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Running past some Los Angeles landmarks... Super cool!
We all crossed the finish line at different times and in different conditions. Me, I was suffering from a dead leg and chills and went straight to the first aid tent. Because of the strict security measures, we all met up with our families at different locations and missed our opportunity for a group picture. I would say this made for an anti-climatic finish.
Our wonderful colleagues threw us a Runner's Party when we returned to work.
We finally got a chance to take our group picture (medal and all)!
We did it! We ran the Los Angeles Marathon and crossed the finish line!!!!
See you next year...
I love to do this science lesson as a unit opener to our Weather Unit. I begin by asking students to bring in a plastic bag. It is important that the bag not have any holes. I don't tell the students how we will use the bags. All they know is that we will be using it in science.
Yes, it would be easier for me to bring in a bag for everyone ahead of time. But I believe in giving the students ownership of their learning. By asking them to bring in their own bag I am fostering responsibility and memory skills. Some students even think about others and bring in an extra bag. It never surprises when I see which students do this. It's very endearing.
I begin the lesson by asking the students: How can I catch some wind and bring it into the classroom? The conversation quickly turns into predictions about what would happen if we all captured some wind and brought it indoors. By this time they are all convinced that we will create a hurricane in class! They believe that papers, books, and classroom supplies will go flying everywhere! It's hilarious. Together we plan and discuss the best ways to catch the wind using the plastic bags. We even plan on closing all of the doors behind us quickly so the wind does not escape! I have gotten these types of predictions/reactions every single year for the past 20 years. And I get a kick out of it every year!
In the photo above, students are listening to some ground rules. To ensure that students don't get overly excited and started running into one another screaming at the top of their lungs, I set some important boundaries.
Once it looks like most students have full bags, I ring the bell, gather the group, and quickly return them to class. Once inside the classroom, I dramatically close all doors and windows. The students are besides themselves! It's great! Then, at the count to 3 we all open up our bags! Of course, nothing happens and they are SO surprised. Some are even disappointed. We then discuss why our experiment did not work. I do not give them the answer. Instead, I guide their discovery to: We did not catch wind. We only caught air.
We finish up our science experiment with a group write in our science journals.
I can't get enough of Cindy's Lorax scrapbook page. It's soooooo cute!!!
As you may, or may not know, student scrapbooks are a big deal for us. Search past scrapbook blog posts on our page to get an idea of what they look like in our classrooms and how we pull them off during the busy school year. One big tip is to work on them as the school year unfolds. Needless to say, scrapbooks are not something you can pull off the last weeks of school. You need to collect school memories throughout. And this Lorax is a perfect school memory for the March page!
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Here We Come to Save the Day!
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