Our class is adopting a guinea pig! Mackenna Morey and her family are generously adopting a new guinea pig for our class to take care of. Her name is Scoops and she comes to us from Eugene. She has experience with children and is described to be sweet and gentle, a guinea pig who loves to snuggle! How perfect. We will open our arms to her Monday morning. She will need to be cared for by students on the weekends. A sign up list/care form will go out next week. There will be plenty of weekends available for the kids to take her. I will also make this form available on the Documents to Download page of this website. The first weekend will go to Mackenna and her family, since it will be good for the guinea to be with familiar faces. Keep Winter Break/Spring Break/Summer in mind if you would like a trial pet. 

More to come!!

Welcome to Mrs. Meadows' Class!

Monday marks the beginning of an exciting new school year. I had the pleasure of meeting many of you Friday afternoon and I look forward to speaking with the rest of you in the days to come. Please visit the Documents to Download page of my website if you need beginning of year paper work. I will also be sending this home with your child if you were not here on Friday to pick it up.

Kids should wear shoes appropriate for walking outdoors on the first day of school, as we will be taking a nature walk. Also, please make sure your child is aware of how they will be going home. Will they be taking the bus? If so, which one? Will you or a family member be picking them up? 

We are starting the year with Native American studies and will be focusing on the traditions of the Chinook tribe, traders of the Columbia. Our class clan animal is the Crane. We will adopt this badge and the qualities that come with it to help us create a strong classroom community. The crane is known for being a good problem solver who leads a balanced life. 

Welcome Meadows' Cranes!!



Meadows' Rube Goldberg Contraptions!

Thursday was the big competition! I was so impressed with what my students created. Their goal was to get a ping ball into a cup. Basic rules were: at least 10 steps, only use provided materials, use at least three simple machines, not to exceed 2'x4', and for full points should run for at least 10 seconds. This all had to be completed in 600 minutes with four team members. What a challenge! Kids wrote reflections after each work session to help guide the process. Two groups came very close to making it to the four class competition! Jesse's team won by just one point which brought them to the competition level. In the end, they missed first place by just half a point!!! Congratulations to all for constructing some ingenious contraptions! Rube would be proud.



Man and Machine

Our class has been discussing the relationship between man and machine. Starting with the blur between man and machine that we see today, then taking a step back to find the need for the machines in the first place. From the Stone Age through the Roman Empire to today, the contribution to humankind has been impressive.  Alongside our story, we have been having fun with experiments in the classroom to test simple machines and have been discussing basic physics concepts. Below you will find some resources to consider for further interest:

Rube Goldberg International Online Contest (design & simple machines) :

Rube Goldberg App (Simple machines) :

Tony Hawk Exhibit @ OMSI (physics) :

Dr. Skateboard youtube videos (simple machines) :

Coding Opportunities (computer programming) :