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I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day and enjoyed a longer than expected weekend last week, but we have missed seeing the Monday STEAM classes!
Electricity has been a major topic for 5th grade (and for everyone involved with the trout!) these past two weeks. After working with snap circuits, the 5th grade dove into creating lunch box alarms. Mr. LaMotte's idea was inspired by Beverly Cleary's novel Dear Mr. Henshaw! After two days of working, Ms. Preiss's students have come up with some excellent ideas of how to create a working lunch box alarm to prevent Mr. McBride from stealing their food! I have enjoyed watching the students tinker and also ideas "spark" into their heads during their team's discussions. I look forward to seeing how Ms. Preiss and Mr. LaMotte's students finish up this week. Ms. Schirmer's students will begin their lunch box alarms this week and I know they will be just as successful.
Keeping with electricity, we experienced how important electricity is to our trout this past week. Monday evening the power went out at WTJ and did not come back on for other 30 hours. I want to take a moment to thank Todd Kennedy and my husband, Michael, who battled the storm to set up a generator and diligently refill it every 8 hours to keep our trout's labitat running. It was a team effort and I am happy to say that our trout survived Hurricane Irma! The 2nd grade spent time with me discussing the life cycle of our trout because a lot occurred while we were out with Hurricane Irma. Our trout are officially fry now! This means that the look really are starting to look like little trout and it is time for us to feed them. It is so wonderful for us to have the opportunity for the 2nd grade students to witness their GSE science standards in real life. I love watching them observe our trout and ask such intriguing questions. If you have not had a chance to take care of the trout over the weekend, we have a few spots left! The sign up is below.
Before Hurricane Irma, 3rd grade finished up getting dirty and working in the garden. After reading and discussing how the Native Americans got their food, we set to work using our square foot garden method! The kids did a great job creating even arrays to properly plant their seeds. Thanks to our great researchers in Mrs. Woodrum's class, we planted broccoli, carrots, lettuce, kale, radishes, and garlic. We hope to harvest all this fall--except the garlic! We learned if you plant garlic now then you hopefully will have larger bulbs in the spring time.
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