Willow Brook Science Discovery Center

Units and activities in my classroom
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1 I was the Science Specialist in the <strong>Willow Brook Elementary School Discovery Center</strong> from 1995 - 2009. The ~400-pupil, K - 4 school is on a  year-round schedule, we begin in the middle of July. It has been found that the students retain...

I was the Science Specialist in the Willow Brook Elementary School Discovery Center from 1995 - 2009. The ~400-pupil, K - 4 school is on a year-round schedule, we begin in the middle of July. It has been found that the students retain...

I was the Science Specialist in the Willow Brook Elementary School Discovery Center from 1995 - 2009. The ~400-pupil, K - 4 school is on a year-round schedule, we begin in the middle of July. It has been found that the students retain more of what they learned on that schedule. I always begin the year with Oceanography and Geology, two of my favorite subjects. I rotate the Oceanography subjects on the large (20 ft.) bulletin board every 4 years. This year I put up the Alaska board. It has a shallow water section with puffins, green sea anemones, a sea otter, halibut, clams, and seastars. The deep water section includes salmon, an orca, deep water anemones, and a crab. The other marine habitats that I rotate through include: Coral Reef, Everglades and mangrove swamp, Rocky Shore and Harbor. I covered 12 subjects throughout the school year: Oceanography and Geology; Matter and Energy; Sound, Heat and Light; Electricity and Magnetism; Simple Machines; Astronomy and Meteorology; Plants and Animals; and the Human Body. I covered the subjects for 4 weeks before taking down and setting up the next units. Unfortunately, I lost the room in 2009 when it was converted to a classroom. 4509
2 I like to dress the part or wear shirts and socks that go with what I'm teaching (I have an extensive collection of T-shirts!). During the Oceanography unit I don my mask, fins, bouancy compensator, and snorkle to show the students some of the equipmen...

I like to dress the part or wear shirts and socks that go with what I'm teaching (I have an extensive collection of T-shirts!). During the Oceanography unit I don my mask, fins, bouancy compensator, and snorkle to show the students some of the equipmen...

I like to dress the part or wear shirts and socks that go with what I'm teaching (I have an extensive collection of T-shirts!). During the Oceanography unit I don my mask, fins, bouancy compensator, and snorkle to show the students some of the equipment used for exploring underwater. (Please don't laugh too hard at my pot-bellied Orca! I'm not an artist!) 982
3 A student uses a "sea viewer" in the Oceanography class. The blue cellophane gives the students an idea of how colors change underwater.

A student uses a "sea viewer" in the Oceanography class. The blue cellophane gives the students an idea of how colors change underwater.

A student uses a "sea viewer" in the Oceanography class. The blue cellophane gives the students an idea of how colors change underwater. 988
4 Ocean water contains 35 grams of salt per 1 liter.

Ocean water contains 35 grams of salt per 1 liter.

Ocean water contains 35 grams of salt per 1 liter. 1163
5 These kindergarteners measure 35 grams of rock salt in the Oceanography class. They get hands-on experience in using scientific equipment in the Discovery Center.

These kindergarteners measure 35 grams of rock salt in the Oceanography class. They get hands-on experience in using scientific equipment in the Discovery Center.

These kindergarteners measure 35 grams of rock salt in the Oceanography class. They get hands-on experience in using scientific equipment in the Discovery Center. 931
6 These girls study the shapes of fish tails in the Oceanography class. V-shaped tails allow carnivorous fish to swim fast and for long distances. Fish with rounded tails are slow-swimming grazers. The tails are made from styrofoam cartons.

These girls study the shapes of fish tails in the Oceanography class. V-shaped tails allow carnivorous fish to swim fast and for long distances. Fish with rounded tails are slow-swimming grazers. The tails are made from styrofoam cartons.

These girls study the shapes of fish tails in the Oceanography class. V-shaped tails allow carnivorous fish to swim fast and for long distances. Fish with rounded tails are slow-swimming grazers. The tails are made from styrofoam cartons. 1036
7 This little guy decided to wear the "sea anemone" on his head! :)

This little guy decided to wear the "sea anemone" on his head! :)

This little guy decided to wear the "sea anemone" on his head! :) 892
8 This kindergarten student is doing a shell matching activity.

