Hello all! Just wanted to give you the heads up that we have started Family Life and will continue the next few weeks. The students and I have discussed how important open communication is with the parents, so hopefully they will be coming home and discussing our lessons. Maybe you will need to prompt them a bit!:) We also discussed that what happens in 318 stays in 318 and the importance of talking to a trusted adult about this information. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out. Thank you! Summer is upon us!
It is that time of year....the miraculous, human body! We have been learning about the body's organization; cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. From here we will move on to the body systems starting with the circulatory system and ending with the reproductive system. Hopefully you heard some feedback from our Robert Crown visit:) Family Life lessons will start in the next few weeks. After our human body study, we will move on to ecosystems of plants and animals which will prepare us for our Atwood trip! My plan is to end the year with the continuation of our Earth and Moon unit, in which the students will follow the changes in the moon over the course of a week or two.
Upcoming tests: Body Organization test Friday, May 3rd.
Hello all! So very sorry for the late update! We are in our final Mixture and Solutions investigations and will be wrapping it up in the next week or so. Expect a vocabulary quiz and exit quiz coming up in the next two weeks. I am very excited to start our Living Systems Unit of study. In this unit students will be studying everyday systems such as ecosystems, Earth's system, nutrient systems (plants), transport systems such as plant vascular system, human circulatory and respiratory systems and sensory systems. Students will learn about decomposers such as red worms and make a habitat for the worms...composting! We will observe and follow our worms for a few months. Be on the look out for exciting worm news in the next month! Our living systems unit will lead us into our Family Life study, the dreaded adolescent change, we we call puberty! We will kick this off with our Robert Crown Center for Health Education visit to Bell in late April More information will be coming soon!
Here are a few pics from one of our salt solution concentration labs!
In the past few weeks the students have been learning about models and how we use them in our everyday lives. Our investigation last week challenged and even frustrated the minds of our students! They worked tirelessly in groups trying to crack what was inside the mysterious black boxes. After much observing, constructing, analyzing and revising many of them were successful in their attempts. Here are a few photos of our investigation:
We are moving from the Sun and Earth unit to Mixtures and Solutions next week. Due to the early inclement weather, we will pick up studying the Moon and weather in the spring. Many of the lessons call for the outdoors and we unfortunately can't go outside:( To wrap up the unit for now, the students will be having a quiz over Earth's atmosphere next Tuesday. Students have their science notebooks and everything needed for the quiz. We will be reviewing in class on Monday.
Mixtures and solutions is an engaging and exciting unit! The students will love learning about how different substances dissolve or chemically react. They will experiment with mixtures, solutions of different concentrations and reactions forming new substances. Our first investigation will be separating mixtures and solutions using different tools and measuring solids and liquids to compare the mass of the mixtures. This is one of my favorite units to teach! Hopefully your children will share these experiences with you!
We have finally left the Sun and will be traveling to the Moon and beyond! In the next few weeks, weather permitting, we will be following the phases of the moon. Students will track the phases of the moon through nightly observations. We will then compare the size and distance between Earth, the Moon and Sun. There is a great chance, we may have to hold off on this part of the unit until the spring. If this is the case, we will then move on to Mixtures and Solutions.
Here are a few pictures from our Gummy Bear experiment. Who knew the gummies would grow and expand! The students were very surprised and had a lot of fun investigating the different liquids and the affects it had on their gummies!
In the past few weeks we have been studying the Earth and its relation to the Sun. We have been looking at our shadows and how its related to the Sun's position in the sky. Over the course of the next few weeks we will dive deeper into the revolution of Earth and our solar system which also includes the planets and moon.
Next week in celebration of Halloween, the students will be conducting and experimenting in STEM activities! They will build bone bridges and see if gummy bears can survive...!
Stay tuned for pictures and gouling results!
We've just started our unit on Earth and Sun. This week and next we will be studying shadows and sun tracking. Fingers crossed, the weather will cooperate with us! This unit of study will most likely be our focus for the next 5-6 weeks. Included within in our study will be some STEM Challenges (a Halloween themed one coming up) and an introduction to Coding. The students loved this last year! I've attached some pictures from our STEM Paper Column Challenge from last week. The students did a great job building a sturdy column to hold piles of books. Ask them which shape held the most books and why!
We've had an amazing start to Science this year! Our focus for the next few weeks is the scientific processes and the use of variables. Our first investigation is the Hoop Glider lab. Students have built hoop gliders and are currently testing its ability to fly based on changing of the variable. We plan on conducting a few more investigations focusing on variables and how they can determine the outcome of the results. Stay tuned for more exciting investigations to come!