Bainbridge Elementary 2019-2020

  • Mini STEM Bowl & Postcrossing

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 1/23/2020

        I introduced the Mini STEM Bowl competition to the 3rd grade students and we watched a short video on it.  We worked through a few practice problems too.  The Mini STEM Bowl is a quiz bowl style competition where teams of four students compete using buzzers to try to be the first one to get to answer questions on STEM topics.  If your 3rd grade student is interested in participating, we will be taking a qualifying quiz next week during our enrichment time.  We are only able to bring one team of four students to the competition at the IU13, so we need to take the quiz in order to select our team members. 

        Everyone worked on Postcrossing today.  We worked together to create a postcard to send to Utah.  The students are designing the front of the postcard, as we did with our Penguin Postcards, and they chose a few topics to include in the note on the postcard.  We will finish making and writing the postcard next week.

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  • Name the Rover results & Postcrossing

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 1/16/2020

    2nd & 3rd

    We checked the results for the Name the Rover competition.  Unfortunately, our entries were not selected to be semifinalists.  We looked at the semifinalist names/essays from across the country and plan to check back at the end of January to see which ones made it to the finals. 

     

    Then two 3rd grade students finished sharing their Alien Editions with the class and I shared the answers to their questions from our postcard KWL chart.  Next, I introduced them to Postcrossing.  We explored the website, learned how it works, and learned more about a few of the places where my other groups have already sent postcards.  We will work together to write a postcard next time.

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  • Postcrossing Introduction

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 1/13/2020

    2nd & 3rd

    We checked on the penguins and student progress with the Battle of the Books reading.  The 3rd graders shared their Alien Editions with the class.  Then I began our Postcrossing activity by completing a KWL chart (what the students know and want to know about postcards).  We read the book The Day the Crayons Came Home.  Next time, we will learn more about Postcrossing and write our first postcard.

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  • Antarctica Penguins

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 1/8/2020

    2nd & 3rd

    Today I checked in with them on their reading progress for the Battle of the Books.  Then we checked in on our penguins.  We read through the online daily journal and checked on the penguin nests.  The researcher, Jean Pennycook, accepted our penguin chick name submission and named Oreo and Cheesecake’s chick Cookie!  Unfortunately, Cookie did not last long in the difficult Antarctic environment.  We were able to look at other nests, though, that have thriving chicks. 

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  • Penguin Postcards

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 12/16/2019

    2nd & 3rd

    I checked in with the 3rd graders on their reading progress for the Battle of the Books competition.  Then we continued working on our penguin postcards.  We checked in on the penguins through the Cape Royds journal and the nest check.  The first chicks have hatched!  Everyone finished their postcards today and shared them with the class.  The next time that they see them, their postcards will have traveled to Antarctica and back!

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  • Penguin Postcards

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 12/11/2019

    3rd

    They completed the Testing and Evaluate pages in the Airbag Landing System packets to finish the project.  Then they listened to the 2nd graders share what they have learned about the Adelie penguins in Antarctica.  They learned a lot about the Adelie penguins of Antarctica and researcher Jean Pennycook.  They found out how the 2nd graders have been checking in on how the penguins are doing through the penguin camera, Cape Royds journal, and the Nest Check section of this website: https://www.penguinscience.com/classroom_home.php

     

    All of the students will be designing and creating penguin postcards that I will mail to Jean Pennycook in Antarctica.  Jean will then individually mail the postcards back to the students through the Antarctica post office!  The postcards will have the Antarctica postmark on them.  We will finish making our postcards next week.

     

     

    2nd    

    First we checked in on the penguins in Antarctica through the Cape Royds journal, nest check, and penguin camera.  Then the 2nd graders figured out what they wanted to share with the 3rd graders.  They presented their information and then I introduced the postcard activity: 

     

    All of the students will be designing and creating penguin postcards that I will mail to Jean Pennycook in Antarctica.  Jean will then individually mail the postcards back to the students through the Antarctica post office!  The postcards will have the Antarctica postmark on them.  We will finish making our postcards next week.

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  • Testing Airbag Landing Systems/ Adelie Penguins

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 12/6/2019

    3rd

    Today we added the balloons and tested the Airbag Landing Systems!  All of the eggs survived both the 1 meter and 2 meter drops!  Then we took them outside and tossed them as high as we could to see if they would still protect the eggs.  Two out of the four eggs survived our trip outside.  We determined that the multiple testing sessions weakened the structures and they also ended the testing with fewer balloons than when they began.  Good job!   

     

    2nd

    Today we checked in on our penguins in Antarctica.  Students read the online journal, checked their nest, and viewed the penguin camera.  We also compared how long each penguin has sat on the nest so far.  Then they compared the adaptations of penguins, seals, and seagulls to living on the ocean. Last, they joined the 3rd graders as they tested their Airbag Landing Systems.

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  • 12/03/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 12/3/2019

    3rd

    We finished building our Airbag Landing Systems today!  We will test them next time.  They each wrote me a list of balloons that they will need.  Then they worked on their Alien Editions and continued designing their planets.

     

    2nd

    We checked in on our penguins in Antarctica.  They noticed that the penguin parents are taking turns sitting on the nests.  Then we discussed whether it would be better to be the first born or second born chick.  Last, we read chapters 6 and 7 in Waiting for Joey.

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  • 11/21/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 11/21/2019

    3rd

    Today I introduced the Battle of the Books competition to the students.  Students read at least 8 books and then answer questions with the help of teammates at the competition in April.  We are only able to bring 9 students to the event and will need to have a qualifying quiz in February for those who are interested.  Please see the letter that I am sending home with them today for more information. 

     Next, we continued working on building our Airbag Landing Systems.  We will test the Airbag Landing Systems once we get back from Thanksgiving break.

     

    2nd

    Today we checked in on our penguins in Antarctica.  Students read the online journal, checked their nest, and viewed the penguin camera.  They journaled about their observations as well as any questions.  Then we read chapters 4 and 5 in Waiting for Joey and discussed some critical thinking questions based on penguin photos.

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  • 11/18/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 11/18/2019

    3rd

    We finished our research and brainstorming today.  Many students also designed their Airbag Landing Systems and met with me to discuss their design.  A few students were able to begin building.

     

    2nd

    Once again, we became penguin scientists and checked in on the Adelie penguins in Antarctica through the daily journal, nest pictures, and penguin camera.  They journaled about their questions and observations.  Then they tried to solve some Penguin Quandaries.  Next time we meet we will find out what the Antarctica researchers discovered.

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