This kindergarten student is doing a shell matching activity.

This kindergarten student is doing a shell matching activity. 835
9 One of the kids' favorite activities in the Geology unit is the cave, a large cardboard box with black paper, "water pools" and paper stagmites and stalactites. They can close the box and use the flashlight to see in the dark.

One of the kids' favorite activities in the Geology unit is the cave, a large cardboard box with black paper, "water pools" and paper stagmites and stalactites. They can close the box and use the flashlight to see in the dark.

One of the kids' favorite activities in the Geology unit is the cave, a large cardboard box with black paper, "water pools" and paper stagmites and stalactites. They can close the box and use the flashlight to see in the dark. 1033
10 The cardboard cave has information about cave animals and cavern geology.

The cardboard cave has information about cave animals and cavern geology.

The cardboard cave has information about cave animals and cavern geology. 1027
11 The younger students enjoy learning about dinosaurs in the Geology unit. We discuss what the animals would have eaten and how they would have kept from being eaten.

The younger students enjoy learning about dinosaurs in the Geology unit. We discuss what the animals would have eaten and how they would have kept from being eaten.

The younger students enjoy learning about dinosaurs in the Geology unit. We discuss what the animals would have eaten and how they would have kept from being eaten. 837
12 This student is getting ready to put the <em>Smilodon</em> (Saber-tooth Cat) into the "tar pit". The tar is a black "slime" that I bought at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

This student is getting ready to put the Smilodon (Saber-tooth Cat) into the "tar pit". The tar is a black "slime" that I bought at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

This student is getting ready to put the Smilodon (Saber-tooth Cat) into the "tar pit". The tar is a black "slime" that I bought at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. 920
13 Willow Brook has a garden in the center of the school. It is called the "Secret Garden" because it is completely enclosed and can't be seen from the outside. It has a pond, pavilion, flower gardens, and a walking trail. Teachers enjoy taking the childr...

Willow Brook has a garden in the center of the school. It is called the "Secret Garden" because it is completely enclosed and can't be seen from the outside. It has a pond, pavilion, flower gardens, and a walking trail. Teachers enjoy taking the childr...

Willow Brook has a garden in the center of the school. It is called the "Secret Garden" because it is completely enclosed and can't be seen from the outside. It has a pond, pavilion, flower gardens, and a walking trail. Teachers enjoy taking the children out in the garden for outdoor classes. These 2nd graders are writing down living and non-living things. They got a bit distracted by the goldfish! 853
14 The <strong>Willow Brook Secret Garden</strong> was built in 1996, six months after I began working at the school. My room was where the W and X are located, so I have a wonderful view! I use the garden during our Intersession enrichment programs for h...

The Willow Brook Secret Garden was built in 1996, six months after I began working at the school. My room was where the W and X are located, so I have a wonderful view! I use the garden during our Intersession enrichment programs for h...

The Willow Brook Secret Garden was built in 1996, six months after I began working at the school. My room was where the W and X are located, so I have a wonderful view! I use the garden during our Intersession enrichment programs for hunting insects and learning about plants. It is always a treat for the kids to look for the goldfish in the pond. 903
15 The Secret Garden's Pond and Pavilion were built in 1996 by the crew of the submarine U.S.S. Tennessee during their shore leave. This garden is another "jewel in the crown" of Willow Brook! I enjoy helping keep it looking nice during my spare time.

The Secret Garden's Pond and Pavilion were built in 1996 by the crew of the submarine U.S.S. Tennessee during their shore leave. This garden is another "jewel in the crown" of Willow Brook! I enjoy helping keep it looking nice during my spare time.

The Secret Garden's Pond and Pavilion were built in 1996 by the crew of the submarine U.S.S. Tennessee during their shore leave. This garden is another "jewel in the crown" of Willow Brook! I enjoy helping keep it looking nice during my spare time. 865
16 The Secret Garden has milkweed plants so we can raise Monarch Butterflies in the classrooms. Here I am holding a butterfly that we tagged just before releasing it. Some years every class is able to raise a caterpillar to watch the life cycle.

