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The first and second grade students at TCPS have been exploring magnets.  They have learned about the North and South poles and have been using the words ATTRACT and REPEL.

In the pictures below, students were participating in an activity titled “Through It All”.  Using a magnet and a paperclip, students went around the room to eight different stations.  They  discovered whether or not the magnet attracted the paperclip THROUGH the eights materials.

During the analysis portion (after the exploration), students shared they were amazed a magnet attracted through cardboard, the side of their shoes, and even fabric!

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In preparing for their SeaPerch journey, the middle school students put their engineering skills to work to construct a device that would not sink nor float — it would FLINK.  To “flink” means to be neutrally buoyant: suspend in liquid.  The students were provided balloons, tape, paper clips, packing peanuts, pennies, and string…

We had a few successes–but overall, the groups worked together and communicated well to test and revise their devices.

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The second semester has started and all classes are now diving into the deep ocean water… We will be studying where the oceans came from, what makes up the salty water, currents, waves, and so much more!

Look for our middle school students and their journey with SeaPerch! Sea Perch is an underwater ROV built and then used to explore…

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Simple Machines… moving right along!

We are in the middle of our simple machines unit, and students are learning and interacting everyday with the machines and each other!

The fourth and fifth graders tested out MACHINE vs. HAND to make BUTTER!… Then, of course, enjoyed it with some bread and sugar.

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The middle school students tested out levers and the positioning of the fulcrum to lift a load.  They discovered the closer the fulcrum was to the effort force, the greater the amount of force was needed to tilt the lever.

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Fourth and fifth graders learned about the advantages of inclined planes.  The steepness of the board was increased and spring scales were used to test the force needed to lift an object.

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Simple Machines Day One!

The first and second graders are off to a successful start! They spent class time discovering simple machines today.
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Love, Miss Hawthorne

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Forces, Motion, and Energy

The students at TCPS just wrapped up their unit on Forces, Motion, and Energy.  They spent six weeks learning about gravity, kinetic & potential energy, speed, and so much more…

Below are pictures that documented the fun (& learning) that occurred!


*4th graders timing bubble gum chewing to calculate the speed

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*7th graders hopping away!…

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*8th graders trying to catch up!

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*4th graders testing gravity

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*2nd grader working on “Blow Art” – used forces to paint a picture

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*Friction testing outside on the grass

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*Friction exploration in the classroom

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*Investigating potential energy (testing height of ramp and distance the cup moved)

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*Sticky Sneakers – experimenting with spring scales to test friction in Newtons

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*Culmination group project on Isaac Newton’s Three Laws of Motion

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First Couple of Weeks

These first couple weeks at TCPS have been a blast (for me and the students)!  I am settling in well and enjoying learning more about the school and students each day.  Here’s a look at what we have been doing in Science.

We have observed our classroom guinea pig, Albert, we used the metric system to measure our smiles, we discovered the importance of bare skin to the sense of touch, classified insects and spiders, and even made a rainbow!

Many more discoveries to come…

-Miss Hawthorne

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TCPS Periodic Table of Elements

All TCPS students grades 1-8 helped make our very own, wall-size, periodic table! Each student was assigned to research a different element(s) and then made a poster that showed the element block with all the acquired information they learned. When it was all put together, we had a wall that was color coded just like the real periodic table of elements!


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Chemical Reactions

The middle school students have been working hard the past four weeks to understand elements, why they bond and have now learned how they react. They did four mini experiments showing different chemical reactions and the four clues that differentiate a physical from a chemical change. They were explosively awesome!


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Rock on Petrology Unit

All students 1-8 learned about the three types of rock: sedimentary, igneous an metamorphic. For each type we learned what they mean, how they are formed and a few examples of each. As a way to demonstrate how they form, we made sedimentary sandwiches, chocolate igneous lava rocks and metamorphic marshmallows. The students loved to learn and watch their yummy “rocks” form!






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