IMAGES FROM OUR CAMPING TRIP TO GUNSTOCK
OUR TRIP TO MT. AGAMENTICUS
We hiked Mt Agamenticus, and were greeted by a red tailed hawk welcoming us to the summit. After a group game, lunch, and a lesson introducing atoms, we wove a web with yarn. Enjoy the pictures.
WELCOME TO A NEW YEAR IN UE1
It has been a wonder full first week of school. Students have been doing group games, gathering information about class mates and graphing the results, finding out where they live relative to school and beginning lessons. Please enjoy these pictures from the first week.
FUN WITH THE STREAM TABLE — An extension of the study of landforms. Just set up a siphon system, add some different types of sand, soil and rocks and change the flow of water!
TOOTHPICK BRIDGES – The Final Products (some held more than 12 pounds!)
TOOTHPICK BRIDGES – – As part of our study of bridges of the world, the fourth grades are building toothpick bridges of their own. They had to design and make the strongest bridges they could make using with a $1,250,000 for steel and each piece of steel (a toothpick) costing $10,000. Check back next week for pictures of completed bridges. In the mean time enjoy these images of the process.
TRIP TO REDSTONE QUARRY – – As part of our study of Geological Features, the fifth graders visited the site of the former Redstone Granite Quarry in North Conway.
TECTONIC SHIFTS! As part of the study of fault block mountains students have been making and recording their own earthquakes using a simple seismograph.
SIXTH GRADERS IMAGINARY ISLANDS – – The six graders presented their imaginary islands to the class last week. Enjoy the photos of their islands.
THANK YOU ROYCE! Ethan’s father, Royce, came and shared an original presentation of his that highlighted all the different systems of the body. Then he spent an hour answering questions from students!
DISSECTING!! As a final part of our study of organs we dissected hearts, eyes and brains. Enjoy these pictures (if you dare!)
HUMAN SYSTEMS RESEARCH PROJECTS
Students spent several weeks studying different organs and systems in the human body, and then presenting their work to each other. Please enjoy some of posters that were created along the way.
AROUND THE CLASS
THE 6th GRADERS MAKE SCALE MODELS OF ARCHITECTURAL CONES FROM AROUND THE WORLD – – –
HERE ARE MORE OF THE DIFFERENT PROJECTIONS OF THE WORLD
As we continue to study the body, students students are giving demonstrations to highlight human how organs work. For instance, how about trying to identify foods without the sight or smell?
HEREDITY AND FINGERPRINTS
As we continue to study the body we have investigated genetic traits. First we looked at facial features such as hair color, ear lobes, dimples, and freckles, then we did an investigation of fingerprints.
AROUND THE CLASS
ROMAN GODS and ATHENS & SPARTA
In our history studies we had presentations about some of the Gods and Goddesses of ancient Rome. We also saw presentations comparing the different cultures of Athens and Sparta, including a vote on which culture was more appealing to us (in a nod to the birthplace of democracy!).
STUDY OF THE HUMAN BODY
We have begun our study of the human body. First making maps of a small city so we could compare the aspects of a well functioning city to the parts of a well functioning body. Second a group study of all the glands and hormones of the Endocrine System.
PROJECTIONS OF THE EARTH
Among Geography projects, the fourth graders are working on making their own projections of the earth. First drawing the lines of latitude and longitude, second, draw in the continents.
Our study of Energy transformations brought us a variety situations to study including sun paper, and a steam engine!
CAMP LINCOLN – Winter Survival Skills
Both Upper Elementary Classes went to Camp Lincoln for a day learning survival skills. While indoors, the staff took students through a survival scenerio, and prioritized a list of essential items in a survival situation. Outdoors, students learned about: STOP, The List of Threes, Where to build shelters, how to build shelters, and how to start and build a fire without matches. Enjoy the pictures!
FEBRUARY ALREADY – –
Projects around the class at moment include: drawing tessellations and fractals, study of ancient number systems, experiments in energy transformations, and studies of ancient Rome and Greece. Enjoy the pictures!
NOW HAPPENING IN UE1 – –
We have continuing experiments with the Tectonic Sand Box as we explored what happens when plates diverge, and when the slide by each other. Some students are working on Pie Charts that represent the dollar value of US Imports and Exports to different countries, while others begin the process of looking at different projections of the earth. Clay projects have been completed and many are on display in the hallway outside of Toddler House. Finally, some students decided it was time to organize their files and cubbies – – a truly impressive effort!
WELCOME TO 2016
It has been a busy two weeks as we have welcomed in the new year. Some making circles in the snow/ice in order to calculate the circumference and diameter on their way to determining the value of pi. Many studying different aspects of the earth (atmosphere, internal spheres, magnetosphere and plate tectonics). The jar of jello represented different internal spheres of the earth, and there was a special sand box to show how layers of rock respond under pressure. Some made maps of the tectonic plates, while others learned how to multiply decimals or graph equations with three variables. We are a busy lot! Enjoy the pictures!
