We started our last chapter of the book for this year! We are learning all about who scientists are and what scientists do. We are observing and inquiring about all the things around us, just like real scientists. We paired up in small groups and asked questions about the things in the room around us and then described them.
The last chapter focuses on the nature of the scientific method. We are learning the steps on how to analyze carefully. Below are Nash and Eason who thought of relevant questions to ask when it comes to analyzing plants and rocks.
Grade three enjoyed learning about mixtures this week. We mixed sugar and salt to demonstrate a solid mixture and then mixed them in water to demonstrate that sometimes putting a solid in a liquid can make it appear to disappear or dissolve. Students also learned about physical changes. They now know that we can change many things about an object and though it may look different, it is still the same type of matter. They enjoyed adding coloring to water, crushed ice and making cool shapes from paper in their physical changes lab.
For 4th grade, this week was all about forces. We used a game of hand wrestling to demonstrate that when forces are balanced, no motion happens and when they are unbalanced, that is when movement occurs. We also watched a video this week that further explained the differences between the different types of forces. Their vocabulary words for this week were as follows: Unbalanced, balanced, motion, still, gravity, still, and friction. Erie demonstrated their understanding of the different forces in a lab. They were given the different categories of forces and had to use classroom objects like balance scales, to physically show their understanding of the concepts.
This week we finished our lesson on fossils. There was no better way to say goodbye to our dinosaur friends than to write a haiku and present it to our classmates.
This week 6th grade studied how the seasons are formed. They were already familiar with the characteristics of each season, but now they can explain exactly where the earth is positioned during each season and whether one hemisphere is receiving more sunlight than the other. They know that the tilt of the earth’s axis is a major contributor of the varying temperatures across the earth year round. They made posters to depict each season and used them to present what they had learned.
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