June 28, 2011
- Today was our last day of school for this year. In class we
played Weather BINGO. Have a great Summer Vacation
June 27, 2011
- We learned about humidity today. Using a thermometer with a
wet paper towel wrapped around the bulb and a second thermometer
that is dry, we can figure out the Relative Humidity as a
percent. e have to find the difference between the temperatures
on the thermometers after we wave them for a bit and then use
this information along with a humidity chart. Students logged
their data onto page 160 and 161 of Bob. We then played a game
of Weather BINGO.
June 24, 2011 -
Our activity today had us
estimating the amount of
clouds we see in the sky at any one time. This is cloud cover.
We did this with blue and white paper. The blue represented the
sky and white for the clouds. When the white paper completely
covered the blue, 100% of the sky was covered by clouds. If we
use a smaller portion of the white paper, say 25%, of the white
paper to cover the blue students will begin to look at and gain
the perspective to estimate the amount of white on blue. With
this, they will gain the ability to estimate cloud cover. This
work was recorded onto page 164 of Bob.
June 23, 2011
- We used the classroom computers today to research information
about cloud types. Our goal was to find a way to tell clouds
apart from each other. Different types of clouds form at
different heights in the troposphere. Even that white trail
coming from a jet engine, the water vapor trail in the very cold
atmosphere, the CLOUD coming from the jet. In the evening our
eighth graders graduated. Their graduation was held at Queens
College in a building called Colden Center.
June 22, 2011
- We made a cloud in a bottle today. From the reading we know
that we need to add smoke or salt to seed the droplet of water.
The vapor needs something to cling onto. We put water into a two
liter soda bottle, shook it up and dumped it out. We lit a
match, blew it out and put it into the bottle, capping it
quickly. We now squeezed the bottle to lessen the volume,
increase the pressure and warm the air. The air warm air
evaporated some water, As we unsqueeze the bottle, the air cools
and the water falls out of the air forming a cloud as it grabs
onto the pieces of smoke. We wrote onto page 162 of Bob today.
June 21, 2011
- Today we took the post test so that Mr. Blum and Mr. Grambo
could see if we learned anything because we were in their class.
The Pre Test was given on October 15, 2010. There were 40
questions on the test and the questions were the same, but the
order was different. We also received the quiz we took last
Friday back. After school, Mr. Grambo went to the 8th Graders
Prom at Brunos. The Prom is their Senior Dance.
June 20, 2011 -
I went back to work today, but I
was moving were slowly and can not pick up anything. The class
worked in Bob on page 158 experimenting with the idea of
Dewpoint. Students pot ice and water into a metal glass to have
water vapor condense on the outside of the glass, Students took
temperature readings of the air surrounding the outside of the
glass. Air across the room was 30 degrees Celsius, but next to
the glass of ice water the air was 22 degrees Celsius. As
the warm moist air in the room neared the cool cup, the air
cooled and molecules of air began to move closer together. The
water was beginning to be squeezed out. It had no where to go so
it moved onto the outside of the cup. The 8th Graders today had
their awards assembly.
June 17, 2011
- Mr. Blum gave an Open Book QUIZ today from Sally and Bob. As a
scientist we write in our journal. It is a science tool that we
use to document our research. How good is this book or science
tool I ask? Today we will find out.
June 16, 2011
- Our assignment for today is from Investigation 9. This Reading
is about Weather Forecasting. The reading asks how weather is
predicted and talks about the tools meteorologists use to tell
about the weather. This finished work will be placed onto page
171 of Bob (two sheets will be attached to this page.)
June 15, 2011
- The assignment for today was on Cloud Formation and
Condensation. Water vapor needs soot, dirt, smoke or salt to
cling to so it can grow into a drop. This work will go onto page
159 of Bob
June 14, 2011
- Today I left an reading on HIV and AIDS - This assignment asks
where the Virus and Disease came from? What is its origin? The
completed and graded assignment will be attached to sally
on page 119.
June 13, 2011
- I had surgery today and will not be in for the rest of the
week. Work will be left for the substitute teacher. The work
will be collected every day and brought to me. I will grade it
and return it. Today I left an assignment on the Water Cycle.
This work will go onto page 171 of Bob
June 10, 2011
- The second floor sixth grade went to the Brooklyn Botanic
Gardens today. In school I worked on the seventh grade Buddy and
Me Carnival that was held in our school yard. We set up rides
and booths and had Mr. Siriani as a DJ all day.
June 9, 2011 -
There is no school today for students. It is Brooklyn Queens
Day, or Anniversary Day. I am working with a colleague, Roy
Harris, on a workshop about writing notebooks in the science
classroom. This workshop is being held at PS 223Q in Saint
June 8, 2011
- I was not in school today, I was at a surgeon talking about
the operation I was going to have next Monday. In class everyone
was given a reading on HIV and AIDS. This reading talks about
the virus and the disease it brings. The reading indicated that
the virus breaks down a persons immune system. This reading will
be attached to page 173 of Bob after it has been graded.
June 7, 2011 -
Today we experimented with Carrying Capacity and talked about
how one thing, like air, can carry something else, like water.
We finished up page 156 of Bob today. During the day we moved
all the tables used for the 8th grade practical test back to
room 228. Today was a half day for students.
June 6, 2011 -
We set up our Bob notebooks today for Investigation 6 which
deals with clouds and precipitation. We added words to our
glossary. Students went to on-line dictionaries to find the
meanings on words such as carry capacity and saturation.
June 3, 2011 -
We were working on our Bob and Sally notebooks. Mr. Blum is
making a test that allows us to use our notebooks. If our
notebooks are good and useful as a science tool, we will do well
on the test. If our books are a mess, oh well. During period 1,
I went over to PS 149 to pick up furniture for Ms. Ricci's room
with 25 students and after school we held our Black and White
dance. It was a busy day.
June 2, 2011 -
We finished our write up for the heat experiment on pages 150
through 156 of our bob notebook. This is about why hot rises
upward and cold sinks. We discovered that convection causes hot
to rise and cold to sink. Hot rises because there are less
pieces per unit volume due to an increase in energy and
molecular movement. Less pieces means less mass, less weight and
June 1, 2011 -
We experimented today to see if convection worked with liquids
in the same way that it did with gasses. Today we tried to make
layers of hot and cold water on top of each other. We used food
color to help distinguish the hot water from the cold and used
the same towers from the salt water experiment to help us with
our layers. We documented our work onto page 152 of our Bob
May 31, 2011 -
The entire 5th and 6th grade went to the Whitestone Cinemas
today to see the Disney movie entitled African Cats. This movie
tells the tale of a pride of lions on the African Savannah and
how they live together and hunt together. There was also a store
about a family of cheetahs, wild dogs, a wilder beast and a
weird looking bird. Mr. Blum gave out a worksheet that we went
over in class when we got back from the movie.
May 30, 2011 -
School was closed today in observance of Memorial Day.
May 27, 2011 -
Everyone was working today on pages from their Bog Camp Project
while I set up the practical test for the eighth grade. They
start their exam next Tuesday. During period 7, Mr. Fahey met
with representatives from each of our 17 Sixth Grade
classes. Next Tuesday we go to the movie to see the new Disney
Film. Remember to bring in your Permission slips. Next Friday,
June 3, is our last dance of the year. Tickets will only be sold
on Tuesday and Wednesday.
May 26, 2011 -
We started the experiment today on page 150 of Bob. This
experiment is on hot rising and cold sinking. We used two
different types of convection boxes today. On page 151 we wrote
a procedure for using each type of convection box and labeled
the diagrams showing how heat travels through the boxes. In the
evening, our music department held its Spring Concert.
May 25, 2011 -
We went over the mass of salt in each container of color water
so that we could figure out the density of each salt water
solution used on page 149. These various densities gave us the
color tower. We then put the last two pages for Bug Camp into
our Sally notebook. On page 106 and 107 of Sally we will find
out about an entomologist named Fabre and will read will work
online to find out what he did with cecropia moths. The last two
pages of the Bug Camp unit has us finding out about the homes
insects make and live in. In the evening, District 30 had its
Celebration of Excellence in our school. There was an Art show,
auditorium program and dance.