THE (NOW) ANNUAL HOLIDAY VACATION UE1 YANKEE SWAP
(including the now famous clever wrapping of the gifts!)
Enjoy the images from our party – – –
TRIP TO WAGON HILL
The class ventured over to Wagon Hill in Durham for lunch, lessons, poetry reading and games. While we ate under the Gazebo, students shared their “If I were leader of . . .” poems. Each who read received the proper poetry approval of snapping fingers.
After lunch we tried a group jump which ended in success as we changed from a circle formation to a line. Roanne then lead us in the building of plant cell models on the beach – – very clever use of shoreline props to make different parts of the cell. As the tide approached, the water provided perfect cytoplasm for a few of the cells (although it prevented any further work. Nothing worse than a flooded cell. One cell wall did survive.
And as a side story, the clay was great!
Enjoy the pictures.
AND A NEW YEAR BEGINS
We had a great first week of school. It was filled with getting reacquainted with old friends and work, and getting acquainted with new friends and work. Lenny, our pet Euromastyx is back for another year. We discovered what it means to not let the inevitable “birds of sorrow” make “nests in our hair.” We shared card games that we learned over the summer. After being fascinated by a wave pendulum we considered how it was like our time at school. And Roanne kicked off botany studies with a discussion about, and the dissection of, an echinacea plant. Keep checking back for updates and photos throughout the year!
THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD
In the first part of this study students were learning about the important books, people, symbols, and places of worship for different religions in the world. Students also prepared pie graphs and world maps showing the distribution of religions around the world. A time line of religions was also prepared. In the spirit of thinking about and working with these ancient ideals and beliefs, students “antiqued” their presentations by painting them with tea, and then crinkling and tearing the paper once it had dried. Enjoy the pictures!
THE STUDY OF SIMPLE MACHINES
We are in the midst of studying the basics of work and simple machines. We started with the question, “What is work?” Soon we found ourselves investigating Newton’s Three Laws, the relationship between weight and mass, and the relationship between kinetic and potential energy. Then it was on to experiments measuring the work done by inclined planes and the work done by wedges. As always . . . enjoy the pictures!
THE LAST STEP OF OUR ANIMAL KINGDOM STUDIES – – DISSECTION
Through our class study of the Animal Kingdom we have considered questions such as: What is life? What are vital functions? How is a Chordate different from a Vertebrate?Where does an animal fit in the food chain? We also compared and contrasted the vital functions of the different Phyla of the Kingdom. To finish up this study students had the opportunity to dissect a variety of animals. This year they had the choice between a squid, a perch, or a frog. After identifying different parts of their specimen, students gave “tours” to classmates. Enjoy the pictures!
WAIT – – – WHAT – – – FEBRUARY VACATION ALREADY
Well, since we have had a wall of winter over the past weeks,here is the view out of our window!
Mean while on the inside of the class – – – here are some pictures of the projections of the earth that cartographers have been working on.
Next up, the weaving enrichment group made popsicle stick looms, them threaded them, and many are now in the process of weaving.
We have been playing the dictionary game at various times throughout the year. In this game someone chooses a word from the dictionary that nobody knows. Then everyone makes up a definition for that word, and the person who chose the word writes the real definition. All the definitions are then read and people choose which they think is the real definition. This past week we played with the words “jocund” and “zydeco.” Earlier in the year we have used such words as “vetch” and “shibboleth.”
Students studying the relationship between a line segment and and a circle, and the relationship between between two circles, have written books to include the different relationships they learned. Enjoy the covers and a few of the pages.
Our study of fractals lead to the construction of three dimensional models using toothpicks held together by mini-marshmallows. Enjoy the pictures of this project.
AND TO BEGIN 2015 – – –
We have begun a study of the animal kingdom. But first we considered important questions such as “What is Life?”, “What is a Cell?”, and “What do all organisms have in common?” Watch for pictures in the coming weeks related to this study. We are also continuing our study of New Hampshire and American History. Students just finished presenting short biographies on people involved on both sides of the American Revolution.
The fourth graders are in the midst of making different projections of the earth. The first example in the photos here is the world being drawn as a football! Also, please enjoy the photos of our fractals. In the coming weeks we will be making three dimensional fractals.
TO END 2014 – – – As we finished the calender year, class was abuzz with finishing our spinners (we raised an additional $140 to donate to Camp Kabeyun’s scholarship fund!), calculating the angles and drawing all the diagonals of polygons, doing pottery, making evermore complex molecular models, and finishing up with our traditional holiday Yankeee Swap. This year’s theme was something soft. Happy New Year!
