We had a beautiful day for Phy Ed the rain held off till after class. Not only did they get a great work out for their body, but their mind to. Students where in groups and had to roll a die and add the numbers till they got to exactky 33.
In science the Fifth Graders have been working hard with our current Einstein kit Microworlds. In this kit students are learning how to use different tools to help them make observations. We first started out trying to draw a penny and quickly realized that it was hard to do from memory. When students were able to use a hand lens it was much easier and they could then see more details. We discovered what qualities a magnifier needed to have to make things larger. (needs to be transparent and curved). The students then moved on to looking even closer at items using a microscope. They had to learn how to adjust the focuse and the amount of kight to beat see the slide. The students are now applying what they have learned to observe living organisms. To day we observed blepharisma, a rosey colored single cell organism, come check them out at open house.
During the first week of school the students where given a challenge, they needed to save Fred. Fred (a worm) went sailing but did not put on his life vest. His boat flips over and the life vest ends up under the boat. Students had to figure out how to get the life vest on Fred without using their hands, the only thing they could use to touch Fred, the boat or life vest was paper clips. Many thought this was impossible but with a little thought all were able to save him.