Sweet Potato Harvest

Last spring the Kincaid first graders learned about George Washington Carver.  As part of their lessons they grew sweet potato slips and planted the sprouts in the Kincaid Garden.  After growing all summer long it is finally harvest time.  This week the second graders had the chance to help dig the sweet potatoes and see how well the sprouts they started last spring matured into sweet potatoes.  We dug the potatoes, counted them, weighed them, and measured them.

The results:

  • Total potatoes harvested – 64
  • Heaviest sweet potato – 335 grams
  • longest sweet poatato – 25 centimeters

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We also harvested black eyed peas and removed them from the shell.

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Fun in the Science Lab!

Earthquake Challnge

Can your structure withstand a “jello” earthquake?  Fifth grade has been learning about constructive and destructive forces.  They used 15 marshmallows and 30 toothpicks to build a structure that could withstand an “earthquake”.  They tested their sturctures by placing them on a pan of jello.  We shook the pan of jello to simulate an earthquake.  The goal was to build a structure that would remain standing for a 20 second “earthquake”.

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First grade rain shelters

First grade has been learning about “The Water Cycle” and Weather.  During one of our lessons we tested materials to see if they were waterproof.  Later we used our knowledge of waterproof materials to build a rain shleter to protect our friend “Quackers” the duck from the rain.  Here are some of our designs.

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