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April 24, 2012


Studying the effects of night and the full moon on plants and animals...

Today we looked at 1) evening primrose, 2) bats flyer out of the Congress bridge in Austin, TX, 3) wolves and 4) investigated Seymour Simon's page for any hints of other things to study.....


This is a drawing called:


"Spring Peeper and Fish Friends Dancing to Little Frog Croak Moon"


(inspired by Seymour Simon post see at http://www.seymoursimon.com/index.php/site/comments/little_frog_croak_moon/




April 20


Planting an indoor/outdoor garden, a farm and simulating the natural seed planting methods of the wind......





week 1 - a sprout of a sunflower 


April 13th


Will made Seymour Simon's Science Blog!


Here is his reaction!!!!


Blog entry below....found at http://www.seymoursimon.com/index.php/blog/


April 13, 2012

Promise Island

                                                                                          One of our regular "Writing Wednesday" authors is Will B., from Ohio. 

          This week Will sent us a link to his wiki, where he has made a poster called Promise Island. And he wrote with his Earth Day Promises:


               1. I promise to recycle with my dad. 

               2. I promise to not run the water when I brush my teeth. 

               3. And I promise to sleep my computer when I am not using it to save electricity.  



          These are all excellent Earth Day promises, and good habits to practice year round. And thanks for the poster, Will - it illustrates what is happening           all around the country. Lots of classes are making posters to inspire their classmates and people around them to reduce, reuse and recycle. Any one           else who want to send photographs, we would love to see them!










April 10

Seymour Simon's Science Blog Earth Month Contest!


Will's poster (although upside down) sharing his promise to the Earth.  He made Promise Island....and chose to recycle, not run the water when he brushes his teeth and sleep his computer when it is not in use!


February 22

Every Wednesday, on his blog, Seymour Simon shows a super cool image and then asks that we write about it on the blog.

This week it was about this barn owl.




Welcome to Writing Wednesday! Every week there is a new opportunity to publish your own creative writing on the Seymour Science blog. This week, we are asking you to describe this barn owl in flight.


Background: Most owls have broad wings which have quite a large surface in comparison to the rest of their bodies. These large wings make it easy for an owl to glide for a long time without a lot of flapping, and they also allow the owl to fly quite slowly - so that it can hunt for prey on the ground below.


When a normal bird flies, the air rushing over its wings makes a lot of noise, kind of a "whooshing" sound.   But owls have feathers called "flutings" on the leading edge of their wings. These feathers are almost like a comb, and they comb through the air as it rushes over the wings, breaking it up and muffling the sound. Because of these special wing feathers, a huge owl can glide almost silently through the forest, watching andlistening as it searches for prey.




Your Assignment: Look at this photograph of a barn owl in flight and write a paragraph that describes the bird’s silent search for its prey.





Tips to Make Your Writing Powerful:

  • Set the scene by appealing to your reader’s senses and imagination. You could write about what it feels like to soar through the air, what the world looks like from up there, or describe the "sound" of the silence.
  •  Include descriptive details about the owl, or about its prey on the ground below.
  • Use strong verbs to capture the action of the scene. For example, instead of saying the owl is "flying," you could use an action verb and say it is "darting" or "swooping."


When you are finished with your paragraph, click on the yellow "Comments" at the bottom of this post to enter your writing.


Happy writing!



My writing:


As the owl swoops around blending into the sky the owl is going fast without going woooossshhhh.  On the hunt for mice.






Question:  What Did You Learn About Gravity?















Past Projects:


Egg experiment

we put an egg in vinegar to see what would happen.....








(images on their way)

Life Cycles



(images on their way)





(images on their way)

Study of Jane Goodall (part of habitat unit)





(images on their way)

Study of Neil Armstrong (part of solar system unit)

















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