May 24, 2011 -
Everyone received back their work from last Friday. If they wish
to re-do any of their work, they can for a better grade. We
finished the experiment on the salt density tower experiment.
The colors are Blue on bottom, then Green. On top of green is
Yellow and the top color is Red. Tomorrow I will tell everyone
how much salt was put into each color solution so that you can
figure out the density of each solution.
May 23, 2011 -
We went over the reading from Friday to find out why everyone
had so much difficulty with the questions that ere being asked
of them. I then showed a sinking can of coke and floating can of
diet coke. The difference in density was due to the sweetener.
Students had a half day, so we did not work too much on our
tower of salt water solutions.
May 20, 2011 -
I was not in school today. I left a reading about a type of heat
transfer called Convection. In this reading is a diagram of a
convection box. We are to explain how the box works and shows
May 19, 2011
- While finding the density of objects, you may have noticed
that some objects just sank in the water, while others floated a
bit. Today we made an egg that sinks in fresh water float when
salt is added to the water. Our next task was to make a tower
from four liquids. These liquids were all salt water solutions
of different strengths that have been dyed four different
colors. The more dense solution will sink to the bottom, the
least dense will float on top. Our job was to make four layers
on top of each other.
May 18, 2011
- We continued working to find the density of different objects.
We also had to define density and had to show all the math
calculations used to obtain the density.
May 17, 2011 -
We started to find the density of 5 objects today. We measured
their mass with a triple beam balance and then placed the object
into a graduate cylinder to find out how much water it would
displace. This was it's volume. Knowing the Mass and Volume
allows us to do some mah to find the density. We are working in
Bob on page 148. During lunch this week students are coming up
to dissect a grasshopper.
May 16, 2011 -
In class we set up our Bob notebook for Investigation 5. We then
added words to our glossary and worked in our Sally notebook on
our Bug Camp project.
May 13, 2011 -
In todays demonstration, we have cards attached to a metal pole
using wax. one end of the pole is place into a heat source. as
the pole is heated, the wax begins to melt and the cards begin
to drop. Again this shows Conduction. All work is checked and we
have finished Investigation 4. This weekend we are to work on
Bug Camp pages 97, 98 and 99.
May 12, 2011 -
Our experimentation today has us seeing if aluminum conducts
heat better than iron. In this investigation we have heat strips
on metal bars which are touched onto boiling water. we are
looking to see if the heat from the water will pass to the metal
strips and on towards the heat tapes. In another investigation
we have cold water in a test tube which is placed into a beaker
of boiling water. We want to see if the heat and cold transfer
to each other. Today everyone took the second part of their
state math exam. We checked over the work on our experiment so
far. Todays homework is page 96 of our Sally Notebook in our Bug
May 11, 2011 -
We used yesterdays collected data to make a graph showing which
material heated up faster when exposed to radiant heat and which
cooled faster when the heat was removed. We examined the soil
and sand from yesterdays experiment and attached some of these
samples to our Bob notebook with clear tape. We then wrote out
the procedure for our experimentation. In the morning, all
classes took the first part of the State Math Test. Everyone
received page 95 in Sally for Homework. It has everyone making a
May 10, 2011 -
We looked over the classification page we did for homework in
our Sally notebook on page 92 and 93. We then started an
experiment on heat and how it moves beginning on page 141 of
Bob. Today we watched a video of Mr. Blum heating soil, sand,
water and air for ten minutes and then cooling these substances
for ten minutes. We collected temperature data every two minutes
as these substances heated up and then cooled down. Tomorrow we
will make a graph from this data. Our homework for this evening
is to work on page 94 of Sally. This is about an Energy Pyramid.
May 9, 2011 -
We set up our Bob notebook for Investigation 4 on Heat Transfer
and Set up our Sally notebook for more work on our Bug Camp
unit. Our Homework tonight was pages 92 and 93 of Sally on
classification. We added 7 words to our Glossary on Heat and
began to define them. We then went over the Heat reading that
was given to us on Friday.
May 6, 2011 -
The Plant Sale was still on. In class we finished yesterdays
reading on the Microscope and then worked on a reading from our
Glencoe Textbook on Heat and how it travels. Next week we will
begin investigation 4 about Heat Transfer. The microscopes I
ordered from eBay came in today. We will try them out next week
when we dissect grasshoppers during lunch.
May 5, 2011 -
I was working with the Plant Sale today in room 131. The classes
were working on a reading about the Microscope. This reading was
very difficult and way above your reading level. I wanted to
find out how you went about decoding the article and figuring
out what things meant so you could answer the questions. After
school we held the Community Board 3 Youth Fair in our school
from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Representatives from the Queens Library,
The Fire Department, Police Department and other Queens
organizations were on hand to talk with students about careers
and summer jobs available to them.
May 4, 2011 -
We played Weather BINGO today after the second part of the ELA
Test was over. Playing BINGO is a great way to review our
weather concepts and its really fun to play.
May 3, 2011 -
We continued working with the microscopes. We added 4 computer
microscopes to different teams in our class today. Students
using the computer microscopes printed pictures of the insects
parts they were viewing for inclusion in their Sally Notebook. I
collected and graded the Sally Notebooks of 6-239. Today was the
first of two parts of the ELA Test.
May 2, 2011 -
In order to complete pages 86 and 87 of our Bug Camp project, we
needed to use microscopes to view insects. Over the next two
days, the class will use microscopes to help them finish these
pages. We had a labeled diagram of a compound microscope on the
Smartboard and went over the difference between a hand lens, or
simple microscope, and a compound microscope. Students then
looked at an insect on graph paper to explain how to figure out
the size of the insect, knowing the size of the graph paper
boxes. We then viewed a one centimeter grid under the
microscope. Students looked at millimeter squares under various
powers of the microscope and tried to compare the size of the
grid to figure out the size of the insects they were viewing. At
low power, the students explained that they could see four grid
boxes across the white circle inside the microscope. This was
their Field Of View. The circle was four millimeters across. The
students, over time, need to judge the size of objects inside
this circle. We started collecting and grading the Sally
Notebooks. We are looking for the Bug Camp project. I collected
the books from 6-235 today.
April 29, 2011
- Students moved to the station they were not at yesterday and
finished the experiment on Seasons. When we left class today, we
were finished with pages 134 through 138 of our Bob notebook.
This also includes two summaries for our work on Thursday and
April 28, 2011
- I finished looking at the Bob notebooks today. I looked at the
books from 6-237. In class we started an experiment to show how
the tilt of the earth causes the seasons. We have two stations
set up. At one station we have heat sensor strips on globes that
are being exposed to heat lamps. The strips are at the equator,
Tropic of Cancer, New York City and the North Pole. As the lamps
are turned on, students record the colors the heat sensors turn.
At station two, lamps are aimed at graph paper; first at a 90
degree angle to the paper and then at a 15 degree angle to the
paper. A shape, in light, forms on the paper, which the students
trace and color in. Does the spread of light cause a decrease in
April 27, 2011
- We talked today about ways to help us remember what we have
done in science and other classes and then went on to a reading
about weather that uses a graphic organizer to help the students
pull information from the story and put it into a chart for to
help them remember the information. This reading is the first in
a series of readings we will put into our Jake notebook that
will use a graphic organizer to help the students organize and
hopefully remember the information that they have read.
April 18 -26, 2011
- School was closed for Spring Holiday
April 15, 2011
- We set up our Sally notebooks for vacation work for our Bug
Camp project. In class we finished off the length of day
experiment. I collected and looked at the Bob notebooks from
April 14, 2011
- I collected and looked at the Bob notebooks from 6-239 today.
We then started to look at the length of the day during the
different months of the year and we are going to make a line
plot or graph from the information that we collect. Length of
day is the time of daylight between sunrise and sunset on a
April 13, 2011
- In school we added new pages to our Bug Camp project in our
Sally notebook and put the April site visit into our Sally
notebook for the My Piece of the Neighborhood project. This
month Mr. Blum has us collecting water samples around Queens to
experiment on the dissolved oxygen in the water samples. Our Bug
Camp project will soon have us using the microscope. 6-235 and
6-241 were finishing up the air pressure experiments using the
syringes. I collected the Bob notebooks from 6-235 to look at
April 12, 2011
- I was not feeling well today and did not come to school.