The Secret Garden has milkweed plants so we can raise Monarch Butterflies in the classrooms. Here I am holding a butterfly that we tagged just before releasing it. Some years every class is able to raise a caterpillar to watch the life cycle.

The Secret Garden has milkweed plants so we can raise Monarch Butterflies in the classrooms. Here I am holding a butterfly that we tagged just before releasing it. Some years every class is able to raise a caterpillar to watch the life cycle. 947
17 This tagged Monarch Butterfly may fly from the Secret Garden to its wintering grounds in Mexico.

This tagged Monarch Butterfly may fly from the Secret Garden to its wintering grounds in Mexico.

This tagged Monarch Butterfly may fly from the Secret Garden to its wintering grounds in Mexico. 1017
18 This is my Sound, Heat, and Light Bulletin board.

This is my Sound, Heat, and Light Bulletin board.

This is my Sound, Heat, and Light Bulletin board. 2912
19 In the Heat unit we learn about how different kinds of fabrics have different insulating properties. In this experiment the students put their hand into a plastic bag containing a piece of wool (as in this photo), Poly-cotton T-shirt material, cotton, ...

In the Heat unit we learn about how different kinds of fabrics have different insulating properties. In this experiment the students put their hand into a plastic bag containing a piece of wool (as in this photo), Poly-cotton T-shirt material, cotton, ...

In the Heat unit we learn about how different kinds of fabrics have different insulating properties. In this experiment the students put their hand into a plastic bag containing a piece of wool (as in this photo), Poly-cotton T-shirt material, cotton, poly-fleece, or nylon. When I put a container of ice on top of the material the children can feel how quickly some fabrics allow the cold to come through. We then discuss why people wear certain kinds of fabrics in summer and others in winter. 1091
20 These kindergarteners make a Rainbow in the Light class. I had made a spectrum from sunlight with a prism earlier so they would know the correct order of the colors. The children with brown, pink and black cards learned that their colors are not part o...

These kindergarteners make a Rainbow in the Light class. I had made a spectrum from sunlight with a prism earlier so they would know the correct order of the colors. The children with brown, pink and black cards learned that their colors are not part o...

These kindergarteners make a Rainbow in the Light class. I had made a spectrum from sunlight with a prism earlier so they would know the correct order of the colors. The children with brown, pink and black cards learned that their colors are not part of the spectrum. 1486
21 Color paddles show how colors change when mixed. I often hear, "Wow, yellow and blue make green!" when the children experiment with the colors.

Color paddles show how colors change when mixed. I often hear, "Wow, yellow and blue make green!" when the children experiment with the colors.

Color paddles show how colors change when mixed. I often hear, "Wow, yellow and blue make green!" when the children experiment with the colors. 1753
22 I was showing the kids the difference between a Concave lens and a convex lens. I was able to "shrink" the class with this concave lens.

I was showing the kids the difference between a Concave lens and a convex lens. I was able to "shrink" the class with this concave lens.

I was showing the kids the difference between a Concave lens and a convex lens. I was able to "shrink" the class with this concave lens. 7177
23 Here the class is multiplied in a homemade Kaleidoscope (made of 3 plastic mirror strips taped together in a triangle).

Here the class is multiplied in a homemade Kaleidoscope (made of 3 plastic mirror strips taped together in a triangle).

Here the class is multiplied in a homemade Kaleidoscope (made of 3 plastic mirror strips taped together in a triangle). 1984
24 These huge magnifiers are a big hit among the kids when we study Light. The kids get a big kick out of seeing each other with distorted features!

These huge magnifiers are a big hit among the kids when we study Light. The kids get a big kick out of seeing each other with distorted features!

These huge magnifiers are a big hit among the kids when we study Light. The kids get a big kick out of seeing each other with distorted features! 1579
25 This boy is looking for his rainbow as he holds a prism in the sunlight. I'm lucky to have a room with one wall of windows!

This boy is looking for his rainbow as he holds a prism in the sunlight. I'm lucky to have a room with one wall of windows!

