3rd-6th Science

EARTH SCIENCE: Week 8 Summary--10/20/20  The Atmosphere

 (I have not talked to Mrs. Christy yet on how the day went so please check back in the morning to make sure there is nothing that needs to be communicated from class today)

I was sad and mad to miss class today, but a big thank you to Ms. Christy for taking over for the day.  We are all too familiar with the need to roll with the punches that 2020 keeps dishing out, but it is a blessing to know that there is such a great network of support to cover responsibilities and to offer prayers for each other’s health and safety.

 

This week is the start to our next unit of earth science, meteorology.  In order to understand how weather works and how to predict it, there must first be a good understanding of the atmosphere and the water cycle. Today’s lesson was about the atmosphere and its many layers.  Next week we will cover the water cycle.

 

I apologize for not having the checklists and lesson to hand out in class.  I had to tweak some things since I was not going to be there.  Forgive the little extra video watching this week.  It is in place of part of what I wanted to do in class with the balloons and air pressure.  I want them to have a really good sense of what air pressure is because it will help them understand future lessons on clouds, wind, and storms.

 

I missed your sweet kids and hope to be back with them again soon.  Please let me know if they have any questions about this week’s lesson.  I’ll be at home being stir crazy!!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

Important Parent Notes:

Aurora Borealis Research Assignment:

There are several links below that give information on the Aurora Borealis.​ They are to choose one or two that best fits their level of understanding.  I do not have high expectations for them giving a detailed scientific explanation on magnetic fields and solar winds.I simply want them making the connection of this phenomena occurring in the thermosphere layer because of the electrically charged electrons that are there interacting with the sun.  Let them explain it based on their level of understanding.  They will not be counted off for a "wrong" explanation or simplified information.  I want them to explore and make connections, encouraging curiosity and wonder, without fear of being wrong.  They will be graded on completion and effort, not on a right or wrong answer.

Lab Supplies and Homework Note:

Your student(s) should have received a mini can of soda and a lab sheet for their Feeling the Pressure Lab and a balloon for the air pressure exploration on their homework checklist.  The air pressure exploration was originally planned for a classroom activity.  I posted the video that I was going to pattern for a classroom demo.  They are to watch the video and then copy whatever activities you have supplies for at home.  No worries if they are not able to do all of the activities shown in the video since they will have seen it demonstrated, although I think they will have loads of fun trying!  However, I would like them to at least find a container that they can use to try and blow up the balloon while pulled up over the opening so they experience that air takes up space.

Homework Checklists:

Please have your student hang on to their completed homework checklists.  I will collect these and check them off next time I see them!

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

3rd/4th

Layers of Atmosphere (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sg9sCOXFIk

Four Spheres Part 2 (Hydro and Atmo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXh_7wbnS3A (also introduces topic of next week’s lesson)

NASA Scrolling Activity: https://climatekids.nasa.gov/whats-in-the-atmosphere/

Exploring Air and Air Pressure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Grziaq-caVE

5th/6th

Layers of Atmosphere (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sg9sCOXFIk

Earth’s Atmosphere (Study Jams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/earths-atmosphere.htm

Four Spheres Part 2 (Hydro and Atmo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXh_7wbnS3A (also introduces topic of next week’s lesson)

NASA Scrolling Activity: https://climatekids.nasa.gov/whats-in-the-atmosphere/

Exploring Air and Air Pressure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Grziaq-caVE

Why Doesn’t the Atmosphere Crush Us?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeAAiv4G-vs

Crush a 55 Gallon Drum With Air Pressure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5_ho2sc0fc

Feeling the Pressure LAB links: 

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHzb8QMeZmI.

