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Science: Endangered Species

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After finishing the Eclipse Festival, the intermediate students brainstormed a 'wishlist' of science and social studies topics that they wanted to study next. They voted and narrowed it down to two choices:  government or endangered species.  Before the deciding vote, the students that suggested each topic stood up and gave a small speech in defense of choosing that topic. In the end, endangered species was selected because they liked that it had the social responsibility aspect as well as learning about the biology of the animals. 
Students selected an endangered species to research. In addition to learning about the animal, they also learned about their ecosystems, adaptations it has made to help it survive, reasons it has become endangered, and how we can help protect it.  Students conducted research and wrote research books using multiple sources and created biomes of their animals' ecosystems.


They prepared presentations for the primary students. In their presentatio…

Flight with Mr. Brisco

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For the past five weeks, the intermediate students have studied flight with Mr. Brisco. More specifically, we focused on the four forces of flight: thrust, lift, drag, and gravity. In studying these forces and Newton's Laws of Motion, the students used the scientific method to set up investigations and experiments. After each experiment, students integrated their labs into spreadsheets and created a slideshow or prezi outlining what they learned. 
THRUST To test thrust, the students launched rockets.
Here is a slide created by a student from this experiment:
LIFT To test lift, the students conducted an experiment in which they used the 'wind' from a hairdryer on see how the air going around the wing causes it to go up. 
Here is the slide from a student from this experiment:
DRAG They tested drag by creating different shaped parachutes and helicopters and tested each one to see which was most effective.

GRAVITY They tested gravity by exploring how heat can make balloons rise. …

The Eclipse Festival 2024

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After a month of hard work, the students wrapped up the eclipse unit by inviting the primary class to attend their Eclipse Festival. Since the actual eclipse isn't until 2024, this is meant to be a simulation of what the real thing will be. To prepare for the event, the intermediate students used resources in the classroom or at home to create booths for their businesses as well as items for purchase.



The primary students were given $100 of Monopoly money to spend at the festival and a form to fill out as they go from booth to booth deciding where to spend their money. 
Of course, the students had to first pay for their event ticket.
Next, students paid for parking and then decided on lodging.  For the outdoorsy visitors, tents were available to rent or patrons could rent space and use their own tent.
For those looking for luxury, The Play Palooza Plaza offered visitors all-inclusive packages featuring nice rooms and unique activities. As an added incentive, price cuts and free p…