Assignments and Updates for the week of December 11th

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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

  • Heating things up Lab
  • Sum it up pg 456 and apply concepts 457-458
  • Exit ticket on heat transfer
  • Lab sheet for Mass and Distance lab
  • Brain check activity pg 471
  • Unit 9 Lesson 5 quiz- Friday
  • Article of the Week
  • designing a way to test the insulating effect of air


5th grade assignments

  • Measuring Decomposers Activity Lab
  • Measuring Decomposers Activity Poster
  • Now You Look for Clues Activity pg 306
  • Predator Adaptation Research summary
  • Unit 6 Lesson 2 Quiz- Friday
  • Apply the Concepts pg 315-318
  • Sum it up Activity pg 314
  • Article of the Week


6th grade assignments

  • Landslide mini lab data sheet
  • Landslide lab summary sheet
  • Wind, water, glacier erosion quiz- Thursday
  • Prediction for La Conchita community California
  • Lets Settle It Lab sheet
  • River Sediments Lab
  • Article of the Week


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.


If you have any questions or concerns please contact me via email.


Upcoming Reminders

4th Grade, 5th grade and 6th grade> article of the week  due Friday


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