WEATHERING AND EROSION SUGAR SHAKE
We simulated the weathering of rocks by using sugar cubes. We marked the edges and then shook them in a container and collected data every 40 shakes. We noticed that the longer we shook them, the more rounded they became, just like rocks!
We got to go to SUU to attend the STEAM Festival (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math.)
We saw animals, fossils, learned about geology and astronomy, Native American artifacts, Slime, Tesla Currents, Aerospace Engineering, and tons of other STEAM activities. We even got to play the drums and play with a Hologram Topographical Table!
Fiddler's PTA is amazing! We had another awesome COLOR RUN earning our school $19,000. We love our parents, PTA, all our supporters that made this possible!
CEDAR MOUNTAIN FIELD TRIP
As the culmination of our science unit on changes to the Earth's surface, we got to go look for evidence of volcanic activity on Cedar Mountain. We stopped at Navajo Lake and walked on a Lava Bed, then went to Mammoth Cave. At Mammoth Cave we took a tour through a lava tube, played a weathering, erosion, and deposition relay race, and used magnifying loupes on a scavenger hunt looking for native plants and collecting specimens to view under a microscope. Finally, we made a quick stop to look for lava bombs!
In this investigation, we were trying to answer the question, " What type of lava creates an explosive volcano?" We experimented with two types of "lava", one that was thick and one that was thin. We originally thought that the thin lava would create explosive volcanoes, but after we experimented, we discovered that the thick lava explodes because the hot air and gases get trapped until the pressure builds up and becomes too great and explodes!
DICHOTOMOUS KEYS? WE KNOW ABOUT THESE...
We learned how to use dichotomous keys in science by first classifying students in our class by certain characteristics. Then, we practiced classifying candy, and finally, we classified animals using this scientific tool.
STEM JELLO EARTHQUAKE CHALLENGE
As part of our unit on Earth Science, we are studying earthquakes. We created blueprints and then constructed our own 2 story building using toothpicks and marshmallows and then tested them out on a Jello Earthquake. We then tweaked our building designs to see if we could improve the construction of our buildings to withstand the effects of earthquakes.
We brought out the hand boilers as a model of what is happening below the surface of the earth's crust when magma is super heated and pushes through the surface, creating a volcano! The heat from our hands heated up the liquid in the boilers, causing the liquid to rise and "boil" in the glass tube.
WILL IT FLOAT?
As part of our unit on Science Process Skills, we learned about experimenting. We placed golf balls in both fresh and salt water to see what would happen. We discovered that the golf balls floated in the salt water. We learned about density and how when we dissolved salt in the water, we made it more dense than the golf ball so it would float!
HOW OLD IS THIS TREE COOKIE?
For our lesson on the Science Process Skill of MEASURING, we learned about standard and non-standard units of measure. For example: in non-standard units, our classroom is 7 students long. We measured the circumference of tree cookies to estimate the age of the tree and then counted rings to see if our data matched. Then, we went outside and measured the circumference of live trees to estimate their age.
HULA HOOP OBSERVATIONS
We kicked off science this year by learning about Science Process Skills. One of these skills is OBSERVATION. We practiced this skill by using hula hoops to narrow our focus, and placing them in the wooded area on our playground. We sketched everything in our hoop, collected specimens, and then brought them inside to examine them under a microscope.
A little bit about me...
My name is LeAnne Jones and I am so excited to
have your child in my class! I am an outdoor
enthusiast. I love to hike, camp, bike, fish,
play softball, and especially run. I am a REAL Salt Lake soccer fan.
I love to spend time with my family; I have a cute husband and 3 amazing kids.
I also love to read, garden, travel, and to learn
about our natural world.
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