• Field Trip: Torrey Pines State Reserve

    Posted by Keely McGreevy at 3/2/2015
    In February, we visited the Torrey Pines State Reserve to do some hiking and sightseeing.  On this trip, we began to learn about the Kumeyaay Indians, which will be our focus in Social Studies for the month of March.
     
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    If you have any pictures that you would like to share, please upload them to the class Shutterfly site for everyone to see!
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  • Advertising Project: Persuasive Writing

    Posted by Keely McGreevy at 3/2/2015
    In Writer's Workshop, our students were presented with the challenge of beginning a new job at an advertising company. Their task was to use their persuasive writing skills to convince customers to spend money at the restaurant that they represented.  We have spent the better part of 2 months writing persuasive essays and scripts, as well as filming commercials. Here is a peek into what our Writer's Workshops looked like!
     
     
     
     
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  • Engineering Design: Wind Powered Cars

    Posted by Keely McGreevy at 10/24/2014
    For a majority of the month of October, our class has been working hard to develop wind powered cars!  We began by researching the shapes of the fastest race cars, and also discussing things we could add to our cars to help them 'catch the wind'.  
     
    We examined wind socks and sails and thought about how these objects help to move an object using wind power.  We designed and built our first prototype, tested them, and averaged our results.  Next, we analyzed which aspects of our designs were effective and which could be improved.  Our Middle School Buddies helped us make some changes to our cars, and we tested again with the goal of increasing our speed from our previous trials.  Every single group managed to beat their first score by a HUGE amount.  Way to go!!  
     
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     After our tests were over, students were asked to determine why their changes made a difference in their car's speed.  They were also asked to rate themselves on a scale of 1-10 on how well they believed they worked together with their group members to design, build, and test their prototypes.  Our communication and problem solving skills continue to improve during these group activities, and I am so excited to see what they will be creating as the year progresses!
     
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  • Field Trip: Oma's Pumpkin Patch

    Posted by Keely McGreevy at 10/25/2014
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  • Team Building with Middle School Buddies

    Posted by Keely McGreevy at 9/29/2014
    Every other Wednesday, we have visitors from Ms. Donahue's Advisory class come in and help us with a project that we are working on.  They will typically be helping us construct one of our designs from science or assist us in math group work.  This week, we did a team building exercise that helped us learn to work together as a group to accomplish a task.  We were challenged to build the tallest free standing structure possible using only spaghetti and marshmallows!  Our highest structure was over 18 inches!
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  • Engineering Design: Apollo 11 Parachutes

    Posted by Keely McGreevy at 9/28/2014
    Last week in science our engineers were tasked with designing a parachute with the slowest fall time in order to give their 'astronauts' the safest landing possible. There was a lot of great teamwork happening in our classroom and we saw some great ideas!  We tested each parachute 3 times and averaged out the results.   
     
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  • Array Scavenger Hunt

    Posted by Keely McGreevy at 9/23/2014
    This week in math, we discussed arrays as a way of helping us visualize and solve multiplication problems.  On Monday, we searched the entire school looking for examples of arrays that could be found in real life.  They are absolutely EVERYWHERE. Please encourage your student to continue looking for array examples as they are out and about, as multiplication is an overarching concept that we will be discussing throughout the entire year.  If you happen to snap a picture of a good example, be sure to send it my way so that we can share with the class!  
     
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  • Engineering Design: Egg Drop!

    Posted by Keely McGreevy at 9/20/2014
     Each week students are presented with a challenge and must use a number of open ended materials to design a solution.  So far this year I have seen some fantastic ideas, and our class is going a great job working collaboratively to solve a problem.  
     
    They are always so excited to start a new adventure in science :)  
     
     
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    We are ALWAYS collecting reusable materials to be used in our projects. It is amazing to see kids come up with their own innovative ways to use everyday household objects. Thanks for viewing! 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • Watershed Heroes

    Posted by Keely McGreevy at 9/21/2014
    Last Friday, we were lucky enough to have representatives come from the San Diego Zoo and give us a presentation on watershed heroes.  We learned about where out water goes when we run the sink, flush the toilet, and shower.  We also discussed the dangers of litter and chemicals entering our rivers, lakes, and oceans through unfiltered storm drains. Before they left, we met Ruby, an ENORMOUS snake whose environment depends on the choices we make every day.  
     
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