This boy is looking for his rainbow as he holds a prism in the sunlight. I'm lucky to have a room with one wall of windows! 1387
26 This student is looking at grains of sand through the Stereoscope. I like to introduce the students to different kinds of science equipment at an early age. Later in the year, we'll use the light microscopes to look at plant and animal cells. Cool!

This student is looking at grains of sand through the Stereoscope. I like to introduce the students to different kinds of science equipment at an early age. Later in the year, we'll use the light microscopes to look at plant and animal cells. Cool!

This student is looking at grains of sand through the Stereoscope. I like to introduce the students to different kinds of science equipment at an early age. Later in the year, we'll use the light microscopes to look at plant and animal cells. Cool! 1425
27 The Electricity Bulletin board is one of my more complicated ones! It shows the path of the electricity from the coal-fired power plant to the students' home. We have 18 wind turbines within sight of Oak Ridge, so I have one on the bulletin board too. ...

The Electricity Bulletin board is one of my more complicated ones! It shows the path of the electricity from the coal-fired power plant to the students' home. We have 18 wind turbines within sight of Oak Ridge, so I have one on the bulletin board too. ...

The Electricity Bulletin board is one of my more complicated ones! It shows the path of the electricity from the coal-fired power plant to the students' home. We have 18 wind turbines within sight of Oak Ridge, so I have one on the bulletin board too. This is 1/2 of the board. 5007
28 Electricity Bulletin board

Electricity Bulletin board

Electricity Bulletin board 2706
29 This is a "fuse" made with a balloon, 2 aluminum foil wires, 2 D-cell batteries, and a very thin strand of steel wool wire (which is attached to the balloon). When I attach the aluminum foil wires to the batteries the steel wool wire (the resistor) get...

This is a "fuse" made with a balloon, 2 aluminum foil wires, 2 D-cell batteries, and a very thin strand of steel wool wire (which is attached to the balloon). When I attach the aluminum foil wires to the batteries the steel wool wire (the resistor) get...

This is a "fuse" made with a balloon, 2 aluminum foil wires, 2 D-cell batteries, and a very thin strand of steel wool wire (which is attached to the balloon). When I attach the aluminum foil wires to the batteries the steel wool wire (the resistor) gets hot... then "POP!" These students anticipate the big pop when I connect the wires to the batteries! 2254
30 Static electricity can be a hair-raising experience!

Static electricity can be a hair-raising experience!

Static electricity can be a hair-raising experience! 1376
31 To help show the invisible Magnetic field of different shaped magnets, I make a "bear" (our school's mascot) using an overhead projector and a clear viewer containing oil and iron filings. I use a ring magnet for the eyes, a cylindrical magnet for the ...

To help show the invisible Magnetic field of different shaped magnets, I make a "bear" (our school's mascot) using an overhead projector and a clear viewer containing oil and iron filings. I use a ring magnet for the eyes, a cylindrical magnet for the ...

To help show the invisible Magnetic field of different shaped magnets, I make a "bear" (our school's mascot) using an overhead projector and a clear viewer containing oil and iron filings. I use a ring magnet for the eyes, a cylindrical magnet for the nose, a cow magnet for the mouth and a rectangular ceramic magnet for the ears. See next photo 1633
32 This is the layout of magnets I use for the Magnetic field bear. Of course, the magnets are set up under the viewer when I do the demonstration. The viewer contains a clear plastic rod to disperse the filings between demonstrations.

This is the layout of magnets I use for the Magnetic field bear. Of course, the magnets are set up under the viewer when I do the demonstration. The viewer contains a clear plastic rod to disperse the filings between demonstrations.

This is the layout of magnets I use for the Magnetic field bear. Of course, the magnets are set up under the viewer when I do the demonstration. The viewer contains a clear plastic rod to disperse the filings between demonstrations. 1148
33 To show how like poles repel in magnets, I have 2 cardboard magnets. I choose 2 boys and 2 girls from the class and have them hold the "magnets". I explain that girls are alike and boys are alike but a boy and a girl are different. I then explain that ...

To show how like poles repel in magnets, I have 2 cardboard magnets. I choose 2 boys and 2 girls from the class and have them hold the "magnets". I explain that girls are alike and boys are alike but a boy and a girl are different. I then explain that ...

