Science Blog for November 2017

-Grade 1

Students will be learning about the insects that go through incomplete metamorphosis (three stages of development)- egg, nymph, adult. This represents Investigation 3: Crickets (described in the October’s Blog) and Investigation 4: Milkweed Bugs. They will be observing and recording structures and behaviors of crickets (nymph and adults) as well as the milkweed bugs (nymphs and adults).

There also will be one lesson done in cooperation with the Art Farm on Wednesday, November 22nd (both Grade 1 classes). The theme of the lesson is “Invertebrates.”

 

-Grade 2

Students will be continuing the Investigation2: River Rocks. They will explore river rock mixture containing earth material particles of various sizes. They will separate the rock mixture according to the sizes of the particles into 5 groups: sand, small gravel, large gravel, small pebbles, and large pebbles. They will learn about the smaller particles than sand which are called silt and yet smaller particles than silt called clay through experimentation.

There will be two math extensions used as apart of the investigation and few reading selections.
 

-Grade 3

Students will be working on the Investigation 2: How Heavy Is It? (This investigation was already described in the October’s Blog.) During this investigation, they will learn also how to set up a controlled experiment that has only one independent variable and the rest of the variables are controlled.
They will analyze a great article called “Opinion or Evidence” and few other reading selections.
Note: All investigations have a challenging real math word problem for students to solve and a response sheet that requires the use of the thinking skills (application of the knowledge to the new situation).

 

-Grade 4

Students learned about the role of the plants as producers in the ecosystem. They started to observe the structures and behaviors of primary consumers (crickets) and secondary consumers (green anoles), which represent Investigation 2. Within this investigation they will dissect owl pellets and learn what an owl eats and how is the owl linked back to the plants what concern the transfer of energy (food chains, food webs).

The Investigation 2 will be followed by Investigation 3: The Role of the Decomposers in an Ecosystem. The students will observe and record the structures and behaviors of pill bugs, sow bugs, bess beetles and earthworms.

Note: Once a week we will review the homework plus provide extension for it. The first homework is due on Thursday, November 2nd for Donna’s Class and on Friday, November 3rd for Ms. Courtwright’s Class.

Please make sure that your child does the homework and brings the Coach Workbook to school on the days allocated for the reviews. The full schedule of the dates including the lessons and pages (until almost the end of January 2018) is attached in the workbook.

 

 

Reminder (for Grades 1-4):

Please do not forget to stop by the science lab during the parent-teacher conferences to discuss your child’s progress on Thursday, November 16th (afternoon or evening).

 

Science Blog for October 2017

The science inquiry- based curriculum for the school year 2017-2018 is in full swing. We did all the pre-assessments for the units of study (for Grades1-4) that drive the instructions and started the investigations as they were described in September’s Blog.

 

Plans for October

 

-Grade 1

Students are continuing with the Investigation 1: Mealworms. They observed the mealworm larva and learned about its structures and behaviors. They will learn through observations the life cycle of the darkling beetle (four stages of development: egg, larva, pupa, adult) what we call a complete metamorphosis. They will solve two math extensions related to the mealworms.

The Investigation 1 will be followed by the Investigation 2: Waxworms (structures, behaviors, life cycle- complete metamorphosis: four stages of development like in the case of the mealworm. The adult is not a beetle but a moth) and by the Investigation 3: Crickets (structures, behaviors, life cycle- incomplete metamorphosis; three stages of development: egg, nymph, adult).

 

-Grade 2

Students finished Investigation 1: Three Rocks. They observed and described the physical properties of three different igneous rocks (Scoria, Basalt and Tuff).

During the next lesson, they will be (are) starting the Investigation 2: River Rocks. They will be sorting twenty river rocks according to different physical properties (for example: texture, size, hardness, color, etc.) and screening river rocks according to the size (sand, gravel, pebbles). They will be making pictographs and solving a few math extensions related to the investigation.

 

-Grade 3

Students will be continuing with the Investigation 1: How Long Is It? They made their meter tapes and started to estimate and measure the length of different objects. Soon, they will have a homework assignment that will require to measure the length and width of a bed and record the measurements in metric units (meters, centimeters).

The Investigation 1 will be followed by the Investigation 2: How Heavy Is It? Students will be estimating, measuring, and recording the mass of different objects in metric units (grams).  Students will be reading, taking notes, and analyzing articles (reading selections) related to the investigations.