Students received their Report Cards today.
April 11, 2011
- We finished the write-up for our pressure experiment that use
the syringe. We set up our Bob notebook for Investigation 3 on
Seasons. Today was a clerical 1/2 day. Students were released
from school at 12:15 pm. Teachers went to meetings all
April 8, 2011
- All 6th graders went through Mr. Blum's room today. We met
together to find out about the gases that are found in the air.
Our teachers made oxygen and hydrogen through chemical reactions
and then showed us that hydrogen can explode and oxygen burns.
We saw videos of the Hindenburg disaster on the Smartboard and
watched gases in our atmosphere become electrified and glow.
April 7, 2011
- We used a syringe today to prove air takes up space and has
pressure. This experiment is on pages 128, and 129 of bob.
Students manipulated air through a hose between two syringes. In
the evening we held our Hawaiian Dance from 3:30 to 6:30.
April 6, 2011
- We continued working on the experiments that show the
properties of air. Students that brought in their own soda cans
will get a chance to crush them by heating and removing the air
from inside the can. Tomorrow is our school dance with a
April 5, 2011
- We started to show that air has properties. We experimented to
show that air takes up space, has mass and exerts pressure. We
set up the lab as workstations where the students have to move
from station to station. Students get a chance to smash a can
using the principles of air pressure. I hung up the atmosphere
posters on the wall outside the classroom today.
April 4, 2011
- SPACE CAMP - We woke up at 7:15 and packed down for our
trip back to New York. After breakfast, we headed back to
school. We ran into some problems with our back wheel which
brought us back to the school building at 9:00 pm. All in all
everyone had a wonderful time. At school, students were working
on their Bug Camp project.
April 3, 2011
- SPACE CAMP - Today we continued working on our trainers
but our main goal was to get our self ready for our mission.
Some members of our team world be part of mission control others
would be on the Space Shuttle. Our team was scheduled to be on
the shuttle at 1:00. At 3:00 we held Space Camp graduation. Some
members of this years trip received special awards for
participation for three and for years. In the evening we were
off to the Manhattan Steak House for a delicious dinner.
April 2, 2011
- SPACE CAMP - Activities varied today for the teams at Space
Camp. By the end of this adventure, everyone will have
participated in all activities, but not at the same time. The
Armstrong Group went to the 1/6 gravity chair at 11:00. The Moon
has less mass than the Earth and therefore has gravity that
pulls with less force. On the moon you will feel lighter because
the pull is less. Astronauts needed to practice walking with
this lighter feeling. This unit was designed to help astronauts
experience and train in this environment. In the afternoon we
went to the propulsion lab and learned about how rockets and the
space shuttle are able to get off the ground. We have learned
about the space suit and have moved around in the Manned
April 1, 2011
- SPACE CAMP - This morning, Mr. Yaskulski and I left for Space Camp with
more than 30 students from our school. Space Camp is located in
Montreal, Canada. The trip to Montreal took about 8 hours. We
arrived at Space Camp for our orientation around 4:30 pm. We
were put into our groups and started our work as a team. The
Payette Team Just built there Egg-O-Naut. This activity has us
building a structure that will keep a falling egg from breaking.
Astronauts and their space capsules fall from great heights.
What keeps them from smashing and becoming a disaster? In
school, students started their Bug Camp project.
March 31, 2011
- We finished up our group charts on the atmosphere and we made
our personal chart of the atmosphere onto page 124 of our Bob
notebook. Students gathered information for their chart from
their textbooks, from the book of charts on their desk and from
March 30, 2011
- We did not look into the parts of the air today. We will do
that as a large group next week in Mr. Blum's room. Today we
started looking at the atmosphere and making a chart to show its
parts and what is in each part. We put a sticker into our
planner to remind us to bring our Sally notebook and crayons to
class on Friday and Monday.
March 29, 2011
- We started our Bug Camp project today in our Sally Notebook.
We wrote onto the KWL chart. We then began work on Investigation
2 in Weather Watch. We talked about the makeup of the air and
created a pie chart that we wrote onto page 122 of Bob. Everyone
received a permission slip today for next weeks school dance.
You need your Sally notebook with crayons for Friday and Monday.
March 28, 2011
- We set up our Bob notebooks for Investigation 2 of Weather
Watch. This unit covers what air is made of, the properties of
air and where we find air. We then set up our Sally notebook for
the beginning of the Bug Camp unit of study. Today begins the
Fourth and final marking period of this school year.
March 25, 2011
- The Third Marking Period has ended. Many students have been
coming up from lunch to make up work to hand in this week. I
will enter your Report Card grades on Monday. In class we were
writing a weather report onto page 120 of Bob. On page 121 we
had to write what a meteorologist is and what a meteorologist
does. I went around the room today with the tools of the trade.
I had barometers, sling psychrometers, barometers and
hydrometers. For homework we had to make sure we had the
following words entered into our glossary: meteorologist,
weather, hurricane, weather report, coordinates, longitude,
March 24, 2011
- We continued work plotting the path of Hurricane Dean across
the Atlantic Ocean. All classes should have finished this plot
today. Many students came up from lunch to make up missing work.
The third marking period ends tomorrow.
March 23, 2011
- We put up a bulletin board in the hallway to display some of
our posters showing our collected information on Hurricane Dean.
We now began our plot of this hurricane across the Atlantic
Ocean, but first we needed to talk about Longitude and Latitude.
Longitude ate the up down lines and Latitude are the side to
side lines. Students went on-line gathered proof about their
statements and we began our plots. After school Mr. Y and I went
to a meeting at Gateway for our Camping Trip. Our date is May
March 22, 2011
- We did some research today on Hurricane Dean (from August of
2007) and worked on a team poster to become familiar with facts
on the hurricane. We received Progress Report number 6 today. It
is due back tomorrow. A former student, Jessica Viola, came in
today to observe for her college classes. She is studying to be
a third grade teacher.
- This was a Professional Day. The teachers and staff went to
school, but students did not come into school today. The adults
went to meetings all day to learn how to incorporate reading
into the subject areas.
March 18, 2011
- We used our classroom computers, smartboard and books prepared
by Mr. Grambo to become acquainted with Hurricane Dean. Next
week we will be plotting this hurricanes path across the
Atlantic Ocean. This plot will be placed upon a North Atlantic
Tracking Chart. Today was Dress Like Your Favorite Teacher Day.
Students all over the school looked like twins, triplets of the
teachers they admired the most. There was even the Fahey Gang
wandering around the building during period 1.
March 17, 2011
- Mr. Grambo showed us the various web pages on the school web
site devoted to our science investigations. The videos that we
have viewed in the past few days are now on our Weather Watch
Web Page. If someone in our class were absent they can look at
the videos at home. The videos can be found under the video
heading on the right hand side of this page:
Today was wear Green Day. You can not imagine how much green
clothing our students can dig up in there closets if they really
March 16, 2011
- We watched a video today on Hurricanes and answered questions
on page 115 of our Bob notebook. The video explained that
hurricanes have other names if they form in other oceans around
the world. They form over warm water and need winds of 74 miles
per hour to even be considered a hurricane.
March 15, 2011
- We viewed a movie called things that fall from the sky. We
wrote about it on page 115 of our Bob science notebook. In this
short video we found out that a volcano can put ash and sulfur
dioxide into the air. These chemicals can make acid or block
sunlight and make the earth colder. We watched as giant pieces
of hail fell in Germany and sand from the Sahara Desert got
caught in the air and fell 2000 miles away onto cars in London,
England. We also checked for parent and student signatures on
the contract on page 112 of Bob. Councilwoman, Julissa Ferreras
came to visit our school today. We walked her around and she
talked with various students about the new computers that we
just received in our classrooms.
March 14, 2011
- We began our Science unit on Weather today. We started with
the KWL chart writing in what we know about weather and what we
felt meteorologists needed to be ale to predict weather. We then
went on to write a definition for the word weather. For homework
tonight we had a reading on weather where we had to compare and
contrast two readings from different encyclopedias using a venn
diagram. We began using our Smart/Promethean board today.