  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz6vw2u1yRU

 

Aurora Borealis Videos and Research Links to CHOOSE FROM: 

* The Science and Beauty of Auroras: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVTbolyobcE

* All About Auroras (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHn5OO1t1yc

3 Cool Facts About the Northern Lights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyOGpGsxDIs

Auroras: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QASVcNwSvWg

What is an Aurora?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czMh3BnHFHQ

What are the Northern Lights?: https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/what-are-the-northern-lights

Auroras (Kids Discover): http://kidsdiscover.com/spotlight/auroras-kids/?mc_cid=8bfd85d497&mc_eid=3206f8aad0

Northern Lights: https://answersingenesis.org/kids/science/northern-lights/

 

Week 8 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some weeks there are handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):  

EARTH SCIENCE: Week 7 Summary--10/6/20  Fascinating Fossils!

After sharing their favorite rock from their collections, we wrapped up our geology unit with some fascinating fossil fun!  We learned about the main types of fossils: mold, cast, true form, and trace.  They learned that you can’t have a cast fossil without first having a mold fossil.  To demonstrate this they made their own mold fossils in class using salt dough and were given a baggie of plaster to mix up at home and pour into the mold to make a cast fossil.  

 

As a fun example of a true form fossil, they were given an “amber fossil” treat of a plastic spider encased in a cube of orange jello, to model how bugs can become stuck and encased in tree sap that preserves them as amber fossils.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We discussed what trace fossils are and what they can tell us about the animals that left them behind, such as diet, social habits, and living quarters.  We looked at several fossil specimens from a fossil kit, as well as many fossils that I have found in my creek, such as coral, shells, crinoid, and cephalopods!  In learning about the most common fossils found in Tennessee, the students discovered that it is evidence that Tennessee was once under sea water!

 

We briefly discussed the work of paleontologists, which are scientists that study fossils.  It takes great patience to find and excavate fossils, which they will learn when they complete two of the activities on their checklist, the fossil dig kit and the great chocolate fossil dig.  I am guessing that many will find it hard to take the time to “unearth” the fossils in the careful and detailed way that paleontologists would, but that is the point of the activities.

 

Their lab notebooks were returned and should have a grading rubric tucked in its pages.  I am very proud of the work they have put into them and how many were not happy about handing them over to me for a week!  One of the items on their homework checklist is to show them off to a family member or friend and share what they have learned about geology.  When we return after break, we will begin our study of meteorology, starting with the water cycle.

 

Have a safe and wonderful fall break!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

Important Parent Notes:

Class Handouts and At-Home Activities:

The students were sent home with several items they will need to complete their homework checklist: a small baggie of plaster (3 Tbs.), a chocolate cookie wrapped in a napkin in a bag with two toothpicks, a homemade fossil dig kit, a paintbrush for brushing away sediment from their digs, and a plastic cup with their mold fossil from class. Hopefully everything made it home in one piece!

 

Important Notes on Lab Notebooks and Fossil Pages:

Several things were added to their lab notebooks on fossils but we did not have time to fill much out in class. IMPORTANT: a few students may have different page numbers for the pages listed below…that was my mistake in at least one class when I told them the wrong page numbers.  No need to move anything.

    • It is not on their homework checklist, but I would like them to read the “All About Fossils” booklet on page 42 and answer the questions at the end.  

    • I am disappointed that we could not get to the activity on page 43 in class since teaching about making inferences is an important skill in science.  If they have a fossil sample at home they may do this activity for extra credit.

    •Pages 44-45 are for them to add notes about the different fossils as they watch the videos and read the lesson.

    •Pages 46-47 are set up for their research on Mary Anning.  It is a fascinating story.  Encourage them to go beyond just listing facts of when she was born and where she lived.  There are several videos and links listed below.  It is NOT required that they view all.  It is a list of possible resources.  There is one that I have a warning on.  I went ahead and included it with the intention that you view that one yourself and decide if it is appropriate.  It had too much good information apart from some of the crudeness in talking about how her nanny died from being struck by lightning and the poop fossils discussion.  You decide if it is worth their viewing.