 

-Grade 4

Students are finishing the Investigation 1: Plants and Soil. They learned what nutrients the plants need for their growth and development. They will be starting Investigation 2: Role of Plants as Producers. They will learn how we propagate plants; why the plants are an important part of an ecosystem; why the plants are called producers; what is the difference between photosynthesis and phototropism. They will also read and analyze articles related to the investigations and work on the math extensions.

The 8th Annual World Maker Fair

Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 4.02.52 PM.pngThe 8th Annual World Maker Fair will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017 (from 10am-6pm) and on Sunday, September 24,2017(from 10am-6pm) at the New York Hall of Science (47-01 111th Street,Queens,NY).

The Maker Fair is described as the greatest show and tell on Earth. The attendees of the fair will experience the future (great innovations) that will spark their curiosity. They will  learn interesting things from makers of all ages and have an opportunity to design and make something. At the same time, they will have fun.

This is not a free event. It is necessary to buy tickets in order to attend.

Thank you very much.

All the Best,

Katarina

Science in September

Elementary Science Core Curriculum:

  • NYC K-5 Science Scope & Sequence:

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/949E0441-ADAF-445C-A915-E9F8123E1387/0/SciencescopeandsequenceK5_WEB81415.pdf

  • NYS Elementary Science Core Curriculum

Science Materials – Kits used in the classroom:

How are students learning?

  • The Learning Cycle: Exploration à Concept Development à Concept Application
  • Application – learning by “doing”

What goes on in the Science Lab?

  • Science Lesson Structure: Workshop Model

What are students “doing” in the Science Lab?

  • Inquiry-based Investigations
  • Writing in the Science Class: Science Notebooks and Record Sheets

What are students expected to do at home?

  • Homework Assignments: reading (Gr. 1-4), interdisciplinary extensions (Gr. 3-4), end of unit project (Gr. 2-4), Science Fair project (Gr. 3-5).

 

How is student learning assessed?

Assessment of Student Understanding:

  • Informal Assessment (e.g., FOSS Survey/Posttest and an I-check after each investigation; purpose: check for student understanding and adjust teaching accordingly)
  • Probes: Uncovering Student Ideas in Science
  • Formal Assessment
    • New York State Science Assessment: Grade 4 only
      • Performance Part of the Science Test: May 23, 24 & 25, 2018
      • Written Part (multiple choice & constructive responses): June 4, 2018.

Science Enrichment

  1. School-wide Science Fair
  • Save-the-dates: Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Workshop- Science Fair Project Preparation for parents of students Grade 3 and new students of Grades 4 planned for February 14, 2018, 8:30am, Location: Auditorium.
  1. National Science League Competition
  • Multiple Choice Competition for all students of grades 4 & 5, around April 23, 2018.

 

 

Resources that support the Science Curriculum:

  1. Recommendation Science magazines for children:

 

  1. Internet Resources for Children:

 

 

Resource for Parents:

Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools, PK-12, 2017-2018

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/89063F6E-006A-4E2E-8BEC-462F5EE9C121/0/Achieve_201718_English_WEB.pdf

 

 

First Unit of Study by Grade (Investigation 1 of 4 or 5 depending on grade):

Note: Analysis of the reading sections (in oral and written forms) is an integral part of the units for all grades. All investigations contain math extensions and incorporate technology.

 

 

Grade 1 Animal DiversityEssential Question: How are animals alike and different?

Investigation 1 – Observation of the Behaviors and Structures of Mealworms

Students will observe (record their observations) and learn about the life cycle (metamorphosis) of the mealworms.

Grade 2 Earth MaterialsEssential Question: How do different materials affect the makeup of the Earth?

Investigation 1 – Comparing, Sorting, and Describing Rocks

Students will observe different rocks and compare how they are alike or different.   They will be sorting and describing rocks according to their physical properties (color, texture, hardness, luster, patterns, float/sink, magnetism).

Grade 3 MatterEssential Question: How can we accurately describe the physical properties of matter?

Investigation 1 – How Long Is It?

Students will be estimating and measuring the length of a variety of objects by using appropriate tools and units of measurement.

(Note: Only metric units of measurement will be used.)