March 11, 2011
- We went over the correct answers for the exam on Simple
Machines. We filled in the contract for the new unit on weather
called Weather Watch. We then had a discussion on the earthquake
March 10, 2011
- We attached the contract and KWL chart in our Bob notebook so
that we can begin our new unit on Weather. We received back our
graded Simple Machines exams. we then wrote Thank You Letters to
Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras for giving us a grant that put so
many new computers into our school. In the evening I went back
to school to see our school play High School Musical. It was
sooooo terrific. Everyone was so professional.
March 9, 2011
- We all took a Test today on the Simple Machines Unit.
There were questions about levers, pulleys, inclined planes,
wheels, wedges and screws.
March 8, 2011 - It is our last
day working with the Simple Machines equipment. Everything is
documented today with drawings. It is also Mardi Gras Day around
the school. I sent out an e-mail today about Mardi Gras.
Tomorrow is our test on Simple Machines.
March 7, 2011
- We continued "building the better mousetrap". Everyone was
busy putting together a complex machine that would lift the 240g
March 4, 2011 -
Students continued with their
task of lifting the 240g mass to a height of 25cm with using the
least amount of effort. Every group was building the weirdest
contraptions to move this mass. All work from the beginning of
the week was handed back to students. During my prep periods I
worked with the computer installers putting computers into rooms
on the second and first floors.
March 3, 2011
- In the morning I worked with the crew installing the new
computers into the third floor classrooms. The afternoon classes
talked about Rube Goldberg and his way to make a difficult task
out of the most simple things. We then set out to figure out a
way to lift our 240g mass to a height of 25 cm using the least
amount of effort. Which group can do it? Next Tuesday is Mardi
Gras Day. We hung posters around the school today. Next Thursday
is our school play.
March 2, 2011
- Day three at Taconic has us hiking through the woods and
tubing down snow hills behind the main lodge. This is our last
day here and we will return to school at 4:30. While we were
here we filled out a log book that we will put into our Sally
notebooks. At school students worked on a reading about the
Wheel and Axle.
March 1, 2011
- Day two at Taconic brought us Project Adventure. This program
has us making decisions as a team to figure out how to solve
problems. In the afternoon, we looked at animal skins and skulls
and learned about the adaptations animals have. The evening
brought us a reptile program and a night hike through the woods.
At school students worked on a reading about Rube Goldberg.
February 28, 2011
- We went on our three day adventure to Taconic Outdoor
Education Center today. We arrived at school at 6:00 AM for our
Bus ride to Stoney Kill Farm. After visiting with the cows,
chickens and sheep, we learned about the water shed and
interesting facts about where our food comes from. In the late
afternoon we ventured over to Taconic for the rest of our three
day adventure. In the evening, Bill Robinson brought reptiles
and birds of prey for us to learn about. He explained in detail
about the animals' adaptations. At school students worked on a
reading about screws and also received Progress Report number 5.
February 21-25, 2011
- School was closed for Mid Winter Recess - Presidents Week.
February 18, 2011
- We received our graded Ecosystem quizzes back today and went
over the answers. We then started working on the math problems
associated with triangles and squares. This math was first
presented to us thousands of years ago by Pythagoras.
February 17, 2011
- Everyone took their quiz on Ecosystems today. When we finished
the quiz, we attached pages for our February site visit to pages
26 and 27 of our Sally notebook for our My Piece of the
February 16, 2011
- We worked on some Math today associated with our Simple
Machines unit. We did on problems with Work, Power and
Mechanical Advantage. The paper we wrote on will be glued to
pages 82 and 83 of Bob. In the evening all our science teachers
came back to school to present our Science Fair to the parents
of our students. We did this after our PTA Meeting.
February 15, 2011
- Students were finishing paperwork associated with Inclined
Planes. Some people came up during lunch to experiment with
Roller Coasters. Mr. Blum came in during period 8 to help orient
Mr. Grambo to Smart Notebook for use with the new interactive
February 14, 2011
- It was a half day today. Students left the building at 12:15
pm. We finished up our experimentation on Inclined planes today.
There will be a quiz on Ecosystems on Thursday. I finished
grading the Sally notebooks of 6-241 today.
February 11, 2011
- We continued with our Inclined Plane experiment. I collected
the Sally notebooks of class 6-241 and began to grade them. This
afternoon we held the Valentines Dance from 3:30 to 6:30 pm.
February 10, 2011
- We were working on our Inclined Plane experiment today. I went
over how to get the angle of the incline using both the
protractor and the Incline-O-Meter. I finished grading the Sally
notebooks for 6-239. Students began to go through the Science
February 9, 2011
- We went into the City today to see a dance program at City
College called Forces of Nature. While we were gone, Mr. Blum
and Mr. Akalski set up the Science Fair in the School Library.
Today was the last day to bring in permission slips for the
dance. We collected the Sally notebooks from 6-239.
February 8, 2011
- they came in today to build our new interactive White Board.
It is the Promethean Activeboard 387 Pro. I sent everyone the
User Guide for the software that goes with this whiteboard. The
software is called Active Inspire. Mr. Blum uses Smart Notebook.
Our new whiteboard can also run that software. Since we could
not use our classroom while the workers were installing the
whiteboard, we were off to another space and were working on a
reading about a Greek scientist named Pythagoras. He is all
about the Math and the Angles. We have our Valentines Dance on
Friday. Tomorrow is the last day for permission slips. We
collected the Sally notebooks from 6-235.
February 7, 2011
- We finished page 92 of Bob - What we learned about Pulleys and
went on to filling out our KWL chart for Inclined Planes. After
discussing our Problem on page 94 of Bob we wrote out our
Hypothesis and began out Hypothesis. Page 96 of Bob is our Key.
It states what we are looking for. Our goal is to find a way to
gather this information. We collected the Sally books of 6-237
today and graded the Ecosystem project and the entries for
December and January in the My Piece of the Neighborhood
February 4, 2011
- We set up our Bob notebooks for our experimentation with
Inclined Planes. We then talked about Inclined planes for a few
minutes and then played around with the new equipment.
Permission slips for next weeks dance were given out during
homeroom. You may only bring in these slips if you are a member
of the Student Organization on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It
looks like our new Taconic Trip dates are right after the
February 3, 2011
- We worked on a reading about pulleys from the FOSS Reader.
This reading will be attached to page 90 of Bob after it is
graded. Today was the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit in the
Chinese New Year. An e-Mail was sent to everyone as a reading
about the New Year. Sally Notebooks will be collected next week.
We will check both the Ecosystem Project and the My Piece of the
February 2, 2011
- Well did the Ground Hog see its shadow under all that ice
today? What a day getting to school. Our three day trip to
Taconic Outdoor Education Center was cancelled because of the
weather. In class we finished the experiment on two pulleys and
then everyone played around with many, many pulleys in their
system. We had a reading on Ground Hog Day for homework.
February 1, 2011
- We cancelled our trip to Taconic for Wed to Friday of this
week. The weather at Taconic is really Icy and not good for us
to walk around. We will reschedule the trip for a later date.
Today was Parent Teacher Conference. I saw 60 Parents between
the afternoon and evening conference. In class we re-checked the
Ecosystem work that we looked at yesterday and finished up the
double pulley experiment.
January 31, 2011
- We checked over the last pages of the Ecosystem Project. The
Sally notebook will be collected and the Ecosystem project along
with the My Piece of the Neighborhood project will be graded. We
talked about the differences we saw in the way we hooked up our
two pulleys and talked about how we were going to convert all
out drawings into information for pages 86 and 87 of Bob. Report
Cards were given out today and Tomorrow are Parent Teacher
January 28, 2011
- Mr. Grambo was not in school today. We worked on our Ecology
project in our Sally notebook.
January 27, 2011
- The Mayor closed the schools today because of the snow. I went
outside today at 5:30 in the morning to shovel and there was 15
inches of snow in my driveway. Stay home and finish up your
Ecosystem project today.
January 26, 2011
- Students were still working on finding ways to to hook up and
use two pulleys to lift the 240 gram load. We are beginning to
see differences in the way we set up the pulleys in the system.
