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.

Science Fair Packet will go home this Wednesday!

Mark your calendars as our annual Lower Lab Science Fair will be on

June 14th and 15th

  • Here is a soft copy of the Science Fair Packet from Dr. Klaf. Students will receive their personal copies on Wednesday/Thursday/Friday when they have Science ! science-fair-packet-for-individual-projects-grades-3-5

  • Third Grade Families please save the date February 15th at 8:30 AM in the Auditorium for a parent talk about expectations.

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