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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Day 93- Mr. Wizzard

More educational than Harry Potter, with more style than Lady Gaga, today my soldiers were introduced to this guy...
Mr. Crazy Wacky Scientist
a.k.a Mr. Russell's friend

After attending a thrilling math professional development this morning, I treated my students to a science experiment of explosive proportions. In other words, for this experiment, we got to blow up stuff. ( in a safe, nonviolent way, of course!) Mr. Russell and his friend, Mr. Crazy Wacky Scientist, came together to create some experiments that will blow your mind!

Looking at physical and chemical changes, we combined a solid (baking soda), a liquid (vinegar) and watched as it created a gas (carbon dioxide). Fun, fun!

Click {HERE} or watch it below!

Great job, Mr. Russell and Crazy Wacky Scientist!
Next, the scientists decide to take out some aggression on a beloved holiday figure in a jolly red suit. That's right, they blew up Santa. Watch!

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You know how live t.v. now has 10 second delays, just in case something shocking or embarrassing happens? Well, we're not that high-tech. So, sit back and watch Mr. Russell and Crazy Wacky Scientist attempt to launch the first ever CHES rocket!
** Remember kids- we are professionals. Don't try this at home! (unless you really want to, then ask a parent!)**

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And one more, just for good measure!

The best part was that our students didn't care that things didn't work out the way we teachers wanted them to. Everyone had a good time, and a good laugh. Thank you Mr. Russell for thinking of and preparing this experiment, and Thank you Mr. Crazy Wacky Scientist for making our day a little brighter!

I want my parents to know that your students behaved very well for their substitute this morning. She wrote a note saying that I have a wonderful class, and I agree! Together, they did reading whole group, all three reading small groups, and practiced math for the test tomorrow. Great job, Soldiers!

This is an example of what I had students do instead of doing literacy centers. Students folded a piece of paper into a 4-square and wrote the 8 vocabulary words from our story this week on either side. Next, students put the words in sentences, and lastly illustrated the sentences.

We had recess inside again today. I'm really hoping the playground will be ready for us to play in tomorrow! At least the concrete if nothing else! My soldiers didn't complain, in fact, one of my students said he liked playing with Legos inside since he gets to be on the blog for being creative! :)

And who am I to take away anyone's 5 minutes of fame? Awesome creativity, soldier!

**If you're looking for some more Science Experiment fun, check out what one of our third grade classes did today! Visit the blog Williams' Winners!**

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