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Science Week!

We have had an exciting week of hands on Science! We conducted a variety of challenges starting off with some engineering solutions to some common fairy tales. We helped Jack get safely down from the beanstalk by designing a parachute for him. We attempted to help the three little bears by designing a lock that could keep pesky Goldilocks out and built new sturdy stick houses for the Three Little Pigs.
Today our focus was PH testing and we used cabbage juice as a conductor. We tested a variety of common chemicals and were surprised by the colors that were made! We also had a challenge to build the tallest structure with toothpicks and gum drops, the catch was it had to be able to hold a pumpkin!
We wrap up our week tomorrow with a filed trip to the Discovery Center for a demo on light. What a fun week!

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The Great River

Using cardboard, string, clay, paint, toothpicks, and paper some 5th graders constructed the perfect civilization. Keshav made the veins and the nervous system. Charlie’s favorite part was making the government. Diego had fun painting and he learned you need mostly everything in your body to live. Connor’s favorite part was making the department of defence and painting the BLACK ( it is the one docked up) boat. Miles liked making the department of purification.

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Time for Wheels!

Today the Eagle Police came to our school and taught us about bicycle safety. They also set up an obstacle course for us. Some of the things on the course were stop signs, parked cars (so we remembered to check for drivers) and even a radar to check our speed. Thanks to the police for helping us have a fun wheels day!

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More Forensics

Detective Chris Bones, Ada County CSI Liz, and Officer McCowan joined us today to teach us about the science of forensics. We looked at prints under a special ALS light and printed ourselves.
Of course, no visit from the Sheriff is complete without a visit to the patrol car. That wasn’t all – we tried on bullet proof vests and checked out the gadgets in the CSI car.
Overall, we had a great science week!

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Foothills Learning Center

Today’s science week activities included a trip to Foothills Learning Center to learn about fossils and volcanoes.
We did an archaeological dig and created a giant volcano using liquid nitrogen. What a blast – literally!

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Boise Water Shed

Another great day! We visited the Boise Water Shed to learn about Geothermal activity. We built geysers and watched them “erupt.
Also, as part of our science week we learned about polymers by making borax/glue goo.

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Fun at Celebration Park

What a day! Celebration Park volunteers taught us about the Paleo Indians that lived in Idaho 12,000-15, years ago. We learned about their diet, tools and way of life. The park included over 5000 petryglyphs pecked into the basalt rocks. We also had time to practice throwing the atladl. A short hike took us to a historic train bridge over the Snake River. It was a hot day, but full of new information and lots of fun!

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Building Rockets

We had a great STEM session with Cathy from Micron foundation. She led us through building rockets. Then we launched them. Our day included collecting, analyzing, and graphing our distances based on our lanch angle.

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Criminal Investigation Solved!!!

Our ipads went missing. Left in their place was a ransom note. Yikes, we had to solve this crime. We confiscated all the black pens in the building. Next we analyzed each pen, comparing it to the ransom note. We marked a paper towel and dipped it in water and watched the color spread. Each black pen has a unique spread. We found the pen that matched the spread of the ransom note.
We found Miss Laura to be the prime suspect, but the jury did not believe it beyond a shadow of a doubt. In the long run, our teacher had fooled us, but we learned a lot about crime scenes.

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Community Time

The entire elementary enjoyed our assembly this morning. The Elementary II students performed a play about the four strange siblings. Next came buddy reading time.

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