In the science blog for November 2017 you were informed about one lesson that would be done in cooperation with the Art Farm Program. The students had a great time during the lesson. They observed structures and functions of following invertebrates: walking sticks, Arizona blue death feigning beetle, moon crab, glowspot cockroach, Madagascar hissing cockroach and millipede. The last lesson in November was devoted partly to gaining more knowledge about the mentioned invertebrates.
During the month of December, students will finish the Investigation 4: Milkweed Bugs. They will learn about some aquatic insects that go through four stages of development (egg, larva, pupa, adult) or three stages of development (egg, nymph, adult) within the Investigation 5: Other Insects. At this time, the investigation 5 will represent the end of the unit 1. One more investigation related to unit 1 will be done in May 2018 (The Life Cycle of a Butterfly).
Students will start the Investigation 3: Using Rocks. They will explore places where earth materials are naturally found and ways that earth materials are used based on their properties. They will observe and compare different grades of sandpaper (make sandpaper rubbings of three different sandpapers- fine, medium, coarse). Also, they will be working with a clay and they will learn about the size of the clay particles.
Students are finishing Investigation 2: Weight Watching. During the investigation, they learned how to set up an experiment with only one independent variable and the rest of the variables controlled. The Investigation 2 will be followed by the Investigation 3: Take Me to a Liter. In this investigation, students will discover the need for a standard unit of measuring volume and capacity in metric system (liters and milliliters). They will use appropriate tools (beakers, graduated cylinders) to measure volumes of liquids and capacities of containers.
Students are continuing the Investigations 2 and 3 what concern the study of ecosystems (described in November’s Blog). They will learn the note- taking strategies based on the book “Owls- Animal Predators” by Sandra Markle. They will put together food chains and a food web related to the meadows ecosystem.
Note: At home, the students can use virtual owl pellet dissection. 2
They can find it on the following website: kidwings.com/virtual-pellet/
In order to learn more about the food chains and webs they are encouraged to use Interactive Learning sites for Education.
Note: Grades 1-4
As it was indicated before, all science investigations include reading selections (plus we add to it outstanding children science trade books recommended by the National Science Teacher Association and the digital media) and math extensions related to the topic.
Also, they require to implement scientific thinking processes when conducting experiments and building explanations like: observing, organizing, describing, comparing and contrasting, analyzing and interpreting data, evaluating and communicating (engaging in argument from evidence).
Event: All Grades
There is a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History (until January 2019) called “Our Senses: an Immersive Experience.” You can find the information about the exhibit at amnh.org/our-senses . The exhibit is highly interactive and provides a great learning experience.
Website to Explore:
–OLogy: a Science Website for Kids – amnh.org
( whenintheworld.amnh.org/explore/ology )