Our Trip to the Adler Planetarium

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Yesterday was the final field trip for our sixth grade year 😦 We were happy and sad at the same time- our school year has gone so fast! It was a hot and steamy day here in Chicago! We were worried in the morning because of the rain but it went away and the sun finally peeked through! We are so fortunate to have such amazing venues only ten minutes away from school! Here is a shot of Kevin and D.J. on the bus!

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Here is a few shots of all of us right when we arrived! We LOVED the view!!!!!

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Here is a shot of just us-

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Marshon was our art director today and picked our camera shots- check out the shots of the annex building!!!!

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We checked out the” Man Enters the Cosmos”sculpture our front!

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First we visited the Universe!

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We attended a workshop on bending light rays and gravity.

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We got to pretend we were visiting another universe! We also got to experience Infrared technology!

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We also got to ponder to possibility of life on other planets!

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We visited the Culture Center and got to experience a Pawnee Mud Hut. We learned that they had a system of reading the planets  and telling time by the sun!

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We then traveled though time into the middle ages and saw and experienced  Galileo’s  instruments and telescopes as well as a medieval astronomy classroom!

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After this we RAN upstairs and visited “Life on Mars”  and the Planets!!!! WE got to touch a real moon rock and see the Mars Rover!!!!

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Our beautiful Earth!

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After the Solar System we went to Space Exploration where we learned about Astronaut Lovell and got to see a replica of his bedroom and his footprint! We also got to see the world famous sphere and a space capsule! The Astronaut gear was awesome too!!!!

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After we did a few other things we had a nice lunch on the lake where we bonded and discussed our amazing day!

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Thanks for visiting and until our next adventure- ADIOS!

Paper Bag Probability Lab and NWEA Update

We are ending our unit on Probability and Miss B had us test theories of Probability. We talked about evidence and how we need evidence in order to make an educated theory or guess as to what would happen. After that we were sent to stations that had three paper bags. We were told each paper bag contained paper tiles of different colors. Without looking we pulled tiles from each bag ten times. We charted our results. There were 4 colors on each bag. After we completed our charts we got together and looked at our  classmates! It was interesting- we had really similar results!!!!! We made predictions as to why this might have happened and we decided that it was a result of how many of each color was put in the bags.  Here is a picture of us discussing this theory.

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After seeing the same results we wanted to get to the bottom of this mystery! So MIss B dumped the bags and we counted the tiles. We put the total number of colored tiles into proportions and compared it to our proportions- THEY MATCHED!!!!!!! As a final assessment we are going to compose at photo story and create a short story based off our findings.

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Here is what the tiles looked like.

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Here is a picture of the center.

Thanks to Eva for being such a great photographer!

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Testing is going well- we completed Reading and are about to start Math. So far 80% of us have met or EXCEEDED our Reading goals! WAY TO GO!!!!!!!

Awesome Cake, Probability Dice Lab, and “Who wants to be a millionaire” Reading Game

We have had a jam packed week and it is only Wednesday! Yesterday Miss B brought us in her new cake recipe. She is working on a gluten free cookbook and is working on the dessert section- our favorite! We got to try it and we loved it!!!!! We ate the entire cake and are waiting until she makes it again! We asked for the recipe so we can share it with you. You can use regular wheat flour cup for cup- here is a picture of the cake, us loving the cake and the non-gluten free recipe. 

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We forgot to take a photo before we ate the cake!!!! Here is some of it 🙂

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Awesome Cinnamon Cake-

3 cups flour

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 cup sugar

4 tsp. Baking Powder

1 1/2 cups milk

2 eggs

1 TBL Vanilla

1/2 cup butter melted

mix all ingredients and then add in melted butter.

Topping

1/2 cup softened butter

1 cup brown sugar

2 TBL flour 

1 1/2 TBL cinnamon.

Mix topping ingredients and then drop by spoonfuls onto cake. Swirl into batter with knife.

Bake in a greased 9 by 13 pan at 350 degrees for 28-32 minutes. 

ENJOY!!!!!

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Probability Dice Lab-

We are finishing up our probability unit and have been using dice and spinners to give us a real world example and visuals. They work great. Today we needed to review “mode” since we were still a little stuck on the concept. We rolled a set of dice 50 times and charted our results as well as the number the came up the most often- this was our mode!!!! We got it and then charted frequency and found the median and range of our data. Here are some pics of us rocking mode!!!!

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We got this!!!!!

“Who wants to be a Millionaire” Reading and  Summarizing Game!-

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Miss B wanted to take our skill study to the next level so she created a summarizing game based off the T.V. show “Who wants to be a Millionaire”.  She gave us paragraphs and we had to choose the correct summarization. We only had three lifelines (Hints). It took a few tries but we got to the million dollar question!!!!! Here is a photo of our winnings!!!!

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Stay tuned for next week’s post- NWEA testing and more space projects!!!!!

 

 

 

Safe Humane Visit- Dogs are our family!

Yesterday we had our yearly visit from the Safe Humane Group. Safe Humane is a non-profit group that teaches responsible pet ownership (dogs). Our Counselor sets this awesome visit up every year for our 4,5,and 6th graders. Student ambassadors from Walter Payton College Prep along with Safe Humane staff and dog/ handler volunteers come visit. Here is a shot of our student presenters!

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We took a Q and A session about how to treat animals and we discussed dog fighting and how horrible it is and that is you know of a dog owner who fights his dog you need to call the police and report it!!!! Then we learned about what kinds of things are safe for our dog to wear, eat, and play with. Here is a shot of Marshon during this part of the presentation!

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The best part came when we discovered that we had a dog friend in the room!!!!! Her name was Tessa and she is a 7 year old American Staffordshire Terrier. A lot of people call her a “pit bull”. She is a certified therapy dog and one of the sweetest dogs we have ever met!!!!! BEfore we could greet and pet her we had to learn and practice on a practice dog. (Who looks like Chasity’s dog!!!! lol) Here is our practice pup 🙂

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We all made sure to pay attention because we really wanted to play with Tessa 🙂

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Here we are petting Tessa!!!!

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Here is our sweet guest after she was done being greeted by the entire 6th grade! She was tired and we were so sad to see her go!

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Our teacher is a huge dog advocate and she was right- this is one of the COOLEST adventure we have had so far ! Till our next adventure- See ya! 🙂

Tin Foil Art

Last week we all earned our art project!!!!! We wanted to try something different so Miss B found a really cool project idea on Pinterest! We had all the materials we needed! Tacky Glue, Cardboard, Tin Foil and our imaginations! We met as a team and decided we were going to research animals as our theme. After the research we set off to complete our projects! 

Step 1 – We drew out our animals on cardboard and then traced over the drawings with 2 layers of Tacky Glue. 

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After the glue dried we covered our cardboard up with one layer of Tin Foil. We used a glue stick to make sure the tin foil stuck! We very carefully rubbed the tin foil with a Q-Tip and made sure to get around all the glue lines and make sure there was no air bubbles left. 

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After than we drew in the negative space. We used a dull pencil and very carefully made designs that we felt looked good. It was not easy- we needed to make sure NOT to rip the foil. 

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After that we rubbed black acrylic paint on and rubbed it off to reveal the texture and make the pieces look like aged pewter! Check out how they look 🙂 

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What we loved about this project is that is was easy, affordable, and we got amazing texture and detail!!!! Here are some details of the texture

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Next week we will try our hand at Watercolor Color Field Painting! Stay Tuned 🙂