In our class, we made a water cycle. We used cups, plastic wrap, and a rubber band. First, we put hot water in the cup. Afterwards, we put the plastic wrap over the cup. Then we put the rubber band over the plastic wrap. Then we set them close to the window so they could get heat from the sun. Finally, the heat from the water evaporated to the plastic wrap and turned back into liquid water drops through condensation. When the drops got too big and heavy, they fell as precipitation! In our next Science class, we made pictures of the water cycle to show what happens during the water cycle. After we were done, we added some glitter to the rain and snow. The things falling from the clouds are precipitation, the clouds are condensation. First, the water heats up from the sun and turns into a gas called water vapor. The water vapor goes up into the atmosphere that is very cold. When it hits the cold air, it turns back into a liquid and forms clouds, which is called condensation. Once more water comes into the clouds, they get so heavy and can't hold any more water. They let the water go, and it rains, snows, sleets or hails. This is called precipitation. The pictures below are some examples of our water cycles!
At the beginning of the year, our class shared our special things that we like in our life bags. We took turns sharing our things. There were a lot of cool things like toys, fragile things, and pictures. We took two days to share everything.
Did you ever share anything that you like with your friends?
Do you have something special to you?
In Morning Meeting we are writing down the high and low temperatures for Cincinnati; Tokyo, Japan; Galapagos Island; Nairobi, Kenya; Sydney, Australia; and Narsarsuaq, Greenland. We are looking for the weather for them. We have been doing this for 5 days. I saw that Greenland is cooler than Kenya and that Cincinnati is cooler than Galapagos Island. Tokyo, Japan is hotter than Cincinnati. Nairobi, Kenya is hotter than us because they're closer to the equator than us.
Do you like it better when it's hot outside or cold outside?
In Math we brought our toy cars. We put them on a ramp. We used 3 English books and a board with a starting line taped on it to make the ramp. Then we let them go and then we measured the distance with a meter stick. The highest distance rolled was 282 centimeters. We learned toy cars can go really far in centimeters. We rolled all the cars 3 times because we wanted to know the middle distance. Then we put them on a chart. We graphed our data and answered questions on the back. It was fun to do it because we brought in toys!
How short do you think the shortest distance is?
Friday, October 18, 2013 was Walk to School Day. Kids were encouraged to walk to school so we could get exercise and help keep our Earth clean. We got to walk with Mr. Red! Mr. Red was surrounded by kids and he gave them high fives. Some kids were able to get autographs from him too. Once we were at school, we walked the Cowboy Trail until the bell rang. It was fun to walk with Mr. Red!
Does your school have Walk to School Day?
Do you like to walk?
How do you get to school each day?
Ms. Young's class read a book called Frindle. In the book, there is a crazy boy named Nick Allen who invents a new word. The new word is Frindle, which is a replacement to a pen. When he invents the new word his teacher gets really mad and they started a battle: Nick vs. Mrs. Granger. The word starts spreading all over the country and even goes to different countries! Nick was getting richer and richer with all the money he was making too. You won't believe how the ending is! If you want to find out, you should read the book!
Have you ever read a crazy story like this?
Would you ever want to invent a new word? What would it be? What would it mean?
We read aloud a book in our class. We read Dragons of Blueland. This is the third book in a trilogy. The baby dragon is rescuing 15 dragon family members. He is going to rescue the 15 family members because 15 men were trapping the 15 dragons in a cave. Elmer and the dragon set off to rescue the 15 dragons. If you want to know the ending, you should get this book!
Have you read this book before? Did you like it?
Have you ever read a trilogy before?
When you were in second grade, did your class do Read Aloud? What books did you read?
Ms. Young's class did experiments with balloons, feathers, cotton balls, foam balls and a straw. We learned that you can blow up a balloon with a straw. You can put straws in a Ziploc bag and zip it and blow it up. We learned that air is everywhere. Air takes up space. Air is matter.
What do you know about air?
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