Water: Do natural resources repel or absorb water?

We have been learning about water and how it reacts to different materials. We have learned that sometimes it absorbs and other times it repels, or beads up on surfaces. Today we took our experimenting outdoors and really looked at what happens to our resources when it rains. After completing the experiment, we had many great conversations about why we might have gotten different results and what those mean about the different resources. So far we have really enjoyed learning about the different properties of water and various materials and surfaces.

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Peanuts and Bookworms 2016- Engineers

Welcome parents! We are so glad that you are checking out our blog. Hopefully our new “Booknut Bulletin” blog will be up and running soon, but for now I wanted to be able to share with you a really neat project that we worked on this past Friday in class. This year we are going to be implementing an engineering component in our science lessons, so the kids were challenged this week to think about what an engineer is and what they do. After we had a great discussion, I introduced the Engineering Model and posed a question/scenario for the kids to think about. They broke into small groups and began problem solving and imagining right away. I wanted to share a few pictures (and hopefully videos soon) of the amazing ideas and products they came up with. Keep in mind this is only the first week of school… I can’t wait to see all that they are going to create once we have more experience with this model.

The scenario was this…

A company that produces novelty toys has realized that since most 6-10 year old don’t have a cell phone and therefore, can’t text in class, there is a market for a note passer among this age group. They would like their engineers to design a toy to pass a note as far as possible powered by just one breath.

Here are the amazing products your kids came up with!


Science Day Success

Today was filled with so many wonderful presenters. The students learned all about simple machines, keeping their bodies active and healthy, taking care of their teeth, robotics, physics (through a helicopter), and healthy heart care from a few EMTs. It was an amazing day and we are so thankful to have such wonderful community members that volunteered their time to come share with us. It was a great way to end a fun week 🙂

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Field Day Fun!

We all had a blast at field day! The weather was perfect and the stations were filled with fun challenges for us all (Mrs. Burke and I even got in on the action). Thank you so much to all of our volunteers for helping make this day such a success!!

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Let us eat lettuce!!!!

IMG_2265 IMG_2264 IMG_2266 IMG_2268 IMG_2261 IMG_2262 IMG_2263For 4 weeks we have watched our baby lettuce plants grow and grow (most of them at least- we had a few duds)!! Finally this week we got to create a delicious salad with what we had grown. I was so proud of all of the kids for at least trying the lettuce, and most of them thoroughly enjoyed it! This was a fun way to wrap up our unit on plants, and hopefully they’ll all continue to enjoy salads a little more 🙂


Multiplication Mania

We are fully involved in learning our multiplication facts right now!!! We have focused on various ways to solve multiplication… skip counting, repeated addition, making groups of, and building arrays. Last week we started out by working on multiplication work mats to explore the different ways to solve a problem. By the end of the week we were ready to create our own work mats and display the knowledge we had learned. Check out some of our pictures below. *Make sure you check out our links on the right side as well for ways to help your child practice his/her facts at home!!

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