Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Kool Aid Squeeze Rocket Launcher

It is amazing what can be created with very simple materials that we all have at home or easily can get a hold of. making our rockets was pretty simple.
  1. 1 empty, clean, and dry Kool-Aid plastic bottle.
  2. 2 straws (regular size and a smoothie size one)
  3. We used scotch tape to seal the larger straw on top and duct tape around the mouth of the bottle and the straw.
While we were all having so much fun launching our rocket straws, you were actually learning about Newton's Third Law of Motion. According to Newton, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. As you squeezed the bottle, you forced the air out of the bottle and against the larger straw with the tape plug. As a result force caused the straw to "launch" through the air. Pretty simple, right, for very academic science. The power of air is amazing to witness, but it is even better to be the one doing the experimenting.
Click on the link below to see the video I made of us having a blast with our rockets.


Easter Celebration

It was a very happy-sorrowful celebration. I know you all had lots of fun playing and hanging out with your BFF"s, but for me it would be the last Easter celebration we would have together. :( I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to have an annual Easter egg hunt with you for the last 5 years. Watching you disperse throughout the park in such a chaotic fashion, frantically searching for eggs is so hilarious. I am also very content to see how you all share equally between each other--what kinds hearts you have. You would think that the screaming during the hunt would have diminished, but I actually think you guys have gotten louder throughout the years!

mrsgarciascorner's Easter 2013 album on Photobucket

Having Fun with Friends! from Fabiola on Vimeo.

Egg-Hunt Mania from Fabiola on Vimeo.

"Egg"-cellent Sharing from Fabiola on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Physical Fitness & Shakey's to Celebrate!

We have been training hard to get our bodies physically ready for the challenges of the CA Fitness Test! Working on our curl-ups, pushups, stretching, and mile run endurance made us realize just how much our bodies can do with training. You guys and gals have been working really hard. My voice was hoarse of all the cheering we had going on for each other. You truly showed true sportsmanship supporting every one in their endeavor. This best part was, that after all your hard work, you were able to celebrate with all your friends at Shakey's.

mrsgarciascorner's Physical fitness album on Photobucket

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

St. Patty's Day Green-Ness!

St. Patrick's Day was so much fun! We got to do lots of fun activities-even if we had to use our recess and lunch!

We began our day by taking a picture of our absolutely awesome shirts made by no other than our super-duper Mrs. Franco! We then made some delicious green, chocolate-chip pancakes...yummy! --Chemical Reaction--After filling up our tummies, we made our Crystalized shamrocks--Super Saturated Solution--This was so chaotic with all the stirring, hot boiling water, breaking jars (2), borax everywhere, and finally observing our shamrocks crystalize. Even with all that chaos, they were absolutely worth it. They came out soooo cool! By then we were so hungry, that we went ahead and let the mischievous little leprechaun, Me of course, turn our cheese sauce into green goo.  They were so scrumptious.

As you may not already know, I LOVE SCIENCE! Therefore, of course we were going to do some fun, fun, fun, tasks, but we were also going to do some learning, learning, learning. I really liked making the Gak (stevespanglerscience.com). -Chemical Reaction--You can all make it at home by following the simple steps you wrote down in your science journal and with adult supervision. You can also make the green play-dough by following the steps you wrote down. -Chemical Reaction--Let me know how any of those turn out when you try it at home.

mrsgarciascorner's St Pattys Day album on Photobucket

I really hope your last St. Patty's Day at Bridge was as much fun as it was for me.

Shine bright my little leprechauns...

Friday, March 8, 2013

Water Wise-STEM-UP

We are so fortunate to have STEM as a school partner. They have been here to demonstrate Circuits, Rocks & Minerals, Plants, and now Water Filtration. You were able to test a couple of unknown mixtures for their pH level, build your own MOCK water filtration system for a water mixture and then test the pH level.  This was a great simulation of our local water recycling process at our local water plants.

With permission from STEM-UP, I have included a copy of the instructions. You can recreate or modify your filters to test other water mixtures. Have fun my budding scientists! I can't wait to see what you create, conclusions you arrive at, and the learning that will take place.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Dr. Seuss Rules!

It is wonderful to have a special day to honor such a great writer. The way Dr. Seuss plays with words and how he has the power to make you stop and think is unbelievable.

Whether it is reading his books, making our traditional Green Eggs & Ham, watching The Lorax, or honoring those wonderful student readers at Reaching for the STARS, it has become one of my favorite celebrations. As you move on to the next chapter in your life, I hope you have warm memories of all the many ways we celebrated Dr. Seuss throughout the years. And rememeber, you are never too old to read his books, watch the movies, or hear his messages.

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes ever:


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