Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Yummy Caramel Apples

Yummy, yummy in my tummy. The caramel apples we made today we're delicious! As you were able to see, they are very easy to make.

  1. Melt the caramel in the crock-pot on low setting (if already melted, simply warm it up).
  2. Crush some peanuts (or Oreos, chocolate cookies, etc.-be creative).
  3. Dip the apple in the caramel.
  4. Let it sit for about a minute on  
  5. Roll it on the peanuts.
  6. Start munching.

 I am very glad that you guys and gals had lots of fun. Tomorrow will be even better..."boogie" juice here we come!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Frankenstein Pudding

There are so many things to do throughout the day, that doing "extra" activities seems to be impossible. Since we are so close to Halloween, I thought doing a cookery activity would be an excellent idea. Therefore, today I was so happy to see that you guys and gals came up for lunch to make your Frankenstein Pudding. It was a lot of fun to see you pounding the Oreo cookies. It was also a lot of fun to see the variety and distinct faces you all drew. We have to think of something else to do that goes with November. I'll be awaiting your suggestions...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Goodnight Goon

Have you ever read the story Goodnight Moon written by Margaret Wise Brown?  Well, there is a monsterized parody of this beloved classic by Michael Rex called Goodnight Goon. There is a free ebook that you can read from We Give Books that is perfect to read during the month of October. If you have younger siblings, don't forget to let them enjoy it with you. Simply click on the picture below and enjoy this petrifying parody.

Let me know what you think after you read it?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Monster Slime!

It was so much fun making monster slime. Even though we were having a little trouble at the beginning, we did not give up, and as a result we got our product. Remember you can make monster slime at home.  You need the following items:
  • 1 teaspoon Borax powder
  • 1 cup water and 1/2 cup water 
  • 4 oz. (or 1/2 cup) of Elmer's glue (clear or white)
  • food coloring
  • glitter (optional for the white glue)
If you have younger siblings, you can get them excited about science and they will also have a blast. Besides, if you teach it to others, you will be retaining the highest percentage as an active learner.

Spooky Haunted Houses

WOW! WOW! WOW! I LOVED your haunted houses. They were unbelievable. I am still so impressed and proud of you all. I can tell you worked on them. I saw haunted houses with blinking lights, bubbling eruptions, hanging ghosts, glow in the dark figurines, creepy fences, and even a Pandora's box. They were creative, spooky, unique, spectacular, amazing, fabulous, magnificent, top-notch....okay I better stop with the adjectives before it all goes to your head...lol.

You will definitely be ready for projects in middle school with all the practice you are getting now. Keep up the awesome job!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Jumping Through History

We are truly covering a lot of historical facts and the impact they had in the forming of our Nation. It may get a little confusing because we are covering two different time periods.

In Treasures we are covering the Westward Movement and expansion of the young United States. This is people moving from the east to the west during the 1800s. Remember that this became possible for many people thanks to the courageous and adventures expedition of Lewis & Clark with their crew.

Reflections (History)
Our history lessons are focusing on an earlier time period: 1492. We are learning about the early explorers and how they "discovered" new lands, expanded the territories of Europe's kings and queens, and how America was born.

November's Project
Your November project will be tied to early explorers. I am truly looking forward to seeing your projects come to life. We are simulated museum exhibits. I will be giving you the written directions with further information next week. For now, I suggest you start looking into which explorer you are interested in and begin to do some research and/or taking some notes. We will be going over (AGAIN) on taking research notes, quoting, and giving proper credit (bibliography). Your completed projects (tri-fold, writing, & model) will be displayed in the library for students, teachers, and parents to visit. Be prepared to discuss your project orally. This is not something you can complete the weekend before...so start your engines, get ready, and GO!

Friday, October 19, 2012

OREO Fun Day!

Today was such a fun day! We got to review lots of math in a fun and exciting way. I really liked to see you all working in groups and helping each other out. I also loved to hear you talking about strategies to built the tallest tower. TEAM WORK! Yes! This will help all of us do a better job, to learn more, and to develop team work skills.

 I was very impressed with the sculptures you guys and gals came up with. Next year it will be even better!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Why do leaves change colors?

Here is a really cute story that explains why...enjoy!

StickFiggy and the Painted Leaves
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"Vomiting" Pumpkins

Friday's science lesson was super cool! We were able to measure, estimate, and carve out our pumpkins. We also saw how when you combine baking soda (NaHCO3) with vinegar (CH3COOH) they react to produce H2O, sodium acetate, and CO2 which is what causes the fizzing.

NaHCO3 + CH3COOH = H2O + Sodium acetate (CH3COONa) + C02

 It was so cool to see the different colored "vomit" coming out from the pumpkins' mouths. This is a great activity for you to try again at home with your family. Try different combinations of baking soda and vinegar to figure out which one gives you the best "vomit". Let us know your results.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Animal & Plant Cells

Wow! Wow! Wow! I was sooooo impressed with the quality of your work on your cells. You all did something different, used different materials, and were so creative. I really liked the way you were all complimenting each others' work. It shows how much you respect each other. We will be delving into the cell this week to learn even more and to solidify your learning....I can't wait.

Enjoy the slides. I sure did!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Vascular Plants

We have been learning soooooooooooo much! You guys and gals are doing awesome. Your schema must be bursting at the seams. Remember to review the fluid and nutrients vessels in plants, how it is similar to humans, how it is different, and the importance of both. We will be reviewing further in class and making our flashcards. The test is on October 19th. Take a look at the Calendar TAB for upcoming events and tests.


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