- Field trip: Friday, March 11 from 10-2. Please arrive at 10 am. The parking is free. Don't forget to pack your lunch with a water bottle. The money and permission slips were due today. If you didn't turn yours in or pay and you still want to attend, please send a quick email to me to hold your place. I need to give a final head count to Adventure City. If you pay at the door without the group, you will have to pay full price.
- Many thanks to Dr. Jo Webber, Lauren's mom, for speaking with both cohorts and sharing her knowledge about roller coaster physics with us on Thursday/Friday! We learned some equations we can use to find the mechanical energy of a roller coaster. The demonstrations were interesting and fun!
- Exhibition: Mon, Mar. 21 & Tue, Mar. 22 from 5-6:30 pm. Look for a sign-up-genius link soon! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4da8a72fa02-2016 Start brushing off their suits and dresses for this awe-inspiring event!
- Spring Break: Mon, Mar. 28-Apr. 2 (Yahoo!)
- State Testing will begin the first week back from spring break and continue throughout April: Apr. 4-29. Please make sure your student has eaten a hearty breakfast to fuel their minds for testing.
Students are also using a website called, http://www.dafont.com to make some words pop with a different font that is inserted in the story. For the most part, the students understood the challenge of twisting a fairy tale story and being very creative. Many students are using figurative language in their stories. I'm also seeing the use of commas a great deal. Even though some commas may be in the wrong places, it tells me that they are thinking about where commas could be placed in a story.
Reading: We read Chapter 17, which gave us more insight into Rump's plan to save Opal. We used context clues to figure out some vocabulary words that were tricky: vigilant, famine, and calamities. Then, students had to write each word in a sentence.
Math: Teams worked to finish their math game about fractions. We hope to share these games with you soon!
Maker Space: Teams worked collaboratively to finish their foundations and begin adding tracks to their paper roller coasters. The goal is to have them finished to show during Exhibition. We only have 2 Maker Space days to get this done, so we'll need to work on Mon/Tue also in order to finish on time. We'll need "All Student Hands on Deck" for this project!
Project: I enlisted the help of our Academic Coaches, DVX interns, and the Core 4/5 students to help the classes put together the K'NEX roller coaster and Ferris Wheel. Students will learn more about George Washington Ferris' Wheel and what force is being used to make it spin. Students will also practice using the K'NEX roller coaster to determine where the potential and kinetic energy transforms. Students will also begin preparing for Exhibition and reviewing their knowledge of Newton's Laws of Motion and apply them to their roller coasters.