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Science 19/20

Sea Urchin science

1/14/20  We became problem solving scientists and used our creativity and everyday materials to make our inventions.

1/7/20  We learned some history about the Olympics and held our own Metric Olympics to test our physical abilities and understanding of different metric measurements.  

12/17/19  We reviewed the data from our experiment regarding how high we would jump on different planets and what we can learn about gravity from our results.  Initially, there were ideas that gravity may have to do with distance from the sun or size of the planet.  After a deeper look and further research, we learned that gravity is related to the size and the density of the planet.  Then we played Solar System Bingo!

12/1019  Hour of Code was fun!

12/3/19 This week, we reviewed and discovered some things about gravity and weight.  We calculated our ability to jump on different planets compared to Earth.  We will celebrate the Hour of Code this week and complete some coding activities.  Next week, we will take a look at our results and make some conclusions about gravity.

11/26/19  No class this week

11/19/19   This week, we deepened our understanding of the moon phases and walked our solar system ....scaled way down!

11/12/19  This week, we learned about the moon phases and why they occur.  We will continue our study next week.

11/5/19  This week, we continued our study of the moon and learned about the "dark side of the moon".  Ask your student what the other side of the moon looks like and the theory scientists have come up with.  We learned about different cultural stories about the moon and students made up their own.

10/15/19  This week, we became cave dwellers and looked at the sun, moon and stars and compared it to what we know about them today.  We watched a video discussing the study of astronomy. We practiced making measurements using centimeters.

10/8/19  This week, we learned about Rube Goldberg machines and finished creating designs to capture a sea creature.  This project is great for so many things like perseverance, growth mindset, and using the scientific process.

Grouper Science

1/15 We continued our understanding of density and completed an experiment comparing densities of ocean materials.

1/8/20 We did an exploratory experiment to introduce the concept of density.

12/11 & 12/18  Students had two weeks to research an area of astronomy of their choice.  Some students are going deeper with concepts we have discussed in class and some are studying different concepts.  We will take time in the January classes to share our projects.

12/4/19  We learned how scientists use scientific notation to write really big and small numbers.  Then we took a brief look at constellations and the stories that were created about them.  Then we made our own constellations and stories.  This week we will celebrate the hour of code.  Next week, we will learn about life and death of stars.

11/27/19 No class this week

11/20/19  We finished our presentations by looking at the outer planets and celestial bodies.  Then we did some fun activities talking about Newton's Laws of Motion.

11/13/19  Students shared the information they gathered about the stellar body chosen.  Students had an option to create an alien with features designed to survive in their stellar home, find out their age on different planets or how high they could jump.  Next week, we will continue our presentations and activities.

10/30/19 and 11/6/19 Planet research project begins!

10/23/19 This week we continued our practice of converting in metrics using the most commonly used units: km, m, cm, mm.  After an introduction of the solar system by Crash Course, students predicted the scale of the solar system as one meter long.  We learned that the first four planets are extremely close together in relation to the outer planets.  The question persists: Is Pluto a planet?

10/16/19  This week practiced converting in metrics using the most used units: km, m, cm, mm.  We then worked on Question of Scale to start to give us a sense of the scale of our solar system. The movie "Powers of Ten" continues to give us an idea of how small we are and how BIG the universe is.

10/9/19 This week we compared the English units for distance with the metric system.  Our activity helped students learn how the metric system is based on the power of ten.  We will continue next week by looking at what a km looks like and learn about scientific notation.