Today everyone took a citywide Math test during periods 1 and 2
called an Acuity Test. It snowed a great deal all day and will
snow again all evening.
January 25, 2011
- We talked about the large charts we made yesterday and how
thrashing out ideas on paper is a good thing. We started the two
pulley experiment today. We talked about what the Problem was
about and then went on to write our hypothesis. We were given a
large sheet to draw our discoveries as we developed ways to lift
the load using two pulleys. Tomorrow we will look at the
similarities and differences in these drawings. Today everyone
took a citywide ELA test during periods 1 and 2 called an Acuity
January 24, 2011
- We reviewed our Single Pulley experiment and then set up our
Bob notebook for our experiment with multiple pulleys. Students
finished checking for the Ecosystem project (part 3) in Sally
and we then made a large chart at each team explaining what we
learned about the pulley systems we worked with so far. My.
Grambo ordered copies of the DIRT movie for the school library.
He will let everyone know when they will be available to borrow.
There was a meeting during homeroom for those students going on
the Taconic Trip next week.
January 21, 2011
- During period 1 and 2, the entire 6th grade watched DIRT - The
Movie in the Auditorium. This movie talks about why soil is so
important to every environment. Each student was given a
worksheet with questions to answer from the movie. After handing
in this worksheet for a grade it will be attached to page 51 of
Sally. In class we finished up work on the experiment with one
pulley and worked on Spelling and Vocabulary. We also checked
that Part 3 pf the Ecosystem project has been finished in our
Sally notebook. The last part of the project is due next Friday
- Part 4: Fri- Jan 28 - Pages 62, 63, 64, 65, 67(What I learned
because I did this unit on Ecosystems)
January 20, 2011
- We are finishing up our experiment with one pulley. Today we
talked about our variables and wrote out our conclusions. We
found that in the fixed pulley system we pulled in one direction
and moved the load in the opposite direction. In the free pulley
system, the load moved in the same direction as the pull. It is
going to snow again tonight. Tomorrow is crazy hair day and wear
your JETS Jersey.
January 19, 2011
- We continued working on our experimentation lifting a 240g
load using one pulley. Students were drawing illustrations as
part of their procedure on page 29 of Bob. In this experiment,
students need to explain what a pulley is and place that
information onto page 77 of Bob. Some students used the Internet
to gather that information today. This definition of a pulley is
also to be placed into the Glossary. On Friday, we will be
watching a movie in the auditorium called
DIRT - The Movie.
January 18, 2011
- We started work today on Pulleys. We wrote on the K and W part
of our KWL chart and then went onto making our Hypothesis for
our One Pulley experiment. After messing around with the
equipment, the classes noticed that there were different ways to
set up the pulley system. One way, the pulley was fixed or ties
to the ring stand. In another system, the pulley was free to
move about with the load. I was able to hook up all the
computers in our classroom to the internet today. All second
marking period grades have been entered into the computer.
January 17, 2011
- School was closed today in observance of Martin Luther King,
January 14, 2011
- We checked over Part 2 of the Ecosystem Project in our Sally
notebook. Part 2 goes from page 48 to 55. We then began work
with the pulleys on our new experiments. 6-235 finished up the
last project today. The Second Marking Period ended today. Many
students were busy fixing up work and re-handing in books and
January 13, 2011
- We set up our Bob notebooks for our next experiment on Pulleys
and also added pages into our Sally notebook for our January
site visit for the My Piece of the Neighborhood project
January 12, 2011
- It snowed overnight and when we woke up there was 8-9 inches
of snow on the ground. The Mayor did not close the school down,
so some students and teachers went to school. 6-235 and 237
joined together to make one class and another class was made up
from 239 and 241. In science we worked on our Ecosystem Project
in our Sally notebook. After lunch, we watched the movie Avitar.
It did not finish by the time we left at 3:10 so Mr. Grambo said
we can finish watching the movie during lunch on Thursday or
January 11, 2011
- This was the last day to look at projects and today we say the
projects from Team 5. 6-235 still has 3 projects to look at and
grade. Mrs. DelValle may come in to see how we look at Science
January 10, 2011
- We are in the last two days of viewing projects. Today we
looked at the projects from team number two. All students
received Progress Report number 4 today during Homeroom.
January 7, 2011
- We viewed the projects from team 6 today and also made sure
everyone completed work on pages 40-47 of their Ecosystem
project in their Sally notebook. If anyone did not complete a
page or two they can fix it up over the weekend and show it on
Monday. Next Friday we will be looking for the next section of
the project to be completed (Part 2: Fri- Jan 14 - Pages 48, 49,
50-(What I have learned so far), 52, 53, 54 and 55). You will be
receiving Progress Report 4 on Monday. Friday, January 14 is the
end of Marking Period 2.
January 6, 2011
- Today we worked with the projects that were presented to us
from team 4. Tomorrow we see projects from Team 6 and we are
checking work from our Sally notebook for the Ecosystem project
( Part 1: Fri- Jan 7 - Pages 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46 and 47.)
January 5, 2011
- Today we viewed the project From Team One. In the evening was
our Open House for parents and students that may want to come to
IS 227 next year. Over 1000 people attended this event. We
filled the Auditorium two times.
January 4, 2011
- Students in all classes from Team 3 brought in their Science
Fair projects and presented them to their class. Each class
member listened, took notes and asked questions about the
projects being presented to them. Tomorrow we hear from Team
number one. Today was Dr. Broaders' birthday.
January 3, 2011
- We put the Gallery Walk sheets into our Jake Notebook so that
we can view and grade the Science Fair Projects that will be
presented to us over the next six days. We also received a
schedule explaining which groups will bring in their projects on
which days. Tomorrow group three will bring in their projects
and Jake notebooks for presentation.
December 24, 2010
- School Closed - Winter Recess
December 23, 2010
- We set up our notebooks today for a January project in our
Sally notebook. This project is on the Ecosystem. In January,
each Friday a group of pages in the project are due. The entire
project must be completed by February 3. We put reminder
stickers in our planner today about this upcoming project. Due
Dates: ECOSYSTEM PROJECT
Part 1: Fri- Jan 7 - Pages 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46 and 47
Part 2: Fri- Jan 14 - Pages 48, 49, 50-(What I have learned so
far), 52, 53, 54 and 55
Part 3: Fri- Jan 21 - Pages 56, 57, 58, 59, 60 and 61
Part 4: Fri- Jan 28 - Pages 62, 63, 64, 65, 67(What I learned
because I did this unit on Ecosystems)
December 22, 2010 - Mr.
Grambo went with the AV Technical Team into the city today today
to see the Backstage Tour of Radio City Music Hall. We went
through the spotlight rooms on the ceiling and learned about the
movements of the stage floors
December 21, 2010
- Mr. Grambo did not come in today. He left a reading on Energy.
He returned our graded Bob notebooks to our homerooms.
December 20, 2010
- We reviewed the quiz today. Any students that wish to gain
back points for questions they missed on the quiz need to take
loose leaf paper and explain why their answer is incorrect and
why our posted answer is correct. Mr. Grambo collected and
graded all BOB notebooks as of today. Many of them need to be
reviewed and handed in again for a better grade. Our graded Bob
notebooks were brought back to our homerooms. I do not have the
signed - returned progress reports from 6-241. All Science Fair
boards have now been given out and all students have taken the
Quiz on levers (some children were absent on Friday)
December 17, 2010
- We collected the signed Progress Reports. They are to be
attached to page 184 of Bob. All students took a QUIZ today on
Levers. Science Fair boards were handed out to students that
ordered them. After school today we had the Holiday Dance from
3:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
December 16, 2010
- We looked at sports equipment today and figured out which type
of lever system the pieces were. A hockey stick, baseball bat
and twirlers baton were among the items we looked at. We then
talked about tomorrows quiz on levers. Progress Report number 3
was given out today. It is to be Brought back tomorrow signed.
December 15, 2010
- Mr. Grambo and Mr. Levin were busy with the Community Concert
today. A reading was left for us on Class Three levers. We have
now worked on a reading on all three types of lever systems.
