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Week 5 Winter 2013

Preschool

Math and Literacy

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And of course, wanting to do what the older kids are doing!  Here building the Little Pigs’ Houses… and blowing them down!

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LEGO at RECESS

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Engineering is Elementary: Mortar and Building a Wall

We conducted a Sticky Test and an Earthquake Test. Below is our Earthquake Test. We found that soil and sand did not stick as well as clay and clay was a good glue but it was brittle.

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The kids will be building their walls for homework and decided they would create the best mortar by mixing sand, soil and clay together to combine their best properties.  They also planned how to build their walls. One student thought piling stones on top would be OK, one student staggered their stones.

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They did a Poke Test to figure out which wall would be stronger and everyone agreed their wall would need to have staggered stones.

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Engineering is Art: Finishing Up Landscapes and Encaustic Self-Portraits

Applying glazes to the top layer to create depth:

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Self-Portraits

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Transferring Self-Portraits on to Wood Panels

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Applying Encaustic Paint: this is only the first layer.

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How to Make Money in the Stock Market

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Our student opened a brokerage account and is in the process of depositing money.

We have moved from understanding the basic theory of supply and demand curves to examining the income statement as a way to understand changes in a stock’s price.

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