To show how like poles repel in magnets, I have 2 cardboard magnets. I choose 2 boys and 2 girls from the class and have them hold the "magnets". I explain that girls are alike and boys are alike but a boy and a girl are different. I then explain that magnets have a north pole and a south pole. I put the 2 girls next to each other, they are the "south poles". I have 2 real magnets in my hand with the poles marked with a red "S" and a blue "N". When I bring the 2 S ends together the magnets repel and we discuss what that means. Next I switch the boys to the middle and ask the students what they think will happen. Go to next photo... 1275
34 When we put the north pole and south pole next to each other the students learn that opposites attract in magnetism! I show the students on my real magnets how the N and S sticks together. 
Sometimes I'll tease the boy and girl by asking them if they ...

When we put the north pole and south pole next to each other the students learn that opposites attract in magnetism! I show the students on my real magnets how the N and S sticks together. Sometimes I'll tease the boy and girl by asking them if they ...

When we put the north pole and south pole next to each other the students learn that opposites attract in magnetism! I show the students on my real magnets how the N and S sticks together. Sometimes I'll tease the boy and girl by asking them if they think each other is cute (with elementary students the answer is usually a resounding, "NO!"), then I tell them they may think a lot differently in about 10 years when they may be attracted to each other! ;) 1154
35 It's not magic, it's Magnetism! The younger students are amazed when they make the magnets "float". When I ask them why this is happening they answer, "The magnets are N and N and S and S!" Then I know the "boy -girl" cardboard magnet activity sunk in! :)

It's not magic, it's Magnetism! The younger students are amazed when they make the magnets "float". When I ask them why this is happening they answer, "The magnets are N and N and S and S!" Then I know the "boy -girl" cardboard magnet activity sunk in! :)

It's not magic, it's Magnetism! The younger students are amazed when they make the magnets "float". When I ask them why this is happening they answer, "The magnets are N and N and S and S!" Then I know the "boy -girl" cardboard magnet activity sunk in! :) 1068
36 Fishing for shapes in the magnet class is fun for the younger students.

Fishing for shapes in the magnet class is fun for the younger students.

Fishing for shapes in the magnet class is fun for the younger students. 933
37 Kindergarteners like to Catch A Shape, fishing for shapes, letters or numbers with a magnet attached to a line on a dowel. Not only do they learn about the attraction of a paperclip to the magnet, the activity reinforces reading and letter recognition....

Kindergarteners like to Catch A Shape, fishing for shapes, letters or numbers with a magnet attached to a line on a dowel. Not only do they learn about the attraction of a paperclip to the magnet, the activity reinforces reading and letter recognition....

Kindergarteners like to Catch A Shape, fishing for shapes, letters or numbers with a magnet attached to a line on a dowel. Not only do they learn about the attraction of a paperclip to the magnet, the activity reinforces reading and letter recognition. This boy was excited to catch a Pink Pumpkin. I asked him what letter those words start with and he answered excitedly, "P!" 959
38 These 2 boys are testing different materials with a D-cell battery, an aluminum wire, and a flashlight lightbulb to see if the materials are conductors or insulators.

These 2 boys are testing different materials with a D-cell battery, an aluminum wire, and a flashlight lightbulb to see if the materials are conductors or insulators.

These 2 boys are testing different materials with a D-cell battery, an aluminum wire, and a flashlight lightbulb to see if the materials are conductors or insulators. 984
39 This girl is cranking a hand-cranked electricity generator to turn a propeller. The kids think it is fun to make electricity with their "bare hands".

This girl is cranking a hand-cranked electricity generator to turn a propeller. The kids think it is fun to make electricity with their "bare hands".

This girl is cranking a hand-cranked electricity generator to turn a propeller. The kids think it is fun to make electricity with their "bare hands". 995
40 During the Sound class I show the effects of vibration by striking a tuning fork and then touching a ping-pong ball on a string. It is amazing how far the ball will bounce. I use a middle C (256 vibrations / second) and high C (512 vibrations / second)...

During the Sound class I show the effects of vibration by striking a tuning fork and then touching a ping-pong ball on a string. It is amazing how far the ball will bounce. I use a middle C (256 vibrations / second) and high C (512 vibrations / second)...