December 14, 2010
- Classes went to the Whitestone theater today to see the new
Narnia movie in 3D. I have not seen 6-235 for a few days so I
went and got them. They were with me first period, before the
trip started. They fixed up their Jake notebooks like all the
other classes did yesterday and filled in all the December
vocabulary into their glossary. While the classes were gone I
went to the store to get items for Fridays dance and Wednesdays
Community Concert. Tickets went on sale today for the Dance for
December 13, 2010
- We had a professional day today so students went home at
12:15. During the day, we worked on our Science Fair notebook
JAKE and added our December science words to our Glossary in our
Bob notebook. The reading on Class 2 levers was collected today.
All money for the Science Fair Boards needed to be brought in
today. After today, students will need to purchase display
boards from local stores.
December 10, 2010
- Today all our classes were at a festival. Before the festival
we were watching The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian in
Auditorium. Food was then served in the complex beginning period
five. I collected and graded the Bob notebooks for class 6-239.
Permission slips for next weeks Holiday Dance were given out to
everyone in the school today. Tickets go on sale next Tuesday.
December 9, 2010
- In working with the third class lever we found that we needed
to use a spring scale that could register more than 1000g of
force. The load only weighed 240g and it was taking 1600g of
force to lift it. Wow, that was wild. We received a reading for
homework today on Second Class Levers.
December 8, 2010
- We are continuing with our work on second and third class
lever systems. In a Second Class lever the load is in the middle
of the system. In a Third Class lever system, the effort is in
the middle of the lever system. We should finish this experiment
by Friday. Most students have begun posting their data onto the
graph on page 66 of Bob. We gave out an order sheet today for
science fair boards.
December 7, 2010
- Everyone began their work on the second lever experiment. In
this experiment our goal is to figure out ways to tell second
and third class levers apart from each other. We started the day
on page 63 of Bob writing a hypothesis and equipment list. I
introduced the class to the C-clamp. This piece of equipment
will help the class anchor their ringstand to the table top so
it will be more secure in this second experiment. Some students
began experimentation and data collection.
December 6, 2010
- 6-235 was finishing up their experiment from last week.
Classes were setting up their notebooks for their second
experiment in levers. Their notebook setup was put on chart
paper and hung in the hallway. Students wrote out their notebook
pages and then glued in three worksheets. We are ready to work
on the class 2 and 3 levers tomorrow. Students are still
finishing up their homework on the Simple Machines word search.
December 3, 2010
- I was not in school today. I was having an operation. Ms. Gold
was in for me and gave a reading on first class levers. This
reading was collected. For homework a Word Search on simple
machines was given out. The Talent Show was given one more time
today for members of our community. Inside Schools will was
there also. On Saturday is our first Open House of the year.
Parents of students that wish to come to our school next year
can come in and look around the school.
December 2, 2010
- Most students were working on their graph today for their
class 1 lever experiment. While the students were working, I
went around the room to look over any work that the students had
to hand in or work that was re-done and glued into their
December 1, 2010
- We continued with our experiment today on the First Class
Lever. In this experiment we are moving the Effort while keeping
the Load in a stationary position at 10 cm from the fulcrum.
Most teams collected all their data and finished creating their
graphs. Some teams have completed the entire experiment. We are
trying to prove in this experiment that efforts closer to the
fulcrum require more force than efforts at the end or far edge
of the lever. Journal entries for this experiment should be
written onto pages 53 and 59 of Bob.
November 30, 2010
- Today was a half day for Parent Teacher Conferences. We began
our experiment in Bob on page 54. We have no written procedure.
We only know that the load is to be 10 cm from the fulcrum and
the effort keeps changing distances from the fulcrum on the
other side of the lever system. We will continue with this
experiment for a few days. At Parent Teacher Conferences I saw
November 29, 2010
- We talked about the fact that not all lever systems have the
fulcrum in the middle like a see saw. Other things like the load
or effort could be in the middle making different classes of
levers. our new experiment has us moving only the effort around
in a class one lever system. We then looked at a set up on page
52 of Bob. Since the spring scale, our force measuring tool, has
its own mass, when we pull downward, we get an error. We will
get the force of the pull plus the weight or mass of the scale
added to it. We have to do something about this. After this we
then said that we needed to really figure out the mass of the
scale, so we brought in triple beam balances. I sent home a PDF
picture of the Bob notebook setup for pages 53 to 59 that was on
a chart in the classroom.
November 26, 2010
- Thanksgiving Recess - School Closed
November 25, 2010
- It is Thanksgiving and school is closed. Mr. Grambo sent out
an e-Mail about Thanksgiving this morning. Mr. Grambo also sent
out an e-Mail to remind everyone about the work that needed to
be handed in already for Monday. Click on links were in the
e-Mail to go to worksheets students may have missed because of
absence from school.
November 24, 2010
- Everyone hade their Science Fair Project ideas checked by Mr.
Grambo today. He went around the room and checked over page 7 of
the Jake notebook
Ideas - PDF) .
While he was checking our book and talking with us he had us
working on a reading called Creating a Winning Display
-Create A Display - PDF).
In the morning he went around and gave out copies of worksheets
all students that had not handed them in in the past two week.
November 23, 2010
- We looked at some science fair projects from previous years.
We then finished up page 51 on how to use a Spring Scale.
Tomorrow is Pajama Day, so wear your pajamas to school. In the
evening we hosted the Talent Show for the Parents at 6:00 PM.
This was the most incredible show. Everyone was terrific and
everything went so well. Hats off to everyone that made this
show such a success.
. November 22, 2010
- Mr. Grambo walked into a door this morning and left the
building to go get stitches in this face. How can you walk into
the doorway? Just ask Mr. Grambo. Mr. Levin watched his classes
until he got back from the doctor, He left a reading about
Archimedes. This Greek scientist and mathematician born around
273BC came up with so many ideas about physics and math that we
continue to use today. He was killed by Roman soldiers for being
in the may and mouthing off to them. We also received page 7 of
Jake. On this sheet we are to pick and talk about the Science
Fair Topic we will work on for this years project. We will check
and sign off on this sheet on Wednesday of this week. Tomorrow
night is the evening performance of the Talent Show for parents
at 6:00 PM. Hopefully, Mr. Grambo does not walk into anything
November 19, 2010
- We went over our vocabulary words again to make sure everyone
had them in their glossary and that all classes had similar
meanings for the words. We looked at the chart on the hallway
wall. In class we began to work with the Spring Scale. We looked
at how a rubber band stretches when the 240g mass is hung from
it and how it stretches even more when a 1000g mass is hung from
it. With a ruler measuring the stretch of the rubber band, we
could use the rubber band/ruler contraception as a mass
measuring tool. We then passed out spring scales and looked
inside. The spring replaces the rubber band, but stretches in a
similar manner when a mass is hung from it. We will be using
this new tool to help us measure mass and force. In the morning,
classes went to the auditorium to watch the Talent Show.
November 18, 2010
- We worked in our Sally notebook today on our November entry
for our My Piece of the Neighborhood Project. We were working on
identifying the leaves from the tree on our site and making leaf
and bark rubbings. We were using leaf identification books and
cards. We had sections of trees for making the rubbings and had
leaf samples also. By the end of the period we had finished up
pages 20 and 21 of Sally. This morning in Homeroom we voted for
President and Vice President of the Student Organization.
November 17, 2010
- We worked with page 49 in Bob making predictions where on a
lever arm we should place our finger to lift a load with the
smallest amount of effort. after making our predictions we tried
the experiment, them made up a rule about what happens as we
move closer or further from the fulcrum. We also attached some
Science Fair sheets into our Jake notebooks and spoke about the
November 16, 2010
- We received a sheet about the Science fair. The sheet outlined
a schedule for weekly due dates to keep us on task for our
finished project to be handed in during the week of January 3,
2011. We started on Levers today. Students used a large 6 Foot
lever to lift to me off the ground as indicated on page 48 of
Bob. We filled out a KWL chart for levers also. We then looked
at our new equipment and saw a demonstration of the setup for
page 49. Our job is to predict the outcome then set up the
experiment tomorrow, try it out and explain what happens. We
took a Citywide Test (Aquity) during period 1 today.
