Grade 1: The Sun and its Family of Planets
Sun and Moon are off to a rocky start with their space exploration. We made a vocabulary illustration sheet of new words and began a reading story on the Sun and its family of planets. We will learn all about the effects of our most important star, the Sun.
Grade 2: Patterns of Space
Huron and Ontario made their very own vocabulary books to take notes on space. It will include many new words with our very own illustrations to help spark creativity.
This week, we reviewed landforms and moved onto “what changes land”.
Furthermore, we discussed that land can change slowly and quickly. For slow changes, we focused on weathering and erosion, and for fast changes, we focused on earthquakes and volcanoes. We watched videos of earthquakes and volcanoes and discussed how they are alike. We also observed that earthquakes can vary in magnitude and not all volcanoes produce lava. The students conducted an experiment to observe how water can erode land.To help students remember some of the new vocabulary words, we made up actions for some of the phenomena that can change land.
The topic for this week was the water cycle. We learned the different stages of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation, precipitation and storage. To demonstrate the water cycle,the students conducted a mini experiment:
They filled beakers with hot water and saran wrap was placed over the beaker to trap the heat. As expected, the students observed a white haze inside the beaker, demonstrating that evaporation occurred. They also observed condensation and precipitation when the water vapor was converted into water droplets on the side of the beaker, which eventually moved downwards, making their way to the water again.
The students also demonstrated their understanding of the water cycle through group presentations.
Grade 5: Life Cycle Notebooks
Lochness and Lomond designed their own study books. It will be filled with classwork charts, notes, and vocabulary words. We started it off with analyzing what it mean to classify and will be moving on next week to animal and plant classification.
This week we focused on weather. We discussed the different components of weather, why it’s important to know what the weather is like, and factors that influence weather. We focused specifically on precipitation, temperature and humidity.For hands-on learning, the students conducted their own temperature experiment. They were each given a thermometer and used it to measure the temperature in 5 different locations at the school: the science classroom, the glass room on third floor, the computer room, the music room and the second floor hallway. Students were then given time to calculate the average temperature of the school and determine what factors influenced the varying temperatures throughout the building.For homework, students will research a five- day weather forecast for a city they want to visit in the future.
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