February has been a busy month for the class filled with many challenging projects.
We continued our Earth Science lessons with the study of crystals. The students learned how to make a supersaturated solution using a variety of solutes including; borax, Epsom salts, alum, rock salt, baker’s sugar, and baking soda. As part of this activity, the students recorded observations regarding the amount of solute used, the temperature of the solvent, and the time required for crystals to form at room temperature. After their crystals had formed, the students looked at the different crystal formations created under a magnifying glass and under a microscope lens. They used these additional recorded observations to determine crystal symmetry and growth pattern for each type of crystal specimen. A few class members went on to research the chemical composition of each of the solutes used. This multi-day activity ended with a discussion as the students shared their observations and recorded data with each other.
The students continued using their collaborative skills in order to create a class project for the annual school benefit. The project began with the students learning a little about Jazz music and its roots in New Orleans. As a class we listened to a variety of Jazz music and each student wrote down words or phrases that described the thoughts and feelings they were experiencing while listening to each piece of music. These recorded thoughts were used as a foundation and inspiration for individual collages. Bringing all of the individual images together into one unified piece of artwork created a collaborative visual story of the class experience. The students were happy to share this unique work of art with the FVMS community at the annual benefit. Ms. Danelle and I were happy to see so many of you there!
We ended this very busy month with a lively week filled with school spirit, our last Coffee Carline for the school year, and making plans for our annual flower sale in May.
We would like to thank all of the volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules in order to create a wonderful Sock Hop experience for the students!
The UE students would also like to thank the FVMS community for generously supporting this year’s Upper Elementary Coffee Carline. In the end, the class was able to earn enough money to pay for the round trip bus fare to Wisconsin as well as assist their parents with the additional fee for the weeklong education program. The students are really excited about the success of their business and are already looking forward to next year’s Coffee Carline!
Lastly, the class would like to thank Jan DuRall for organizing this year’s UE flower and organic vegetable plant sale. Without Jan’s research and legwork, this opportunity would not have been possible.
Until next month,
Ms. Rebecca and Ms. Danelle