November 15, 2010
- Today was a half day. We left school at 12:15. Teachers stayed
in school for meetings in the afternoon. Mr. Grambo was working
with the students running for President and Vice President of
the Student Council in the auditorium all morning. During period
3 the 6th grade went to the auditorium to hear speeches from the
candidates for 8th grade President and 6th grade Vice President.
November 12, 2010
- We gave back the quiz and went over the answers. We set up our
notebooks for next weeks lessons on Levers and glued our quiz
into our Bob notebooks. On page 44 of Bob we the wrote what we
learned about force.
November 11, 2010
- There was no school today in remembrance and observance of
November 10, 2010
- All classes worked on their quiz in class today. The quiz was
on force and motion. After the quiz we were given a reading on
unbalanced forces. We have now finished with forces. On Friday
we will write what we have learned about forces onto page 44 of
Bob. During period 4, Mr. Grambo went to the auditorium to allow
students to practice for the upcoming Talent Show.
November 9, 2010
- We reviewed for Wednesdays Quiz then worked on a reading about
Balanced Forces. Mr. Grambo and Ms. Wolf went around the room
collecting last minute work that could be included in the First
Marking Period grades. Mr. Grambo sent his grades in today after
looking over notebooks one last time and talking to students in
each class. The Tug-of-War reading from yesterday was collected
November 8, 2010
- Working in Mr. Blum's room today we all played that wonderful
force game called Tug-of-War. We discussed as a review that
forces were pushes or pulls. We picked sides and made
predictions on which team would win. More important than ort
predictions were the reasons for our predictions. The games went
on, we made our observations and drew force diagrams to show
what happened in each game. We then watched a short video on the
Strong man/woman competition. Everyone went home with a homework
reading on the history of the game of Tug-of-War.
November 5, 2010
- This was the last day of the First Marking Period. Many
students were handing in last minute assignments or handing in
work to be re-graded. All progress Reports should have been
handed in today. They were all due into class yesterday. We
covered another two words on our list (perceive, perspective)
and then reviewed the three types of Variables from page 28 of
Bob. They are Controlled Variables, Independent Variables and
Dependent Variables. We attached the half day period schedule
into our planner and then worked in teams on an assignment from
our Glencoe Textbook on Energy.
November 4, 2010
- We collected the signed Progress Report number 2. We also went
over the next three words on our vocabulary list (illustrate,
Infer, Interpret) We then finished the force diagrams on page 37
of Bob. Many students still owe items on the Progress Report.
Tomorrow is the end of the First Marking Period and a missing
work is due.
November 3, 2010
- Everyone received Progress Report number 2 today. This
progress report shows all the work for the First Marking Period.
We will be talking about ten new words each month and infusing
them into all our work. We copied the ten words into our
Glossary today, however, we only went over the meaning of the
first three words (analyze, distinguish, identify). We will work
on another three words tomorrow. We also worked on ways to show
FORCE as a drawing - page 37 of Bob.
November 2, 2010
- There was no school for students today, as it was Election
Day. In the afternoon, However, some students cane in from 1:00
to 2:00 to help the science teachers begin to reorganize the
science lab, room 148.
November 1, 2010
- We worked on a reading in class about Simple Machines while
Mr. Grambo and Ms. Wolf looked at our Sally Notebooks. They were
looking for specific parts of the My Piece of the Neighborhood
Project. Page 5 needed to be signed. Pages 14 and 15 needed all
the maps and page 20 needed two leaves attached. When we
finished the first reading there was a second reading on Maps.
October 29, 2010
- today we experimented with unequal forces using the same POE
method of writing from yesterday. We used pages 36 and 37 of
Bob. Now we have to share our findings with the rest of the
scientific world. How do we show force? We sat and discussed
this before the end of the period. We gave out a sticker for our
planner to remind us that our Sally notebook would be looked at
next week. At the of the day, Mr. Grambo began setting up the
cafeteria for the Halloween Dance.
October 28, 2010
- We went over what force was again and began the POE charts for
force. We had to Predict- Observe and Explain what was
happening. In today's two experiments we pushed on the bucket
with equal forces on opposite sides of the bucket (25 pounds)
and in the second experiment, we pulled on the bucket from
opposite sides with equal forces of 45 pounds. We also talked
about the force of Gravity pulling on objects sitting on the
floor and how the floor pushes back on the objects with an equal
but opposite force (wow, how abstract). We then took a walk down
the hall to see the expansion joint in the hallway.
October 27, 2010
- Today we defined Force and used force to move Bucket Girl.
Force is a Push or Pull. When we lifted the bucket we came to
understand that lifting was either pulling upward or pushing up
from under the bucket.
October 26, 2010
- We moved onto page 30 and came up with a definition for the
word Simple Machines. It is an object or tool that decreases the
work and makes our lives easier. We also talked about the group
challenges and how being a team and team player is important.
Our homework was to add our new word to our glossary.
October 25, 2010
- We finished our Group Challenge activities with the Mat Flip.
We then signed the Contract for Building Big Things on page 29
of Bob and filled in the K and W of the KWL chart for simple
machines on page 30.
October 22, 2010
- At the Library, we used Lap Top Computers to view the school
web site to see our class science journal and to find places
that Mr. Grambo has put our worksheets as PDF files that we can
download at home. We also used Google Earth to find the
Longitude and Latitude of out study site for the My Piece of the
Neighborhood Project. We also learned how to access our g-Mail
accounts and send e-mail
October 21, 2010
- We talked about our work on the My Piece of the Neighborhood
Project and that everyone should be starting on the project. We
then continued with our Group Games in the hallway. These games
teach us to work together as a team. Today's games included the
hoola hoop pass and mat flip activities. These activities
are to be written up onto pages 16 and 17 of Bob.
October 20, 2010
- Mr. Grambo went with 6-235 on a field trip to Dead Horse Bay.
Dead Horse Bay is part of Jamaica Bay and is located in Brooklyn
off of the Belt Parkway. Students went there to gather
information on how plants, soil and animal life change in a
region as you move from a woodland habitat towards a coastal
October 19, 2010
- Last week we glued several pages into our Sally notebooks for
homework. Today we went over what these pages were for and
started our year observation project for OPEX called My Piece Of
The Neighborhood. For this project, students need to pick a
space near their house with a tree on it that they can watch
each month for the rest of the year. In our sally notebook we
will be making note of changes we see from month to month. In
October we need to pick our site and gather map information
about our study site.
October 18, 2010
- It was a half day today. Students were dismissed at 12:20 pm.
Teachers went to staff development meetings in the afternoon. In
school we attached a few pages to our Bob notebook so that we
can begin our work on Simple Machines this week. We also played
one of the group challenge activities. This activity was called
the can pass. Your group had to sit on the floor and pass the
can from person to person on the team. A ball was inside the
can. You could not let the can touch the floor and you could not
touch the can with any part of your body above the waist. This
means you could not pick it up with your hands. You really
needed a plan. You will write about this activity in your Bob
notebook on page 16.
October 15, 2010
- Today we took the What Do We Already Know About
Science Test. Yes, The big K from a KWL chart. 40 questions
based on what teachers will teach this year were asked of our
students. Student answers were put onto computer scanner sheets
made by Scantron. Hopefully by the end of the year, student
answers on a similar test will show vast improvement and great
learning on the part of our children.
October 14, 2010
- We took a Quiz today on the Scientific Method. There were some
Multiple Choice questions and we had to know the difference
between observation and inference. We had to make a detailed
drawing of items on our desk and had to measure the length of
some objects. While the class was taking their quiz, Ms. Wolf
and Mr. Grambo were looking through the bob notebooks to see if
they have been fixed up since they were collected and graded
October 13, 2010
- We finished up our work with the Scientific Method today by
adding in our Conclusion and Variables. Tomorrow we will be
having a quiz on the Scientific Method.
October 12, 2010
- We went over how to make a GRAPH for our Penny Experiment. We
used an Overhead Projector. We also talked about fixing up our
Bob Notebooks. All our Bob Notebooks have been checked and
Progress Report number One should be signed by a parent and
glued onto page 185 of our notebook. We will have a test soon on
the Scientific Method.
