Friday, September 14, 2012

Dot Day September 14


Yes! It's Dot Day, and we choose to matter. We choose to make a mark and make it matter.

We've been learning about people in our community who have made a mark that mattered. We know we can make a difference too!

We choose to start a chain reaction of kindness, like Rachel challenged us.  We have started a list of how we can be kind; here are just a few of our ideas:


  • When I see someone not playing a game, I can ask him/her to play with my friends and me.
  • I would ask if they are okay.
  • When someone is hurt I would help them out.
  • When someone is on the playground and playing all by themselves then my friend and I will go join them.
  • I will say hi to people even if we don't get a long
  • If a friend or student isn't happy, I would try to cheer them up.
  • I will always say something positive about everyone.
  • I will choose to be the person doing the right thing.
  • If there's a new student at my school then I would make him/her feel safer.
And we have made our marks. All year we will make them matter. Look at the genius and creativity in the work of our students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8.




Each Dot Picture considers the goal of each student.  For instance, this picture shows seeds in the center blooming into flowers of kindness to represent Mint's kindness goal.  Lovely, isn't it?


How about you?  Will you make a mark, and make it matter?

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bubbles and Brains


"When we blow a bubble it’s like a brain full of knowledge," commented one student as we learned about the science of bubbles through reading, writing, and playing with bubbles. Another student let us know that "Learning is like a soap bubble because some people’s brains pop!"

Do you know how soap makes bubbles last longer?

Some words you might use to explain why are: surface tension, water molecule, soap molecule, 
hydrophobic, hydrophilic, evaporation. Ask sixth, seventh, and eighth grades students about it.

We also discussed similes, metaphors, and analogies -- ways to compare things that have something in common. We compared soap bubbles to learning and learning communities.

Here are some of our analogies:

  • Soap molecules attract to water and dirt, and learning groups attract to each other.
  • Instead of trying to stretch apart, the soap bubbles share water molecules and the groups share ideas. Both are pulling together.
  • Soap molecules and the water molecules work together to make the bubble last longer and the groups work together to help each other get work done.



 We learned so many things: following directions for experiments, reading for research and analysis, writing to explain, comparing ideas.

Check back for more of our reading and writing class work!













This is a school related site so please respect others and comment appropriately. Please contact Ms Edwards if you have any questions or need to report any inappropriate activity. Thank you. Reflect Curiosity and Wonder... Go boldly and scatter seeds of kindness...