What's Going on in the Lab? It's Tower Week!

SPECTACULAR stuff going on in the lab!

This week we are building towers. I have seven groups so to keep from going stark raving mad from repeating the same activity over and over.....we are doing two different tower versions.

First up:
Build a tower with toothpicks and modeling-doh:

Aren't they great?! (You gotta love the dollar store for the Play-doh!)

Second Tower:

They could use tape with the index cards, but for some reason most of them did not!
So far the tallest tower was 77 cm!

We are finishing up our Sound Proof Box Company Challenge. Students are making a box to sound proof a ringing cell phone. Here's one that was pretty much a genius idea.

This group used an actual cell phone box and lined it with stuff to help muffle the sound.

They had me cut the hole in the lid so they could make a "window". Their idea was that the phone in the box could still be used- you can push your phone buttons through the window.

Okay, so they put my phone in and it was very hard to get out. (That's a calculator in the box in the photo, but I couldn't take a picture if my phone was in the box!)

Anyway, after we tested my ringing of the phone I mentioned that the box being a tight fit would be a problem for customers.

A few minutes later they called me back over to see how they solved the problem.

They used masking tape and took two strips and stuck them together to make a tape ribbon. That ribbon is under the phone and when you get ready to get the phone out you just pull on the ends and out it pops!

Genius, right?

Fifth grade is finishing up their marketing ideas for their Baked Potato Companies.
Here's some posters:

Yes, that first poster is from a company called" Speedy Spuds" and the second is "Hot potatoes to Go", and the last is "Bow Taters!"

Next week they will perform the commercials they have written for their companies!

Have a great rest of the week!


Are you looking for something crafty?

This blog post has been updated to help you if you are looking for this:
So, keep reading and I will tell you the story behind that "window frame"!

First, you need to know that this post in its original format was a link-up with other teachers. And that link up included images and random thought. That cute craft with the picture frame and the 'J' on it was one of the images I used from Pinterest and posted in this space.

I love Pinterest!

Now, here's the TRUE story behind that photo.

When I published this post I had no idea how Pinterest worked. I just would find pins I liked and then put them on this blog to share. I had NO IDEA that the photos would get repinned by other people and then repinned about 48,000 times!

So, that fabulous crafty frame has been around for almost three years and it gets repinned constantly and sends people to this blog post to find out about it. 

Only, now here's the stupid thing, I have no idea what it should link to in order to help you find the original source. 

I feel terrible about this- because you saw it on Pinterest and clicked on, expecting to find it to purchase or at least directions for how to make it and instead you find a teaching blog.

I am so sorry that people have wasted time clicking on it only to discover a teaching blog. (Although it is pretty fabulous teaching blog ;)

So, I recently poured through Google and Pinterest and Etsy and found some similar items for you! All of these are linked to their sources and not back to my blog so you can go and check them out!
Click {HERE} or on the photo to get to this one!
Click {HERE} or on the photo to go to the source.
Click {HERE} or on the photo to go to the source.
Click {HERE} for this one and I feel like this is the source for the original photo because they are so similar!
This last one is found in a terrific little Etsy shop that has tons more windows- check it out!
(And I am not affiliated in any way with any of the shops you may find linked to those fabulous frames!)

If you are here at this post because you are looking for my teaching blog keep reading!

STEM Challenge: All about building a car that rolls using some basic and simple materials.
Yes, my friends, that is a car built from a bunch of junk. My third graders were challenged with this and after two class sessions, they built some really creative cars.

The only rule of the task was that the car had to roll. This was quite hard, but we had an amazing number of cars that worked. The one in the photo, sadly, did not roll. When I pointed out to the group that it resembled an airplane, I was told, 

"Yes ma'am, it transforms into an airplane!"
Take a look at my Favorites section for more posts about STEM! 


What's Going on in the Lab?

So, this is going to be about two weeks worth of stuff...

Here's why:
I am sure you can relate to that!

OKAY, back to the lab...
 first up: THIRD GRADE

Oh my. 
This challenge is really a CHALLENGE!
For the first time all year I am seeing some frustration from my little friends. Their ideas are just not working
and it is making them think, THINK, THINK!
Here's the challenge:
Build a car out of a bunch of junk and the car must roll.

I love the drawings they made to help in planning. The problem is that they just cannot figure out the rolling part. We put everything away until next week and they are supposed to do some research before I see them again. Next week we will finish and test the cars.

They are designing sound proof boxes for cell phones:

We are in the beginning stages of this. They are grouped in large groups this time and they have a Building Team and a Marketing Team. Updates next week!


They are building Baked Potato boxes and somehow I have no pictures yet!? Each group has a Building Team and a Marketing Team and they are creating a Baked Potato Delivery Company. Stay tuned!

But I did visit our middle school this week and talked at length with the Enrichment teacher. I am so excited that she will get a large group of my fifth graders who will have had a year of STEM class. Here's a project she completed with her classes this year.

They had to design a futuristic city out of junk! Awesome!

Okay, I did take some pictures of my littles at work today. I have a Math Enrichment class with first and second graders each Wednesday and here they are playing a game I purchased right at my favorite place: TpT!

They loved it!
Click on one of the pictures to get to that product at TpT--- It's not mine!

That's my week!

Check back to see how the baked potatoes go next week- we plan to cook some each day and start testing our boxes for the ability to keep the potatoes hot. Fourth grade will be testing their boxes to see if they are indeed sound proof. Third grade will finish their cars and, hopefully, a few of them will roll!

Have a great rest of the week!

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