elements of art quiz
To hear or not to hear: that is a 4th grade question.
Presented with an engineering challenge on sound vibrations, the 4th grade had to make a homemade stethoscope with only the materials given. They tested several designs and felt confident that there creation was the one to beat. They had Mr. Santos, Mrs. Pestanas, Mr. Paet and Ms. Patubo test their design.
Gingerbread Houses: a primary grade engineering challenge
In celebration of the season, and to reinforce our engineering activities, the Kinder and 1st grade students had to design a gingerbread house using the given materials and based on a given criteria. Students could only use the graham crackers, and icing to build their structure, Then they were given the opportunity to decorate their houses with candies provided by the students and teachers. Thank you to all our parents who help make this activity a success by sharing materials.
1st Grade and Math Manipulatives
1st grade are practicing addition and subtraction using manipulatives to have a more concrete understanding that numbers are representations of a group of items that are being counted. Students use the student white boards to write out their math sentences and are displaying it on the class white board to compare answers.
kinder yarn trees
Kinder is learning about colors and shapes. With the yarn tree activity, they are learning about primary and secondary colors as well as the difference between warm and cool colors. This helped them choose complimentary colors. They also learned the term "ombre" which is the blending of one color hue into another.
1st grade learns about Sound vibrations with sCience
The 1st grade learned about sound vibrations through handson activities and science investigations. Kids tested different materials to discover which would carry vibrations more and made homemade kazoos to watch materials vibrate.
Read for the record!!
On Thursday, October 22, 2015 thousands of Guam public and private school students, along with other children and adults worldwide will be participating in the world’s largest shared reading experience. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is a global campaign that highlights the importance of building children’s vocabulary and love for reading. Each year, Jumpstart selects one children’s book to be read around the globe for Read for the Record. This year’s campaign book, Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones, is a humorous tale about a child who finds a new friend.
This is the 9th year the Read for the Record, Guam Campaign, has participated in this exciting literacy event. Spread the word as we invite everyone to take part in helping us to break the world reading record and Guam’s record for the most people reading the same book on the same day!!
This is the 9th year the Read for the Record, Guam Campaign, has participated in this exciting literacy event. Spread the word as we invite everyone to take part in helping us to break the world reading record and Guam’s record for the most people reading the same book on the same day!!
Not Norman by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
Click on the link and be ready to think.
Click on the link and be ready to think.
Airplane facts for kids
Useful information on airplanes:
Introduction to Flight
Airplane Facts for Kids
Fun Flight Facts for Kids
Introduction to Flight
Airplane Facts for Kids
Fun Flight Facts for Kids
Fibonacci Webquest by Doreen Sandor
Fibonacci Brainstorms





















Some engineering terms
Here are some useful terms that 3rd, 4th, and 5th will be using.
Structural engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with the design and construction of all types of structures such as bridges, buildings, dams, tunnels, power plants, offshore drilling platforms, and space satellites.
Structural engineers research the forces that will affect the structure, then develop a design that allows it to withstand these forces.
A force is a push or a pull on an object. The two basic forces on a structure are lateral forces (forces directed at the side of a structure) and vertical forces (forces directed up or down on a structure). Lateral forces on a structure might include wind (moving air).
The main vertical force on a structure is gravity (force pulling an object downward, which is toward the center of Earth).
Weight is the measure of the force of gravity on an object. The weight of an object depends on mass, which is the amount of substance in the object. The greater the mass, the greater the weight; thus, the greater the force of gravity. Engineers refer to the gravity force acting on a structure as the sum of its dead and live forces.
Dead forces are the weight of the permanent parts making up the structure. In a building, dead forces include the weight of the walls, floors, and roof.
Live forces are the weight of temporary objects in or on a structure. In a building, live forces include the weight of people, furniture, and snow on the roof. In the figure, live forces include the weight of the wagon, the child, and the boy; dead forces include all the parts making up the bridge. The total gravity force acting on the bridge is shown by the arrow directed downward.
Since shapes of materials affect their strength, structural engineers must consider what shapes to use in designing structures that will stand up to both lateral and vertical forces. (Janice Van Cleave, Engineering for Every Kid)
Structural engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with the design and construction of all types of structures such as bridges, buildings, dams, tunnels, power plants, offshore drilling platforms, and space satellites.
Structural engineers research the forces that will affect the structure, then develop a design that allows it to withstand these forces.
