Wednesday, February 27, 2013

JJ Watt Pays a Visit!

Today we held an all school assembly (grades 4-6) to remind kids of the 3 B's (Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe). This assembly was more of a chance for us to reward the kids for doing a great job throughout this year. As a reward, JJ Watt paid us a visit to discuss the 3 B's with the students. As most of may know, JJ is a Pewaukee native.

The kids were allowed a Q and A session after JJ spoke for a bit. Some of the questions were quite humorous. For example, "Can you flex for us?", and "How did it feel to sack Aaron Rodgers?"

What caught me was how humbled JJ was by the reception the kids gave him. He even blushed a little when asked to do his famous wheelchair dance. If you are not aware of this amazing story, click here.

Big props to the kids for being a great audience, and a big thanks to JJ for sharing some of his time with us.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Invention Convention

It is that time of year again! The Invention Convention is back. Students in grades 4-6 had the opportunity to participate in this year's Invention Convention. Some classes made it a requirement, I chose to give students extra credit in science for their participation. There were many intuitive designs. Some that would come in handy for myself. Below are photos of the students who participated from my class. Great job!
Parents are welcome to come and view the inventions from 4:30-5:30 today, February 19th. Here is a link to the requirements that students had to follow.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Read In

Today the entire sixth grade participated in what we call "Read In". Basically, we dedicated our entire 90 minute language arts block to reading. Students were allowed to wear PJ's, bring in blankets/pillows, magazine, books, newspapers, e-readers and any other reading material they enjoy. They all spread across the classroom on chairs, beanbags, gaming rockers, carpet squares, etc. In addition we took a couple of small break to do some fun activities related to literature. Below are pics of the students "hard at work".

Monday, February 11, 2013

Science and Cinch Learning

Currently in grade 6 we are piloting a program called Cinch Learning for science. To find more out about it, click here. This site offers students and teachers the opportunity for a blended learning environment.

Cinch offers many resources for students and teachers to choose from. There are lesson outlines, crossword puzzles, reviews, challenge and enrichment content, vocab review, as well as labs. Since we are piloting this your student might only have access to parts of the Cinch curriculum. However, as the year progress expectations for usability will increase. Please ask your student to log in at home and show you how Cinch works!

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Aliens are Coming!

This past week we spent time testing the physical properties of several items. But, we did it in a pretty unconventional way.  Students were given an assignment in which they had to protect Mr. Gull from an impending alien invasion. To do this they were to create a hat out of aluminum foil, pencils and two other items of their choosing.
Before creating the hat, students were required to test the physical properties (ability to bend, solubility, etc.) of all four of their items and record the data on a Google Doc. In addition, each group was required to write a hypothesis as to why the physical properties of their materials may repel alien invaders. The answers were quite comical at times. Below are pics of the students with their creations.