Hello all! It's been a while since my last update! We have moved on from Earth and Sun (for now) and started our Mixtures and Solutions unit. (a favorite of the students!) Currently, we are working on mixing and separating solutions, will move on to saturation and concentration, continue with developing models (mystery of the black boxes:) and finish with chemical reactions! Who wouldn't want to mix things together and see what happens?! Sorry, no mentos and soda! Of course, that question was asked! This unit of study will guide us through much of quarter two, along with some STEM and Coding activities. Check out our pictures below of the students separating mixtures!
We finished up our short study of variables and are moving on to Earth and Sun! In this unit the students will be studying and exploring the properties of the atmosphere, energy transfer from the Sun to Earth, and the dynamics of weather and water cycling in Earth's atmosphere. Student experiences will also include developing and using models to understand Earth's place in our solar system and the interactions of Earth, the Sun and the Moon. These include patterns such as the length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the appearance of stars in the sky. Most likely the weather will play a part in how many investigations will be completed in this unit. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate today, so we were not able to venture out and observe shadows. Fingers crossed we have some sun the next few days! This investigation also includes sun tracking and understanding day and night. Students love this unit! Here are some pictures of our STEM Paper Column Challenge. Enjoy!