Week of November 10, 2014

We continued our discussion and learning of various forms of life cycles this week with looking a viral ‘life cycles’ or perhaps more accurately, how they affect the life cycles of other life forms.

 

Students did a terrific job w/comparing and contrasting life cycle forms learned to date using venn diagrams, charts and diagrams.  We then viewed images of various fungi, bacterium and virus and made 3D models in play dough and cloth – please come see all the amazing work in our classroom!  And we have the cutest salmonella pillows every made!

 

Science Fair students are moving from Question, Problem and Purpose to Hypothesis and Prediction – we work as a team to help refine and revise our wording – and the kids are getting great at helping each other!   Projects include monitoring and influencing fish behavior, building an electricity finding robot, analyzing Scratch code, dew traps, most effective cat toys, understanding the behavior of yeast and more!

 

CCA students pooled their identified community problems and formed several groups (and 2 new independent studies students!) to address water conservation, energy for events (like Fun Fun Fun Fest), and helping people remember when they need to get off public transportation (so they don’t forget their stop).

 

In a new twist for the quarter, we have begun have Logic Thursdays (along with our normal Thursday checkbooks, Math Pentathlon, and Looking Good) and the Delta kids are * loving* it.  Try the following and check w/your Delta to see if you get it correct (have fun!):

[rescue_highlight color=”yellow”]Make the following statement true with one line only:  10  10  11  =  10 : 50[/rescue_highlight]

 

In math, we are (depending on continua level) learning to use protractors, metric vs  customary, factoring, expanding, multiplying and dividing, exponential growth, new vocabulary, and the algebra of cutting cakes.

In Language Arts we focused on our biographies and Acrostic poems.  We had a blast and are amazed at the independent research that each student is producing.  Keep up the great work.   We now enter the final phase of rough drafts and begin the editing phase, so be prepared!  Our discussions have been wonderful and extremely fulfilling.  Each scientist has made great contributions to society and we are proud that every Delta has taken careful notes and contributed to our class discussions.  Yay science!

More pics to come and Happy Fall Weather!

 

IMG_4388Making mazes…

And photos from our cheese and yogurt making last week –

 

Filed November 14th, 2014.