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                                                                Mrs. Sbailo  (609) 978-5700 x1261

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    Remote Learning for the PLC Students


    Hi everyone and welcome to my STEAM Lessons you can do at home. These are all easy, fun activities that require a few supplies that you should already have at your house.  If you do any of my STEAM activities I would love to hear from you.  I will be available each day from 8:00-3:00 if you have any questions and you can email me at csbailo@staffordschools.org. I will be checking my emails all day so I will get back to you as soon as I can. Remember to have fun and keep your Science Eyes OPEN!


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    Activities for the Week of 6/1/20

    This week we will be taking a look at three birds of prey that live in Manahawkin and the Barnegat Bay.  These birds hunt for their food and have special eyes, beaks, wings and tallons to help them.  So here are some interesting facts about Ospreys, Peregrine Falcons and Owls that live close to home.  Pick one activity or video for the week.

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     About 40 years ago the Ospreys in the Barnegat Bay were on the endagered list and were almost completely gone.  Chemicals being used at the time were making the shells of the Osprey's egg too thin so they would crack and not hatch. In addition the tall trees that Ospreys make their nest on, were being removed to make way for new construction.  Scientists and Wildlife Conservationists came to the rescue!  Scientists found that the eggs in the Chesapeake Bay were stronger so they very carefully went into nests that had lots of eggs and took one.  They flew the eggs up to New Jersey and placed them in Osprey nests who had broken their eggs.  The Ospreys did NOT know the difference!  They took care of the eggs and new chicks hatched!  Scientists also started building tall platforms for the Ospreys to make their nest on.  You can see lots of these platforms all along the coast and in the wetlands.  Today the Osprey is no longer on the endagered list and if you take a boat ride on the bay you will see many of these magnificent birds.  Using their strong beak and sharp tallons(claws) Ospreys swoop down and grab fish right out of the water!  That is where their nickname "Fish Hawks" comes from. Keep a look out for these beautiful big birds!  You may draw an Osprey or color the one below. 

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    The link to the LBI live Osprey Cam is on the bottom of my Favorite Wesites Tab.


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     The Peregrine Falcon is the worlds fastest animal.  When it dives for it's food it can reach speeds of 240 miles per hour! That's faster than a race car!  We had a pair of Peregrine Falcons that lived under the Barnegat Bay bridge.  When construction began a few years ago, Scientists and Wildlive Conservationists came to the rescue again!  They built a platform with a dog igloo on top for these beautiful birds.  Peregrines do not make a traditional nest, they like enclosed boxes with small stones on the bottom.  The pictures above show chicks in their igloo nest!  Next time you are heading for LBI take a look to the right just before you come off the bridge and you will see the platform.  I have often seen the falcons sitting outside the igloo too.  You may draw a Peregrine Falcon or color the one below.

    peregrine color

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    Although you may never see them, Manahawkin has lots of different kinds of Owls.  Owls are nocturnal which means they sleep in the daytime and are awake at night.  On a quiet night you can often hear the "Whoooo, Who, Whooo" coming from the woods.  We have Snowy Owls, Barn, Barred and Great Horned Owls to name a few.  Owls have large eyes and wings that are almost silent when they fly.  This helps them hunt for squirrels, mice, snakes and other small animals.  You can actually go out at night with a guide to spot owls.  It is called owling.  Below is a link to an awesome book video called "Owl Moon" by Jane Yolen.  It is about a child who goes owling with her Dad.

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    Owl Moon by Jane Yolen


    One of my favorite books is "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell.  It is about three baby owls who must be brave when Mommy is out hunting.  Mommy owls will lay one egg then wait two weeks and lay another egg and wait two more weeks and lay the last.  Then one hatches before the other two so when you look at the chicks one is big, one is medium and one is the smallest.  Like Sarah and Percy and Bill.  Below is a link to the book video.

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    Owl Babies Animation Movie


    Below is a link to Scishowkids "Who Knew?  Amazing Owl Facts!"

    Who Knew? Amazing Owl Facts!