CLASS IS BUSY: Contour Maps – – Clay work – – Molecule Models – – Cubing – – Angles in Polygons – – and yes even an orange transformed into an octopus!
THANKSGIVING FEAST NAME TAGS – – Here are our name tags for the annual Cornerstone Thanksgiving Feast!
TRIP TO STRAWBERRY BANK – – As part of our New Hampshire history study we visited Strawberry Bank in Portsmouth and received a glimpse of Thanksgiving celebrations during different periods of New Hampshire’s history.
WOW!! Between the Bake Sale and the Halloween Brunch, Upper Elementary students were able to raise $531. That money is being donated to the Camp Kabeyun scholarship fund. Kabeyun was the camp we attended for our September camping trip.
SPINNERS – – The class has begun work on making spinners that we will be raffling off when they are completed. Right now they are in the construction phase. Lots of wood glue, clamps, rasps and saw dust at this point – – and smiles too!
IF IT NOVEMBER IT MUST BE TIME TO BAKE FOR THE FEAST! Upper Elementary classes are baking pies for the school feast on Tuesday, November 25. The sights and smalls of the baking are almost as good as the actual eating!
THE WEEK THAT WAS (October 27-31) – – Among other things going on this week we had orienteerers hunting for treasure, everyone learning about convection currents, fifth graders working on contour maps, and the sixth graders cooking a six course brunch on Friday. Enjoy the pictures.
The final part of our study of rocks has been experiments. We have been making, growing and observing crystals formed from alum, borax and epsom.
We have also done an experiment taking crayons through the rock cycle. See below – – –
And finally, we have used different amounts of pressure on sheets of aluminum foil to represent different stages of metamorphic rock – – –
FAMOUS ROCK MODELS
As part of our continuing work with rocks and minerals, students have studied a famous rock or stone in the the world. After choosing a rock to research, they prepared photographs and and a short report for a power point presentation. They also made models of their rock and presented the models in class. Enjoy the photographs of some of the models.
Today we put some of the rounded rocks we collected at Bass Beach to work. After discussing situations where we feel like jagged rocks, and other situations where we feel like rounded rocks, we considered what we thought were the solid, foundational “rocks” of our community. Students then wrote some of those ideas on rocks we collected, and then placed the rocks in a jar to reminds us what it takes live and work together. As always – – enjoy the photos!
A WONDERFUL FIRST WEEK
We had a terrific first week of school getting to know each other and laying foundations for work patterns, jobs, and living in this community. We reviewed class rights and responsibilities. The picnic table group from last spring put the finishing touches on the new tables for the backyard. We finished the week with a lesson on the rock cycle at Bass Beach on the North Hampton/Rye town line.
WELCOME BACK !
The physical environment is ready (both inside and out). Don and Jenny are ready. All that is missing to complete the educational triangle is students and their parents. We look forward to welcoming you back next week.
TRAVEL BROCHURE WRITING
Students learned how to use persuasive language, with the intention of writing about a place they have already visited, or a destination they hope to visit. Students were able to convince one another through the power of persuasive language. Enjoy the pictures below.
LUNCH at BOSTON PUBLIC GARDEN
UE1 took the train down to Boston on Wednesday and walked from North Station, over Beacon Hill, and through the Boston Common in order to explore the Boston Public Garden. First stop was the Swan Boats, followed by lunch, then feeding the ducks. We finished up by visiting many of the monuments we had studied in class. Enjoy the pictures.
THE FIFTH GRADERS at QUECHEE GORGE -As a conclusion to a few months spent studying land forms, the fifth graders headed up to Quechee Gorge in Vermont on Friday, June 6th. They discovered that the water was quite cold, and 156 feet is high!
THE UKE CREW – – Sonali and Nikhila playing their Ukuleles along with Kelly.
WHAT A GREAT BIKE HIKE ! Both Upper Elementary classes spent the day on the Rockingham Recreational Trail this past Friday. Thanks you to all the parents who rode with us, or helped provide support along the trail in their cars. Enjoy the pictures.
6th GRADERS (Senior Citizens!)
The sixth graders spent the day on Thursday doing archery at school in the morning, then went off for lunch at Las Olas in Exeter and finished the day painting their tiles for the Upper Elementary hall of fame at To Your Arts Content in Exeter. They had a blast! Enjoy the pictures.
PAPER TOWEL TESTING – – Here are the graphs showing the results of the tests students performed
on a variety of paper towel brands. (Green is Viva, Red is Bounty, Purple is Brawny, Blue is Market Basket, Yellow is Marcal, and Brown is Tork). You be the judge!
ENRICHMENTS GROUPS – – Wednesday afternoons mean enrichments groups. Here the woodworkers are working on picnic tables . . .
and the Hikers, well, they hike!