Good Times at Campbell Creek Science Center

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The Lower Elementary class spent the majority of today out at the Campbell Creek Science Center, and we had a blast experiencing their “Salmon Stories” workshop.  Students learned about the five types of pacific salmon (and a trick for remembering all of the names!), the various ecosystems found along Campbell Creek, how to spot evidence that animals live in or have visited a specific ecosystem, and so many other great facts.  The students were also able to play many interactive games that helped them experience what a difficult (and dangerous!) journey it is for salmon as they travel and prepare to spawn, and also how they find the appropriate spawning area by using their sense of smell.  Good times!

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What's that smell?  I don't know...

What’s that smell? I don’t know…

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Get ready for your journey, little salmon!

Get ready for your journey, little salmon!

Swim, Salmon, Swim!

Swim, Salmon, Swim!

 



“The Empty Bowl Project”

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Here is a note from Ms. Julie about “The Empty Bowl Project” that many of the students from AMS participate in!

“THE EMPTY BOWL PROJECT”

Lower elementary and upper elementary students made bowls in art classes to benefit Bean’s Café.  Students made extra bowls for extended day students to glaze. They will be on display Thursday, February 27th by the office. Parents may purchase their student’s bowl through Tuesday, March 4.  Anyone may purchase bowls March 5 and 6.  Make a check out to Beans Café (or cash) for $25. An envelope for money will be at the office. Any remaining bowls will be taken to the event.

Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger. Thousands of handcrafted pottery bowls will be at this unique luncheon.   A simple meal of soup and bread is served.  Guests choose a bowl to use that day and keep as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in the world.

Ten years ago potters in Alaska donated 500 bowls and raised $600.  Three years ago over 2,000 bowls were donated.  Together with a silent action the event raised $87,000.  100% of the proceeds go to our local Bean’s Café.   Bean’s Café is a center in Anchorage where the hungry and homeless are provided with hot nutritious meals, a warm and safe shelter and referral assistance to health and human services programs.

Thanks- Julie Matthews, AMS art teacher

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History Fair!

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Students have been working for the past month on their history fair projects, and last Friday was the culmination of all of their hard work as they displayed their research projects at the elementary History Fair!  When we first began the project each student chose a topic, idea, or person from history that they wanted to learn more about.  After going to the library and gathering research materials, students began reading and writing about their topics.  It was so fun for the class to see that even though they had all chosen different topics to research, many of their topics were intertwined with one another!  As a teacher it was so fun for me to be working with one student on their project in class, and then look up and see ten pairs of eyes zeroed in on us, listening to all of the great information we were discovering!  Students learning from each other….one of the many things we love about Montessori education!   On the day of the History Fair many students dressed up as someone (or something!) connected to their topic as they presented their projects to parents and students, and here are just a couple of the many great photos we took :)

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In the afternoon the Lower Elementary students also had the privilege of presenting their projects to Ms. Connie’s afternoon class, and teaching them a couple of facts about their projects.  The Lower El. students practiced introducing themselves to the kindergarten students they did not know, and then taught them at least 2 facts about their topic.  Multiply 2 facts by 18 projects and that’s a lot of great info for our upcoming Lower El. students!

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“Crazy Hair/Crazy Hat/Pajama/Backwards Day!”

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The energy level in the room was high today as the class celebrated our annual “Crazy Hair/Crazy Hat/Pajama/Backwards Day”!  The kids hammed it up for the camera, though, and we got some great pictures :)  Remember that there is no school for the kids Thursday and Friday of this week, and Monday of next week.  We will see everyone again on Tuesday, February 18th!

Pizza!  Yum!

Pizza! Yum!

What is that?!!

What is that?!!

Animal Love

Animal Love

Whoa!!!!!!

Whoa!!!!!!

The Boys
The Boys

Look at that dragon!
Look at that dragon!

 

 


Geology “Rocks”!

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The class is just wrapping up a six-week unit on Earth Science, and it has been a lot of fun!  We began the unit by reviewing/learning about the parts of the earth (the inner core, outer core, mantle, and crust), and then went on to discuss how the earth’s crust is divided into pieces called plates that can move or shift over time.  After that we started to focus on the three basic types of rocks (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic), and investigated characteristics and examples of each.  Next came an introduction to the the rock cycle, and students studied how and why rocks can change from one type to another.  The second and third graders put together a flip book outlining some of the specific attributes of each of the three types of rocks, and then all of the students put together a rock cycle poster with varying degrees of complexity.

Learning about the rock cyle

Learning about the rock cyle

One example of the rock cycle

One great example of the rock cycle!

You definitely can’t do an Earth Science unit at this age without some time spent on volcanoes, and our class is no exception!  The students worked on learning important vocabulary for different parts of the volcano, and then the first and second graders put together a “parts-of” book showing their work.  With the help of the third graders we also learned where the Ring of Fire is, and why there is so much volcanic activity in this particular area of the world.

Working with the parts of a volcano

Working with the parts of a volcano

We were so excited to wrap up our Earth Science unit with a very special guest speaker :).  Kim Howell, a local geologist and parent of one of the students in our class, was gracious enough to come into the class and talk to the kids about all sorts of great Earth Science topics.  The class practiced honing their observation skills so that they could identify and categorize three rock samples, and then got hands-on practice with slinkies to demonstrate the different types of waves that travel during an earthquake.  Thanks so much, Kim, for sharing your expertise with the class and for their “rockin’ goodie bags”!

What type of rock is it?

What type of rock is it?

Getting ready to practice with P and S Waves
Getting ready to practice with P and S Waves

Demonstrating how S waves travel

Demonstrating how S waves travel