Thursday, May 7, 2015


Here we are getting filmed by the Teaching Channel!

F3 has been spending the last week learning about microsatellites called CubeSats!  These satellites are used by scientists and engineers all over the world who have a small communications or imagery systems to put out into orbit.

So far, students have begun work on their model CubeSat.  Yesterday, they added "solar panels" onto their model, and next week they will learn about their specific missions and put the necessary items into their model.  On Wednesday, May 6, all of the students will present their designs to a mock NASA panel.  The NASA panel will be scoring the students on their CubeSat model and presentation.

Click on on the links on the right side of the page for more information on what we are learning about satellites!  Soon this unit will be available for teachers across the country to teach on the Teaching Channel.

Update:  Check out this article on our CubeSat unit!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sorry for the LOOOOOOONG delay in posts!

Boy have we been up to a lot in F3!  Here's a run down of what we've been doing:

We had a fantastic time with our engineering unit.  In fact, during the last week, students went through a series of challenges in which they needed to optimize their go-carts to meet certain criteria.  For example, students had to make their go cart climb a ramp, or stay between the lines.  We had so much fun!  Ms. V and Veronica McGowan from the UW LIFE Center are going to a conference in Chicago to talk all about our success with engineering so far this school year!

Next, in things have gotten really fun in social studies.  Now that we're all Patriots and are fighting the British in the American Revolution, it's time to think about how we would run our own country.  What a better way to do that then to start working on a constitution.  We are doing just that!  Students are working on ideas of how to run our own classroom here in F3!

Students went home with cameras this week to take pictures of what reminds them of health either at home or in their community. They also did interviews with adults regarding health issues.

What's coming up?!? We'll be taking a look at all of our self documentation of health issues and start researching a health topic.  In addition, we'll be doing a unit all about micro satellites called CubeSats in late April! So exciting!

We do also  have testing coming up in late April and May. This testing is called Smarter Balanced Assessment.  This is the first year of the test, but the students have gotten many opportunities to look at how the test looks on line.  If you have any questions or concerns about the test, write an e mail or give me a call.  Testing dates will be available soon. I am confident that students will follow the Maple Way and do their best.  Students are excited about the fact that the tests (with the exception of science) will be on the computer.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Having fun and working hard in F3

We are busy as bees here in F3.  Students have been recording the lates episode of KOF3 radio in their native language, testing their go carts for speed and distance, reading up a strorm, and getting more familiar with decimals.

On the last math test, students showed a tremendous amount of growth.  In fact, the students that have come in for morning tutoring twice a week showed more growth than ever.  Congrats!

There are some exciting events coming up soon.  First, tomorrow night is our Math, Pizza and Engineering Night in F pod.  There will be two workshops that night. One is on bar modeling in math and the other is a engineering design worshop.  I'm so excited that so many kids have signed up!

Also, remember that Friday the 30th is a no school day for kids, and on February 12 we will be going to see the play Mwindo at the Seattle Children's Theater.

Next week I'll be sending home surveys to parents about the latest round of KOF3!  Make sure you listen :)