 

Page 36: Weathering, Erosion, Deposition note sheet

We did not get to fill all of this note sheet out in class so I filled it in when I had their lab notebooks.  I did not get to fill in 5-6 of them.  If your child’s page is not filled out, I am including a picture of the sheet so they have the answers.  They all may color this sheet in to review what they learned. Picture is below in pdf section.

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

3rd/4th

Fossils (Slide Show) Study Jams: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/rocks-minerals-landforms/fossils.htm

Dig into Paleontology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FjyKmpmQzc&feature=share.

5th/6th

Fossils (Slide Show) Study Jams: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/rocks-minerals-landforms/fossils.htm

Fossils for Kids (Clarendon Learning): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyOjxjFHW-c

Mary Anning Videos and Research Links (It is NOT required that you view all): 

Mary Anning Research Info:https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zd8fv9q/articles/zf6vb82

Mary Anning Fossil Hunter (Sci Show): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koota_lwU_4

Mary Anning Info Link: https://bpes.bp.com/super-scientists-mary-anning-primary

True Story of Mary Anning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEbgTpdwRgI

Mary Anning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of5sK8p2rZY

Mary Anning-Greatest Fossilist in the World (SciShow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBuc8VnZShY

 

WARNING: For the 5th&6th grade with reservations.  I am conflicted on this one.  It is a little blunt and crude for my taste in some places but has a lot of good information about her life. Please preview before letting your child watch it so that you can decide.  

     Mary Anning-Princess of Paleontology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-CW0B4YeBQ (poop references are a little crude)

Week 7 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some weeks there are handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):     

EARTH SCIENCE: Week 6 Summary--9/29/20  Slow Changes of the Earth

Today’s class focused on the rock cycle, as well as weathering, erosion, and deposition.  We learned a new study skill of using pictures to represent the meaning of big science words.  For weathering we used a hammer to represent how weathering breaks down rock into sediment.  For erosion we used a moving truck to represent how it moves sediment from one place to another.  For deposition we used a piggy bank to represent sediment being deposited after it is moved.  

 

There are several different ways that weathering and erosion can occur.  We briefly discussed how water, wind, ice, plants, and chemical reactions can play a part in weathering and erosion, then  looked at examples from around the world in a photo book called Incredible Earth, as well as examples from the creek by my house.  We all agreed that weathering and erosion can create some fantastic and humongous works of art!

 

Our hands-on project today was a lab on two kinds of weathering, physical and chemical.  Using sugar cubes and pebbles, they were able to demonstrate the physical weathering when rock (or sand) grinds against rock.  They demonstrated chemical weathering with a graham cracker, sugar cubes, and vinegar, showing how acid rain (vinegar) can filter through the ground (graham cracker) and break down the limestone rock (sugar cubes) below.  This is one way caves and sinkholes are formed. 

 

Next week will be our last geology lesson before moving onto weather.  We will talk about fossils and have a relaxed class session sitting together with our rock collections and sharing the treasures we have found.  They MUST BRING their rock collections next week!

 

Please read the important parent notes below.

 

Have a wonderful week enjoying the cooler weather and the bright blue autumn skies!  It might be a great weekend to go on a hike and collect rocks!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

Important Parent Notes:

 

In-Class Weathering Lab:

Most students did not have time in class to finish their lab sheet work so I had them put it in their binders to finish at home since I have their lab notebooks this week.  It is NOT on the homework checklist to complete their weathering lab, but please have them finish answering the questions and make sure it is in their binder to add next week in class.

 

ROCK COLLECTION:

All students must bring in their rock collections next week. We will be taking the time in class next week to let them share their collections and work together to try to identify any unknowns. It is on their homework checklist that they will be presenting one of their most interesting finds to their classmates for a grade.  I know many have rocks that have been purchased in rock collection kits, but the point of having them do a rock collection this quarter is to have them sharpen their observation skills, encourage them to be curious and make new discoveries on their own, and to take a fresh look at the world around them.  One student found a geode near her home and discovered the most beautiful and pure crystals inside that I have ever seen in a geode not purchased in a store! Their finds won't all be on that level of excitement, but it will mean more to their learning if they are searching and making discoveries on their own.  They will never know until they try.  I was certainly not expecting to find the things I did and I am excited to share it with them next week!  So, a few purchased samples are acceptable, but the majority of their collection must be "found" specimens.  However, the rock that they share with the class for their mini presentation must be a found specimen, not a purchased one.

