Sunday, December 8, 2019

Do the Math! Thanksgiving Surveys

One of our aims at Seabury School is to provide meaningful, real life projects for our students. After learning how to read graphs and how to order data, the Mathematicians (what I fondly call my students): 
  • chose a question
  • came up with a way to record their data
  • surveyed their lower school schoolmates and teachers
  • made a bar graph on graph paper
  • made computerized bar, line, and pie graphs
  • analyzed their findings

Here is the process and the results. Be sure to take note of their interesting questions.


















At the end of the week, we took a chapter test 
and EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS!

REAL MATH WORKS!!

Cue happy teacher dance!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

The Earth Is Our Science Classroom


In order to better understand our wonderful earth, 
one must go outside. 

And that is what the Navigators did 
to experience first hand the beautiful 
WEATHER of the Pacific Northwest 
(yes, even the RAIN) 
and the important WATER CYCLE.

We hopped aboard our new bus
and headed to the Cascade Mountains.

Destination: 
the Cedar River Watershed
Education Center 
along the shores of Rattlesnake Lake. 

We danced a jig and did "the floss" to the beat of the rain drums.

We learned about the importance of the Cedar River Watershed, where Seattle gets its water.

The water levels of Rattlesnake Lake are low at this time of year. 

We explored the tree stumps and roots 
that are submersed in the summer.

Mrs. Moon told us that she goes paddle-boarding here in the summer and that the water is higher than these tall stumps. 

 
Look! We're having so much fun together!

School outside is the best!

The town of Moncton was located here in 1906-1915. 
It was destroyed by flooding caused by seepage of water 
from the newly created Chester Morse Lake.

We saw a few foundations of buildings 
as seen here in this drawing by a Navigator. 

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We then went inside the education center and learned more about the importance of taking care of the world's important natural resource - WATER. It was a great review of science vocabulary.




And it was a great visual way to "see" the water cycle as our individual  water droplet balls made their way through the labyrinth of tubes throughout the building. 

"Start Here" with your water droplet and watch it evaporate.
"There it goes!"

We learned that our bodies carry about 3 1/2 gallons of water!

We went on a scavenger hunt and learned many things.

Even the wolf relies on water. :)

We saw a variety of skeletons, skulls, and nests of PNW animals.

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We then went back outside to have lunch and spend time in the Forest Court.

How old is this Douglas fir? About 650 years old!

Click here to watch a longer video of the drums. 






Look at the detailed map!

Thank you, Cedar River Water, 
for a wonderful day of school in the great outdoors!
Yes, we "Kan't wate to Go BaK"



Sunday, November 17, 2019

Where is the Weather? Clever Mnemonics Help Us Know

During our study of the weather, one of the "question on the week" questions was, 


"Where is the Weather?"

We took a look at the atmosphere and discovered that weather occurs in the troposphere. 



We learned the typical mnemonic for the layers of the atmosphere.

Try serving mustard to elephants!




We then came up with our own  
very clever mnemonics
and illustrations:

Timing Snails Must Take Eons

Close up view part 1

Close up view part 2

Triceratops Starts Musical Trumpet Everyday

Triceratops Sew Many Things Eating

Tectonica Stops Marching Through Europe

Tornadoes Slam Microphones Twisting Everything

Try Sniffing Mice a Tiny bit on the Egg

Turtles Slide Mountains to Eternity

These kids!
They are a clever, creative, imaginative, 
fun, entertaining, amazing bunch.

It's no wonder they're called
"gifted and talented"!

Do the Math! Thanksgiving Surveys

One of our aims at Seabury School is to provide meaningful, real life projects for our students. After learning how to read graphs and how ...