Tuesday, June 12, 2018

 The last blog entry of the 2017-18 school year.  Time flies when you are with these beautiful people every day. A few pictures from beach day and the art show. Thank you for the most wonderful year! Have a great summer!!

Friday, May 25, 2018

 Bumblebees have been looking at, reading, listening to and writing many different kinds of poetry. One day they were inspired to write "Crabby Poems" all about a little red crab. Here they are reading their poems in the Author's chair. As listeners, the had many insightful comments and questions as they enjoyed each different way to express the life of a small red crab through poetry.

 On the beach at a very low tide looking at the tide pool creatures we had been studying. Students found many sand dollars, crabs, moon snails, and hermit crabs and experienced seeing them in their habitats.  Watching sand dollars tiny legs moving and small crabs hold up their claws in defense was fascinating for all. They discovered the rings in which moon snails lay their eggs and the many kinds of seaweed and kelp to be found on one beach. It was a day of exploration, discovery, and delight.

Friday, May 4, 2018

 Bubbles! Just one of the exciting activities students chose from during the First Friday, May the 4th be with you, extravaganza! In our station students explored surface tension, volume, bubbles inside bubbles, inserting objects without popping, one student even managed to make a match box car drag a bubble behind it!

Friday, April 27, 2018

 With our mentors and the Ladybugs today we used half pipes and tape to create marble runs. The challenge? Create a run using elevation, having a twist and having the marble land inside a container. The difficulties? How to attach the top of the pipe to obtain adequate elevation. How to create a twist in the pipe that did not cause the marble to fall out or to lose momentum. How to have the marble land in a container that it would not pop right out of immediately. Creative feats of engineering were discovered by all.

 A wonderful field trip to Seattle! We saw Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, participated in a talk back with the actors, went to the International Fountain and had lunch.

Friday, April 20, 2018

 I wanted you to be able to see the amazing 3-D sculptures the bumble bees made because they will not be strong enough to make it home in a backpack. The children had multiple items to try to fashion their structures out of but found that the chenille rods and marshmallows were the most successful. They discovered that squares were strong but triangles were stronger as some of the cubes and  rectangular prisms collapsed but the triangular prisms and triangle based pyramids held strong. I was surprised and so proud at the successes of many of our little engineers!

 The last blog entry of the 2017-18 school year.  Time flies when you are with these beautiful people every day. A few pictures from beach...