Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fire Department Visits

UOn Wednesday, October 21, the Chadron Fire Department came to CIS to talk to us about Fire Safety and prevention.  We sat in their simulation trailer and learned about the fire triangle.  A fire needs three things, fuel, heat, and oxygen or air.  We looked at fire hazards in the trailer, learned about different types of smoke alarms, and practiced crawling to a safe exit.  Smoke poured in to the trailer as we called out for help.  The fireman told us to crawl single file touching the shoes of the person ahead of us.  Coughing ( from the simulation smoke) we bravely crawled our way to a window in the back and safely escaped the ( simulation) fire.  We met together on the sidewalk to account for everyone.  What a great learning adventure we had.  Now we know what to do in the event of a fire.  Thank you Firemen!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Animals Inside and Out Day!

Last Friday we spent the day learning all about farm animals.  We left CIS about 8:30 and walked to the Dawes Co. Fairgrounds where we were met by Terri Lemmon and a host of other people who shared their knowledge and expertise with us.  Each class advanced from station to station through nine lessons on animals.  Our class started with animals where we learned about horses, chickens, sheep, goats, and bovine.  We then moved through the rest of the stations throughout the day.  We received a lot of excellent information and learned a great deal.  We had a picnic lunch in the grandstands and had some time to play on the soccer field also.  The weather was great and we very much enjoyed our day learning all about animals.

We learned about the waste parts of animals using a pineapple to show how much on animal is removed and used for other things than the meat.

We saw a cow embryo and unborn piglets.

We learned about muscles, and joints and how they work.

Did you know animals need good nutrition just like us?

We learned about animal hearts and how the blood changes from blue to red (oxygenated).

We learned what a sick animal looks like and how it acts.

There are lots of interesting careers in the animal field!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Terri Lemmon Comes to Visit!

On Wednesday, Terri Lemmon came to talk to the third graders about the "Animals Inside and Out" event happening this Friday.  She talked to us about domesticated livestock.  We learned what animals those were and some other interesting facts about them.  For instance, did you know the meat of a goat is called " chevon"?  She gave us a good idea about the exciting things we will see and do on Friday!  We can't wait to take part in this event!

More States of Matter

Today we created a chemical change in matter.  We started with glue and added liquid starch and food coloring.  We could see the mixture start to coagulate right away.  We stirred and stirred, added a little more starch when needed and then used our hands to smooth out the "goop".  This goop would "droop", stretch, and "ooze" as we played with it. What fun we had as we created this chemical change in matter!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

States of Matter

This week we did an activity to determine what state of matter ooblik would be.  First, we talked about the different states of matter, solids, liquids, and gases.  Then we began to play with the ooblik and try to describe it.  We decided it could be a solid or a liquid because it had properties of both.  We had a great time discussing and playing with the ooblik.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Bird Banding Day

On Monday, September 14, we boarded the bus at 8:15 and headed south to Chadron State Park. There we were met by folks from the Bird Observatory.  Allie, Josh and Laci showed us what they do when they band a bird.  They had caught a House Wren in the net and showed us how to hold the bird, measure the wings, tell if it is molting, and the probable age of this bird.  We had a great time learning about bird banding and playing games to learn the hazards of migration.