During the Sound class I show the effects of vibration by striking a tuning fork and then touching a ping-pong ball on a string. It is amazing how far the ball will bounce. I use a middle C (256 vibrations / second) and high C (512 vibrations / second). I also touch them to the balloon and let the students hear the difference. The sound of the high C is the same frequency of a female mosquito's wing beat. 1169
41 No, I'm <u>not</u> drinking out of a fishbowl! To simulate an echo, I talk into the glass bowl so the sound will bounce back toward the students. Next I put foam rubber blocks into the bowl and talk into it. I tell the students the blocks are "echo eat...

No, I'm not drinking out of a fishbowl! To simulate an echo, I talk into the glass bowl so the sound will bounce back toward the students. Next I put foam rubber blocks into the bowl and talk into it. I tell the students the blocks are "echo eat...

No, I'm not drinking out of a fishbowl! To simulate an echo, I talk into the glass bowl so the sound will bounce back toward the students. Next I put foam rubber blocks into the bowl and talk into it. I tell the students the blocks are "echo eaters" because they greatly muffle my voice. (see next photo) 1084
42 When I talk into the bowl with the foam rubber blocks my voice is muffled, the "echo eaters" are working!

When I talk into the bowl with the foam rubber blocks my voice is muffled, the "echo eaters" are working!

When I talk into the bowl with the foam rubber blocks my voice is muffled, the "echo eaters" are working! 965
43 In December we study Simple Machines. Here I am helping a student lift a 15lb. weight with a simple movable pulley. Our "safety rule" is that the students can not lift the weight above their knee.

In December we study Simple Machines. Here I am helping a student lift a 15lb. weight with a simple movable pulley. Our "safety rule" is that the students can not lift the weight above their knee.

In December we study Simple Machines. Here I am helping a student lift a 15lb. weight with a simple movable pulley. Our "safety rule" is that the students can not lift the weight above their knee. 1052
44 The Plants and Animals bulletin board - daytime side. (Sizes not to scale!)

The Plants and Animals bulletin board - daytime side. (Sizes not to scale!)

The Plants and Animals bulletin board - daytime side. (Sizes not to scale!) 1949
45 The Plants and Animals bulletin board - nighttime side.

The Plants and Animals bulletin board - nighttime side.

The Plants and Animals bulletin board - nighttime side. 9069
46 Sometimes we have "special guests" who come to visit. The aunt of one of the students brought two of her cornsnakes to share. It was a great opportunity for the kids to learn about these beautiful, beneficial animals.

Sometimes we have "special guests" who come to visit. The aunt of one of the students brought two of her cornsnakes to share. It was a great opportunity for the kids to learn about these beautiful, beneficial animals.

Sometimes we have "special guests" who come to visit. The aunt of one of the students brought two of her cornsnakes to share. It was a great opportunity for the kids to learn about these beautiful, beneficial animals. 1014
47 Some of the students were excited to touch a live snake for the first time...

Some of the students were excited to touch a live snake for the first time...

Some of the students were excited to touch a live snake for the first time... 919
48 ...others were a little more apprehensive! :)

...others were a little more apprehensive! :)

...others were a little more apprehensive! :) 1107
49 For the past few years, employees from the CH2M-Hill Corporation have come to Willow Brook to work with the 3rd grade students on the worldwide Water Quality Monitoring Day. In 2008 the students got to test the water from the pond in the Secret Garden,...

For the past few years, employees from the CH2M-Hill Corporation have come to Willow Brook to work with the 3rd grade students on the worldwide Water Quality Monitoring Day. In 2008 the students got to test the water from the pond in the Secret Garden,...

For the past few years, employees from the CH2M-Hill Corporation have come to Willow Brook to work with the 3rd grade students on the worldwide Water Quality Monitoring Day. In 2008 the students got to test the water from the pond in the Secret Garden, it was in pretty good shape, I'm glad to say! :) 921
50 Students analyze water from the school's pond on Water Quality Monitoring Day.

Students analyze water from the school's pond on Water Quality Monitoring Day.

