Coach BLeggett

Coach BLeggett

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Video from Mrs. Munoz's Class in France

Mrs. Celine Munoz's class in France made a video for our students to introduce themselves to their pen pals in our class and to show us where some of the Leggett Flat Stanleys have traveled in France.

Monday, November 24, 2014

We have been studying about force and interactions for the past four weeks. Students participated in 23 different hands-on investigations for 11 days before building their culminating roller coaster amusement park.

Here is a video of the experience.

Leggett Class Stanleys in Le bourg, France

Our Leggett Class Stanleys have arrived in Le bourg, France. These are two photos of Mrs. Celine Munoz's class holding up Stanleys of each person in our class. We are excited to see them travel.

Halloween Candy Drive and Letters for the Troops

Our class collected Halloween candy and wrote cards for the troops. We filled over 50 bags of candy and sent them to Operation Gratitude, who is going to disperse them to our troops.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Mystery Skypes with Arizona & Ohio Classes

Yesterday, we had two Mystery Skypes today. One was with Mrs. Rollin's Class at Four Peaks Elementary in Apache Junction, Arizona.

We also had the opportunity to Skype with Mrs. Pickarski's class in Columbus, Ohio.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mystery Skype with Mrs. Brightman's Class in Athens, Alabama

We had a Mystery Skype with Mrs. Brightman's Class in Athens, Alabama on Wednesday. The students learned many facts about Alabama and had a chance to hear different dialect in the United States.

More Force and Interaction Discoveries

As part of the force and interactions unit, students went through twelve stations (three a day) focusing on different concepts. They were able to use the investigations to make discoveries about force and interactions.

Using an impact car to test Newton's Law, for every action, there is an opposite or equal reaction

Trying to bounce a bouncy ball in a cup to learn the differences in force needed on an object

Learning about inertia through the checker stack

Trying to throw a tennis ball into a cup to learn more about different forces needed on an object

Learning about magnetism using magnets

Trying to throw disks on different sections on the floor to learn about force and angles

Learning about electromagnetism by using a battery, wire and a nail

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Skype with Roller Coaster Engineer, Anya Lehrner

Great Coasters International Engineer, Anya Lehrner, took the time to Skype with us about roller coaster design. As part of our force and interactions unit, the students will be designing and building their own roller coaster amusement park. Anya gave them advice and let them know how force plays a role in roller coasters. She also let students know how they design, build and test roller coasters to make they are safe. Thank you, Anya!

Mystery Skype Nov. 7 with Mrs. Riccardi's Class in Moretown, Vermont

One of our Mystery Skypes on Friday was with Mrs. Patti Riccardi's class at Moretown School in Moretown, Vermont. We were able to learn more about rural communities.

Mystery Skype & Weather Talk with Sister Monica's Class in Hawaii

We had a Mystery Skype with Sister Monica's third grade class at Saint Theresa School in Kauai, Hawaii on November 7. We learned about Hawaii and what they do to prepare for tsunamis.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

City of Shawnee Community Movie Presentation

On November 7, students presented their Shawnee movies to 26 Shawnee city leaders, including the fire chief, the city manager, city council members, Shawnee Town, traffic leaders and museum leaders. The students were experts on Shawnee, talking about what the city was doing well and how it could be improved. This culminated their study of the history of their community, where they worked to answer, "Why do you people live in our community?" "What drives population shifts to our community?" "What does it mean to be a responsible citizen in our community?" Thank you to Shawnee City Manager, Carol Gonzales, who helped organize the event.

Action 41 News Meteorologist, Gary Lezak, Announces Natural Disaster Weather Forecast Winners

Earlier in the school year, students learned about natural disasters. To culminate their learning, students created a weather forecast showing everything they learned. Meteorologists at Action 41 news were kind enough to be the judges. They used a rubric to assess the criteria the students needed to have in their forecasts. Meteorologist Gary Lezak came on Nov. 5 to surprise the students as he recognized each student and announced the winning group. Thank you, Gary!
Class on the news

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mystery Skype with Mrs. Sturdy's Class in Vesper, WI

We had a Mystery Skype with Mrs. Rebecca Sturdy's class on Tuesday. We were able to learn about Vesper, Wisconsin.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Flying Airplanes to Discover Friction, Acceleration, Energy and Speed

Students discovered speed, acceleration and friction as they built and raced airplanes on fishing line. Students were also able to understand how potential and kinetic energy work.

Building Ramps to Discover how Angles Influence Distance and Speed

Students were able to investigate how angles influence the distance and speed of an object through different ramps they built. Students used match box cars to travel down their ramps.