Who knew seeds could grow without light!

Over the last quarter we have spent lots of time learning about plant tropisms. We learned that plants respond to different stimuli; light, gravity, water.

We did an experiment with mustard seeds, a damp paper towels and baggies. After placing our mustard seeds on a damp paper towel and into a baggie, we taped our bags into the INSIDE of our cupboards. We wanted to see how geotropism and hydrotropism worked. You can see that the seeds sprouted and the roots grew down and the stems are growing up. This is true for geotropism.

Isn’t it interesting that they were able to grow without light?

Proud Teacher Moment!

My 6th graders were given the assignment to create a model of a plant cell and an animal cell. This was an at-home project, so I really had no idea what they were creating. Obviously, I had some conversations with students over the last month, but for the most part only had a vague idea of what they were working on.

Cells started coming in on Monday and I was amazed! Then, this morning as students rushed into my room to turn in their creations. I was completely over whelmed with the amount of effort and creativity they showed on their projects. I wish I could take pictures of all of them, but here is a sneak peek at several of the outstanding final products!

Way to go 6th graders! I am so proud of you and your hard work!

The Incredible, Edible Cell!

Hello friends! We have been learning about cells and all of their organelles! Today we actually created cells out of a variety of things! Take a look at these awesome cells!

Thank you Teaching Channel for this awesome idea! We had a great time!


What do you know about plant and animal cells? Can you pick out the differences?

First week of school!

The 2014-2015 school year is upon us! We came back to school on Tuesday, August 5th and got right into it! Take a look at some of the awesome things we did during our first week of school!

School/class poster: I got this idea from a Pinterest post! Check it out HERE!

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We also took some time to complete ‘The Marshmallow Challenge’! If you don’t know what this is or how to works, check out this LINK. We had a great time, and I loved watching my new students really work together to complete this challenge on the SECOND DAY OF SCHOOL! My 6th graders rock!

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We also began learning about a new way of learning this week: Flipped Learning! We used a You Tube video on how to make origami jumping frogs to help us understand the importance of being able to pause and rewind videos to help us learn what we need to learn! It was a great experience that really helped show my students what they will be able to do once our flipped classroom begins! I can’t wait to get it started!

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What was your favorite part of your first week of school?

More About Water!

As we were learning about water last week, we started asking some really good questions! Miss Holmquist had us spend some extra time researching the answers to these questions. Here are some of our presentations showing the questions and answers we worked on.

Fun with Gobstoppers

This week we learned important pieces of an experiment write  up. We talked about questions, prediction and hypothesis. We practiced writing predictions and good, complete hypotheses. We learned that in order to have a good, complete hypothesis, you need to have 3 important parts: If, then and because.  If, states what you will be doing. Then is your prediction. Because explains why you think your prediction will happen. 

On Thursday, we were able to complete our first hands-on experiment of the year. Our question was ‘How does water affects the color on a Gobstopper?’  Every one wrote their own prediction and hypothesis. The pictures below are from our experiment. 


The students were so excited about this experiment and had some great ideas of how they would change it, that on Friday we did a second experiment! This time we used Sprite instead of water! The students were able to see how independent and dependent variables really work!

What else could we change in our experiment?

Close Reading

On our second day of school, my awesome 6th graders undertook their first reading assignment: close reading! Many of them had experienced it before, but for majority of the students this was their first time working with the text in this way!

We read an article about the ‘Top 10 Jobs in Science’. They did a wonderful job!

For more information about close reading, click here.


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Water Filter Challenge

Last week we did a water filter challenge! Check out what the kids had to say!

Which one do you think won?

Jelly beans and dichotomous keys!

Today we worked with classifications and how dichotomous keys help us find where things are located.

We started off by working with Jelly Bellies and a key to help us determine the flavors based on the characteristics of each bean. Within the selection there were also a few that didn’t fit into the key! It was the 6th graders job to figure out where it might go. If they couldn’t fit it in, they would change the key a bit to make it fit. After they did this, they got to taste these new ‘species’… some of them good and some of them, not so good!  For any of you out there who have read Harry Potter and know of Berttie Botts Every Flavor Beans, you are aware that they are exactly that…EVERY flavor!  I threw some of those in there to mix up the key. They loved it!

We learned a lot today about classification and its importance for scientists!

What are things in your life that you classify?