Monday, May 26, 2014

Our Water, Our Responsibility

Studying the location of rivers, oceans, canals and lakes around the world!

We have had such a fun time exploring the earth's precious natural resource, water!  Through the key concepts form, causation and responsibility, we have investigated, conservation, the water cycle, needs and wants and pollution.  

Through all of our inquires we have found that conservation of water is so much more than saving it.  It is our responsibility to use it wisely for people and all living things. 

Freddy the Fish, in a story we read, went on an adventure!  On his way, he ended up finding all kinds of ways our water gets polluted. Our Explorer's were quick to take action though and saved him by putting him back in clean water at the end of his adventure.

A true highlight of our week was the amazing outdoor class with Mrs. Semrad!  "Roddie's Mom" is an Environmental Scientist and helped us understand exactly how water gets filtered and then we were able to try to save our own mini Lake Erie's from harmful pollutants.  It wasn't an easy task, but we sure used our creativity to try to get the pollutants out of the our lake. We had a BLAST!
Thank you too to Owen, Kai and Lily's mom Laurie for making a fantastic assistant!

This lesson sure inspired our caring Explorers to take action!  Here are just a few of the signs that were made for their neighborhoods!

We are still celebrating the hard work of all our Explorers during their concert!  They really did a tremendous job.  Wally the Water Drop even spent some time back at CIS.  

More Fun At CIS:
Learning to paint panda's during Mandarin
Playing games created by our Explorers!

Finding so many living things on our playground!

Addison did a great job presenting her flag from Tanzania to the whole school during the Monday Morning Meeting!

Oh Mystery Readers, thank you so much for coming to read to us.  

Upcoming Events:
May 30- Field Day
June 5- Last Day

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Water Everywhere!

Our inquiry continues! We have been discovering so many interesting facts about water.  Did you know that the water we brushed our teeth with this morning, could have been the same water the dinosaurs drank millions of years ago? The water cycle is truly amazing!
Take a look at the song created by Ms. Mori's class:

Mrs. Snyder's class created this representation to show 
the water in the world.
One of our very exciting discoveries was that even though the earth is made mostly of water, only a small amount (1%) is water we use, fresh water.  Most of the earth's water is actually salt water found in our oceans.   

The class dyed pasta noodles to illustrate the amount of water represented by each type (salt, frozen, fresh) and created a poster to share this information with others.

Conserving water is about using water wisely.  Water needs to be cared for.  Mrs. Humphrey and Mrs. Taylor's classes investigated different types of pollution found in our water and just how challenging it is to get it clean!  
Water is in places we didn't even think about!  Our bodies are made mostly of water!  We even add to the water cycle through our breathing, sweating, crying…  

Water is also found in the foods we eat!  Mrs. Snyder's class dehydrated apples to watch the affect of loosing water.

The class made an important connection:
As this weather gets warmer, staying hydrated is very important for our bodies! Such THINKERS!

Playhouse Square

This week we enjoyed a few trips to Playhouse Square to see two plays, Bleu and Fluff.  What a great time to walk through our city and see some beautiful sites.  Seeing the new outdoor chandelier in the center of our theater district was thrilling!  

Other Exciting Happenings:

Game Fun

Mrs. Taylor's and Mrs. Humphrey's classes enjoyed games this week!

Ms. Mori's class said "Goodbye" to Ms. Bass:


Concert Rehearsal

We are so exited about our Spring Concert on Monday!  
Please arrive no later than 6:15pm.  The concert will begin at 6:30 in the Waetjen Auditorium at Cleveland State University.  You are surely in for a real treat!

Just a note:
Today is the "4 Miles 4 Water" event at Edgewater Park.   

Monday, April 28, 2014

Who is up for a Challenge?

Take a look at this great event, 4 Miles 4 Water

What a perfect event for our unit!  Join us if you can.

Drink Local, Drink Tap


Saturday, May 10, 2014


Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Park, Lakefront Reservation

Schedule of Events

3:00pm - Registration
4:40 - Guinness World Record
5:00 - 4 Mile Run
5:05 - 1 Mile Walk
6:30 - Awards


4 mile run & 1 mile walk

Entry Fee

Adult (18 & over) - $30
Youth (17 & under) - $10
Online registration is open until 9:00 am, Friday, May 9, 2014.
All mailed entries must be received by Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
Mail checks payable to Hermes Sports & Events and mail entries to:
Hermes Sports & Events
1624 St. Clair Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Race Day Registration - $35

Here is the link if you are interested:

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sharing the Planet

Welcome Back!

It was exciting to get back to school this week and hear about all the fun that was had during Spring Break.  Many changes have been noticed as well, as the trees and flowers have begun to show beautiful buds and flowers!  

Sharing the Planet

This week began our provocations of the last unit of inquiry this year, Sharing the Planet.  This unit will provide an inquiry into the rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things. 

Our Central Idea: 
Conservation of water benefits people and other living things.

Questions to drive our inquiries:

What is conservation?
Why does water have to be conserved?
How does conserving water affect other living things?
How is water contaminated?
How do we clean water?
What can I do to conserve water?

We started our unit off with a fascinating trip to the Baldwin Water Treatment Facility.  We learned that a lot goes into collecting and cleaning our water, and how lucky we are to have such a precious resource right in Cleveland, Lake Erie!

Each class wrote an acoustic water poem to show what we already know about water.  We will write these poems again at the end to see all that we have learned.  

We took water walks around the school as well.  This helped us see all the places we use water at CIS.  Wow, there sure are a lot! We also decided to track our own water use for one day.  We will use this information throughout our unit.

Skyping from South Africa
Mrs. Snyder's class got to enjoy a very exciting visit from Cape Town, South Africa.  We were able to see and talk with our classmate who is there and meet her teacher and new friends.   

Thank you Mystery Readers!!!