Plants Update

Our mini garden is doing well!  Today, we harvested the bell peppers and a few cherry tomatoes that were ready.  We can’t wait for more tomatoes!

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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

This week’s STEM challenge included art and literacy, while using technology to create videos.

For the past two weeks, students have been working on persuasive writing.  To make our opinion pieces more interesting, students were challenged to write persuasive advertisements based on cures from our novel study, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.  In this book, an old woman who lives in an upside down house uses comical, positive cures to correct kids of bad habits.  Of the cures found in the book, students had to choose one of these three: “The Answer-Backer Cure,” “The Radish Cure,” or “The Selfishness Cure.”

Instructions

  1. You MUST choose either Penelope the Parrot, the Selfish Kit, or Radish Seeds to advertise.
  2. You MUST mention what they can cure children of and how to use them properly.
  3. You MUST remember that you are advertising to parents, so you want to make the advertisement appealing to them.
  4. You MUST include a neat, colored picture showing your product.
  5. You MUST include the name of your item in BIG, BOLD letters.
  6. You MUST also include the price of your item.

Below are a few ads:

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Students, then, worked in groups to create commercials using a simple video app on the Kindle.  From writing their scripts to producing and editing their commercials, I am beyond amazed of the creativity, teamwork, and professionalism in the creation of these videos:

Rudeness Cure: Penelope the Parrot

Dirtiness Cure: Radish Seeds

Selfishness Cure: Selfish Kit

STEM Friday: The Human Body

This week, we have been learning about the human body.  We distinguished the major body parts and discussed their basic functions.  During our respiratory system study, we even made a lung model to demonstrate how we use our diaphragm and lungs to breathe.

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For our STEM Friday activity, all students were assigned a body part.  They, then, had to create it using the materials provided and place it in the correct place on the body model.

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The final product!
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I especially loved this heart that Patrick, Kennedy, and David worked so hard on! Great teamwork!

Before creating our human body model, we enjoyed playing a few center activities: playing charades to review vocabulary and building models of the heart and skeleton.

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Playing charades
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Building the skeleton
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Building the heart model