Friday, October 26, 2018

 Pumpkin Smash! A math game involving counting and strategy, looking for algorithms to increase their chance of winning. They played with their 3rd, 4th and 5th grade mentors. Sometimes they won and sometimes we won! You may figure out your partner's strategy, but when you change partners it's a whole new game! The kids altogether played almost 500 games in our mentor hour. It was exciting and challenging for all!

 We are studying bats! Students have learned a great deal about all different kinds of bats. They have wondered about habitat, babies, food, their life cycle and echolocation. They have watched videos, read books, talked to people informed about bats, and made discoveries that inevitably lead to more questions. They are getting to be quite the bat experts.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

 Exploring, scientifically, sunflowers. Using their 5 senses, magnifying glasses and tweezers students dissected sunflowers, pulling out the seeds and looking at all the parts of the flower. What is that cottony white stuff under the seeds? What does it do?  Why are some seeds easy to remove and harder in other flowers? So much discovery here!

 We made slime with our mentors! "You need two things: polyvinyl alcohol (a main ingredient in washable school glue) and borate ion (...