Sunday, November 12, 2017

We Love Skating!

                           
  We love skating!


****Thanks to Jake's mom for venturing out on the ice to get these great pictures!

























V.I.P. Oliver

V.I.P. Oliver!

Oliver loves to read, enjoys video games, and won't go near a brussel sprout!  We had a great week getting to know Oliver!

Monday, November 6, 2017

V.I.P. Will

V.I.P. this week - Will!


We learned that Will loves acting, calamari, and plans to be a pharmaceutical researcher!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Science/S.T.E.A.M.

Science/S.T.E.A.M.

Our study of Energy continues as we move to an understanding of Electricity.  We visited the Bakken museum, learned about those who wondered and explored theories of electricity.  We toured the museum, had several hands-on activities, and even had some "hair-raising" experiences!

Back at school, we studied the components of the atom (nucleus, protons, neutrons, and electrons). We learned that all elements are made up of a combination of atoms.  We studied the Periodic Table and finally went out to the playground and made our own model.  Will explains it quite well in this video. 

We began our S.T.E.AM. semester on Friday! Our first task was to create a "Squishy Circuit".  We learned about open and closed circuits as well as conductors and insulators.



We are going to link our STEAM investigations with an online program called Science Buddies.  This website allows us to share content as well as assess student understanding through quizzes and open-ended questions and comments. Science Buddies is linked to our Google Classroom for seamless integration of our lab experiences and our classroom. 

Travel Diaries

Tracking Our Travel Diaries!


After decorating and addressing the envelopes for our Travel Diaries, we took them down to the Mail Station at Breck.  Mr. Blesi helped us weigh the packages and print the postage labels.  
We have already received four postcards from four different states! Several people have left comments on our Travel Diary Blog and the students are thanking them online for the postcards.  You can find a link to our Travel Diary Blog on the sidebar of this blog. 

V.I.P. Begins!

                                              V.I.P. Begins!

We have launched our V.I.P. project for the year.  Ms. Pape gave us the inaugural presentation.  We learned many new things about her and had a good chuckle at her fourth grade picture.  We learned the format of the V.I.P. letters as we wrote to her. After a friendly greeting,  it consists of three paragraphs. The first paragraph comments on the presentation itself, the second paragraph focuses our similarities and differences, and the last paragraph describes how the V.I.P. adds to our classroom community.  The letters are bound in a book for the student to keep.
I have included a schedule of the V.I.P. presentations for the year.  You can find it in the Digital File Cabinet on the sidebar of this blog.  

                            Our first V.I.P.  Vail!
We learned that Vail loves horses, potatoes, and her twin sister, London! 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

                Our Visit to the Minnesota State Capitol



We were so excited for our first field trip! A visit to the newly renovated state capitol building was a perfect kick-off to our year-long study of the United States.  We learned so much about the history of our state capitol as well as how government works both on a state and federal level.  Understanding the balance of power and the three branches of government is a key component of our curriculum.  Along with a tour, we also accepted the challenge of a scavenger hunt for some architectural features of the capitol.  As you can see, it was a beautiful day and the view from the quadriga (ask your student about it!) was breathtaking!