Homemade Creek Videos:

I had some trouble transferring the videos last week.  I will be giving it another try this week.  I have been amazed at how many interesting examples I have found in my own backyard that go with our lessons in geology.  If I wasn't afraid of the students slipping and falling on the slick, solid rock creek bed, I would have them all come over for a field trip!  (Not to mention the two snakes I was surprised to find despite the cooler weather!)

 

End of the Quarter-Lab Notebook Check/Report Cards:

Lab notebooks were collected for grading and will be returned next week.  Their homework checklist for this week includes a few activities that will need to be added to their lab notebooks in class next week so make sure they have all the pieces they need securely placed in their binders.

Report cards will be given out next week.  I can't believe it has already been six weeks!  Their grades will be based on participation in class, their homework checklist points, the lab notebook check, and any graded assignments that were labeled as such on their homework checklists.

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

3rd/4th

Make Your Own Erosion (SciShow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YETdZyZI6es

Weathering and Erosion (StudyJams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/rocks-minerals-landforms/weathering-and-erosion.htm

Weathering and Erosion Game:   https://www.nationalgeographic.org/interactive/walters-travels-weathering-and-erosion/

The Rock Cycle (Study Jams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/rocks-minerals-landforms/rock-cycle.htm

5th/6th

Weathering and Erosion (Crash Course Kids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-Iak3Wvh9c

Weathering and Erosion (StudyJams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/rocks-minerals-landforms/weathering-and-erosion.htm

The Power of Water-Erosion (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqsTS67BKmA

Weathering and Erosion Game:   https://www.nationalgeographic.org/interactive/walters-travels-weathering-and-erosion/

The Rock Cycle (Study Jams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/rocks-minerals-landforms/rock-cycle.htm

More to Explore Links: 

Sinkholes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=63&v=Q2EgbacA1oU&feature=emb_logo

Floods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hQZCiZ21fk

Landslides: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krJLnXpemtQ

Types of Caves (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puA0YC-hSPM

Explore an Ice Cave (SciShow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocIPCzpgJDE

What is a Glacier?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJi5ICgmTsE

Week 6 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some weeks there are handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):     

EARTH SCIENCE: Week 5 Summary--9/22/20  Three Types of Rocks

What a beautiful fall day!  And what chatty, happy kids!  We started class with sharing their geodes and taking group pictures.  The geodes turned out awesome!  Here are a few pictures from our day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s topic was the three main categories of rocks: sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous. We discussed how each of these rocks are formed, took notes on how to remember the differences, and showed examples of each.  Then we practiced our scientific process skills on rock samples, observing, testing, and collecting data.  This was a very informal lab focusing more on the exploration and data collection, rather than actual rock identification.  They really enjoyed it but with being short on time they had to stop once they really got going so we may extend the activity into next week.  At the end of class, they were given a quartz specimen and a granite rock specimen to add to their rock collections.  The granite rock samples are courtesy of my parents who have spent the start of their recent retirement camping and collecting rocks on the beaches of Michigan.  I received a surprise in the mail yesterday with enough granite samples to give to the kids for their collections.

 

We only have two more geology lessons left!  I cannot believe it has been five weeks already! Next week we will learn about weathering, erosion, and deposition, as well as the rock cycle.

 

Please read the important parent notes below.

Have a wonderful week enjoying the cool, fall weather!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

Important Parent Notes:

 

Starburst Rock Lab:

I experimented with a few options in heating the “metamorphic rock” candy to turn it into igneous rock.  I found the foil on a smooth top range method to be the best way to observe the melting and bubbling like in the video, but more so, it was the least messy.  The microwave method easily melts the candy but you cannot observe the melting process AND I had a difficult time removing the melted candy residue from the glass dish.  You are welcome to use an alternative method for melting the candy that better suits your available resources.