    You may draw an Owl or color the picture below.

    owl color



    Activities for the Week of 5/26/20

    Turtle Power!  This week we will be taking a closer look at two kinds of turtles, the Eastern Box Turtle and the Sea Turtle.  Please pick one activity or video to watch.

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    You can find the Eastern box turtle in woods and backyards in NJ.  The pictures above are of a turtle that is often in my yard.  I call her Pandora!  I know she is a girl because she is yellow and brown with brown eyes.  The male turtles are more orange and have red eyes.  They eat worms, slugs, fruit, berries, insects, fish, frogs and eggs.  Box turtles are land animals and although they might take a dip in the hot weather they do not live in the water.  Their shell or carapace can protect them from predators.  They can also pull all of their legs and head inside of their shell so that foxes and other birds and animals can't eat them. 

    You may draw a turtle or color one of the pictures below.

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    Below is a link to Scishowkids video "Turtle Time with Dr. Turtleman" that has lots of information about turtles!

    Click here for Turtle Time


    Below is a link to the fiction book "Mossy" by Jan Brett.  It has lots of true facts and beautiful pictures of Box Turtles.


    Click here for Mossy by Jan Brett


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    During the Summer and early Fall New Jersey is host to sea turtles.  Sea Turtles usually like warmer waters so when our ocean warms up the Sea Turtles move up the coast to eat and lay eggs.  The Mommy turtles will climb up out of the water, dig a big hole in the sand and lay up to 200 eggs.  She will cover the nest back up with sand and be on her way back to the sea.  The eggs are round like pingpong balls and the shells are soft like leather.  When the babies or hatchlings are born they dig their way out of the sand and head for the safety of the ocean. There are seven different kinds of sea turtles and they each eat different things.  Their diets consist of lobsters, fish, shrimp, crabs, jellyfish and sea grasses.

    You may draw your own Sea Turtle or color the one below.

    sea turtle color

    Below is a link to the video "One Tiny Turtle" by Nicola Davies all about the life of sea turtles.

    one tiny turtle

    Click here for One Tiny Turtle


    Activities for the Week of 5/18/20

    This week we will be learning about some backyard animals, squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits!  All three of these interesting animals are regular visitors to our Manahawkin yards and it is fun to watch them play and eat.   Pick one activity or video to watch.

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    The Eastern Gray Squirrel makes it's leaf nest in the fork of a tree or in a hole in the tree trunk.  These nests are usually really high up and have an entrance that is hidden.  Squirrels have 2-4 babies called kits or kittens.  They are born blind and furless and will not leave the nest for 2 months and until they are almost the size of their mother.  That is why you rarely see baby squirrels!

    Squirrels eat nuts, seeds, buds, mushrooms, eggs, small insects, caterpillars and young snakes.  If you have a bird feeder in your yard you know that the squirrels are very smart and do anything they can to eat from it!  They can really be pests sometimes, chewing through plastic and emptying the feeders.  Below is a link to a fiction book called "Those Darn Squirrels!"  It is one of my all time favorite books because the squirrels are smart and they use STEAM ideas to help them get into old man Fookwires bird feeders.  The squirrels even use the Engineering Design Process to make a plan, draw it out and experiment their design.  After you watch this awesome, funny video of the book try drawing a squirrel proof feeder like Mr. Fookwires!  He had wire, lazers and lights to try to keep the squirrels out.  See what you can design!

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    Click here for Those Darn Squirrels! video


    Chipmunks are small striped cousins of the squirrels.  They also get into all the bird feeders and stuff all the seeds into little pockets in their cheeks.  They can be seen running through the yard with their tails straight up.  If you scare them they make a loud squeak and run away very fast!  They get their name because they make a chip, chip, chip sound when they are looking for food. Chipmunks eat the same things as squirrels including fruit, nuts and berries.  They have babies called pups and can have 2 litters a year.  Munks make long tunnels and burrows under the ground. They have lots of entrances and exits to get away from preditors like hawks and owls.

    You can draw your own chipmunk or color the picture below!

