Mr. Eickmeyer & Mr. Hercules

Month: September 2017

Sammy Lee

Sammy Lee

Sammy Lee is our current American Hero. His life is absolutely incredible, not only did he learn to dive in restricted public pools and later a pit filled with sand, he also received his medical degree, served in the army, won two gold medals and […]

More Photos

More Photos

If you already haven’t, please check out our Cluster! It’s a photo sharing app that you can add photos to as well. I try to upload whenever I can, but I often do some post processing and it takes some time.

Germ Study UPDATE

Germ Study UPDATE

Today we received our agar dishes! We collected germs from 5 locations: the trash can, the bathroom floor, Akiva’s nose, Catarina’s mouth and our drinking fountain. We took guesses as to which location has the most germs and we will check when we get back on Monday which location is officially the grossest!

Update: Our germs have grown and bloomed. The results were truly disgusting. Far and away, the grossest and highest collection of germs is the drinking fountains, followed by the trash cans, then Akiva’s nose, the toilet floor, and cleanest of all and barely registering any germs is Catarina’s mouth!  Photos will be uploaded soon!

The Helpful Hummingbirds!

The Helpful Hummingbirds!

Today we studied hummingbirds and tried our hand at drawing them. Did you know that the human heart beats around 60-100 beats per minute while the hummingbird’s beats around 1,260 times every minute!

It’s a Virus!

It’s a Virus!

Today we had a fun discussion about the common cold virus! The common cold virus is around 30 nanometers wide. For comparison, a human red blood cell is around 6,000 nanometers wide. The virus itself does not cause the aches and pains associated with being […]

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

We have spent this week tackling some serious issues by covering the incredible life of Harriet Tubman. Born a slave, she escaped her masters to the free states in the north only to return 19 times. She spent the later part of her life fighting for suffrage. She was an absolute powerhouse figure in American history and he life should be celebrated more often.

We discussed the slave trade, what a life of slavery really meant, and the massive divide in our country about slave ownership. These are all difficult topics that should also be unpacked at home.

Crazy Horse Art

Crazy Horse Art

Today we tried our hand at some crazy horse portraits. The illustration style in our book is a very rudimentary yet stylized cave-painting style where all features on the face are reduced to their most basic level. Take a look at Alexa’s! I think they […]

Ticket to Ride: First Journey

Ticket to Ride: First Journey

We play a lot of board games in the class during free choice time. One of my favorites is Ticket to Ride: First Journey. Normally the children’s version of a game is a really skeletal version of the adult game, but not here! It has […]

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Today we started our first longer read aloud with ‘Sideways Stories from Wayside School’, from author Louis Sachar. It’s a series of interconnected chapters about a ridiculous school that was accidentally built sideways. It’s one of my favorite read aloud books. Ask your children about the Mrs. Gorf chapter where she turns the students into apples by wiggling her ears.