April 14

Who I Want to Be

restitution - footprintToday we talked about “Who I Want to Be”.  We listened to some music and read poetry about “how I want to be remembered”.  We reflected on how we want to be remembered is something to reflect on everyday as we think about who we want to be.  We discussed how we want to be remembered and what actions each day will lead to that.

Students each decorated one outline of a foot to indicate their “footprint” of who they want to be and how they wish to be remembered.

Check out some of the poetry we read together



I Want To Be Remembered

April 14

Science – Static Electricity – Basic Static Exchange “Static Electricity Worksheet”

science - static worksheetToday students studied the basic ways that static can exchange between different items.  We focused on how static is electrons staying in one place.  Insulators tend to keep electrons in one place.

We also talked about how conductors tend to spread electrons across their surface (“conducting”) the electricity.  This means they can’t collect electrons to create a static charge.

We also talked about how electrons tend to move from where there are more electrons to where there are less electrons.

Download the worksheet from class.

15.04.10 Static Electricity Worksheet

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April 14

Science – Static Electricity – Electroscope Lab

science - slectroscopeToday students studied static electricity by using the electroscopes they have made.  Students are experimented with negatively charging a balloon and then testing the effects on the electroscope and then positive charging a glass rod and once more seeing the reaction of the tin foil balls on their electroscopes.

Download a copy of the lab from class using the link below.

 15.04.10 Electroscope Lab

Click on the video below for an explanation of the lab.

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April 9

Science – Static electricity – the Main Facts

Today we watched a portion of a video that directly explains the nature of static electricity.  Students were asked to complete the questions directly associated with the video.  Click the link below to access a copy of the assignment.  Students can watch the video by logging into discover (link here) and searching for the title of the video “Electricity and Magnetism”

15.04.06 video – Static Electricity blacklines



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April 6

Backward Bill by Shel Silverstein

Today we started our preparations for Festival of the Arts by reading through one of our poems we are performing there.  We read “Backward Bill” by Shel Silverstein and tried some different ways of reading it.

Check out the poem below.

lightintheattic-backwardbill-largeBackward Bill

Backward Bill, Backward Bill,
He lives way up on Backward Hill,
Which is really a hole in the sandy ground
(But that’s a hill turned upside down).

Backward Bill’s got a backward shack
With a big front porch that’s built out back.
You walk through the window and look out the door
And the cellar is up on the very top floor.

Backward Bill he rides like the wind
Don’t know where he’s going but sees where he’s been.
His spurs they go “neigh” and his horse it goes “clang,”
And his six-gun goes “gnab,” it never goes “bang.”

Backward Bill’s got a backward pup,
They eat their supper when the sun comes up,
And he’s got a wife named Backward Lil,
“She’s my own true hate,” says Backward Bill.

Backward Bill wears his hat on his toes
And puts on his underwear over his clothes.
And come every payday he pays his boss,
And rides off a-smilin’ a-carryin’ his hoss.