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Good Morning Students,
Sorry I could not be with you today, my sweet little Maya is not feeling well. As you could see in the hall, I have chosen the city of Dubai, Home of the Burj Khalifa, for our March is Reading Month Destination. Fourth grade classes have been helping me out creating the clouds and building. Your class luckily gets the coolest, but most difficult part of our creation: making paper swans.

Here is a link to instructions on how to make a paper crane (we will call it a swan).

http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-crane.html

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March 5th

Dear 4th Grade STEM Fans,

Over the course of the last several weeks, our fourth graders were given the challenge to build a bridge that spans a gap of 14 inches. Each group started by researching bridge designs on the internet. After researching bridge designs, they collaborated in drawing up their own bridge blue print. Next using their blue prints, they put together their 100 tongue depressor bridge using hot glue.
During our strength-testing we focused on looking where forces dealt the most stress. This was key, because it gave us the knowledge of where are bridge needed to be redesigned and reinforced. Each bridge is a tremendous learning success!

Mrs. Ward’s class has their numbers ready to share. The range stems from 0.66 pounds to 35.5, which I think is amazing considering they only used 100 tongue depressors.

AB~ 24 pounds
CD~ 31.75 pounds
EF~ 0.66 pounds
GH~ 35.5 pounds
IJ~ 1 pound
KL~ 7.75 pounds
MN~ 8.75 pounds

Love,
Mr. Overway

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Over the course of the last several weeks, our fourth graders were given the challenge to build a bridge that spans a gap of 14 inches. Each group started by researching bridge designs on the internet. After researching bridge designs, they collaborated in drawing up their own bridge blue print. Next using their blue prints, they put together their 100 tongue depressor bridge using hot glue.
During our strength-testing we focused on looking where forces dealt the most stress. This was key, because it gave us the knowledge of where are bridge needed to be redesigned and reinforced. Each bridge is a tremendous learning success!

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February 11th ~ Day 4

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February 11th ~ Day 4

Good Morning STEM Fans,
It’s was a wonderful Tuesday! Here’s to having 5 days of school in a row!

4th Graders are finishing up their bridges, creating iMovies to share on our blog and Facebook page, collecting data on their bridge builds, and investigating the Bridge Engineer App. We are all excited to start our strength testing next week!

3rd Graders have finished our STEAM Project (STEM + Art) the last rotation by building LEGO Super Heroes and creating short video clips to share. This rotation we are taking a pretest on Light and Sound (our next science unit) to gain information on prior knowledge. These pretests are given using the Socrative App on the iPad. Socrative allows me to build tests incorporating several types or questions with the use of pictures. It is a great assessment tool that gently guides students with online testing.

2nd Graders are starting our Battle Creek Science Unit on Measuring Matters. We have started measuring with non-standard units, as well as units in the Metric System.

1st Graders are all in their Battle Creek Science Unit of Sorting Things Out; where we are focusing first on properties: Color, Size, Shape, Texture, and Weight.

Kindergartners are working with several apps to help with math and focusing. We are using Memory Pro and Butterfly Math. They are also given time to free build with LEGOs. Many students are using what they learned with Pattern Pets to build other animals and people.

Have a great week!
Love,
Mr. Overway

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February 10 ~ Day 3

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Good Morning STEM Fans,
It’s was a wonderful Monday! Here’s to having 5 days of school in a row!

4th Graders are finishing up their bridges, creating iMovies to share on our blog and Facebook page, collecting data on their bridge builds, and investigating the Bridge Engineer App. We are all excited to start our strength testing next week!

3rd Graders have finished our STEAM Project (STEM + Art) the last rotation by building LEGO Super Heroes and creating short video clips to share. This rotation we are taking a pretest on Light and Sound (our next science unit) to gain information on prior knowledge. These pretests are given using the Socrative App on the iPad. Socrative allows me to build tests incorporating several types or questions with the use of pictures. It is a great assessment tool that gently guides students with online testing.

2nd Graders are starting our Battle Creek Science Unit on Measuring Matters. We have started measuring with non-standard units, as well as units in the Metric System.

1st Graders are all in their Battle Creek Science Unit of Sorting Things Out; where we are focusing first on properties: Color, Size, Shape, Texture, and Weight.

Kindergartners are working with several apps to help with math and focusing. We are using Memory Pro and Butterfly Math. They are also given time to free build with LEGOs. Many students are using what they learned with Pattern Pets to build other animals and people.

Have a great week!
Love,
Mr. Overway

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February 7th ~ Day 2

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February 7~ Day 2

Good Morning STEM Fans,
This short week has flown by! With the beginning of this rotation, some grades are beginning new projects, some continuing, and some close to the end.

4th Graders are finishing up their bridges, creating iMovies to share on our blog and Facebook page, collecting data on their bridge builds, and investigating the Bridge Engineer App. We are all excited to start our strength testing next week!

3rd Graders have finished our STEAM Project (STEM + Art) the last rotation by building LEGO Super Heroes and creating short video clips to share. This rotation we are taking a pretest on Light and Sound (our next science unit) to gain information on prior knowledge. These pretests are given using the Socrative App on the iPad. Socrative allows me to build tests incorporating several types or questions with the use of pictures. It is a great assessment tool that gently guides students with online testing.

2nd Graders are starting our Battle Creek Science Unit on Measuring Matters. We have started measuring with non-standard units, as well as units in the Metric System.

1st Graders are all in their Battle Creek Science Unit of Sorting Things Out; where we are focusing first on properties: Color, Size, Shape, Texture, and Weight.

Kindergartners are working with several apps to help with math and focusing. We are using Memory Pro and Butterfly Math. They are also given time to free build with LEGOs. Many students are using what they learned with Pattern Pets to build other animals and people.

Have a great week!
Love,
Mr. Overway

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February 6th Day 1

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February 6~ Day 1

Good Morning STEM Fans,
This short week has flown by! With the beginning of this rotation, some grades are beginning new projects, some continuing, and some close to the end.

4th Graders are finishing up their bridges, creating iMovies to share on our blog and Facebook page, collecting data on their bridge builds, and investigating the Bridge Engineer App. We are all excited to start our strength testing next week!

3rd Graders have finished our STEAM Project (STEM + Art) the last rotation by building LEGO Super Heroes and creating short video clips to share. This rotation we are taking a pretest on Light and Sound (our next science unit) to gain information on prior knowledge. These pretests are given using the Socrative App on the iPad. Socrative allows me to build tests incorporating several types or questions with the use of pictures. It is a great assessment tool that gently guides students with online testing.

2nd Graders are starting our Battle Creek Science Unit on Measuring Matters. We have started measuring with non-standard units, as well as units in the Metric System.

1st Graders are all in their Battle Creek Science Unit of Sorting Things Out; where we are focusing first on properties: Color, Size, Shape, Texture, and Weight.

Kindergartners are working with several apps to help with math and focusing. We are using Memory Pro and Butterfly Math. They are also given time to free build with LEGOs. Many students are using what they learned with Pattern Pets to build other animals and people.

Thanks and have a great weekend!
Love,
Mr. Overway
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