 

Homemade Creek Videos:

Even though I do not enjoy the sound of my voice on video, over the weekend I recorded several video clips of the creek by our house that have great examples of things we are studying this semester.  The creek is too cool and interesting to let my hang ups get in the way of sharing.  I am posting two of them this week, along with a funny clip of our rock hound, TJ.  These videos are optional and are posted below the required homework videos.

 

End of the Quarter-Lab Notebook Check:

Please make sure that your child has their lab notebook to turn in next week.  I will need these in order to complete their quarter grades.

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

3rd/4th

    Be a Rock Detective (SciShow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNs1gqkYerg    

    3 Types of Rocks (Make Me Genius): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwlr2uSSgcc

    Starburst lab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g93jXTUv_RQ

5th/6th

    3 Types of Rocks (Make Me Genius): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwlr2uSSgcc

    3 Types of Rocks (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGK1KkLjdQY.

    Starburst lab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g93jXTUv_RQ

Rock Identification Web Links: 

What Kind of Rock Is This?: https://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/investigations/es0610/es0610page01.cfm?chapter_no=investigation

 Rock Key: https://nbmg.unr.edu/_docs/ScienceEducation/Activities/TheRockKey.pdf

Optional Creek and Rock Hound Videos:  

(coming...having a little technical difficulty)

Week 5 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some weeks there are handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):     

EARTH SCIENCE: Week 4 Summary--9/15/20  Building Blocks of Rocks-Minerals

Today was an introduction to minerals, which are the building blocks of rocks.  After the kids shared a fun fact from their plate tectonic research assignment, we discussed the five criteria of minerals and touched on some properties of minerals. We ran short on time in covering the properties I wanted to cover in class, as well as trying out some mineral testing skills, but the homework videos/assignments should cover what we didn’t get to.  We’ll do some mineral testing next week combined with rock testing.

 

We ended class with preparing pipe cleaners for the geode lab and they enjoyed a rock candy stick (the candy of geologists!!) They are quite excited to make their geodes and I can’t wait to see them next week!

 

Next week we will discuss the three main types of rocks and start a rock collection.  See the parent note below for details on a rock collection organizer.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

Important Parent Notes:

 

Geode Lab Special Notes!!!

Your child should have brought home a suspicious-looking bag of powder, a tangle of pipe cleaner, a popsicle stick, and piece of string.  This is their geode lab kit.  They were told NOT to open or attempt the lab unless supervised by a parent.  The borax is not dangerous if handled properly, so it is best if a parent or guardian be the one to pour the boiling water and borax powder into the jar to prevent spills and splashing.

 

As for the jar used….it is best if you use a clean pasta sauce jar or quart mason jar that can be thrown away after the experiment.  The borax/water mixture is highly saturated in order to get good crystal coverage on the pipe cleaner, so there will likely be crystal sentiment coating the bottom of the jar.  

 

Please read the lab sheet in its entirety before attempting the lab so you know the proper placement of the pipe cleaner form in the jar.  

Have them answer the lab question as best they can.  This is a graded assignment, but graded mostly on completion.  Have Fun! 

Rock Collection Boxes For Next Week:

Next week we will start a rock collection.  Each student will need a box or container with dividers to keep their collection in.  My preference is that they have a plastic, craft organizer box with lid that you would find in the jewelry or embroidery section of a craft store.  They are around $2.00 at Hobby Lobby with the 40% off coupon.  BUT you can use whatever works best with your time and budget.  My main concerns are that it has a way to organize the rocks into groups AND that it has a lid to keep rocks from falling out.  An egg carton with a rubber band to hold it shut works too.  

