Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Chumash Adventure!

Today Mrs. Ranney's class enjoyed an exciting and educational trip to the local Chumash Indian Museum!

Watch the slide show below to see the activities we enjoyed!

Three Cheers for the Chumash! on PhotoPeach



Leave a comment and tell us about the activities you enjoyed most!

Share some facts about the Chumash!

You might also like to try answering the following questions:

What is the name of the Chumash canoe?
What are two ways the Chumash used asphaltum (tar)?
What beach is named for the tar that was found there?
What did the Chumash do to remove tannic acid from acorn?
Explain how to play a Chumash game.
Name some foods eaten by the Chumash.
What materials were used in building a Chumash ap?
What type of plant would the Chumash use to 
get rid of a headache?

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Radiant Rain Forest!

Recently Mrs. Ranney's class has read an inspirational book, The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. 

The story takes place in the rain forest of the Amazon.
Throughout the story, rain forest animals try to  persuade a logger to leave the kapok tree alone.

In science, we have been studying about the amazing 
adaptations of the animals of the rain forest. 
An adaptation is a body part or behavior that helps an animal survive in its special environment.


Please enjoy the slide show below to see some of the activities we have participated in.

Respect for the Rain Forest! on PhotoPeach

Now, are you ready to get creative?

How about sharing some animal facts and adaptations by speaking from the point of view of that animal?

Include at least one adaptation and some other interesting facts that you have found using World Book Online!

Research a rain forest animal or plant using the World Book Encyclopedia. Write a comment as if you are that animal or plant! Be sure to include facts you learned from the online encyclopedia. DO NOT PLAGIARIZE! (Use your own words!)
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It will be exciting to learn about an animal from that animal!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Chumash Challenge!

Today we had an opportunity to experience
what it might have been like to be a Chumash Indian!

Our friends Karen and Ross from 
Camino Real Historical
and Historical Interpreters 
provided us with activities from  
The Natural World of the Chumash!

Please enjoy the slide show, and leave a comment to tell about 
what you enjoyed doing and what you learned!

The Creative Hard-working Chumash! on PhotoPeach



What activity did you most enjoy and why?

What facts did you learn?

Do you know some other Chumash facts that you can share?  

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Origami Geometry!

As a culmination to our geometry unit, we created 
two origami projects!
(Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding.)

One item we crafted was a clever paper drinking cup!

First, we cut out a square.

Next, we had to fold the square into an isosceles right triangle!

Third, we had to fold to create more triangles.

This had to be done on the other side too!

Can you see the three triangles? One of them is scalene!

Once the flaps were tucked in....

We were able to use our cups!


When we were finished with our paper cup activity, 
we started creating paper airplanes!
The airplane began with a basic rectangle.

After cutting and coloring, we folded two congruent triangles.

After several more complicated folds...

We had our...

fearless flyers!
Please enjoy the slide show of our first flight!

First Flight! on PhotoPeach


What did you enjoy about these experiences?

What did you learn?

Have you tried these or other origami 
projects at home?