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    color chip

    Check out this beautiful book video called "Chipmunk Song" by Joanne Ryder.  If you use your imagination you can feel what it's like to be a chipmunk!


    Click here for Chipmunk Song


    Everyone loves to see rabbits hopping around your yard.  In Manahawkin we have the Eastern Cottontail.  The girls are called Does and the boys are called Bucks.  A Doe mommy can have around 7 babies at a time and they are called kits ot kittens.  They live together in burrows under the ground and sometimes live in large groups called a warren.  Backyard rabbits eat only things that grow from the Earth.  Grasses, plants, seeds and fruits are some of their favorites. 

    Try to draw some rabbits or color the one below.  Keep your Science eyes open for all of these backyard animals! 

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    Activities for the Week of 5/11/20

    This week we will be taking a closer look at butterflies, insects and spiders.  This time of the year we are just beginning to see the bees and bugs out and about in our yards.  So lets do some fun activities and learn more about Insects.  All insects have 6 legs, 2 antennea, wings and 3 body parts: a head, thorax and abdomen!  A spider is NOT an insect, they are arachnids.  They have 8 legs and 8 eyes!   Below is a list of things that will help you learn about these beautiful and helpful bugs.  Pick one!

    1.)  Take a nature walk and use your Science Eyes to find the insects that live in Manahawkin.  Draw a picture of what you see.

    2.)  Lots of people are afraid of spiders but they are really very helpful creatures.  Spiders eat lots of insects that eat our flowers and vegetables. A spider will weave a sticky web to capture it's food.  Try making a web on a piece of paper.  First draw an X star like we learned to do in class.  Make your lines go all the way to the top, bottoms and sides of your paper.  Now start in the middle where all the lines cross.  Make a spiral line that gets bigger the farther out you go.  When you are done add your favorite spider in the web!

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    3.)  There are so many different kinds of beautiful butterflies in this world.  The largest is the Queen Alexandra's Birdwing who's wings can be 11 inches across.  That is bigger than a dinner plate!  The wings of all butterflies are symmetrical which means they are exactly the same.  Get a piece of paper and fold it right down the middle.  Starting from the folded side draw a big letter B shape.  Keeping the paper folded, cut out the shape.  When you open it up you will have a butterfly with two perfect wings.  Color a thin body down the middle of the fold.  When you color the wings remember to make them look the same on each side.  Your butterfly would look awesome taped to your window!

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    4.)  Scishowkids.com on Youtube has tons of awesome videos about insects and spiders.  Check out the following: "How a Caterpillar Becomes a Butterfly" "Butterfly or Moth?"  "Inspect an Insect!" "Busy Bees!" and "Don't be Afraid of Spiders." Also fun are:  "3 Big Bugs!" and "Loudest Bugs in the World!"  Pick one or a few to watch!


    5.)  My favorite butterfly is the Monarch.  As little as 20 years ago these beautiful orange and black butterflies were actually on the endagered list.  Their favorite plants, milkweed, were being cut down to make way for houses and buildings.  The Monarchs lays their eggs ONLY on milkweed plants and the caterpillars eat the plant for their food.  The milkweed actually gives the caterpillars a bad taste so the birds don't want to eat them!  That is the reason they are not green like some other caterpillars.  Thanks to scientist and wildlife conservationists we have lots of Monarchs today.  One of the interesting things about Monarchs is that they are one of the few butterflies that migrate south to Mexico in the Winter.  They gather by the thousands in the trees and stay there until they make the trip back up the coast to be here in the early summer.  Here are a few read aloud books on Youtube that you might want to check out:

    "A Monarch Butterfly's Life" by John Himmelman/ Story Time for Kids

    "Monarch and the Milkweed" by Helen Frost and Leonid Gore



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    May the Force be with you!

    May the 4th be with you!


    Activities for the week of 5/4/20

    Happy May the 4th everyone!  Although I am a Star Wars fan this week's STEAM lesson talks about OUR planet, Earth!  As far as we know Earth it the only planet in our Solar System that has life on it.  So lets talk about the soil, seeds, flowers, plants and earthworms that grow on planet Earth!

