Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Knight to Remember

On Tuesday, May 14th we had a speaker talk to the 6th grade students about the life of a knight in the middle ages. Mr. Tuzzio's presentation not only provides the students with factual information but also entertains them. Each year he calls up one student to wear and try on the helmets meant for a knight. Additionally, he allows students to handle chain-mail and a piece of armor that is over 500 hundred years old! Click here to learn more about this presentation.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Volcanic Eruptions

For our most recent science unit the students were asked to complete research, and build a scale model of a volcano. The research focused on type, eruption style, and volcanoes around the world. Yesterday, the projects were due and we "erupted" all of the volcanoes. Some students chose the baking soda and vinegar concoction, while others chose the ever explosive diet Coke and Mentos. Enjoy the video and pictures below.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Restoration and Rowboat Trip

Last week my class had the pleasure of taking our annual restoration and rowboat trip. We started off in the morning by ridding wetlands of invasive species, Buckthorn to be more specific. The kids worked really hard and did a great job. Our only hiccup were the dozens of Wood-ticks that we ran into. Don't worry, there are not the ticks that carry Lyme's Disease.

In the afternoon we took our usually trip down the Pewaukee River. The class started behind the Chocolate Factory and meandered our way about 2 miles to the Wisconsin Ave. bridge. The students enjoyed their experience rowing their own boat. This year was especially fun as many fish were still spawning, in particular Muskies.

This trip helped the students to understand how fragile our ecosystem is and what they can do as an individual to keep it clean.