Third Grade Works to Discover Whether Electricity Produces Both Light and Heat


Third graders have been studying energy in science and recently did a directed inquiry whether electricity can produce light and heat.  The children were put into groups of three and each group then assembled an electric circuit.  The students then observed and determined if indeed electricity could produce both light and heat.

If you know a TLC! third grader be sure to ask them about the results of their experiment!

Science is everywhere on campus!

Science is everywhere on The Learning Center! campus.  Just ask these fifth graders. . .


Watering the newly planted fall crop in the greenhouse
These greenhouse beds include spinach, lettuce and edible flowers.
Having fun touching the full seedpods of the jewelweed plant. Science teacher, Ms. Emily, took her students around campus to identify wild medicinal plants and learn their latin names. Jewelweed is known for it ability to relieve itching due to bug bites and poison ivy. Another name for jewelweed is touch me not.


Becoming Student Scientist

(Eighth grade science teacher, Ms. Chris, recently filled me in on a science experiment her students conducted using The Outdoor Learning Center.  This is what Ms. Chris had to say.)

The eighth graders did an experiment on transpiration in trees.  Their hypothesis was that trees at the top of the ridge in The Outdoor Learning Center had a lower  rate of transpiration than trees at the bottom of the ridge because those trees might have less water available to them. 

Transpiration is a measure of a plant ’s physiology—it is water given off from plants during its metabolism through pores in its leaves.  Transpiration is a significant part of the water cycle for the planet, moving water from the ground back into the atmosphere.  

The class has worked their way through the process of a scientific investigation, including analyzing potential errors.  Our experiment didn’t work exactly as we had planned, but we are one experiment closer to being student scientists.


Zoinks! Mystery Machine Spotted in Andrews Homecoming Parade!

Scooby and the Gang have been spotted in Cherokee County! Look for clues on Facebook as to where they will be next!

 Scooby and the Gang have been spotted in Cherokee County . . . thanks to Ground to Graphics  and Sounds Good Electronics!

Keep an eye out for Scooby and the Gang in their Mystery Machine in and around Murphy.  Look for clues on our Facebook page.  If you’re able to list all the locations then you can enter to win a prize at Monster Mash!  And, don’t forget to prebuy your Monster Mash tickets in the front office or on our website at!

Monster Mash: Mystery Machine in Progress

Ground to Graphics is knocking the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine out of the park!!





Don’t forget to pre-buy your Monster Mash tickets!  You can purchase them by cash or check in the front office.  If you’d rather pay by credit card, visit and use the “pre-buy tickets” button on the homepage to pay via PayPal.


Third Grade Studies Apples

( Third grade teacher, Ms. Stephanie, sent the following description of the fun her class has had studying apples.  Makes me hungry for apple pie!)

This past week, we spent three days doing a cross-curricular unit centered around apples in honor of Johnny Appleseed’s birthday- Sept 26th.

I began the unit in Guided Reading teaching the elements of Tall Tales.  I used Steven Kellogg’s book, John Appleseed to teach all about Tall Tales- how they originated in pioneer days, exaggerations as part of Tall Tales, etc. 

In Self-Selected Reading we read books on Johnny Appleseed and non-fiction books on apples and apple trees.

In Science, we learned about the life cycle of an apple tree.

In Healthy Living we learned about fruits- where fruits come from, how they grow, why they’re important for our bodies- the nutritional benefits of fruit etc.

To end the unit, we talked about how fruit can be delicious and there are different ways to enjoy fruit, etc.  As a class, we made an apple dip (in small groups) and even worked in math concepts with the measuring of ingredients.  After all of our hard workd we enjoyed sliced up apples along with our dip.

We had a lot of fun!

Third Grade Visits Murphy Library


Last Monday, third grade visited Murphy Public Library from 9:30-11:00am.  The children’s librarian gave the students a tour of the library, showed them how to use the card catalog, and gave them time to read and check out books.

After the tour, the students attended Story Time which included the librarian reading aloud books, songs and dance.  There was time for questions and answers as well.

What a wonderful opportunity to learn about places in our community! 


Monster Mash prep is underway – don’t forget to prebuy your tickets today!

Preparation for our 8th Annual Monster Mash Bash is underway!



You may prebuy your Monster Mash tickets by way of cash or check in the front office.  If you prefer to prebuy your tickets by credit card, visit our website at and push the “Prebuy tickets” button on the front page!