Mrs. Murphy’s science students examined soil samples, separating and identifying different types of particles. Everyone described their soil sample in terms of a “recipe” of ingredients. Here’s Cody Sprague’s soil composition: 30% gravel, 20% humus, and 50% loam. He defined his sample as “a rough mixture of mostly loam, but some parts humus and gravel.”
Mrs. Murphy’s earth science students are busy making text boxes for their volcano posters.
In Earth Science, Mrs. Murphy’s students tried to answer the question, “How Can You Flatten the Curved Earth?” in a recent activity. First, each student sketched the continents onto an orange, then attempted to create a flat representation of the curved surface. They discovered that significant adjustments need to be made to get the flattened continents to match their shape and position on a sphere!
Mrs. Murphy’s social studies class has been studying about the 1960s. The students worked on biographies of John F. Kennedy. They created keynote presentations on important events in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. As a final project, they designed peace signs. You can view our display, “All We Are Saying is Give Peace a Chance”, this week in the hallway.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Mrs. Murphy’s social studies class researched the president’s life and wrote biographies. Several topics were included: early years and family, education, work and military experience, political career, and the assassination in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. In a section called, “Where Were You?”, students recorded the memories they listened to during personal interviews. By special invitation, eighth graders Anna, Jalen, Cole, and Katie shared their knowledge of President Kennedy’s life with the students in Mrs. Noyes’ class.
Grades 3-8 held a moment of silence on Friday afternoon to remember Mr. Kennedy and his accomplishments.
The biographies were printed and are now on display in the hallway at school. Please stop in, if you can, and take a few moments to see our work and recall this pivotal event in United States history.