Grade 4 Animals and Plants in Their EnvironmentEssential Question: What are the interactions of animals and plants within an ecosystem?

Investigation 1 – Plants and Soil

Students will grow plants (from seeds) in different soils. They will learn about the nutrients that plants need for their development and survival. They will set up experiments with one independent variable. This will lead them to find out why plants are called producers.

Science Update for September 2017

Elementary Science Core Curriculum:

  • NYC K-5 Science Scope & Sequence:

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/949E0441-ADAF-445C-A915-E9F8123E1387/0/SciencescopeandsequenceK5_WEB81415.pdf

  • NYS Elementary Science Core Curriculum

Science Update for September 2017

Elementary Science Core Curriculum:

  • NYC K-5 Science Scope & Sequence:

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/949E0441-ADAF-445C-A915-E9F8123E1387/0/SciencescopeandsequenceK5_WEB81415.pdf

  • NYS Elementary Science Core Curriculum

Science Materials – Kits used in the classroom:

How are students learning?

  • The Learning Cycle: Exploration à Concept Development à Concept Application
  • Application – learning by “doing”

What goes on in the Science Lab?

  • Science Lesson Structure: Workshop Model

What are students “doing” in the Science Lab?

  • Inquiry-based Investigations
  • Writing in the Science Class: Science Notebooks and Record Sheets

What are students expected to do at home?

  • Homework Assignments: reading (Gr. 1-4), interdisciplinary extensions (Gr. 3-4), end of unit project (Gr. 2-4), Science Fair project (Gr. 3-5).

 

How is student learning assessed?

Assessment of Student Understanding:

  • Informal Assessment (e.g., FOSS Survey/Posttest and an I-check after each investigation; purpose: check for student understanding and adjust teaching accordingly)
  • Probes: Uncovering Student Ideas in Science
  • Formal Assessment
    • New York State Science Assessment: Grade 4 only
      • Performance Part of the Science Test: May 23, 24 & 25, 2018
      • Written Part (multiple choice & constructive responses): June 4, 2018.

Science Enrichment

  1. School-wide Science Fair
  • Save-the-dates: Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Workshop- Science Fair Project Preparation for parents of students Grade 3 and new students of Grades 4 planned for February 14, 2018, 8:30am, Location: Auditorium.
  1. National Science League Competition
  • Multiple Choice Competition for all students of grades 4 & 5, around April 23, 2018.

 

 

Resources that support the Science Curriculum:

  1. Recommendation Science magazines for children:

 

  1. Internet Resources for Children:

 

 

Resource for Parents:

Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools, PK-12, 2017-2018

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/89063F6E-006A-4E2E-8BEC-462F5EE9C121/0/Achieve_201718_English_WEB.pdf

 

 

First Unit of Study by Grade (Investigation 1 of 4 or 5 depending on grade):

Note: Analysis of the reading sections (in oral and written forms) is an integral part of the units for all grades. All investigations contain math extensions and incorporate technology.

 

 

Grade 1 Animal Diversity

Essential Question: How are animals alike and different?

Investigation 1 – Observation of the Behaviors and Structures of Mealworms

Students will observe (record their observations) and learn about the life cycle (metamorphosis) of the mealworms.

Grade 2 Earth Materials

Essential Question: How do different materials affect the makeup of the Earth?

Investigation 1 – Comparing, Sorting, and Describing Rocks

Students will observe different rocks and compare how they are alike or different.   They will be sorting and describing rocks according to their physical properties (color, texture, hardness, luster, patterns, float/sink, magnetism).

Grade 3 Matter

Essential Question: How can we accurately describe the physical properties of matter?

Investigation 1 – How Long Is It?

Students will be estimating and measuring the length of a variety of objects by using appropriate tools and units of measurement.

(Note: Only metric units of measurement will be used.)

Grade 4 Animals and Plants in Their Environment

Essential Question: What are the interactions of animals and plants within an ecosystem?

Investigation 1 – Plants and Soil

Students will grow plants (from seeds) in different soils. They will learn about the nutrients that plants need for their development and survival. They will set up experiments with one independent variable. This will lead them to find out why plants are called producers.

Basic Science Information for the 2017-2018 School Year

Elementary Science Core Curriculum:

  • NYC K-5 Science Scope & Sequence:

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/949E0441-ADAF-445C-A915-E9F8123E1387/0/SciencescopeandsequenceK5_WEB81415.pdf

  • NYS Elementary Science Core Curriculum

Science Materials – Kits used in the classroom:

How are students learning?

