Bridge building at Smith

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Let the bridge competition begin at Smith!

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Animation made simple with science characters

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Today we made unique animals in our class. The newly created animals had to show how they found food, protected themslves, and moved around. I wanted to show my team how fast it would be to make a short animation movie with these creatures, showing off the animal characters and adaptations. Our principal just delivered a new iPad to each of his teachers and I really want the team to see how easy they are to use. This is a dinky movie made only to show the possibilities. We took 3 minutes to take the pictures, 2 minutes to make the slides on Movie Maker Live and 1 minute to pick a fast tune. So don’t get too excited, but use this as a launching pad as to what could be…

What materials would keep my house just the right temperature?

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Earlier in the year we experimented with different types of materials including fur, diapers, sod, newspaper and cardboard and we proved with data and graphs the best materials for building a house. We related how animals survived in the wild with extreme cold and hot temperatures. This was another fantastic activity. Tried to use Vimeo with no luck today so I just played with some of Splice’s features that I never have time for during the school week.

I wish I could dissect owl pellets every day

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I heard this the entire class period inbetween, gross, this is just not right. Then we ramped up the comments when we viewed a movie watching the owls bring up their pellets from their stomachs mouths. We even saw a clip of someone who collects these pellets for a living.

This post and movie were all done on my iPad for the first time. I am using Splice but haven’t found another free alternative yet that works with my older iPad.

Rap with Smith Fifth and be cool with area and volume

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Students were still confused about area, perimeter, and volume so they wrote this rap song. They adapted their idea from Lycophysics singing the Perimeter song. The music was used with YouTube permission from The Uvilon. Now when they get confused we hit the play button and the rap floats through their brains.

Our lyrics are:
With area you have to measure
Inside, Inside
Multiply the sides
and find the area, area
Two sides, two sides
That’s area, area
Find the inside
Find the inside

With volume you have to build it up real tall
Multiply the height and don’t let it fall
That’s volume, volume
Make it real tall
Don’t forget the height
Make it real tall

Smith students produce first book trailer

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This week our class created book trailers for some favorite books. It is not as easy as one would think for an elementary child to create a movie not giving away the plot. We would love some feedback and some further suggestions for next time. As a teacher, I am looking for rigor. Students just want to know that they have produced a great project.