    Below are some fun STEAM activities to get you growing!  Pick one.

    1.)  Take a nature walk and notice all the new plants, flowers and buds that have started growing.  Draw a picture of what you see.

    2.)  I have just planted lots of wonderful seeds in my garden.  It is amazing that from these tiny things we get wonderful flowers, vegetables and plants!  Plants make their own seeds, it is a way for them to bloom again.  If you have some seeds at home get outside and plant some too!

    3.)  Did you realize that you have seeds in your kitchen AND that you eat some seeds too?   Take a look in your kitchen, what seeds can you find?  Apples, oranges, strawberries, avacados, peaches and kiwis ALL have seeds in them.  But did you know that beans and peas are also seeds?  Make two lists called Seeds I CAN Eat and Seeds I Don't Eat.  You will be surprised at how many seeds you will find. 

    4.)  The soil that you plant your seeds in is important.  Rich, healthy soil will give you strong beautiful plants.  One of the ways you know your garden soil is healthy is if it has Earthworms in it.  Earthworms eat the bits of leaves and scraps in the soil and pass them through their stomachs.  Their stomachs are long tubes that run all the way down their bodies.  What comes out actually makes the soil great for growing plants!  Earthworms also make burrows or tunnels in the soil that help to bring air and water down into the ground.  This makes the soil softer and lighter and helps things grow better too!

    You may draw an Earthworm or use the picture below.  Color your worm light red then brown over the top.  Cut your worm out leaving some white around the edges.  Tape a straw on the back to remind you of his stomach!  For an added activity you can use blocks, string or yarn to make a "worm burrow" on the floor.  Add some flowers and leaves cut out of colored paper and some bottle caps for rocks.  Now you have a tunnel for your worm to go through.  Have fun wiggling and worming your way while learning about the wonderful worm!

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     Click here to print out your own Earthworm and color it in!


    5.)  Mysteryscience.com has a great video lesson called "How do Flowers Bloom in Spring" and scishowkids.com on YouTube has a "Worms are Wonderful"  video for you to enjoy!


    Activity for the week of 4/27/20

    Happy Arbor Day!  This past Friday was Arbor Day, a day when we celebrate the trees in our world!  They are not only beautiful, trees give us many thing.  Trees make the air clean, provide wind blocks and shade to our homes and are homes to many insects and animals.  Lots of the things you eat and use were once parts of a tree.  Wood, paper, syrup, rubber and chocolate all come from trees.  If you like oranges, apples, coconuts, pears, peaches, almonds, walnuts or pecans they also come from a tree!  Below are a few activities that help us get a closer look at our wonderful trees!  Choose one for your puff of STEAM for the week.

    1.)  Take a nature walk and count the different kinds of trees you see.  Some trees are Evergreens, they have types of needles and will stay green all winter.  Lots of trees are just growing their new leaves so you will see bare branches.  If you use your Science Eyes and look really close you may see new buds popping out.  Some trees are flowering now and are covered with beautiful blossoms.  It is amazing how many different kinds of trees you can see in Manahawkin.

    2.)  Draw a tree on a piece of paper.  It can be a tree in your backyard or your favorite kind of tree.  You might want to include some birds, insects and animals in your picture, and maybe you and your family too!

    3.)  Make a bark rubbing.  You will need a piece of paper and a crayon.  Peel the paper off of the crayon and find a tree.  Place the paper against the bark, the trunk of the tree works the best.  Turn the crayon on it's side and rub the crayon on the paper while pushing against the tree trunk. Now you have a rubbing of tree bark.  Use your Science Eyes to see all the little nooks and designs in the bark. Try using different colors for different trees.  You can have an Art Gallery of bark pictures for your room! 

    Have fun taking a closer look at our awesome trees!  



