future world exhibit: where art meets science

There are always a few worthwhile exhibits to see at the Arts & Science museum.  Checking out the future world exhibit with my bestie from NY made this exhibit even more memorable in my mind. We went on a Sunday afternoon, which meant crowds and a lot of kids. However, we still had fun and managed to get some good shots in the Instagram-worthy room of lights. We made sure to reserve tickets beforehand because on the Saturday before, we were unable to go inside because it was fully booked.

This was definitely a kid friendly exhibit, so families with young kids should definitely go. All the exhibits were very interactive. I resisted the temptation to go down the slide, because I think it was meant for kids. However, I did go inside the area with the lit up bouncy balls and played around for a minute or so. I would recommend that if you are going without kids, probably the week night would be less crowded.

My final tip, be patient and wait for the lights to change. Make sure to go through the room of lights slowly. It’s a one-way exhibit.

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SOLC#18: Oobly Oobleck

Today, we had a belated celebration of Read Across America Day here in Asia. Each teacher had different Dr. Seuss books they read and an activity they did with it. Difference classes rotated to our classroom and enjoyed listening to Dr. Seuss. I read the book Bartholomew and the Oobleck, and had them make their own oobleck.It was a fun book to read, but I know the kids had more fun making their own oobleck. They were so excited to get their own oobleck to take home as well. Afterwards, many of the kids asked me where to buy food coloring. They wanted to make some on their own. It was fun, but afterwards, my classroom was a bit of a disaster area. There was geen slimy oobleck everywhere. Cleaning up took a long time.

An Ode to Oobleck

Oobly oobleck

Drip, drop, and ooze.

On our clean hands, shirts and floor.

Our classroom is covered.

Oobly Oobleck

Drip, drop and ooze

What are you?

Neither solid nor liquid

Oobly oobleck

Directions for oobleck: Mix 4 tablespoons of cornstarch, with 2 tablespoons of water, and food dye. Then you have your lovely oobleck!

What Makes a Great Teacher?

Photo by Martin Greffe released under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Today in science class, I had students answer this question: What makes a great teacher? We are working on a project where they will be teaching other students about volcanoes. Since they will be taken on the role of a “teacher” I wanted them to really think about the characteristics of good teachers.

Here are their responses:

  • Explains things first, then lets you try
  • Asks questions
  • Has celebrations
  • Strict
  • Lets you experience new things
  • Creative
  • Speaks loud and clearly
  • Smart
  • Allows you to make things or experience things
  • Cares a lot
  • Open to your questions and opinions
  • Are happy
  • Gives examples
  • Uses games and prizes
  • Makes me understand

What is a good list of things to strive for as a teacher! What other things would you add?

our newest member of our class…

I’m not a huge animal person, except for small cute dogs.  Yesterday, my student brought in a praying mantis he caught to share with our class.  He wanted to keep it on his desk, which is right near me, and I told him to keep it in his cubby.

During lunch, some of my boys were trying to catch dragonflies with the dragonfly nets. In the last few minutes of recess, my student catches a dragonfly and puts it in the praying mantis container that he brought with him. A few minutes later I hear the kids screaming and gathering around the container. It turns out that the praying mantis was eating the dragonfly and all my students were glued to this lovely feeding moment outside. My students shared with me how it violently ripped off the head of the dragonfly and the rest of the body was still moving around.

As we gathered back inside the classroom, we discussed what had happened. I told them that we could try to have the praying mantis as our class pet. However, they would need to do some research on what they eat and etc. Well, after doing some of my own research, I found out they are predators and like to eat living things and some are even cannibals. I think I prefer herbivores for classroom pets.

From wikipedia.com:

“Mantises are exclusively predatory. Insects form the primary diet, but larger species have been known to prey on small lizards, frogs, birds, snakes, fish and even rodents; they will prey upon any species small enough to successfully capture and devour. Most species of mantis are known to engage in cannibalism. The majority of mantises are ambush predators, waiting for prey to stray too near. The mantis then lashes out at remarkable speed. Some ground and bark species, however, pursue their prey rather quickly. Prey items are caught and held securely with grasping, spiked forelegs.”

This does not sound like a friendly insect that I want in my classroom. I’m secretly hoping that it has a very short life span. Well for the sake of my students, I will keep it around for a little bit longer, and hope I don’t need to come in close contact with it. The things teachers do for their students!

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welcome to 5th grade

the headless dragonfly

closeup of the praying mantis