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Electrons

Math Games

This week, we split into two groups and switched off playing Sequence and Sleeping Queens. Rowdy fun was had by all. Many of the electrons expressed interest in playing Sleeping Queens again, so we may do this again next week. Fun fact: this game was invented by a six -year-old homeschooler!

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Webs

Today we starting with a mini-lesson about making webs as a pre-writing technique. The kids took notes in their folders, and we brainstormed a web about “Going to a Carnival”. Then, everyone wrote a plan for themselves, which included narrative writing, some fantasy stories, an expository piece, and more. Everyone chose a comfy spot in […]

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Math Games

With both Sam/Sabeena out, I brought in a few games to try that Adelina was excited to share. Langston brought in a super cool, complicated version of tic-tac-toe…”Ultimate Tic-tac-toe”, which was a blast! Thanks for sharing, Langston!! Then we had an Othello show-down with 3 games going at the same time & trading of opponents. […]

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Sleeping Queens

This week, we split into two groups and switched off playing Sequence and Sleeping Queens. Rowdy fun was had by all. Many of the electrons expressed interest in playing Sleeping Queens again, so we may do this again next week. Fun fact: this game was invented by a six -year-old homeschooler!

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Workshop Topics

With Claudia and Liam out for the week, we missed out on an Italian lesson, so I jumped in with a pre- “Writing Workshop” session! I explained a bit about how Writing Workshop will be set up and organized once we start in January. We brainstormed a long list of possible writing topics individually, then […]

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Pie Charts: for Science!

We started off by talking about pie charts and their application to science. Together, we graphed results from a survey of favorite Halloween candy we had done the previous week. Then the Electrons split off for an independent project, performing a study of their group mates and graphing the results. Some of the studies included […]

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Halloween Candy Experiments

The day after Halloween, we separated into groups and did three experiments with leftover candy. Our “Sink or float” and “floating M’s” stations were successful, but separating the oil from a Starburst via microwaving proved difficult. The electrons did seem to enjoy the independence of following written directions on their own with no other adult […]

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Symmetry

We finished off our lesson on symmetry by creating self portraits. A few weeks ago I took their pictures then I printed them and we cut them out and centered and glued them down on a blank piece of paper. With a ruler and pencil they made exact measurements for their facial features on the […]

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Tangrams

We did a lesson on Tangrams. It was a great lesson on problem solving and creativity. With the 7 shapes used in tangram designs We broke off into groups and I had the students make a square. After 5 minutes I revealed on piece. It was a great team building activity. I think they only […]

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Lava Lamps

We started class by making lava lamps in the kitchen. Thanks to everyone who sent bottles! In a 20 oz or 1 liter bottle, we added about 1.5 inches of water. We then filled the bottle about 2/3 with vegetable oil and noticed how water and oil don’t mix and how oil stays on top […]

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