Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Friction Labs

Students completed three experiments in order to help understand friction.

Jacob demonstrates how grains of rice create friction in the Rice in a Bottle experiment.

Lilly and Ben use his sneaker to judge how adding weight to an object changes the effects of friction.

Anna looks on while Adian and Elvis try with all their might to pull apart two books with intertwined pages. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Inertia Labs

Students participated in four different experiments to demonstrate Newton's First Law: objects in motion stay in motion and objects at rest stay at rest until acted upon by a force.
Maysun and Jacob experiment with Coin Towers

Henry tries the old Coin on the Elbow trick.

Victor and Emilie experiment with the Penny on the Card maneuver. 

Ben tries his hand at the Paperback Book on the Paper trick (a lot less mess than the tablecloth version). 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Students used the scientific method to explore how species are connected in the Gulf of Maine.





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I live in Cape Elizabeth with my husband, two daughters, and our cat Nessie. Our family loves to spend time outdoors together, camping, hiking, and gardening. Another past time of mine is triathlons. I have completed nine triathlons, including one Half Ironman. I loved swimming, biking, and running 70.3 miles! You might also find me cozied up with a good book in my free time. I have been teaching for 10 years in a variety of grade levels. Fifth grade is my favorite! The kids are capable of so much! I can't say I have a favorite subject to teach, but love getting students to think deeply. I enjoy getting kids to think critically and be creative in all subject areas. I often use simulations and project based learning to do this. Teambuilding and working on social skills in another major goal of mine. Teaching kids to work effectively together and use good communication skills will help prepare them for life after school.