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  • Finding Faults With Food- Plate Boundary Demonstration

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 10/11/2012
    Today students participated in a yummy science demonstration where they practiced the movements of the three different types of plate boundaries convergent, divergent, and transform. A special thanks to Sarah Thompson for supplying cookies.
     
     
    Divergent Transform Convergent
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  • Weathering and Erosion Demo

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 9/18/2012

    On Friday students watched/participated in a demonstration of wind, water, and ice erosion. Students watched as a student blew across some sand with a straw. They were able to observe the movement of the sand as it started to build little mounds similar to sand dunes. Students then watched as moving water from a hole in a paper cup began to carve a stream through the sand. Finally, students observed as a cup of ice, representing and glacier, moved back and forth across some flat clay. Students noticed that small pieces of clay became attached to the ice and that the ice made small cuts in the clay.  After completing this activity students brainstormed ways in which humans can act as agents of erosion.

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  • Trashion Show Article

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 9/18/2012

    Fifth graders at Banneker have experienced their 15 minutes of fame!!! The fifth graders of 2011-2012 were in the Middleburg Life September issue celebrating the 1st annual Banneker Trashion Show! I hope that the article got the wheels a turnin' for 2012-2013 fifth graders as they begin to think about this year's trashion show. Explicit directions for this activity will come out shortly.

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  • Drops of Water on a Penny

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 9/4/2012

    In this lab students were testing to see how many drops of water they could get to fit on a penny. As they dropped the water on the penny they noticed that a little bubble was forming over the penny. On the second day students tried to fit as many drops of soapy water on the same penny, heads side up. Students determined that not quite as many drops were able to fit on the penny using soapy water.  After completing the experimentation portion of the penny lab students observed a demonstration of surface tension using a cardboard boat. Students pondered what it would take to get the cardboard boat to move straight across the water without touching the boat. Finally, we decided as a class to put a drop of soapy water behind the boat. We were able to watch it zoom to the other side of the pan! When we tried to repeat the demonstration it would not work. Students determined that once the surface tension is broken the experiment will no longer work.

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  • Layers of Soil

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 11/15/2011 1:00:00 PM
    We had a very scary experience on Halloween this year. We ate DIRT!!!! Students practiced examining the layers of soil by making dirt pudding. We even discussed the importance of worms.
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  • Following the What Sharks

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 11/15/2011 1:00:00 PM
    This year during American Education Week we used Google Earth to study the migratory patterns of whale sharks. We found that whale sharks follow warm currents and their food, zooplankton.
     
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  • Weathering and Erosion Activity

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 9/22/2011
    In order to demonstrate weathering, erosion, and deposition I had the students shake a piece of a brick in a mason jar. As the brick began to break it represented weathering. The pieces that were left floating in the water showed sediment and erosion. The pieces that landed at the bottom of the jar represented deposition.
    Brick
     
     
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  • Plate Boundary Demo

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 9/22/2011
    Today we demonstrated the different plate boundaries using food. The chocolate icing represented the magma, the graham crackers represented the oceanic plates, and the chocolate chip cookies represented the continental plates. We were able to observe divergent, convergent, and transform boundaries.
    Cookie Tectonics
     
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