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Bike Day at SFC! plus Bike Field Trip!

Last Saturday, May 4th, the 4/5 classes had a Bike Day down on the big yard at school. Our purpose was to prepare for the upcoming field trips to Golden Gate Park. On Thursday May 9th Ms. Sweeney’s class is going, and on Friday May 10th Ms. Zapata’s class is going. We’re going to split into groups: before lunch, one group will go hiking
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class, 5/3/13

Above: Raimon’s Pop Art painting. Today’s reporters are Philip and Raimon. Greenhouse effect experiment: On our experiment we were trying to see how high and how low the temperature would go. We made a foil cover for a glass jar and brought the jars out into the sun. We wanted to see how it would change. The two-minute one the temperature was low and
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class, 4/26/13

Above: Photosynthesis: The roots of a tree draw the water into the tree and goes up the xylem. And then it goes up into the leaves. The leaves help make the sugar. They need sunlight. The water mixes with something and makes the sugar. The sugar passes back down the tree by the phloem. The other important part of photosynthesis is that it gives
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class, 4/12/13

Above: Showing a celery strand with the red dye. Today’s reporters are Lena and Taliyah. Yesterday we went to Excelsior Science Workshop and played with fire. We paired up to work together. We put hydrogen peroxide and yeast together and also baking soda and vinegar together. We lit a candle and then put a stick into the fire. First we did an experiment where
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class, 4/5/13

Above: the circulatory and respiratory systems. Today’s reporters are Raishad and Timyas. This week we’re focusing on the three different systems: the circulatory system, the respiratory system, and the digestive system. We watched videos about all the meaningful parts and where the food goes. Like how the food goes down to the intestines. The respiratory system is about breathing and the circulatory system is
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class Field Trip to Excelsior Science Workshop

Warning: some of these photographs are of fish dissections and show fish blood and guts. On Wednesday 3/20 Ms. Z’s class took a trip to the Excelsior Science Workshop. It’s brand-new and just opened last week. It is run by the same group that does the Mission Science Workshop, but we’re lucky that this is a lot closer for us- just a 10 minute
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class, 3/15/13

Today’s reporters are Winnie (left) and Caitlyn (right). This week we were writing in our science notebooks about how systems of the body work. We talked about the pulse. The pulse is from our heart beating. It moves in our arms and you can feel it in your veins. This morning we watched a movie about how the pulse goes in a cycle. We
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class, 3/8/13

Today’s reporters are Lena (left) and Taliyah (right). This week we had the Constitutional Convention, where we had to write why slavery should end and why we should have the right to vote. The groups were Northern Merchants and Bankers, White Women, Male Southern Plantation owners, free African Americans, enslaved African Americans, White Workers/Indentured Servants, and the Iroquois Nation. We were pretending to argue
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class, 3/1/13

Today’s reporters are Adriana (left) and Amalia (right). Ms. Z has been reading aloud a book called The Freedom Menu. We put down the page number and what we think about the text- what we know and what we have read so far. We do this to think more about what we read. The book is about when black people had their own separate
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 class, 2/15/13

Today’s reporters are Hernan and Theo. On Valentine’s Day we talked about what a friend is. Theo: “A friend is someone who respects you and you respect them back.” Hernan:  “A friend is someone who is kind to you and plays with you.” Then we had a party in the afternoon before choir. Some people gave out candy and some people just ate it.
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