A Peek into Science | 1/7 and 1/14 | Tallmadge Campus

Tin Dendrite Experiment

First we prepared a tin chloride SnCl2 solution.

The solution did not coat the surface of the petri dish. To make the solution distribute evenly we needed to decrease the surface tension. We did this by adding 3 drops of liquid soap.

We then placed the electrodes into the solution and connected the electrodes to their source of electric current (batteries).

The students were then able to observe the tin ions Sn2+ near the negatively charged electrode (the black one) transform into metal tin Sn0. The tin gradually formed a long dendrite-shaped crystals throughout the solution.

To sum it up we grew a dendrite from a colorless salt solution.

 

 

Tin hedgehog

First we prepare a tin chloride SnCl2 solution.

Then we submerged a piece of  zinc  in the tin salt solution.

As soon as we submerged the zinc we observed the zinc start to dissolve into the solution, while the tin precipitated on the surface of the zinc pellet forming what looked like needles.

To sum it up we took a zinc pellet and transformed into a prickly hedgehog.

   

 


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of January 14th

Ocean Animals

The students learned that oceans are the largest habitat for an animal to live in. They discovered that ocean animals can be found on the coast to all depths from the surface to the deepest darkest trenches of the ocean. We also talked about how only five percent of the world’s animals live in the ocean. We looked at  the similarities and differences between dolphins, sharks, whales, seahorses, fish, squids etc.

Work Time

Cards and Counters: This child is demonstrating his knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. He is also able to visually see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go together to form each number.
Bead Frame: This child is using the bead frame to do static addition. It is a more abstract way to work with the decimal system. She is also familiarizing herself with the different categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands by looking at it in a different way.
Cutting: This child is developing his fine motor skills by using scissors to cut along the lined paper. He is also developing his sense of order, concentration, coordination and independence.

Reminders:

January 25 | Ms. Courtney | Bring Your Parent to Work Time

February 9 | All School Dance | Fundraiser | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A peek into next week: Martin Luther King Jr.

Academic Enrichment | Week of January 7th | Tallmadge

Money-  The students were introduced to different coins ( (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars and dollars) and their values. They were able to explore different coins sensorially and learn how much they are all worth. The students also practiced  grouping different coins to count their value when put together.

Cursive Handwriting: The students practiced writing the lowercase cursive words dad, quit, pig, dip, jug and cut.

 

A peek into next week: Telling Time


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of January 7

Polar Animals: 

The students discovered that animals that live in the Arctic (either full time or seasonally) are adapted to extreme conditions. Many animals like the arctic fox have a coat that thickens and changes color to white during the winter as camouflage in the snow (blending into the background).

They even learned that some animals hibernate during the cold season (skunks, chipmunks, and some bears); they go into a very deep, sleep-like state in which their heartbeat slows down. These animals often hibernate in an underground burrow or pit.

They also discovered that many animals like the arctic tern spend the summer months in the Arctic, but leave as the weather turns frigid and food becomes scarce. These animals return again the next summer, repeating this pattern year after year (migrating).

Work Time:

Sandpaper Letters: This child is tracing and identifying the sounds of the letters ‘w’ and ‘m’ and connecting the sounds with the initial sounds of different objects like web and motorcycle.
Nine Layout: This child is becoming familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands. He is also discovering that if he has 6 units and adds 1 more unit he will have 7 units.
Cards and Counters: This child is demonstrating his knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. He is also able to visually see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go together to form each number.
Movable Alphabet: These children are saying the words of different objects and phonetically spelling them:bed, web, kat, ax, pin and kup.
Sand Tray Form Drawing: This child is practicing writing the form “humps” in sand. By doing this she is developing multiple skills involving her eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Table Sweeping: This child is developing the movements needed to manipulate a broom and dustpan. He is also developing his coordination, independence and concentration.
Weaving: This child is developing her dexterity and manipulative skills by repeatedly using her hands to weave the ribbon over and under. She is also developing her  fine motor skills and concentration while building her self-confidence.

Reminders:

January 21 | Martin Luther King Jr. Day | NO SCHOOL

January 25 | Ms. Courtney | Bring Your Parent to Work Time

February 9 | All School Dance | Fundraiser | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A peek into next week: Ocean Animals

A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of December 10 and 17th

Over the past couple of week the children read a lot of holiday books and did a lot of different crafts. I am so proud of how hard they worked during our Christmas Show practices. They did such a great job on their performance last Friday!

Work Time

Sandpaper Letters: This child is tracing and identifying the sounds of the letters ‘p’ and ‘t’ and connecting the sounds with the initial sounds of different objects like purse and turtle.
Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the words of different objects and phonetically spelling them:cup, dog and pom. He used both the print and cursive movable alphabet so that he could compare them.
Stamp Game: This child is doing static addition (a sum without exchanging) problems using the stamp game. He is practicing addition at a higher level of abstraction.
Rhyming Cards: This child is identifying and matching the rhyming object pictures. He is able to understand and hear when two words sound the same.

Guest Readers

Reminders

School Resumes | January 7, 2019


Academic Enrichment | Week of December 17th | Tallmadge

The kindergarten students have been working hard on learning different ways to solve multiplication problems. Below they are pictured using the multiplication bead board. This work gives them the opportunity to practice multiplication in a way that will lead them to memorization of the essential multiplication tables.