Students analyze water from the school's pond on Water Quality Monitoring Day. 993
51 Willow Brook is known for doing things a bit differently! A few years ago we had a tethered Balloon flight from the soccer field.

Willow Brook is known for doing things a bit differently! A few years ago we had a tethered Balloon flight from the soccer field.

Willow Brook is known for doing things a bit differently! A few years ago we had a tethered Balloon flight from the soccer field. 994
52 Being the science teacher (and photographer!), I just <u>had</u> to take part in the Balloon liftoff. It was my first time to fly in a hot air balloon. The burner is very loud when the pilot fired it up. The pilot (right) is a fireman with the Oak Ridg...

Being the science teacher (and photographer!), I just had to take part in the Balloon liftoff. It was my first time to fly in a hot air balloon. The burner is very loud when the pilot fired it up. The pilot (right) is a fireman with the Oak Ridg...

Being the science teacher (and photographer!), I just had to take part in the Balloon liftoff. It was my first time to fly in a hot air balloon. The burner is very loud when the pilot fired it up. The pilot (right) is a fireman with the Oak Ridge Fire Department. 960
53 A view of the students as they watched the Balloon flight. Note the trees of the Secret Garden in the center of the school.

A view of the students as they watched the Balloon flight. Note the trees of the Secret Garden in the center of the school.

A view of the students as they watched the Balloon flight. Note the trees of the Secret Garden in the center of the school. 948
54 In the Weather unit I have little felt cut-out dolls, clothes and different accessories made on an Ellison die. Here a child dressed this doll for a day at the beach.

In the Weather unit I have little felt cut-out dolls, clothes and different accessories made on an Ellison die. Here a child dressed this doll for a day at the beach.

In the Weather unit I have little felt cut-out dolls, clothes and different accessories made on an Ellison die. Here a child dressed this doll for a day at the beach. 1073
55 This Weather doll is dressed for the snow. The kids love doing this activity!

This Weather doll is dressed for the snow. The kids love doing this activity!

This Weather doll is dressed for the snow. The kids love doing this activity! 857
56 Teaching about Space can be challenging! Here is a flat paper scale model of the red giant star Betelgeuse in comparison to our sun (the tiny white dot in the middle!).

Teaching about Space can be challenging! Here is a flat paper scale model of the red giant star Betelgeuse in comparison to our sun (the tiny white dot in the middle!).

Teaching about Space can be challenging! Here is a flat paper scale model of the red giant star Betelgeuse in comparison to our sun (the tiny white dot in the middle!). 942
57 Stars in the universe compared to grains of sand on the beaches

Stars in the universe compared to grains of sand on the beaches

Stars in the universe compared to grains of sand on the beaches 853
58 Some first graders learn about the revolution of the Earth and Moon around the Sun. The Moon is a large styrofoam ball, the Sun and Earth are balloons. It doesn't have to cost a lot to show science concepts!

Some first graders learn about the revolution of the Earth and Moon around the Sun. The Moon is a large styrofoam ball, the Sun and Earth are balloons. It doesn't have to cost a lot to show science concepts!

Some first graders learn about the revolution of the Earth and Moon around the Sun. The Moon is a large styrofoam ball, the Sun and Earth are balloons. It doesn't have to cost a lot to show science concepts! 881
59 These boys are putting planets that I made on a sheet of black paper to learn the order of the planets in the solar system. They put them on the white solid white lines. The dotted line is for the comet.

These boys are putting planets that I made on a sheet of black paper to learn the order of the planets in the solar system. They put them on the white solid white lines. The dotted line is for the comet.

These boys are putting planets that I made on a sheet of black paper to learn the order of the planets in the solar system. They put them on the white solid white lines. The dotted line is for the comet. 839
60 I was in charge of the Winter Sports Program at Willow Brook from 2002 - 2009. We have 4 lessons at Gatlinburg Ski Resort in January and early February.

I was in charge of the Winter Sports Program at Willow Brook from 2002 - 2009. We have 4 lessons at Gatlinburg Ski Resort in January and early February.

I was in charge of the Winter Sports Program at Willow Brook from 2002 - 2009. We have 4 lessons at Gatlinburg Ski Resort in January and early February. 1068

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