Partners chose two different pollutants and compared clear, clean water with water containing these pollutants. Then they chose a coffee filter or a paper towel and poured the water through a funnel holding the filter. They explored how well the filter cleaned the water. Pollutants that were tested were sand, dirt, moss, and vinegar.
A true highlight for our class occurs twice a month when we spend some time with our friends in Mrs. Marten's kindergarten class. It's amazing for our fifth graders to see just how young they were when just a few years ago. The fifth graders really do a nice job listening to, reading with, and working with their "buddies."