 

Cursive Handwriting: The students practiced writing the lowercase cursive words sat, us, rip, sad, gap and rust.


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of December 3rd

Over the past week the children started practicing for their Christmas Show multiple times a day. This will be their main focus for the next few weeks. We are doing a Christmas Tree theme. Feel free to dress your child up in anything Christmas Tree related for the show next Friday and practice singing the songs “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” and “O’ Christmas Tree” with them!

Work Time

Sandpaper Letters: This child is tracing and identifying the sounds of the letters ‘r’ and ‘q’ and connecting the sounds with the initial sounds of different objects like rabbit and quilt.
Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the words of different objects and phonetically spelling them: pan for pan, flowr for flower, pi for pie and str for star.
Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing the uppercase cursive B on a chalkboard. He is developing multiple skills involving his eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Stamp Game: This child is doing static addition (a sum without exchanging) problems using the stamp game. He is practicing addition at a higher level of abstraction.
Dishwashing: This child is using many motor skills while also remembering the order and sequence of each action to successfully wash dishes, which naturally leads to the development of concentration.
Cards and Counters: These children are demonstrating their knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. They are also able to visually see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go together to form each number.

Guest Reader

Reminders

Christmas Show Rehearsal | December 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Cuyahoga Falls High School Auditorium, 2300 4th St.)

Christmas Show | No Afterschool care available (student pickup by 3:15pm) | December 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Cuyahoga Falls High School Auditorium, 2300 4th St.)

Pajama & Show-N-Tell Day | December 21


Academic Enrichment | Week of December 3rd | Tallmadge

The kindergarten students have been working hard on learning dynamic addition and dynamic multiplication using the golden beads and the stamp game. This past week they were introduced to another work called the dot board to solve both static and dynamic addition problems.

Cursive Handwriting: The students practiced writing the lowercase cursive letters a, d, g, qu, c and o. To make a lowercase c they learned to curve around to just below the midline and roll back around to just above the baseline. To make a lowercase o they learned to curve around to just below the midline, roll back around past the baseline and up to the midline and dip connector at the midline. To make a lowercase g they learned to curve up to the midline, roll back around to the baseline, swing up to the midline and drop down half way past the baseline and swoop. To make a lowercase qu they learned to curve up to the midline, roll back around to the baseline, swing up to the midline and drop down half way past the baseline and hook up to the baseline then swing up to the midline and down to the baseline, swing up to the midline, and down to the baseline. To make a lowercase a they learned to curve up to the midline, rollback around to the baseline, swing up to the midline and down to the baseline. To make a lowercase d they learned to curve up to the midline, roll back around to the baseline, swing tall to the top line and slide down to the baseline.

 

A Peek into Science | 11/26 12/3 and 12/17 | Tallmadge Campus

Lava Lamp: The students observed that when you mix oil and water together they separate from each other. The oil ended up on top because it has a lower density than the water. We then added food coloring and watched it fall through the oil and mix with the water at the bottom. We then added tiny pieces of Alka-Seltzer which created small bubbles of carbon dioxide gas that would rise to the top. The gas would then escape when it reached the top and the colored water would fall back down. The students learned the reason the Alka-Seltzer fizzed in such a way is because it contains citric acid and baking soda and the two react with water to form sodium citrate and carbon dioxide gas.

Traveling Water: The students learned that water has a lot of molecules that are held together by electrical molecular bonds. So we took a glass of water with a piece of string and  and dumped the water along the string and into the empty glass. Because water has such strong hydrogen bonds it allowed the water molecules to stick together and travel down the string and into the empty cup.

Dissolving Sugar: We dissolved sugar in both cold and hot water. The students were able to observe that the cold water wasn’t able to dissolve as much sugar as the hot water. The reason the hot water dissolved more sugar is because it has faster moving molecules which are spread further apart than the molecules in the cold water. So with bigger gaps between the molecules in the hot water, more sugar molecules can fit in between.


Academic Enrichment | Week of November 26th | Tallmadge

Dynamic Multiplication: The students are doing dynamic multiplication using the golden beads. Dynamic multiplication simply means repeated addition where they need to carry over an amount. The process is similar to static multiplication except if the child has a group of ten he/she will need to exchange. Exchanging takes place when the child is combining the beads.

 

Cursive Handwriting: The students practiced writing the lowercase cursive letters a, d, g, qu, c and o.  To make a lowercase c they learned to curve around to just below the midline and roll back around to just above the baseline. To make a lowercase o they learned to curve around to just below the midline, roll back around past the baseline and up to the midline and dip connector at the midline. To make a lowercase g they learned to curve up to the midline, roll back around to the baseline, swing up to the midline and drop down half way past the baseline and swoop. To make a lowercase qu they learned to curve up to the midline, roll back around to the baseline, swing up to the midline and drop down half way past the baseline and hook up to the baseline then swing up to the midline and down to the baseline, swing up to the midline, and down to the baseline. To make a lowercase a they learned to curve up to the midline, rollback around to the baseline, swing up to the midline and down to the baseline. To make a lowercase d they learned to curve up to the midline, roll back around to the baseline, swing tall to the top line and slide down to the baseline.