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New Culture and Science

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    On Wednesday, we had a new collaborative science lesson on the physics of sound. We used different materials and hit them and made sounds with them, such as the long gong and the tuning fork. We tried to figure out if the the sound was coming from vibration or not.     
    On Thursday, we had a lesson the Aztec, Maya, and Inca cultures. We learned that all three would make human sacrifices. All three were very good engineers and architects. They were very complex cultures. We'll be researching more about these cultures in the coming weeks.
    On Friday, the 6th graders will be going shopping for our Thanksgiving feast. Throughout the week they have calculated the amounts of the foods we need will for the feast.

Time to Relax

posted Nov 8, 2018, 12:49 PM by Upper West

        Hi, and welcome to the blog.

The first thing I will be talking about is homework. Homework is exactly like last year's homework. If you are a mother or father to a fourth year student, this is a must read. First you need to choose a school appropriate book. Then you need to choose a project, such as a diorama box or Google Slides. For your project-based homework, you need to choose a project from the list and give a presentation

The next thing I will be talking about is camp stories. As you may know, we had camp journals with all the things we did at camp (except for canoeing). We used those journals to help create ideas for our camp stories. Some of us wrote about the climbing wall at camp, or some of us wrote about scaring the girls. We had a great time at camp and I can’t wait for next year.

On Thursday a staff member named Becky came in from the Wood County Hospital. She did some yoga poses with us, such as the flamingo pose and the downward dog. She also did some deep breathing exercises. It felt relaxing.


Creating an Element

posted Nov 2, 2018, 6:12 AM by Upper West

    The students in Upper West had a wonderful first week back from Camp Willson. We started with a review of atoms, including protons, neutrons, electrons, and the periodic table. Using this information, the students chose and assembled an element (out of paper plates) from the first four rows of the periodic table. These are displayed in the hall way outside our classroom. 
    Now that we are wrapping up our Native American legends, Native American research essays, and camp stories, we will begin a new writing unit next week focusing on persuasive essays. It's been a lot of fun watching the energy this year at writer's workshop!
    Hope to see everyone at Curriculum Night on Wednesday!

Camp Willson

posted Oct 28, 2018, 9:32 AM by Upper West

We all had a blast at Camp Willson! See below pictures from one of the groups. Check our of MSBG Facebook page for more. Can't wait to go back next year!

As a Matter of Fact

posted Oct 17, 2018, 11:39 AM by Upper West   [ updated Oct 17, 2018, 1:53 PM ]

    This week the students transitioned from their states of matter experiments to elements and atoms. We discussed the periodic table, how it's organized, along with the terms atomic number, protons, neutrons, and electrons. The students will be able to explore this work throughout the next few weeks, culminating in an activity where they will form one of the elements on the periodic table. 
    On Monday the school was treated to a visit by Bowling Green author JulieBelle Ash, who read her book Splash to the group. JulieBelle followed up the book reading with a discussion on the writing process, especially on the editing and revising component. A signed copy of the book Splash was kindly donated to the school. 
    Remember that camp and conferences are next week. We will be leaving for Camp Willson on Monday morning at 9:00 am, so please have your child as school on time. We will be returning on Wednesday at approximately 2:30 pm. We will send you a notice as we approach the school so you know exactly when to be here to receive your child. Looking forward!


Camp Willson

posted Oct 11, 2018, 2:12 PM by Upper West

        We had our camp meeting on Wednesday. Everybody is super excited. Camp activities go on a three year cycle.This year we might be climbing Big Wally, the climbing wall, and having a class on pioneer life. We will definitely be playing Gaga Ball, the biggest game at camp. A lot of us are counting down the days till camp. I am pretty sure by the end of this week that there will be eight days including week ends, so get ready!



Physical and Chemical Changes

posted Oct 4, 2018, 1:28 PM by Upper West

This week we had a Great Lesson about the Coming of Numbers, which was the last great lesson. Miss Megan gave the lesson. We also did science experiments this week on physical and chemical changes. On Friday we will begin Peace Pals. Book Buddies and Peace Pals will alternate Fridays over the course of the year.


Seven Eagles

posted Sep 28, 2018, 5:01 AM by Upper West

    The highlight of our week was the trip to Seven Eagles Historical Education Center on Wednesday. When we arrived, our guide, Lightfoot (from the Ottawa tribe) split us into two groups. Each group spent approximately one hour in an 1800's pioneer log home with Sandra (French pioneer) and one hour in a woodland native longhouse with Lightfoot. Along with an interactive presentation on each group of people, students were introduced to numerous authentic items built locally and housed in each dwelling. After lunch, the students had a chance to throw the tomahawk and play "double-ball," a native game similar to lacrosse.
    The 4th and 5th year students will be finishing their realistic fiction writing assignments next week, while all students will be continuing on with their Native American research, states of matter science experiments, independent math, and finishing grade level language assessments.


International Day of Peace

posted Sep 21, 2018, 9:54 AM by Upper West

    This week we had our 3rd Great Lesson. Our last great lesson was about the coming of life. This weeks lesson was about the coming of humans, told by Mrs. Deb. Also this week, Upper West's class pet David died after recently becoming a frog. He was released into the wild peacefully instead of being fed to Kermit, the other class frog.

    This week our states of matter experiments have transferred from solids to liquids. We have experiments, such as changing the color of water, and an experiment called Fill ‘em Up.

    On Thursday we had our MSBG cross country home race. The first through third grade ran a half mile and the fourth through sixth grade ran a mile,

    On Friday we had our International Day Of Peace. We were put into our peace pal groups, and we drew peaceful pictures on the sidewalk with chalk.


Writing Comes Alive

posted Sep 13, 2018, 4:27 PM by Upper West

This week we had the second Great Lesson. It was about how life began on Earth. Also, we did science experiments on solids. Everyone loved the experiment where we had to make crystals. On Monday, we had a peace lesson from Miss Deb. We got two new caterpillars from Miss Brenda, one of the Early Childhood teachers, so we’ll get to watch the life cycle of a butterfly. We also brought out the 9/11 flag to honor the people who were killed 17 years ago. For writing, the 4th and 5th year students are adding dialogue to the scenes on their rough draft. The 6th year students are reviewing their flash drafts.


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