Hello all! We have wrapped up our plant unit and are diving into the human body's systems! As you know, the kick off to our Family Life Unit is this Friday. From there, we will discuss our bodies starting with the reproductive system, digestive system, respiratory system and so on. By the end of this unit the students will have a good grasp and knowledge of how the body works. We will explore the body systems through informational texts, graphic organizers and videos.
As of right now, this may take us to the end of the year. If we have some time, we will explore the Earth and Sun. I hope the students shared with you the results about their experiments we conducted this week. We had a lot of fun being outside in the warm weather!
We are continuing our unit in Living Systems and continue to observe our red worm habitats! The worms have started composting! The students have been observing the worms twice a week and are now starting to see the changes. We plan to continue these observations thorough May and are hopeful we will have some compost to share with the environment!
The students are now learning about the process of photosynthesis and importance it plays in life on Earth. They are studying how light energy, carbon dioxide and water help plants to make food (sugar) and how in return the plants give us oxygen and water. In the next few weeks we will be growing (hopefully) and observing wheat plants then moving on to the human circulatory and respiratory systems. May 4th will be the kick off to our Family Life unit of study. Robert Crowne Center for Health Education will be coming to Bell! Information will be coming home in the next few weeks about the program and how this will look in the classroom. Stay tuned!
Hello parents! Our little red wigglers have arrived and we will be building our habitats next week in class. As you probably know, we have been studying systems, primarily ecosystems, the past couple weeks. Our focus has been understanding how an ecosystem works through food chains and food webs with the work of producers, consumers and decomposers. Over the course of the next few weeks, the students will be observing these little decomposers in their habitats and see the important role they play in our ecosystem and the environment. We need your help! I will be sending home a "menu" of what these little ones like to eat. It's pretty much the scraps from our fruit, veggies, etc. You will notice they have some favorites listed:) We are also in need of newspaper, preferable black and white sections only. I'm asking the students to bring in a few of these items starting on Monday. We will have a shared bin for all 150 worms! The kids are super excited about it!
As I stated in my previous post, students will be completing short check-ins and responses based on the current content. The students will be taking their first check-in assessment for this unit of study on Monday. Students are being advised to study their notes which include, the food webs, food chains and focus questions. As long as students have been in class and participating in our food web investigations, I have not doubt they will be successful!
We have just wrapped up our Mixtures and Solutions unit and are starting Living Systems next week! This unit has four investigations that focus on systems ranging from Earth and its subsystems which include; the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and the biosphere along with ecosystems and organisms in terms of their interactions. Students will investigate and observe how each system works and explore how human activities in agriculture, industry and everyday life can have major effects on these systems. Hopefully, we'll get outside for some investigating!
STEM activities and Hour of Code will continue to be some fun extras!
I would like to take this time to refresh how the students are graded in Science this year. They will continue to use their science journals for all labs that will be kept at school unless, of course, they need it to study for a quiz or test. Almost all of their work is kept in these journals. These are graded 2-3 times per quarter. All quizzes and tests are given during and at the end of each investigation. They are more like 'check-ins" to make sure the students are understanding the importance of the main ideas and concepts.
We will be taking a field trip to the Kid's Science Lab in March and Robert Crowne Center for Health Education will be coming to Bell in May.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to send me an email.