    Activity for Week 4/20/20

    This week we will begin learning about SHADOWS.  A shadow is formed when something that is NOT transparent (see through) blocks out the light from the sun or other light source.  Other light sources can be lamps, fires or flashlights.  The shadow takes on the form of whatever is blocking it.  For example when you go outside on a sunny day a shadow will form on the ground behind you.  The shadow moves with you and stays with you no matter where you go.  Your challenge this week is to experiment with shadows.  You can use the sun or a flashlight to help you.  Here are two experiments you can try this week, pick one or try both.  Have fun!

    1.)  Pick 3 times of the day to go outside and stand in the same spot in the sun. (A good example would be 9:00, 12:00 noon and 3:00.)  Observe the shadow your body makes.  Does it move with you?  Can you get away from it? Does it look different at each time of the day?  Does it get bigger, longer, darker?  Do you have a big or small shadow at noon?  You should find out that where the SUN IS IN THE SKY will change what your shadow looks like.

      2.) Can you make your shadow bigger or smaller?  Place a small toy or a block tower on the floor or a table. Shine a flashlight on the toy from different direction, right above the toy and on different sides of the toy.  Try holding the flashlight close to the toy and farther away from the toy.  How does this change the shadow?  For a fun extension you can place a piece of white paper right behind the toy.  Hold the flashlight in one spot and quickly trace the shadow with a crayon.  Move the flashlight and trace again with another color.  If you do this a few times you will find that you will have a rainbow shadow map of your toy.  Everytime you change the direction of the flashlight, you change the shape and size of your shadow! 

    For more shadow fun try these two videos:

    youtube:  Dr. Binocs: Shadows:  Dr. Binocs uses his mustache hands to show us how to make shadows and why they happen.

    youtube: The Colorful Shadow:  This is a fiction story about a little shadow who does not want to be gray anymore.  He visits an Art Museum and sees all the wonderful colors in the paintings.  The paintings actually represent famous artists paintings like The Scream by Edvard Munch and Andy Warhol's squares.


    Activity for Week 4/6/20

    This week's lesson will be to work with the Force of Wind and Air.  Your challenge is to use the power of air to get something to move.  You can try a simple activity OR make up something on your own.  You only need to try ONE activity.  Listed below are a few examples.  As always, I love seeing your great pictures so please email if you want to share what you did!

    1.)  Blow in a straw to make a pompom, small ball or ball of paper move across your table.  For a challenge you can make a maze of tape to run your pompom through.

    2.)  Fold a piece of paper back and forth to make a fan. (You can color a cool design on the paper before you fold it!)  Use the fan to make objects blow in the breeze.  Your hair works really well!

    3.)  Make a string racer with string or fishing line and a straw.  Slip the straw on the string and then tie each end of the string to a chair.  Place the chairs a few feet apart with the backs facing each other.  Now you have a track like a zip line!  Tape a small cup or a paper shaped like a cone to the bottom of the straw.  Blow into the cup or cone to make your racer move down the line.  We did this activity is STEAM class and also at STEAM Night.  If you have a balloon you can get a parent to help you blow it up, pinch it in your fingers and tape it to the straw.  Do the countdown and let go, watch the balloon travel down the line using the Force of AIR!

    Activity 3, Week 3 (3/30/20):  Build a Bridge!

    Ask a parent for a long scarf or a 24x8 inch piece of paper (If possible blue but any color will due.)  This is your river!  Lay your river down on the floor and start collecting items around your house to make your bridge.   You can use blocks, cardboard, rulers, popsicle sticks, books, tissue tubes, or anything you have around your house.  Your challenge is to build a stucture above the river that does not TOUCH the river at all.  Remember you must build up off the floor on either side of the river and then build something that spans the opening.  We did this in class with blocks, paint stirs, rulers and popsicle sticks.  I had a long strip of blue paper taped down in the middle of the room.  You worked with a partner, sitting on either side of the river to build your bridges.  This simple structure will be a Beam bridge.  We also talked about Truss bridges often used for trains, and Suspension bridges like the Golden Gate Bridge. For an added challenge you can add toys or other objects to the top of your bridge to see how much weight it can hold.  We did this with our "Three Billy Goats Gruff" story. Remember, your bridge does not have to be beautiful, it has to be strong!  Do you remember what the strongest shape is?  Engineers use this shape in Truss bridges because they need to hold the weight of big trains.  The answer is triangles!  Don't forget you can view scishowkids bridge show and 3 Billy Goats Gruff read along on youtube.  Email me with your awesome bridges! 

