Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Babylonian Empire

A presentation on Hammurabi's Code of Laws.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Islands of Trash

This is pretty gross and disturbing. Can you imagine that we are willingly putting trash in our oceans?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Super Structures

The Egg Drop

It survived!

Archaeology in Action

Modeling an archaeological dig....

Building Bridges

This is an activity we did to build cooperative skills. The kids had some newspaper and masking tape and had to work together to build a bridge that would hold a bag full of my materials.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


These are the motivation posters we made in class the first week of school. Pretty great.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Oldies but Goodies

I found some old photos in my hard drive from my first year at CHIME. This was the 2005-2006 school year....and these particular photos were from a science experiment gone wrong. Lesson learned--always, and I mean ALWAYS try these things in advance before trying them in the classroom--even though I had seen this done, I had never tried it myself. Once it worked though, it was indeed an "oooo ahhhh" experiment.

This is called the great cornstarch explosion. Cornstarch, by nature, will not ignite (when it is laying in a big pile). But, when you disperse it into the air (like, say, through a big tube) while holding a propane torch, it makes a big fireball. This time around, however, I didn't realize just HOW hard it was to blow the cornstarch out of the tube. Instead, I sucked it IN (hence all the white mess everywhere). Well, I choked, and I don't mean a little bit. I mean a lot! And while the kids all thought it was pretty funny, my eyes were watering, and I sputtered for a few minutes while trying to catch my breath.

Perhaps my favorite part was watching Sam (my helper in the pics). Look at his little face. :)


Look what I got this morning at CVS pharmacy!!!!! These are so hard to come by and I love using them for experiments. Total SCORE!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Graduation 2009

Best of luck class of 2009! I will miss you all!

Pyroclastic Bombs

Signing Yearbooks

The 2008-2009 yearbooks are in...

6th Graders and Teachers Have Breakfast

At the Spring Fling our school did "teacher auctions" for a fundraising effort at our school. We had breakfast with a select bunch of our 6th graders. It was a ton of fun!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

CHIME Middle School Spring Fling

Here are some fun photos! Enjoy :) Congrats to High Voltage--they were AWESOME!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Sharing in some Friday Fun...

Seismographs 2009

The 6th graders this year did a fantastic job with this project. Totally innovative designs! Well done :)