Assignments for week of Dec. 11 – Dec. 15, 2017
*this is what I plan to cover but I may make adjustments periodically according to the needs of the students.
4th grade assignments
5th grade assignments
6th grade assignments
Here is a snapshot of what we did last week in Science:
4th Grade Science
This week students have continued to learn about different types of energy including heat energy. We have been trying to understand the nuance of heat not being just warm and cool but the transfer of energy between objects of different temperatures. We worked on creating a device to help us measure the temperature without using a thermometer. In the beginning part of the week students worked on researching about hybrid cars and the types of energy used inside of them. Students also presented their understanding of various types of energy to the class in some really creative ways. There were songs, skits, and acrostics!
5th Grade Science
This week students continued working on understanding the complexity of ecosystems and how energy is transferred within an ecosystem. Students were given a specific scenario where one organism was removed from their ecosystem and students analyzed and predicted what would be the results. Then they took it a step further to come up with possible solutions to fix the problem. All of this helped students to see how difficult it is to “fix” an ecosystem after it has been damaged or interfered with. Since humans are often the cause of interruptions to an ecosystem it is important that we understand what is at stake and how difficult it is to reverse damage to an ecosystem. Students also worked on creating a device where they could measure the activity of yeast because it is a decomposer that plays an important role in ecosystems.
6th Grade Science
This week students continued to look at various forms of weathering and erosion.
Students created a model to simulate how a stream or river shapes the landscape of earth. They learned about glaciers and how glaciers can move even though they are in a solid state, which seems to defy some laws of physics. We ended the week by looking at landslides and created a model that simulates how a landslide could impact the area around it.
Each Monday by 5 pm I will post the assignments that we will be completing for that week onto my classroom page on the school website.
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