    Activity 2, Week 2:  Build a Ramp!

    Use any materials you have around your house to create a RAMP (one side must be higher than the other.)  You can use paper towel tubes cut in half, carboard, folded paper, blocks, toy tracks, books, or anything else at home.  If you do not have a small ball to run down the ramp, ask a parent for a piece of foil.  You can roll this into a ball and it works well.  Gravity will pull your ball down the ramp!


    Activity 1, Week 1:  Weather Watcher

    Look out your window and observe the sky.  What do you see?  Are there big clouds, are there dark clouds, is the sun shining?  Is the sky bright blue or a dark gray?  Draw a picture showing the sky from your window. 

    Optional STEAM Activities

    Can't get enough of STEAM?  Try these fun activities:

    1.)  Collect all your toilet tissue and paper towel rolls, old boxes, and other recycled materials you have around the house.  Try to build some STRUCTURES like we have built in class.  Can you build a tower, a wall, a ramp?

    2.)  Take a quiet nature walk in your backyard.

    3.)  Ask a parent for some old plastic or paper cups.  Practice stacking the cups in walls or towers.  Add some popsicle sticks, paper plates or folded paper for a challenge. 

    4.)  Look for Rainbows!  Ask a parent to place a few clear glasses filled with 2 inches of water in a sunny window.  Can you see the rainbows on your walls? Use the rainbow paper in your packet to color in the colors of the rainbow.  ROY G BIV!  Don't forget you can go to youtube to find the song, ROY G BIV by Mr. Ray.


    *****Please visit my Favorite Websites tab for websites with videos that you may also watch as part of your STEAM lessons.*****



    WEBSITES for STEAM and Remote Learning  


    I often use the following websites in my STEAM Lab to introduce the children to Science topics in a fun and interesting way.   Your child may choose any of these sites to view videos 15-30 minutes for the week.




    I use this site almost every week.  Jessie and Squeaks the robot mouse have wonderful 3-4 minute lessons on all of the topics we work on during the year.  Their videos can be found on youtube.com.

    The month of March we watched: "Why is the Sky Blue"  and "How is a Rainbow Formed?"

    If you would like to view videos we have watched in our class try these:

    ***All of the Simple Machine videos, Ramps, Pulleys, Wheels ect.

    ***Artic Animals and Animals with Winter Coats


    Dr. Binocs Show 

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    I love Dr. Binocs!  He is a kind of blob scientist with binocular eyes and hands at the end of his mustache!  He explains lots of thing in nature.  You can also find him on youtube.

    The month of March we are watched: "How is a Rainbow Formed", "What is a Prism?"  and "Shadows."

    If you would like to view videos we have watched in our class try these:

    ***"Gravity" and "Magnets"




    This site is by far one of the PLC's students favorite!  I use the short 2 minute videos as a fun way to end my STEAM Lessons.  You can find the Storybots on youtube.

    If you would like to view videos we have watched in our class try these:

    ***Dinosaurs(LOVE those Velociraptors), Vehicles, Seasons, Colors and Silly Songs



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    Mystery Science is a site with interactive Science lessons designed just for Kindergarten.  Below is a link to FREE Mystery Science Lessons.  You may try any of the Kindergarten Lessons.  

    Click Here for Mystery Science Free Lessons


    We have completed two great lessons in class:  "What if Their Were No Windows"  about how light works with glass and "The Excavator"  about big machines.


    Live Webcams

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    Here is a great link to the live webcams at the Georgia Aquarium!  It is closed to visitors right now but you can view all of their webcams.  The penguins are hilarious!!  You can also view sea lions, sea otters, underwater puffins, jellyfish and lots of others!


    Click here for Georgia Aquarium's Live Cam