Re: And the excitement builds .....

From: "Eileen Bendixsen" <>
Subject: Re: And the excitement builds .....
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 97 20:43:08 PDT


Would you mind posting the activities to the list.  They all sounded
terrific.  Even though I was at NSTA, I wasn't at those workshops.  There
was just too much to see.

We are doing the egg drop activity over the next two days.  Tomorrow my
seventh graders make their landers and Wednesday (the weatherman is
promising good weather) we do the drop off of the bleachers.  That's the
tallest thing we have around.  This is when I wish we had more than one
floor.  I will post a summary to the list.  I also have one to post about a
couple of lfa activities I did.  There is never enough time.



> Dear LFMers,
> Bringing more prospective teachers into the PTK fold by hook or crook.....
>                                Live from Mars
>                 and Live from John Wayland,Ottobine,and Lacey Spring
> The countdown till Thursday has started! Not only will our John Wayland
> students  be "Cruising Between the Planets" but they will be joined by 4th
> and 5th grade students in two other local county schools. Because PTK is
> too good to miss, one of my missions was to get other local teachers
> involved.
> This week my students have taken over the art room at John wayland and
> turned it into a Marscape for our Thrusday guests. Students from Lacey
> Spring and Ottobine will arrive early Thursday morning, and we will begin
> the day with special get acquainted activities and space snacks!!  My
> center will be a great hands-on Mars activity: mapping the patterns of
> flows produced by multiple eruptions. This was one of the cool activities
> picked up from NSTA. Another teacher is doing contour mapping using a Mars
> terrain created from Crayola Modeling Clay (great new product). The third
> teacher is doing an activity (once again discovered at NSTA) "Life on
> where students investigate "soil samples" looking for signs of life--with
> jar with yeast, another jar with powdered Alka-seltzer, and the third with
> sugar.
> After this we have our "InterPlanetary Picnic" and if the weather
> cooperates we will also map out the solar system in our back fields. If
> we will have computer stations set up with software.
> Then it's ready for the broadcast at 1:00. Following the broadcast, we
> have some wrap up for the day.
> This will be the first of our three cooperative sessions---From here it's
> on to our next coopreative activity, the Mars Rovers. Using moneys from a
> local grant and  the Aerospace Foundation, the  students from the three
> schools are creating their own rovers with lego dacta to drive over their
> Marscape using our Mac computers.
> And finally in May as part of our John Wayland Imagination Fair, there
> be a special Mars Night inviting parents and friends from the three
> to join the students in all their Mars activities.
> Marilyn K. Wall
> here in the Shenandoah Valley
> among some very excited 4th graders