Teacher Appreciation Week

Friday, May 6, 2016

I wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to my parents this year for spoiling me!  From an Alex and Ani bracelet, candles, sweet notes from my students, to a beautiful wooden sign, I have felt the love this week!  Thank you for making me feel special!
I also wanted to thank our school's PTO for an amazing week of lunch, sweets, and an awesome custom made apron.   Your hard work and wonderful gifts are greatly appreciated!

STEAM WEEK 2015-2016

We had an adventurous week, last week, in D108!  Students spent the week applying Newtons Laws of Motion by creating roller coasters from pipe insulation.  Students went from the "there's-no-way-this-is-going-to-work" stage to the "this-is-amazing-that-we-built-this" stage.  It was fascinating to watch the process!  I am so proud of my kiddos for persevering through this process, regardless of the frustrations, challenging ideas, and sometimes lack of patience.  They work hard and worked together to problem solve throughout the entire process.  

To successfully pass this challenge, students had to create a freestanding and stable roller coaster that was at least 6 feet long and contained at least 2 loops, 1 camel back, 1 whirlybird, and any additional maneuver of their choice.  Additionally, the marble (aka "the passengers") had to travel through the entire roller coaster without falling out.  

I am happy to announce that all students mastered this challenge and all "passengers" arrived at the finish point safely!

SPRING BREAK 2015-2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Spring Break is here!!!  I'm so glad that we all finally made it.  Not because we need a break from school, but because there are so many things to get caught up on here at home and at school.  I started my break off with cleaning out my closet.  My husband was practically jumping up and down.  He can actually walk in the closet and not trip over shoes.  I ended up bagging up 3 very large black trash bags full of clothing and 4 plastic containers of shoes to donate to the homeless shelter and shelter for women and children. I think I actually have about 200 empty hangers now and that is not an exaggeration!  LOL

My next task is to upload all the pictures of the kiddos that I have neglected to upload.  We've been so busy the past month with standardized testing and CCRSM training's, that I neglected to post these awesome pictures.  So, sit back and enjoy!




Lego Racers

Saturday, February 27, 2016

I think I was very lazy in February!!  I usually try to post weekly to my blog, but I did not post in February, at all!!  I promise, lots of learning took place.

For Science this month, we focused on forces and motion.  Using the STEAM process, students designed and built Lego racers, that were powered by air (balloon).  They incorporated DoDEA science and CCRSM math standards into this project.   

This was a lot of fun and very educational.  Students quickly learned that their designs had to be re-engineered, in order for the balloon to stay attached while it was propelling the racer.  Even when they became frustrated, they persevered and did not give up.  

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Elephant Toothpaste

Sunday, January 24, 2016

I was looking through my pictures on my cell phone and realized I never posted pictures of the kiddos making Elephant Toothpaste, back on January 13th.  Elephant Toothpaste is made from mixing every day items together (3% Hydrogen Peroxide, yeast, food coloring, & dish soap).  The result is so fun to watch, IF the kiddos followed the directions.  A couple of groups did not mix the water and yeast mixture together in the correct way, so they did not pour enough of the yeast into the Hydrogen Peroxide, since their yeast was clumped in the bottom of the cup.  The yeast/water mixture should have been watery!  Either way, they had a lot of fun putting it together!  There were, however, some "not so fun" faces if their "toothpaste" did not bubble up and over the 2 liter bottle!

Quarter 2 Book Reports

Saturday, January 23, 2016

We completed presentations of Quarter 2 Book Reports on Wednesday!  I am blown away at the amount of work put into these projects.  The students were so proud to present their project and explain to the class about their book.  

Our next book report is due March 24th and the genre is Historical Fiction.  Students should look for a historical book that his fictional characters.  Almost all of them wanted to do one of the Who was....? or Where was...? books, so I told them that I would only allow 2 of them, so the first two students to return their paper with one of those books would be allowed to use them.  This way we do not have 18 presentations on the same book or close to the same book.

Here are pictures of my proud students showing their book report projects.  I cannot wait to see what they do for Quarter 3!  Just remember, that they cannot use a project that they already have used in Quarter 1 or Quarter 2.