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Day 6 
On August 29th, 2017, our eighth graders learned about the amount of water soil can hold. Our teachers demonstrated this by wetting a paper towel. When the towel was dripping wet, it demonstrated soil saturation. Once it had stopped dripping, but we could still squeeze some water out of it, the towel was then representing soil capacity. We later learned that we want our soil to be at soil capacity when we grow most plants. This way, our plants won't get over watered, but they also won't wilt or wither from lack of water. When we could no longer squeeze water out of the towels, they had reached wilting point. this is when the plants can no longer get water out of the soil and start to wilt. 
Posted by medillon  On Sep 01, 2017 at 2:49 PM
  
Day 5 

On August 28th, 2017, we did an activity that taught us what soils hold water better, and what soil combinations would be best to grow plants in. The three soils were silt, sand, and clay. In this activity, we used objects that represented these soils. Sand was big rocks, silt was medium sized rocks, and clay was pebbles. We filtered water through each of these by cutting a two liter bottle of soda horizontally, putting a cup at the bottom of the lower part of the bottle, tying a coffee filter to the lip of the bottle, and turning the lid upside down so that the cup was under the hole and the hole looked like a funnel. In the first part of the project, we split into nine groups and each group was assigned one of the three "soils". We put our "soils" in the funnel, and poured water on them. The groups with "sand" (big rocks) filtered all of their water first. Then the groups with "silt" (medium rocks). Then the groups with "clay" (pebbles) finished. This showed us that the bigger the particles are, the less water it would hold. After that, we combined into three groups and had a competition. The competition was to see which group could put together a "soil" combination that would not filter the water too slow or too fast. The goal was to come in second place. This activity gave us an idea about the type of soil combination that our plants would most-benefit from. 


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Posted by medillon  On Sep 01, 2017 at 2:49 PM
  
MATH:  PG. 59-60
Posted by sascott  On Aug 31, 2017 at 1:44 PM
  
MATH:  pg. 54,55,56
Posted by sascott  On Aug 30, 2017 at 9:05 AM 1 Comment
  
SPELLING: Define all spelling words with a dictionary, picture, or in your own words. MATH: Pages 48, 49, and 50. 
Posted by deanders  On Aug 28, 2017 at 3:27 PM
  
1. crust 2. pass 3. else 4. skill 5. brag 6. zipper 7. began 8. collar 9. drag 10. smell 11. brick 12. felt 13. spill 14. button 15. held 16. trust 17. kept 18. trick 19. shell 20. begin
Posted by deanders  On Aug 28, 2017 at 3:23 PM
  
1. wise 2. huge 3. case 4. alone 5.rise 6. cube 7. fame 8. beside 9. blame 10. chose 11. tire 12. became 13. awhile 14. spoke 15. wife 16. drove 17. surprise 18. scale 19. alive 20. invite
Posted by deanders  On Aug 28, 2017 at 3:23 PM
  
MATH : pg. 41 front only
Posted by sascott  On Aug 24, 2017 at 2:50 PM
  
MATH:  pg. 23,29,30  READING:  Vocab Test Friday on "A Week in the Woods"
Posted by sascott  On Aug 23, 2017 at 3:03 PM
  
WEEKLY FOLDERS: Tuesday folders go home today. Please sign and return to school tomorrow. MATH: There is no homework today for Math. SPELLING: Students may have spelling homework if they did not finish writing word pyramids with their spelling words. OPTIONAL CONTEST: The 4th grade students will have the opportunity to design the landing page for the fourth grade website. The information for the design will go home in this week's Tuesday folder and be due by Friday, September 8th. One winner will be chosen and their design will be featured on the fourth grade website all year.
Posted by deanders  On Aug 22, 2017 at 11:18 AM
  
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