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.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Bird Banding Day

On Monday, September 14, our class will be heading out to Chadron State park to take part in a bird banding activity.  Members of the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory will be there to  demonstrate and explain how and why they band birds.  We will leave CIS at about 8:15 to be at the park by 8:30.  We will observe them band birds and take part in other activities.  We will return to the school by about 10:45 or so.  Please make sure your child wears tennis shoes (no flip-flops or sandals) and jackets as it can be chilly out there in the morning.  It promises to be a lot of fun.  Parents wishing to come and watch May meet us out at Chadron State Park at 8:30.  Mark your calendars for this fun, educational activity!