Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Defend the Fort: Part 2

Defend the Fort Part 2: Defense Supplies

Each student was given a budget of $3,000 and costs of items to decide on a plan for defending our fort. Then the class voted on which plan would defend our fort the best. This plan would then be used to create our defense plan. 

Costs of the defense supplies

Our class created an attack plan on the Magnetists class using their map to determine where we would enter. These plans were evaluated to see which class was victorious.
Electricianeers classroom map

Magnetists classroom map

Outcome of the mock classroom invasion:
(the outcome was written like a battle story and described the battle)

Attack on the Electricianeers allowed 2 victory points for the Magnetists.

Attack on the Magnetists allowed 6 victory points for the Electricianeers.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Writing Stories

This week in peer mentoring, the Electricianeers helped their friends begin writing a story. 

This group was writing a story called "The Getaway". It is about people that wanted to get away from their house because there were a lot of bad people there. 

This group was writing a story about themselves and what they were about.

The group of girls were writing about a snake that liked bananas. 

The front group was writing about a Halloween story.
The back group was writing a story about their buddy.

We will continue story writing next week!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Defend the Fort: Part 1

Defend the Fort: Civil War Cartography

Our class measured the sizes and shapes of all the major objects in our room to create a map of our classroom. This is our battle defense map. Students will use the map to design a defense strategy for our mock classroom invasion.

Measuring the supply shelf
Measuring the Smart Board
Converting inches to feet and inches
Deciding how to create the map
The final map with measurements!

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Westward Expansion: Seattle and the Gold Rush!

Our class was learning about Westward Expansion and why people were moving west. To extend our studies, we took a trip to the Klondike Gold Rush Museum in Seattle to learn about the story of the Yukon gold fields and Seattle's crucial role in this great event. 

Klondike Gold Rush Museum
Walking from the Museum to Underground Seattle

Right before the gold rush, Seattle had a fire that destroyed the city. The people decided they wanted a city that was a story above the muck, so they kept the original sidewalks and built the buildings above, creating the underground tunnels. 

Our tour guide, Tom, telling us about the history of Seattle.
Underground Seattle
The glass skylights from underground.
The underground sidewalk with ladders to the street.
Checking our the toilet!
Learning about the way the streets were made.
Hanging out underground!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Reading in the New Year

The Electricianeers started off the new year by reading to their Pre-K buddies. Students read books about winter and snow. They also enjoyed telling each other what they did over winter break. The smiles are endless when we go to peer mentoring!

"Let's build a friend!"
This book has no words, so these students were taking turns telling their own story that went along with the pictures.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Paper Glider Challenge

Students learned about new technologies and inventions during the Westward Expansion time period which ties to our overarching concepts of transitions. In 1852, Mechanics' Magazine had an article about Sir George Cayley's glider which led to a discussion about him and his flying machines.

Sir George Cayley, 6th Baronet was an English engineer and is possibly one of the most important people in the history of aeronautics. Many consider him to be the first scientific aerial investigator to understand the underlying principles and forces of flight. 

The intermediate classes were given a challenge to construct a paper glider that was capable of carrying a toy soldier that flew the farthest without the toy soldier falling out. The glider should have a set of wings and a tail.

-- Computer Paper or Construction Paper
--Glue, Tape, and/or Staples
--Scissors (if needed)
--Toy Soldier (black wooden domino)

There were many different designs!

Testing how well the paper gliders flew

The intermediate classes with their paper gliders!

Westward Expansion Timeline

This year we have created timelines in many formats. Recently the intermediate classes worked together to determine the order of events during Westward Expansion to create a timeline. Students used their knowledge of the order of dates to help them determine where each event fit into the timeline.

Students become more actively engaged in learning the sequence of events when they are constructing the timeline with others. 

Our classes decided it was best to line up in order to put the timeline on display!