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  • Gigantic Gummy Bears

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 9/19/2014
    On Thursday we place gummy bears into 3 liquids to see what would happen to them. We let them sit overnight and then observed the changes that occurred. 
    The first bear was in water....
    water gummy  
    He expanded and got really gooey.
    The second bear was in salt water....
    salt water bear  
    He shrank a bit and lost some coloring. We were also able to see salt particles.
    The third bear soaked in vinegar...
    vinegar bear  
    He was stinky, smaller, and lost his shape.
     The fourth bear soaked in water and baking soda...
    baking soda bear  
    He was huge and became discolored.
    Explanation: The main ingredient in a gummy bear is sugar and gelatin. The gelatin absorbs some of the water and allows the bear to expand without dissolving.
    This is a fun activity to try at home and easy to replicate. At home you may even be allowed to eat the gummy bears, before they are soaked in salt water, vinegar, and baking soda of course! 
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  • Magic Milk

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 9/16/2014
    Magic Milk Today during science we made magic milk as an addition to our unit on colors. Students can complete this activity at home. First, we poured milk into a soup bowl. Then, we placed a drop of each color of food coloring into the center of the bowl. Next, we placed a drop of liquid soap on a q tip and placed it in the center of the bowl. We were immediately able to see the colors disperse and spread throughout the bowl. We then made predictions about what would happen if we placed soap in different areas. We tested our hypothesis by placing a small dab of soap on a q tip and placing it in different areas of the milk. We were able to see the milk move and mix. This is a fun and easy experiment to replicate at home. 
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  • First Day of School

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 9/2/2014
    Today was a great day. We spent most of the day going over classroom routines and introducing students to procedures. We practiced walking quietly in the hallway, "practicing playground safety", learning our calendar routine, and  organizing our materials. We are taking the first week of kindergarten very slowly. We are getting used to waking up early and learning what it means to do school. I am looking forward to tomorrow. 
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  • Shout Out To My Former Fifth Graders

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 9/2/2014
    Good luck today to all of the Banneker students that are starting their first day of fifth grade. I am thinking about you and wishing you the best.
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  • Getting Ready !

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 8/27/2014 3:30:00 PM
    The room is almost ready. I am looking forward to K orientation and meeting new families. I am excited to be back in kindergarten and am looking forward to a successful year for all. 
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  • Weathering, Erosion and Deposition Lego Style

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 9/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
    During science students worked to build statues out of legos  (rocks). Students then began a relay race to weather and erode the "rocks".  Students broke off a piece of the rock ( a lego). They then put the sediment (lego piece) on their belly and crab walked it back to their starting line ( erosion) and then deposited it into their teams bucket (deposition).
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  • Camp Highroad

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 9/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
    What a powerful team building experience! Students work together to problem solve. This is such a great experience to remind the students to encourage, not discourage. The counselors at Highroad are such professionals. Every year I am reminded I am a facilitator it is the job of the students to explore and learn from their exploration. It is a great day when everyone learns something!
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  • Erosion Prevention Methods

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 9/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
    Today we examined three kinds of soil. One container with "pure" soil (maybe a stick or two), soil with rocks and sticks, and soil with grass planted in it. We poured water through each container to see which one would produce the cleanest water. We decided that the soil with the grass was most similar to a glass of water that we would drink There was a minimal amount of sediment that eroded from that container. Students were able to recognize that planting grasses would help to prevent erosion if they were building homes.
    Special thanks to Mr. Metz for tearing into his golf course of a lawn. :)
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  • Bill Nye the Science Guy on Dancing With The Stars

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 9/11/2013 4:00:00 PM

    Bill Nye the Science Guy is going to be on Dancing With The Stars! I couldn't be more excited.

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  • Gummy Bear Science Lab

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 9/9/2013 4:30:00 PM
    Today we began our gummy bear science lab. Students are working to demonstrate the scientific method. Students are making qualitative and quantitative observations about their gummy bears. We are wondering what changes will occur to the gummy bears when left to soak overnight in various substances.


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