Ms. Austin & Miss Benson's News

For the week of January 14th- 17th

Important Dates

Wednesday, January 16

  • Red folders will go home, please sign and return

Thursday, January 17

  • End of 2nd 9 weeks

Friday, January 18

  • No school, teacher work day!

Monday, January 21

  • No school, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday, January 25

  • Report cards go home

Thursday, January 31

  • Book it due, January's goal is to read 500 minutes and earn a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut

Classroom Wish List

  • Wide ruled notebook paper
  • Tissues
  • Bring in your box tops!

Technology Use

As you know, the use of technology is encouraged in our classroom and over the break many students got new technology such as iPads, tablets, iPod/ iTouch, and cell phones.

For your daughter to bring any technological device to school, you must first sign the technology waiver and return it to school. The forms will be sent home today. If the device is brought to school, it is for educational purposes only and will only be used at the appropriate time for learning. Students will not be allowed to use their device at lunch or recess.

Solid or a Liquid?

This week in science, we have been learning about the states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. Is this slimy blob a solid or a liquid? See below for the recipes for the slimy blob and Oobleck which can easily be made at home!

Oobleck Recipe

  1. Mix 1/2 cup cornstarch into a slide-lock bag
  2. Add 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon of water and a few drops of food coloring to the cornstarch in the bag
  3. Mix up the contents of the bag by "squeezing" the bag
  4. When the proper (thick) consistency is met, reach into the bag and pull it out or pour it on a clean surface.
  5. Clean up is easy: water and paper towels!

Slimy Blob Recipe

  1. Make a borax solution by mixing 1/8 of a teaspoon of Borax into 1 tablespoon of water. Set aside and use it in #4
  2. Measure 1 tablespoon of white glue into a slide lock bag
  3. Dilute the glue in the bag with 1 tablespoon of water
  4. Add the Borax solution to the diluted glue in the slide lock bag
  5. Close the bag and squeeze the mixture until you have a slimy, gel like blob
  6. ****Don't pour any excess liquid in the sink because it could clog it up, use a paper towel to pat the blob dry****