Foil Art Super Nova in the Glass Case


Out of this world, Annie. Thanks for all the stuff you do.

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Pendulum Painting with students in Mr. Posts Class

Students and the adult had fun with learning about pendulums and how they are in the gym and in the games we play. Many thanks to Mark, Nick and Ray for trouble shooting the rope to the basketball hoops.

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Painting with Light with the 4th graders of Ms. Rotwin

Thanks to many donors from Lewis and across the country our Painting with Light activity had new light up soccer balls to make for green fun.  After students had a chance to practice their fundamental basketball skills of dribbling, shooting and passing they closed class in the dark.  Using many light-up items to move in ways that bring pretty pattens to life. It was a super cool way to close the day.

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New Tetherball

Today some of the younger students enjoyed Tetherball in the gym.  With all the pendulum painting Tetherball, and the way it hangs from the pole looks like a “bob,” seems to be the perfect game to explore next.

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Kids running like mice.

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Painting with Light Thursday December 3rd

The trouble started with the camera showed an error message and would not take a photo. I so wanted to get some good photos for our last painting with light class yet stuck with “technical difficulties.”

With no chance to take photos were just cranked up some Reggie Music and the kids ran around playing with lighted balls, hula hoops, jump ropes and flashlights.   Turns out that can be pretty relaxing and fun.

Mr Colvin a seriously semi professional photography happened down to the gym and was able to trouble shoot the camera issue using Google.  Soon the camera was up and running.  Thank you Mr. Colvin.  Thanks to him we have the following photos to remember today.  Many of the students are really getting a handle on the process and this makes me think they will use them sometime in the future in their lives out side of school.

Hope that soon we can use the monitor to tether to the camera for instant feedback for the students.  We all know how performance is improved with feedback and in something as abstract as light painting feedback is needed.  Soon I hope to be able to take a photo and have the students see the results right away.  This is what gets me looking forward to tomorrow.DSC_0077 DSC_0078 DSC_0079 DSC_0080 DSC_0081 DSC_0082 DSC_0083 DSC_0084 DSC_0085 DSC_0087 DSC_0088 DSC_0089 DSC_0090 DSC_0091 DSC_0092 DSC_0093 DSC_0094 DSC_0095 DSC_0096 DSC_0097 DSC_0098

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What is Kinetic Energy?

With our new Jump Ropes that light up the kids have had questions about what makes them run.  This has sparked a conversation about Kinetic Energy.  I had to look this up to remember.  I thought others might be interested in what we learned.

There are two types of energy:

  • potential (or stored energy)
  • kinetic (or energy in motion)

Kinetic Energy is energy in motion. Moving water and wind are examples of kinetic energy. Electricity is kinetic energy because even though you can’t see it happen, electricity involves electrons moving in a conductor.

Potential Energy is stored (or latent). Energy can be stored in many ways: a gallon of gasoline or a barrel of oil contains stored energy; a lake in the mountains contains “stored” energy because if it were released, it would do a lot of “work.” When we talk about oil, coal, wood, or gas, we are talking about “stored” energy.DSC_0108

For a really neat website with more info for kids go to:

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A warm day in November brings other classes to the field.

Other things in the school yard and the sky above the school.  Rocks and 2/3rd graders.

Other things in the school yard and the sky above the school. Rocks and 2/3rd graders.

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2nd graders attempt noodle light project. Mrs Brenan’s class had a good day today.

Brenan's Class experimenting with light.

Brenan’s Class experimenting with light.

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2nd and 3rd graders in Mr Mark’s class try creative moments with light.

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