A force is a push or a pull on an object. The two basic forces on a structure are lateral forces (forces directed at the side of a structure) and vertical forces (forces directed up or down on a structure). Lateral forces on a structure might include wind (moving air).
The main vertical force on a structure is gravity (force pulling an object downward, which is toward the center of Earth).
Weight is the measure of the force of gravity on an object. The weight of an object depends on mass, which is the amount of substance in the object. The greater the mass, the greater the weight; thus, the greater the force of gravity. Engineers refer to the gravity force acting on a structure as the sum of its dead and live forces.
Dead forces are the weight of the permanent parts making up the structure. In a building, dead forces include the weight of the walls, floors, and roof.
Live forces are the weight of temporary objects in or on a structure. In a building, live forces include the weight of people, furniture, and snow on the roof. In the figure, live forces include the weight of the wagon, the child, and the boy; dead forces include all the parts making up the bridge. The total gravity force acting on the bridge is shown by the arrow directed downward.
Since shapes of materials affect their strength, structural engineers must consider what shapes to use in designing structures that will stand up to both lateral and vertical forces. (Janice Van Cleave, Engineering for Every Kid)
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Addition
Break Up the Numbers Strategy
This strategy is used when regrouping is required. One of the addends is broken up into its expanded form and added in parts to the other addend. For example 57 + 38 might be calculated in this way: 57 + 30 is 87 and 8 more is 95.
FrontEnd (left to right) Strategy
This commonly used strategy involves adding the frontend digits and proceeding to the right, keeping a running total in your head. For example, 124 + 235 might be calculated in the following way: Three hundred (200 + 100), fifty (20+30) nine (4 + 5).
Rounding for Estimation
Rounding involves substituting one or more numbers with “friendlier” numbers with which to work. For example, 784 + 326 might be rounded as 800 + 300 or 1100.
FrontEnd Estimation
This strategy involves adding from the left and then grouping the numbers in order to adjust the estimate. For example 5239 + 2667 might be calculated in the following way: Seven thousand (5000 + 2000), eight hundred (600 +200) – no, make that 900 (39 and 67 is about another hundred). That’s about 7900
Compatible Number Strategy
Compatible numbers are number pairs that go together to make “friendly” numbers. That is, numbers that are easy to work with. To add 78 + 25 for example you might add 75 + 25 to make 100 and then add 3 to make 103.
Near Compatible Estimation
Knowledge of the compatible numbers that are used for mental calculations is used for estimation. For example, in estimating 76 + 45 + 19 +26 +52, one might do the following mental calculation: 76 + 26 and 52 + 45 sum to about 100. Add the 19. The answer is about 219.
Balancing Strategy
A variation of the compatible number strategy, this strategy involves taking one or more from one addend and adding it to the other. For example, 68 + 57 becomes 70 + 55 (add 2 to 68 and take 2 from 57)
Break Up the Numbers Strategy
This strategy is used when regrouping is required. One of the addends is broken up into its expanded form and added in parts to the other addend. For example 57 + 38 might be calculated in this way: 57 + 30 is 87 and 8 more is 95.
FrontEnd (left to right) Strategy
This commonly used strategy involves adding the frontend digits and proceeding to the right, keeping a running total in your head. For example, 124 + 235 might be calculated in the following way: Three hundred (200 + 100), fifty (20+30) nine (4 + 5).
Rounding for Estimation
Rounding involves substituting one or more numbers with “friendlier” numbers with which to work. For example, 784 + 326 might be rounded as 800 + 300 or 1100.
FrontEnd Estimation
This strategy involves adding from the left and then grouping the numbers in order to adjust the estimate. For example 5239 + 2667 might be calculated in the following way: Seven thousand (5000 + 2000), eight hundred (600 +200) – no, make that 900 (39 and 67 is about another hundred). That’s about 7900
Compatible Number Strategy
Compatible numbers are number pairs that go together to make “friendly” numbers. That is, numbers that are easy to work with. To add 78 + 25 for example you might add 75 + 25 to make 100 and then add 3 to make 103.
Near Compatible Estimation
Knowledge of the compatible numbers that are used for mental calculations is used for estimation. For example, in estimating 76 + 45 + 19 +26 +52, one might do the following mental calculation: 76 + 26 and 52 + 45 sum to about 100. Add the 19. The answer is about 219.
Balancing Strategy
A variation of the compatible number strategy, this strategy involves taking one or more from one addend and adding it to the other. For example, 68 + 57 becomes 70 + 55 (add 2 to 68 and take 2 from 57)