Last week we kept learning about earthquakes and how the area we live in has been shaped over time by tectonic activity. To help us prepare for for field work on Tuesday, October 17th, Dr Alexis Ault from USU came and talked to us and explained to us about the Wasatch fault and what a geochronologist does. She also told us about her lab at USU that we get to visit on October 31st.
We also had our first scholar dollar store. So many creative things were sold and it was so much fun.
Our word study words this week come from the Greek and Latin roots for circle, around and middle. This morning for our morning work we wrote the words in our planners. Remember to take a few minutes each day to study the words. If you aren't able to finish the word study packet in class that it is homework!
We had such a great time and learned so much on our overnight fieldwork to Craters of the Moon. Here are some highlights!
Here are our spelling words this week! We went over the words and definitions this morning. We talked about what the word roots vis/vid, aud and phon mean. As I was going over the spelling from last week, I noticed that many of the students who did not complete the weekly spelling packet were also the ones who did not do great on the test. Ask you student if they completed their spelling for the day! If they did not it should be completed at home.
We started our Greek and Latin word study. This week the theme is just add water! The Latin word roots are Mar/mer and aqua/aqu, and the Greek root is hydr. We are mostly completing this in class. If it isn't complete in class it is homework. Here is the list for this week:
Today we did a great activity where we explored different ways that could be used to prevent erosion on a beach. The groups were given a set of materials that included fabric, sticks, clay, and a few other items that could be used to stop erosion caused by waves on their beach. Some great devices were made and some were successful others not so much but we all were able to learn from the successes and failures.
What a great day! We had a ton of fun exploring ways that erosion, weathering, and deposition have changed the world that we live in. We did this by making sandcastles, photographing examples of weathering and erosion, reading, writing and drawing, and got a bigger picture view of the changes in the environment by canoeing around the reservoir. Ask your kids what they learned!
We had such a great first week of school! As part of the getting to know you parts we did the spaghetti marshmallow challenge! For this challenge we got into small groups and built a tower out of spaghetti noodles and then put a marshmallow on top to see if it would stay!
I am so excited for all of the fun things that we have planned. Next up fieldwork to Hyrum Dam!