Monday, October 26, 2015

Convection Currents with Mr. Simon

Last Monday we headed upstairs and collaborated with the upper school science teacher, Mr. Simon. He invited us into the science lab for our very first science experiment. It was a wonderful experience and the students really got a good understanding of convection currents and how they move the tectonic plates. Thank you so much Mr. Simon for volunteering your time, expertise and enthusiasm!!!

If you would like to try some more experiments with convection currents, check out these videos and links below.

Home Learning: Convection Currents
Heat Convection in Liquids


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

First Grade Buddies

This year, we are going to collaborate and work with some younger students in ISL. Almost one week ago we had our first opportunity to go visit Ms. Alyssa's grade 1 class to go read to them. It was a very special time for us and we had such a wonderful time. The students were jazzed as we walked back after hanging out with the younger kids and I heard comments like "I can't believe we used to be that small!" and "I taught her something!"

I especially enjoyed it because I got to read Don't Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus... one of my favorite read-alouds. Many of you know how much I love reading to kids, but I don't often get to read fun picture books as often as I would like to.

What is your favorite picture book to read to students?


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Multiplying Decimals Three Ways

Here is a video for the lattice method:

Here is a video for the estimation method with the traditional method:

Here is one more video for the more traditional method: