Maglev Blog Post #2

We have finished our second day of designing, planning and creating our Maglev Transportation System. Your group worked really hard to test out the design you developed to see if the train has safely and efficiently traveled along the track without any problems. In your Google Drive you will type up your Blog Post #2. This will be placed in your Science Folder in your Google Drive.

Here is the Blog Post Requirements:

 

Paragraph #1:

  • What did you do today that worked? Be specific!
    • Types of magnets
    • Placement of magnets

Paragraph #2:

  • What did you do today that failed?
  • What did you learn from your failure?
  • What changes did you make because of your failure?

Paragraph #3:

  • Talk about your goals for your next design session

 

Be sure to check over your work in your Google Drive BEFORE you post it to your blog. Look for:

  • Proper capitalization and punctuation
  • Spelling and grammar
  • That you answered each question in FULL sentences
  • Your writing reflects your work throughout day 2 of the Planning and Creating stages of the Engineering and Design Process
  • You have used the Engineering Design Process and Magnetism Vocabulary provided to you

Maglev Blog Post #1

 

We have finished our first day of designing, planning and creating our Maglev Transportation System. Your group worked really hard to test out the design you developed to see if the train has safely and efficiently traveled along the track without any problems. In your Google Drive you will type up your Blog Post #1. This will be placed in your Science Folder in your Google Drive.

Here is the Blog Post Requirements:

Paragraph #1:

  • What is a maglev train and how does it work?
  • What was your group’s idea for the track and train?

 

Paragraph #2:

  • What did you do today that worked?
  • What did you do today that failed?

 

Paragraph #3:

  • How was your experience working with your group? (What was challenging and what worked well?) No Names Included

 

Be sure to check over your work in your Google Drive BEFORE you post it to your blog. Look for:

  • Proper capitalization and punctuation
  • Spelling and grammar
  • That you answered each question in FULL sentences
  • Your writing reflects your work throughout day 1 of the Planning and Creating stages of the Engineering and Design Process
  • You have used the Engineering Design Process and Magnetism Vocabulary provided to you

What Makes Something Technology?

TECHNOLOGY: Something made by humans to make life easier or to solve a problem. 

We have been talking about what makes something technology. Is a tree technology? Does technology need to involve electricity or batteries?

On YOUR BLOG, please write a post that explains the object you looked at last week and include:

  • What makes something technology?
  • What makes YOUR object technology?
    • What problem did YOUR object solve?
    • How did it make life better?
    • What material or materials is your object made of?

Your post should also include the photograph of your object found in the “Technology Photos” folder that is found in your drive in “Shared with me”.

Poetry

The next few weeks we will be exploring poetry.  Take a look at the links below and read as many poems as you can this week.  In your writing notebook write down what you notice about the poems you read.  Do they have rhythm, alliteration, rhyming, onomatopoeia, personification, similes or metaphors? Are the poems narratives, lyrical, funny or free verse?

http://www.poetry4kids.com/poems

http://www.teksresourcesystem.net/

http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/poetry/narrative.html

 

After collecting your ideas please post the following on the padlet below:

  • What is the title of the poem?
  • What does the poet do?
  • Give an example from the poem to show the poetry device used
  • Put your initials and # on the post
  • Remember correct spelling and punctuation

Padlet on poetry noticings and examples

Literary Essay – “Ruby the Copycat” (Text Evidence)

On the padlet link below, think of the story you have read called “Ruby the Copycat” by Peggy Rathmann. Look for text evidence to support each of the claims posted on the padlet. Place the evidence that supports that claim directly underneath the idea it supports.

When posting, make sure you:

  • In the subject/topic section put your first and last initial and class number as one word.
  • Write your answer in the section provided.
  • Use correct punctuation (periods, question marks, commas, exclamation points, etc.)
  • Use correct spelling
  • Use capital letters when needed
  • Match your text evidence to the correct thesis statement by placing your post underneath the correct idea. You may have to rearrange your post as others will be posting too.

 

Ruby the Copycat Padlet

Persuasive Speeches and Reflections

In class, we studied how to write persuasive speeches during our 6 week unit of study.  We gathered brave, bold opinions (thesis statements) to write about problems/solutions and noteworthy people and places.  While we gathered our opinions, we learned how to add examples and evidence to support our claims. The biggest challenge was gathering all the evidence, then organizing and categorizing this information.  This helped us make a plan to gather missing evidence. We also learned the importance to be mindful about who was our audience and how can we  speak directly to our audience to say more. As we tried to convince our audience about our opinions, we explored ways to keep the audience’s thoughts and responses in mind by choosing words that sound right and evoke emotion.

Below are the Playlists.  Watch your own video and possibly others to reflect on your learning process.  Please write a reflection after watching your video.  Please include the following in your write-up.

  • What did you learn about writing a persuasive speech?  What was the most effective writing technique you learned to convince your audience?
  • How did you feel after watching your video? Do you think you persuaded your audience? What could you do differently in the video to convince your audience about your speech?

Lima Beans 3rd Week

We made observations to see how lima beans would grow with water, sunlight, and air as our controlled experiment. We made observations on another baggie of lima beans that had no sunlight as the manipulated variable. Last, we took data to observe a baggie of lima beans with no air as the manipulated variable.  Over the last three weeks, we watched these seeds grow.  Please post on your blog and remember to make paragraphs and add good details.

* (Maybe use a  compare and contrast text structure:)

We had some questions during the experiment.

  • Can the seeds grow without soil?
  • How do the seeds look compared to the controlled experiment (no air, no sunlight)?
  • Why do they look different?
  • What did you notice from your data as the seeds grew into a plant? (give details about the seed coat, embryo, food storage…)
  • Add your media to help us visualize your observations

Photosynthesis

Watch the photosynthesis video to learn more about the way plants make their own food. Then comment on the big ideas on the Padlet link below.

The big ideas are the major points of the process of photosynthesis:

  • What is photosynthesis?
  • What does a plant need to make food?
  • What is the food they make and what do they give off that animals need?
  • Any new/fun information you learned?

Photosynthesis Padlet

 

Third Week of Plants-Seed Pods

For your third blog post please tell me about the progress of your plant(s).

Please use your data from week three to help you.

  • Pollination: What did we do? What was the change in your plant after being pollinated?

 

  • General observations: Describe your controlled plants now.
    • Height
    • Color
    • Stem
    • Leaves
    • Buds
    • Flowers
    • Pods

 

  • What do you think will happen next? Predictions for your plants. What will this week look like for your plants?