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Open: The tomb holds the secrets of China's first emperor. Close: There is mercury surrounding the tomb, so what if there is something worse inside. Open: We should open the tomb, because it will help us learn about Qin ShiHuang's life.Close: We should keep the tomb closed, because there is a dead corpse inside. Over the last few weeks we have learned about China's first emperor Qin ShiHuang. He left behind a great legacy. Students had to write an argumentative essay to persuade the reader to open the tomb, or leave it closed. Ms.
Recently, we've participated in a lot of STEM projects. From creating Rube Goldberg machines to paper and tape tables, we've learned how to think creatively and problem solve. One of our favorite STEM activities was creating catapults out of popsicle sticks, rubberbands, and a spoon. This activity taught us how to work as a team, think outside the box, and use trial and error to create the most successful strategy. We tested our catapults to see who could launch a pom pom the farthest and in the end we all had a BLAST!
During library time this week, students learned about Drew Daywalt, author of some of our most popular picture books like The Day the Crayons Quit, The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, and Monkey & Cake. We really enjoyed finding out what inspired Drew to write his many imaginative and hilarious books, reading Rock Paper Scissors together, and playing the game together afterward.
This week students learned how insects and plants have a symbiotic relationship by exploring how pollen can travel from plant to plant with an experiment! Students took their ‘insects’ from plant to plant and pollinated different flowers and saw how the pollen started to mix in the different flowers! Students then drew and explained how insects and plants help each other.
Mr. Ledesma, our school counselor, came in and taught our class about team work. Each group was given a bag of supplies and were given the instructions to build the tallest rocket they could. The students quickly figured out they had to work together to make their structure strong and tall. They also learned about what makes a good teammate!