January 2018

Geology With Cookies

Attributions: 
by Jill Strong

Mrs. Strong's 4th grade class was able to "mine" for minerals today. The class learned about the difference between rocks and minerals. They took a rock (cookie) apart to look for the minerals (chocolate chips, M&Ms) inside. By the end of the lesson, the students were able to state the difference between a rock and mineral! 

Spreading Kindness

Attributions: 
by Clint Cornwall and Chalyce Peck

Fifth grade began a Kindness Challenge in December, and the challenge continues this month. As students decorated the hallway in the swamp, each student had their own paper stocking hanging on the wall. Before Christmas break students were able to write small kind notes and stuff them in each other’s stockings. They are trying to find some small or different ways to spread kindness to others. What a great way to inspire each other help everyone feel important! 

Chemistry Teaches Synergy in 5th Grade

Attributions: 
by Scott Earl

Discovery Gateway came to Cherry Creek Elementary to show our 5th graders the proper way to mix chemicals without blowing anything up or destroying themselves. When chemicals synergize, they create something different as they work together, just like what Habit #6 teaches us. Students were able to mix chemicals together and practice what they learned through personal trial and error.

They really enjoy the presentation that the lab scientist gave. They also enjoyed working with one another and synergizing to bring about a chemical reaction.

DIY Thermometers

Attributions: 
by Susan Deardeuff

Today, Mrs. Deardeuff's class made their own thermometers. The liquid inside is made with water and rubbing alcohol. When the bottles are sealed tightly, the liquid rises up the straw when the temperature goes up. It was a neat and easy way to show how heat, air, and pressure work together!