Breaking the Force

Mrs. Hoffman’s science students are learning about the force of magnetism by conducting experiments using balance scales, washers, plastic spacers, and magnets.

One end of the scales included a magnet on the top of a post. When another magnet was dropped into the cup above the post, a magnetic force was created. Students then added washers to the opposite end of the balance until the force between the magnets was broken.

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Creating a School Community

Imagine you are a student starting at a new school. What would be on your mind? You might be wondering, “Will I make friends here?” Or, “Will my teachers like me? Will they care about me?”

Schools with strong sense of community help students feel safe and supported, and give them a sense of “connectedness” and “belonging.” This, in turn, increases academic achievement, helps students develop social and emotional competencies, and reduces negative behaviors.

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Roll-a-Dough Letters

LGS students have been working on improving their handwriting and strengthening their hand muscles, all while having fun with Play-Doh!*

Students use the Play-Doh to shape letters on cards inserted into a plastic tray. On this day, students were practicing letters that start with a “Magic C” including C, G, O and Q.

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Warhol-Inspired Flowers

K-2 students recently created brightly colored artwork inspired by Andy Warhol’s flower prints.

Andy Warhol loved to create artwork based on things in pop culture. Pop culture is what you see every day all around you, ranging from images of movie stars to cans of Campbell’s soup. Warhol would take the images and repeat them over and over.

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Mummified Apples

As Ms. Kuehnle’s 6-8 Team students are nearing the end of their social studies unit on Ancient Egypt, she presented them with a theme-related STEM challenge.    

Ancient Egypt is known for, among other things, mummies. The ancient Egyptians believed the physical body is important in the next life. Thus, they used mummification to preserve the bodies of people and even animals. Part of the mummification process included removing the organs and putting them in canopic jars containing natron, a naturally occurring compound of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate (salt and baking soda).

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The Great Cookie Dunk

Mrs. Wink’s 2-4 Team science students recently had an opportunity to compare items that floated in liquid and those that didn’t—with tasty results!

Students watched a video showing various items that sank in water (a treasure chest and a rock) and other things that floated (an ice cube and a hollow boat). They talked about different characteristics that seem to affect an object’s ability to float, including its weight and its shape.*

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Blotter Bugs, Blooms and Butterflies

LGS students recently learned about color mixing while creating “blotter bugs”.

First they learned/reviewed that red, yellow and blue are primary colors—these are the colors used to create all the other colors of the rainbow! When two primary colors are mixed together, the result is a secondary color: red + yellow = orange, yellow + blue = green, blue + red = purple.

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Cooler than Caterpillars

Watching live caterpillars transform into butterflies is a regular part of LGS student activities in the spring. The life cycle of a butterfly—including egg, larva, pupal, and adult stage—is an example of a complete metamorphosis, when one thing changes into something completely different.

Mrs. Hoffman’s students, however, have been learning about another example of a complete metamorphosis: that of the mealworm and how it is affected by its habitat.

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