Assignments and Updates for the week of January 29th

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Assignments for week of Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2017

*this is what I plan to cover but I may make adjustments periodically according to the needs of the students.

4th grade assignments

  • water and ice law of conservation of mass lab analysis questions
  • What’s going on in this picture? observation activities
  • Apply concepts pg 382
  • Concept map of key terms in the unit
  • Study for unit 7 test next week on Tues/Wed

5th grade assignments

  • Presentations for the Trip to Mars project
  • What’s going on in this picture? observation activities
  • Drawings for Trip to Mars project
  • Study for Unit 12 Test next week- Wednesday

6th grade assignments

  • Geologist’s report on their assigned building location in Boomtown
  • What’s going on in this picture observation activities
  • Student sheet 35.1
  • Group Presentation to City Council on one of three building locations in Boomtown

No article of the week this week.

Here is a snapshot of what we did last week in Science:

4th Grade Science

This week students expanded upon their understanding of density when we discovered why ice (though a solid) is less dense than water.  Students learned about what causes water to change its state.  We concluded the week by students taking what they learned about states of matter, changing states of water and the law of conservation of mass to design and carry out their own experiment that shows that mass is unchanged through a change of the state of matter.


5th Grade Science

This week students continued their biographies of space explorers looking at explorers like Ellen Ochoa, Mae Jemison and Claudia Alexander.   We began learning about stars and galaxies to get an understanding of the vastness of space.  We concluded by beginning a project involving what we would take with us on a 2.5 year trip to Mars.  Students are working on designing drawings of what our storage box would have stored in it for our trip.  The drawings are being done to scale and students are carefully planning how items will be arranged.  They are also discussing what choices would be the best use of space.   


6th Grade Science

This week students are finishing up their unit on erosion and deposition.  We looked at the case study of New Orleans to examine a situation that had wetlands, erosion, and deposition.  Students learned about some of the factors that exacerbated Hurricane Katrina that were a result of human activity.  They took that knowledge and applied to the fictitious town of Boomtown that has a delta and river system to predict what could happen in that situation.  Students also worked on creating a geologist’s report to present at a city council meeting about various geological issues at the 3 potential building sites the town is considering for a housing development.


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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