  • The Learning Cycle: Exploration à Concept Development à Concept Application
  • Application – learning by “doing”

What goes on in the Science Lab?

  • Science Lesson Structure: Workshop Model

What are students “doing” in the Science Lab?

  • Inquiry-based Investigations
  • Writing in the Science Class: Science Notebooks and Record Sheets

What are students expected to do at home?

  • Homework Assignments: reading (Gr. 1-4), interdisciplinary extensions (Gr. 3-4), end of unit project (Gr. 2-4), Science Fair project (Gr. 3-5).

How is student learning assessed?

Assessment of Student Understanding:

  • Informal Assessment (e.g., FOSS Survey/Posttest and an I-check after each investigation; purpose: check for student understanding and adjust teaching accordingly)
  • Probes: Uncovering Student Ideas in Science
  • Formal Assessment
    • New York State Science Assessment: Grade 4 only
      • Performance Part of the Science Test: May 23, 24 & 25, 2018
      • Written Part (multiple choice & constructive responses): June 4, 2018.

Science Enrichment

School-wide Science Fair

  • Save-the-dates: Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Workshop- Science Fair Project Preparation for parents of students Grade 3 and new students of Grades 4 planned for February 14, 2018, 8:30am, Location: Auditorium.

National Science League Competition

  • Multiple Choice Competition for all students of grades 4 & 5, around April 23, 2018.

Resources that support the Science Curriculum:

Recommendation Science magazines for children:

Internet Resources for Children:

Resource for Parents:

Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools, PK-12, 2017-2018

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/89063F6E-006A-4E2E-8BEC-462F5EE9C121/0/Achieve_201718_English_WEB.pdf

First Unit of Study by Grade (Investigation 1 of 4 or 5 depending on grade):

Note: Analysis of the reading sections (in oral and written forms) is an integral part of the units for all grades. All investigations contain math extensions and incorporate technology.

Grade 1 Animal Diversity

Essential Question: How are animals alike and different?

Investigation 1 – Observation of the Behaviors and Structures of Mealworms

Students will observe (record their observations) and learn about the life cycle (metamorphosis) of the mealworms.

Grade 2 Earth Materials

Essential Question: How do different materials affect the makeup of the Earth?

Investigation 1 – Comparing, Sorting, and Describing Rocks

Students will observe different rocks and compare how they are alike or different.   They will be sorting and describing rocks according to their physical properties (color, texture, hardness, luster, patterns, float/sink, magnetism).

Grade 3 Matter

Essential Question: How can we accurately describe the physical properties of matter?

Investigation 1 – How Long Is It?

Students will be estimating and measuring the length of a variety of objects by using appropriate tools and units of measurement.

(Note: Only metric units of measurement will be used.)

Grade 4 Animals and Plants in Their Environment

Essential Question: What are the interactions of animals and plants within an ecosystem?

Investigation 1 – Plants and Soil

Students will grow plants (from seeds) in different soils. They will learn about the nutrients that plants need for their development and survival. They will set up experiments with one independent variable. This will lead them to find out why plants are called producers.

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 – On Monday, August 21, 2017 – All of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. 

 

On Monday,August 21,2017 a total solar eclipse will be visible across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.This will be the first solar eclipse to be seen coast-to-coast in the United States since 1918.In the city we will see a partial eclipse (about 70% totality) which will start at 1:23p.m.

(peak at 2:45p.m.) and end at 4:01p.m.

The American Museum of Natural History:The Hayden Planetarium will host a viewing event on this day from noon to 4:00p.m.

Resources for Further Information:

The information about the upcoming solar eclipse will be discussed as a phenomena of the solar system as well as lunar eclipses in September during Science.

All the Best,

Katarina

Science Fair Congratulations to Dr. Katarina Klaf and all the Lower Lab Students and Teachers.

Our 25th Annual Science Fair was a huge success! About 300

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families came during the last two days to see the student’s exhibits. Our children prepared and presented projects that reflect their knowledge of the scientific method as well as the integration of math, technology, literacy and the arts. We are thankful to Katarina, all our classroom teachers and students for another successful Science Fair.