Mrs. Marcotte’s Classroom Weather Observations:

Mrs. Marcotte’s class recently started recording weather data.  Yesterday, students made wind socks to compare estimated wind speed with the wind speed reported on a local weather station.  The student really enjoyed making the comparisons and observations. The gusts of wind were a big hit!


Meet our Kindergarten Friend:

Thanks to the generosityof the Amelia Elementary PTO, the Kindergarten students at Amelia Elementary got a special visit from the Clermont County Park District.  Students were super excited to learn about animal habitats and loved getting to meet and pet the animals that was brought to share. Thanks Amelia Elementary PTA!!

EGGcitement in Kindergarten at Amelia Elementary!

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The kindergarten students at Amelia Elementary were introduced to the life cycle of chickens 21 days ago.  Excitement mounted each day as the children looked at pictures of the baby chicks daily growth.  On April 11th the children came into the classroom to find one baby chick hatched and one ready to hatch.  We were able to capture the baby chick hatching on video while the students watched the process on the Smart Board.  We were able to do this by using our document camera.  All the children had a clear view of the chick as it came into the world….there was EGGcitement in Kindergarten at Amelia Elementary!!!

Science is In the Air:

Zookeeper Mike and Hurricane

Amelia Elementary third graders were visited by the Cincinnati Zoo again on Friday, March 25, 2011. Thanks to the organization of Mr. Stevens, a grandfather of one the students, the Frisch’s Outreach Program brought two animals to share with the classes. To start, the students were given pictures of the five classes of vertebrates and were asked to sort them according to their class. Then the zookeeper brought out an African Gray Hornbill named Mozart for the students to observe. Finally, an American Alligator named Hurricane made an appearance. It was a great culminating activity since the students just finished studying about vertebrate animals in science.

5th Grade Science

What happens when light travels from one transparent material to another?  That is the question Amelia Elementary 5th graders were trying to answer last week.  They were observing properties of light as it traveled through different transparent materials.  Students watched a sticker “magically” rise to the top of a glass as water was added.  Some students saw it even disappear.  They also observed a straw which appeared to grow and break in half.  All of this was due to light refraction.  As light travels from the air to the water it slows down and changes direction. 

3rd Grade Science

Simple machines are mechanical constructs that increase a simple force when applied to a load, or change the direction of that force. All compound machines are made of combinations of simple machines. Traditionally, the six basic simple machines are the inclined plane, lever, pulley, screw, wedge, and the wheel and axle.  Amelia Elementary third grade students are able to understand these machines and how they work by creating an example and presenting them with their classmates!

Visitors to 3rd Grade:

Pictured: Mozart and zookeeper

Amelia Elementary third graders were visited by the Cincinnati Zoo on Friday, March 4, 2011. Thanks to the organization of Mr. Stevens, a grandfather of one the students, the Frisch’s Outreach Program brought two animals to share with the classes – an African Hornbill named Mozart and an American Alligator named Augustine Students are beginning to learn about vertebrate animals in science and the bird and alligator were great examples! Another session with the zoo is scheduled for Friday, March 25, 2011.

Science Time at Amelia:

Does your heart rate increase with exercise?  That’s the question 5th grade students tried to answer in reviewing the Scientific Method.  Students  measured their heart rate at rest and after doing multiple sets of jumping jacks.  The data was overwhelming that exercise does increase our heart rate. 

Which flies better, a pointy-nosed or flat-nosed airplane?  That is another question Amelia 5th grade scientists tried to answer.  Students spent time in the gym flying planes and collecting data.  In this experiment  results were inconclusive because the average difference between the planes was only 16 centimeters. 

The students in Mrs. Carter’s 1st grade class work together to determine whether or not certain objects are magnetic.

3rd Grade Fossil Dig:

Mrs. Dunn’s third grade science classes at Amelia Elementary have been studying fossils. Mr. Steven’s, a grandparent of one of the students, borrowed a “Fossil Dig” from the Cincinnati Museum Center. Students were able to pretend that they were paleontologists and brush away the sand to expose some of Ohio’s fossils. There were crinoids, brachiopods, horn corals, bryozoans, and gastropods! Oh my!