Mrs. Seccareccia- Science Enrichment
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May is proving to be an incredibly busy month. With all of the testing it seems rather appropriate that we've been learning about forces and work. We will finish the month learning about the Earth. We also have our class chicks due to hatch any day, and then we will be getting our larvae in for our butterflies to witness their metamorphosis as we focus on "life cycles."
K- After learning all of the different ways we can use a force to move things, they will learn Newton's Law of Motion. Then we will be learning about the four layers of the Earth and examining Igneous Rocks from volcanoes in Hawaii. Students will also bring in a rock from home so they can compare and contrast the physical properties. I will send home a notice when we're at that point.
1st grade has learned the scientific definition of work as it relates to force and the connection between them. We will also focus on the life cycle of butterflies after we make a poster model of Earth's layers. I hope your child has shared their new knowledge on they types of clouds and how they help us predict the weather.
2nd grade has learned about several basic simple machines and how they make work easier. We will be using all the steps of the Scientific Method as we compare the height of an inclined plane and how it relates to distance traveled and the amount of "work" done.
3rd grade made beautiful water cycle bracelets. Please ask your child to tell you each step involved whenever they wear them.(They are so proud when they can do this.) My little friends will also be experimenting with changing the fulcrum on a lever to adjust the load as we learn about another simple machine. They will then be making play dough models of Earth's layers.
4th grade has learned the difference between climate and weather. May and June tend to be an exciting time with all of our drastic weather changes. We also made and tested "wind rollers."
Both fourth grades will be participating in their first outdoor ed trip to Chicopee State Park. Room 13 will go 5/28 while Room 14 will go 6/4. Please be on the lookout for permission slips and other information.
We will finish up the year with learning about the 3 basic types of volcanoes and how they change the surface of the Earth. Learning about volcanoes wouldn't be complete without making one and erupting it! I will be sending home a notice on what materials are needed.
5th grade has done a fabulous job with reviewing for Science MCAS and has given me their best efforts! I am so proud of them for that
. We will end our year on with a final engineering design challenge. First we'll learn what green engineering is and how it relates to renewable resources. Then we will test thermal insulators and conductors. Finally we will make solar ovens and cook a little food. This should be a fun filled day. I will keep you posted with dates and materials needed. In the meantime, if you have a shoe box, set it aside.
Again, thank you parents for making sure your child recognizes the importance of an education and giving it their "best." We still have a lot to learn and experience. Thank you for making sure your child is in school when they're healthy. If you're in a position to donate any consumables I would greatly appreciate it.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May. 21, 2013
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