February 21, 2018

Worms, Frogs, & Bananas, Oh My! Week 36 in Houck’s Class by Laurel Lucky!

Every week one student in our class gets to sit out the super quiz and write the weekly update.  This week’s update was done by 6th grader Laurel Lucky.  Thanks, Laurel!

This week we started off by enjoying all the quietness without all the eighth graders.

This year we tried something new. We are trying a new system where all the eighth graders move up into high school, so that on the first day of school they don’t worry and stress about not knowing where their classes are at.

On Monday we gathered in our groups to start off doing puppet shows. Every year the classes do puppet shows, they students can pick from different categories.

Then we started an art project. It’s called pretty worms, and since we are dissecting worms Houck thought it would be great to make a art project.

On Tuesday we talked more in our groups about the puppet show and we had to fill out a packet, so we are more organized for when we make our puppets, the scene etc.

After free read we did worm dissections, and  we watched a video so we wouldn’t  mess up the dissection process. It was interesting to see the different parts of the Earthworms!

On Wednesday after Morning Meeting we started frog dissections. The frogs were dead and treated with chemicals, so they had a odd smell. We had to fill out a packet and when we were dissecting the frogs we had to take some of the organs and put them on a thick piece of paper to identify what they were.

Close to the end, Houck let kids who didn’t want to continue to participate go outside and talk a walk, or go sit in the commons while the other kids who still wanted to participate cleaned up the mess and cleaned the dissection tools that we used!

After math we all went back to our core classrooms and we found out what bus we were riding to our field trip. All eight of the classrooms loaded on the busses and went to Omsi. We watched a really great movie called Dream Big. It was about how the environment is with all the engineering and great things we have today because of all of the engineering! We were very lucky and got to watch it in 3D.

After the movie was done we all took a 2.5 mile walk around Portland, and got to see all the engineering that happened.

On Thursday we watched a video on how pollution is not good for our oceans. We also read through a packet, and get to pick our groups out. We set up a little kids’ pool in the commons and each group is going to make a machine that can clean all the trash out of the little kids’ pool without getting any of the animals.

After that we had some time to work with our groups again on the puppet shows that we are presenting next Wednesday!

After silent reading we did banana suturing. We started with a banana and drew a face, and some intestines. You had to be very careful when suturing because the string could go through the banana peel and cut it.


Lucas Houck About Lucas Houck

Mr. Houck teaches in the middle school. He thinks it's the greatest place to be. Born and raised in Oregon, he enjoys camping, fishing, soccer and good food. He loves his wife, his baby boy, his work, and his friends!