The 5th and 6th grade are learning about the digestive system. The 4th grade was so interested they came and watched it too. Some thought it was gross because it simulated the way the digestive system works. We cut a peanut butter sandwich to resemble the action of our teeth biting. Then we all spit in the bowl, gotta have saliva to begin the process! Then we smashed it up and put in soda. The soda represented the bile needed to break down the food. Then we put it in a bag and put it in nylons which represented the small intestines. We watched as all the nutrients seeped out the nylons. The large intestines were simulated with paper towels to absorb the excess liquid. Then the remaining food was squeezed from a hole cut into the nylons! No need to explain what part that was! We all had fun and will never forget how the digestive system works!
A fun way to celebrate Halloween, the elementary class staged a flash mob on the playground!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.