Mentos and Pop: A Chaos of Chemicals!
By Drew Smith and Natalie Stangis
It was the thing most 5th graders said was one of the best activities in their last year at Barnard. The only activity that combined math and science into one classroom. This project could only be known as: The Mentos and Pop Experiment!
5th graders watch intently as one teams pop soars!
If you are wondering how this works then let us tell you! First, you set up your pop on your sheet of butcher paper that is on the wall then you mark the top of the bottle so you know where it starts! Then youget three mentos and plop them in your geyser tube and make sure the red tab is pushed in. Then go screw it onto your pop and get ready for an awesome show! Make sure that the paper is up against the wall and then pull the red tab! Then hopefully your pop sprays up against the wall and it kind of looks like a Vegas water show! Then all you have to do is measure from start to finish! The picture below is an example what should happen.
5th Graders help demonstrate how to do Mentos and Pop.
People really loved this project, in its entirety. Ayaan Syed, of Mrs Huang's class, said "The best part was the big chemical reaction that happened inside the bottle that made the explosion!" But the only thing he would change was the amount of time that his group took to pick their jobs. Mrs. Dutts had some responses too. When she was asked the questions, "How do you feel this project benefits kids?" and "How do feel about combining math and science in one big class", she first responded. " It teaches them responsibility. I give kids a standard, and they have to preform it with their team. It's Great." For the second question, she said, "I always look forward to this. It gives chances to rise and overcome challenges!" Our last question was, if there was one thing you could change about it, what would it be? She said, "Of course the weather. It was so windy!" I would too! I'm sure that the group struggling with the wind would also change that!
5th graders struggling to make the project work against the blasting wind.
And that's that! The very exciting Mentos and pop experiment astounds yet another group of fifth graders! And just as this group looked forward to this before they were fifth graders, many will also look towards this in the lower grades! I guarantee that is experiment will be something that the fifth graders will never forget!
A is for Autism
By Sofie Palmcoek and Samantha Steiner
Have ever wondered what it is like to be autistic? We all have seen our beloved autistic students walking around the school, so how are they different than us? We are Samantha Steiner and Sofie Palmkoeck and we here to teach you about autism awareness.
Autism is a disorder that controls your body and it makes it difficult for you to speak out what you think and feel so you show it. For example if something is wrong, an autistic child might cry or a child is happy then they might laugh. Some of the symptoms are, poor eye contact, repeating movements, unaware of others emotions or depression, sensitivity to sound, and fidgeting with hands and other body parts. There are more than 200,000 US cases per year. It is mostly detected in males more than females, and it affects most kids ages 3 through 60 years of age. Autism cannot be cured but treatment can help it doctors say. Treatment normally includes a tutor that helps an autistic person learn mental skills and life skills, as well as his or her education. So autism is a disorder that can't be cured and can make it difficult to react to things that non autistic people find easy.
We interviewed Mrs. Beena who has multiple students who she works with. We asked how it feels to work with an autistic child she responded "It feels very rewarding and it is a special job and a experience for me. I see my student as my friend or son or daughter and I like being in this environment it is fun and interesting to see how they work out there problems."
Our next question asked what she teaches the kids with autism she said "We teach them to stay calm, like when we do yoga to relax them." She also said, "We try to teach them small things to help with life skills, and we try to encourage them to speak with their words not their actions." Some tools to help is a talker and carts or a tricycle. These tools help them talk and the cart and tricycle help them go around the school.
Mrs. Beena's last question was have you seen growth in your students she exclaimed "I have seen growth in Jackson by like doing his work but in the beginning he did not understand what to do in the beginning he could not understand the computer and now he is a pro. We also award the kids with tokens and sweets when we think they showed growth and did something well."
We hope you learned something about autism. We hope you can use this knowledge to better understand some of our students at Barnard and befriend them.
This is Jackson he's one of our autistic friends at Barnard elementary school, right now he is making his egg drop project.
This is Jake another autistic friend. Right now Jake is sitting at his desk doing math. Which you might have learned in your class
This is a cart the autistic aids push the autistic kids in.
3,2,1, It's Egg Drop Time!
By Cassie Wilson and Nabehah Surti
3,2,1 BLAST OFF!!! That is what you would yell out at the Egg Drop. You may be wondering what the Egg Drop drop is and what it's all about. The Egg Drop is a project fifth graders do in science.
The Egg Drop is included in the variables unit. The goal all students try to reach is to construct a package that will not only keep your egg from cracking but also for it land on a 4 by 4 foot landing pad. Mr. Germansky and a Barnard Dad loaded all the packages that reached the requirements on the roof from 5th grade special to lunch. Then finally the fifth graders went out as a grade to watch the packages fall from the roof. The first five people went on the wall so they could go get their package after it drops. Mr. Germansky threw the packages according to a meter stick so the data is precise and not more than one variable is being changed. Mr. Germansky gave a count down then dropped the package, let's say it was your package, you would watch it fall then after it has fallen and lays still on the ground, you go pick it up and go back to the wall, while Mrs. Dutts records the data. After everyone in your set has had their packages fall from the roof, you would go to Mrs.Huang and open your package to see if your egg survived.
Egg Drop was a awesome experience for the 5th graders, and a good way to end their elementary careers. All in all, The Egg Drop was awesome.
H is for Hero
By Phineas Stothers
Have you ever wanted to be acknowledged for something you did? Well in fifth grade hero time we acknowledge a person who was the best person that they could be for a week.
Most recently, Ted won the award and people clapped out his name. In the meantime, he got his cape and his certificate and dropped by them photo section to get awarded with the other hero's this time.
The following are qualities of a fifth grade everyday hero:
We all love to be noticed so when you get into 5th grade make sure to be the best you can be and have fun!
Ted got Mrs. Huang's cape.
Warning: Only Fun is Allowed!
By Ayaan Syed and Kaustubh Singh