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More microscope fun…

We are looking in a digital blue microscope. This week we are learning about bugs. by Anna

bee wing

Yesterday we got to see a bee with pollen on its leg. by Nate

We saw a bee under the microscope. The bee had pollen on its leg. It was really cool. by Ally

bee with pollen on leg

Under the microscope Mrs. Wojtera showed us a bee and a beetle. by Brian

We looked at a beetle under the microscope and a bee and pollen. by Joseph


We all see a bee in the microscope and a beetle.  by Jaylen

We are looking at bugs in the digital blue. A beetle and a bee. by Ethan


We are studying bugs and plants under a microscope. We looked at a plant, beetle, and a bee.  by Sophia

Under the microscope we looked at a bee and bee pollen and we looked at a beetle. Mrs. Wojtera caught it crawling and caught it. by Zaina


We’ve been putting things under the microscope. We put a caterpillar under it. We put a plant under it. We put a bee under it. We put a beetle under it. by Ellyson

Whistle-pigs, Woodchucks, and Marmots have their say!

Happy Groundhog’s Day!


I read that these animals are also called marmots, woodchucks, land-beavers, whistle-pigs (my favorite), and groundhogs. What is your favorite name for the groundhog?

Check out National Geographic’s information page about the Groundhog.

Will the groundhog see his shadow on Tuesday?

Does it dissolve?

Corn, dirt, sunflower seeds, hot chocolate mix, baking soda, rocks, sand, sugar, and salt… what do these things have in common?

Well, we used all of them to discover what would dissolve in water.

We found out that some solids dissolve faster in hot water… we know heat is energy!

Here are our small groups reporting what they discovered.

What’s the Matter?

We are studying matter.

Today we conducted experiments to see which liquids would mix with water and which liquids would not mix with water.

Student reporters tell the results:






(notice my eyeballs popping out?!  – they really did!) Sadie writes and draws about the accident during our experiment when two girls flipped over the container of cooking oil.


Our Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

We had a great day at the pumpkin patch today! It was cold, but we were still able to conduct our science experiments, explore the corn maze, eat lunch, and pick the perfect pumpkin.

Back at school, we estimated and weighed our pumpkins, drew a picture of a jack-o-lantern, and got out our Digital Blue microscope. We were able to examine the parts of the pumpkin flower and vine. It was very interesting! We took snapshots and included them in our Smilebox creation.

Don’t forget to check out our pumpkin patch field trip stories. We scanned them and added them to our wikispace student pages.

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The Pumpkin Project

The Wonderful Ones have worked this week learning about the life cycle of the pumpkin. We read several good books that you can find on our Shelfari list. The non-fiction, or informational texts, helped us to understand about the stages of growing pumpkins.

We added our mind notes to our science journals. We are using a special model to study vocabulary. We work on thinking of examples, non-examples, characteristics, and definitions of our new vocabulary words.

We also enjoyed learning a new vocabulary word this week, tendrils. We decided to investigate the tendrils at the pumpkin patch Monday on our field trip. We are thinking that they work together to connect the vines. We also think we should walk carefully so we don’t trip on the vines that are hooked together with these tendrils.

Hello Wonderful Ones!

Our class has accepted the Diversity Rocks! challenge.  We decided to read and try to post our progress daily.

Ariel reports: We read two books by African American authors today.

Kayden reports: I picked The Leaving Morning by Angela Johnson because I thought it was going to be a good book.

Charli reports: I thought that Cloudy Day Sunny Day by Donald Crews was going to be a good book.  It was a good book!

We saw our science experiment had a code to embed in our blog and the students were excited about giving that a try… so here is our look at solids and liquids and changing the state of matter.  As of now, the game won’t load all the way, but this is what it looks like.  A link for the game follows: Solids and liquids.