?


Boat Building

We talked about the story of Thanksgiving and how the Pilgrims sailed across the ocean in a big ship called the Mayflower. Then we had an engineering challenge: working as a team, choose materials to build a boat that will float and not sink! To be successful, teams had to listen to each other, compromise, and work together. They tried different materials and put back things that didn’t work well for their design. It was fun to try putting people (math counters) in the boat!  


Field Trip Fun!

We had fun at Smolak Farms! The playground was the highlight of the trip!


Five Little Pumpkins Challenge

We read the poem “Five Little Pumpkins” to listen for rhyming words and find the sight word the.┬áThen we had our first engineering challenge of the year: build a gate to hold five pumpkins. This project helped us to practice working together. We also learned the importance of trying and trying again when something doesn’t work the first time. Each team was given the same materials and set off the build a gate. Some teams chose to draw a plan of how their gate might look. They tried lots of different ways to use clothespins and craft sticks to construct

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Pumpkin Painting

We mixed red and yellow paint to make orange pumpkins! We had fun making our hands orange too!


Harvest Day

It was fun to see how much lettuce grew from those tiny seeds that we planted. We cut the lettuce with scissors and then dug up the roots for compost. When we were finished with the lettuce, we planted new seeds in the soil. Can you guess what we’re growing next?