October 11, 2010
- The was no school today. It was Columbus Day. I sent everyone
some information this morning about Columbus by e-mail including
an English translated copy of his 1492 log journal.
October 8, 2010
- We checked page 185 in Bob for a signature on our Progress
Report. We attached pages into our Jake Notebook for a program
next week on the Internet. We also collected several pages that
need to be glued into our Sally Notebook over the weekend. We
have now started using all three of our science notebooks. In
Bob we have finished collecting Data for our Penny Experiment.
We have finished writing the Procedure and the Variables. We are
ready to make the graph.
October 7, 2010
- We have been collecting Bob Notebooks all week. Each day, one
class of notebooks are collected. We are continuing with our
Penny Experiment on the Scientific Method. We have been
collecting data from heights of o, 4 and 9 inches. Today we
talked about Variables.
October 6, 2010
- Mr. Grambo and Mr. Blum went to a meeting to plan the sixth
grade overnight trip to Taconic Outdoor Education Center and
Stoney Kill Farm. Mr. Grambo left a Reading on the Scientific
Method that will eventually be attached to page 23 of Jake.
October 5, 2010
- We continued with our experiment on the Scientific Method.
Students were busy dropping water on pennies from different
heights and gathering numbers. Today we talked about the
difference between materials and equipment and found out how to
make an average from the numbers we were collecting.
October 4, 2010
- We Attached pages into our Bob notebook for the experiment on
the Scientific Method and the went over Friday's reading. Most
students did not know what a interpretation was and it was a
question asked in the reading. We then started our experiment.
Our problem involved dropping water on pennies until the water
overflowed off of the penny. We are to try this experiment from
three heights. One inch, four inches and nine inches. Our goal
is to see if closer is better or if farther away is better. We
will collect numbers, make an average and graph the numbers.
October 1, 2010
- Mr. Grambo was in school today, but he was doing auditorium
programs about Student Activities in the school. Jennifer Wolf
was working with us today. We did a reading on How To Read a
Science Article. This was about bones on ancient animals found
in Argentina. There was a question about the word
Interpretation. This is an opinion. Miss Wolf gave out papers to
students that needed to either fix their e-mail address or make
their e-mail address over this weekend. Today we put many more
comics into the school library for circulation.
September 30, 2010
- During our work on Inference skills we had to observe and then
draw in a missing picture. Scientists are always drawing and
sketching. Today we spent some time on page 20 of Bob making
different types of drawings. We started with a Blind Contour
Drawing where we could not look at the drawing paper while
making the picture. The drawing was to be a continuous line and
was drawn in 2 minutes. In our second drawing type we were able
to look at the paper. We called this a modified contour drawing.
We then made some very fast 30 second sketches before the period
was over. We received a Progress Report today. A test e-mail was
sent out in the evening to everyone that gave in a e-mail
September 29, 2010
- We went over pages 12 and 13 of Bob to make sure everyone
understood yesterdays lesson about writing a procedure (making
the tomato sauce). We then went back to pages 10 and 11 to
finish up our work on making a hypothesis. We came up with a
definition for Inference using the Think/Pair/Share method. Mr.
Fahey came in for a few minutes during period 5 and hung out at
team 6. We then collected the homework from yesterday.
September 28, 2010
- Today in Mr. Blum's room (315) we worked with the idea of
writing up a procedure for doing something. That something was
making tomato sauce. All sixth grade classes met with us in this
room throughout the day to find out how to become really
specific when telling someone how to do something. We started
with a KWL Chart on tomato sauce and then the event began. We
made the sauce as the students explained what to do. What a mess
we kept making, but only because we did as we were told.
Smashing and bashing, cutting with saws and power tools until we
were told to use a knife and to cut tomatoes into dime size
pieces. Everyone had a wonderful time. including all the
teachers that brought their classes to the room. We wrote out a
procedure on the smart board. everyone copied the procedure onto
page 14 of Bob. Our homework was to write out a procedure for
doing something onto a worksheet that was given to everyone as
they left the room.
September 27, 2010
- We added Observe to our Index and noted that pages 6, 7, 8 and
9 of Bob ( this work is about our Observation Experiment) needs
to be finished for homework if it is not already finished. Bob
Notebooks will be collected and graded this week. Today we
started our work on Inference. We started with a scenario about
Mr. Grambo being a cartoonist and leaving his comic strip on his
editors desk, When the envelope was opened the middle panel of
his three panel strip was missing. Our job was to draw in the
missing picture using clues from the pictures we still have. In
Language Arts we call this using Context Clues to help us; here
we call guessing at the middle picture with the help of the
existing pictures, making an inference or hypothesis. We worked
in bob on pages 10 and 11 today.
September 24, 2010
- We learned about what it is to make an Observation today. We
look at things, but never really stop and observe them. Using a
dollar bill we discovered that we knew a few things about the
bill, but there was soooo much we did not know or remember about
it. This experiment can be found on pages 6, 7, 8 and 9 of our
Bob notebook. Today's student Journal Entry will be on page
7.then also added the word observe to the glossary in the back
of our notebook. Homework is to have our parents work on the
paper found on page 6. Also finish the Dollar Bill Scavenger
Hunt on page 8.
September 23, 2010
- We added two pages to our Bob notebook and went back and
labeled all pages in our notebook. We then added a paper to our
planner that tells us how to access our Science Textbook on the
computer as a PDF file on Glencoe's web site.
September 22, 2010
- We added five rules to our list on page 200 of Bob. We wrote
our third Journal Entry for the year onto page 25 of Bob and we
received our Textbook today. After receiving our textbook we
worked on a scavenger hunt that we have on pages 18 and 19. At
5:00PM our parents came in for Meet The Teacher. Mr. Grambo
talked to our parents about what to expect for this school year.
After this meeting there was a PTA Meeting in the Auditorium.
September 21, 2010
- We set up page 25 in Bob for writing our Journal Entries and
talked about scientists writing in journals. We looked at sample
writings that we put into our notebook yesterday onto pages 194
and 195 of Bob and discussed what a good Journal Entry looks
like. During period 7 we had a Fire Drill. We then attached more
pages into our notebook including a Glossary onto the inside
back cover of Bob.
September 20, 2010
- We reviewed the signatures from Friday and went over the
Laboratory Safety sheet we attached to pages 190 and 191 of Bob.
We then went over the safety features of our Lab room (246). we
looked at the fire extinguishers and the eyewash sink. We
collected the lab safety homework reading.
September 17, 2010
- We checked many pages in Bob for signatures today. We attached
pages about Lab safety, Textbook Tour and into Bob. We will use
these pages next week when the glue dries. We then went on to
finish our class rules and glue the rules to page 200 of Bob. We
received a reading on lab safety for homework.
September 16, 2010
- Some students began to type their new e-mail address into one
of the classroom computers to log this information onto a data
base. We got through three groups. Tomorrow teams 4-6 will type
in their information. Many items we have glue into Bob need to
be signed by Mom/Dad. These signatures will be checked on
Friday. A reminder list was given out today.
September 15, 2010
- Today we put our Grading Policy onto page 198 of Bob and a
Grading Rubric for our work onto pages 192 and 193. After
attaching our Supply list to page 199 we started to work on our
September 14, 2010
- We started setting up our Bob notebook today. We attached the
Library Card Contract to page 187, the Phone List to the inside
of the front cover and a booklet for our parents to sign onto
page 1. We also put in Contents Pages onto 2,3, 4 and 5 of Bob.
September 13, 2010 -
Students came in today and we
started by numbering the book we would call Bob. This is the
book we will use all year for our experiments in class. We gave
out two papers for our planner. One was the time schedule for
the Queens Libraries. The other was information about
- School was closed
September 8, 2010
- Students came in today. It was their FIRST Day Of School. We
gave out Supply Lists and talked about what we would be doing
September 7, 2010 - Today was the
first day of school for teachers. We had a few meetings in the
morning. The rest of the day was spent on fixing up our
week of August 30, 2010 -Teachers
went in this week to fix up their classrooms if they wanted to.
Mr. Grambo went in this week to work on his classroom.