  

Binder Organization

 

Each week your child will receive back their previously turned-in homework checklist as they turn in the one for the past week’s work.  I record their points and put a red checkmark in the top right corner and by the parent’s signature to show that it has been checked.  These checklists should be filed behind their homework checklist tab each week.  This gives you a record of their science work for the school year.  

 

Reading lessons should be kept and filed behind the Reading Lesson tab in their binder for reference and for studying for tests or quizzes.  The new checklist and reading lesson will be put in the front of their binder each week for easy access.

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

3rd/4th

    Geology Kitchen 1-What is a Mineral?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTXSwnkieZc    

    Geology Kitchen 2-Identifying Minerals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=90&v=cjA2-MrWAVU&feature=emb_logo

    What’s Inside These Rocks?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V72ydSohpMg

    Cave of Crystals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb1bL8xTqAs

5th/6th

     What Makes a Mineral a Mineral? (MooMooMath): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T9bGLC2vUg&list=RDCMUCE_WiQFez8FZcICpbwblyyg&index=2    

    Geology Kitchen 1-What is a Mineral?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTXSwnkieZc    

    Geology Kitchen 2-Identifying Minerals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=90&v=cjA2-MrWAVU&feature=emb_logo

    What’s Inside These Rocks?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V72ydSohpMg

    Cave of Crystals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb1bL8xTqAs

Week 4 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some weeks there are handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):     

EARTH SCIENCE: Week 3 Summary--9/8/20  Plate Tectonics

First, and foremost, students did NOT receive a homework checklist in class today.  It is now posted below.  Please print out and put this in their binder.  This will not be the norm.  This was a very hard lesson for me to condense down into one class with so many resources and possibilities for fun activities. I wanted to step back and see what we accomplished in class before I fully decided on their assignments for the week.    

 

Today we covered the fascinating subject of plate tectonics.  I explain in the written lesson that this is a THEORY since it is a fairly new understanding (1950s) of how our earth moves and changes, BUT there is a lot of evidence to back it up and is the widely-accepted base for geological changes.  We added several things to our lab notebooks, discussing the lithosphere, asthenosphere, tectonic plates, and the three main ways that the plates move and interact with one another which can result in earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain formation and other changes.  We ended class by making a model of a volcano for them to erupt when they get home.  I know the dinosaur is a little cliche but I wanted to jazz it up a bit!

Next week's topic is minerals!

 

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

Important Parent Notes:

 

Volcano Model Eruption Instructions:

Your child hopefully made it home with their volcano model intact.  I had them purposely leave the backside of the water bottle exposed so they can see what is inside their volcano to know how to fill it up.  In class, I added 1-1/2 Tbsp of baking soda to their bottles to take home.  Erupting the volcanoes in class was not possible within our time frame, but I tried to give you at least the baking soda.  Here are the instructions for the eruption:

 

Place the plate with the volcano on a rimmed baking sheet or baking pan…something to prevent overspill.  In a liquid measuring cup or large glass, mix together a 1/4 cup cold water, 1-2 tsps. Dish soap, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 10-15 drops of red food coloring.  Using a funnel, carefully pour 1/2 of the liquid mixture into the bottle opening.  The volcano should immediately begin to “erupt.”  You will have enough liquid to make it erupt a second time.  Suggestion: have someone video your explosion in slow motion so you can watch it again! 

Homework Checklist Note:

There are so many interesting topics related to plate tectonics that I would love to cover, but simply do not have the time. I decided to put the ball in their court to explore these topics.  Please note that they have a graded assignment on their checklist to pick a topic, research it (I will provide pre-screened videos to help), record what they've learned in their lab notebook,  and will need to briefly share one thing they learned with the class.  This is not a "presentation," but a quick opportunity to share information and learn from each other. I will grade the assignment when I collect the lab notebook for grading in the coming weeks, but for next week it needs to be complete and ready to be shared with their classmates.  This is not an assignment to stress over.  I want them to find a topic that piques their interest and act on their curiosity.  They have creative freedom in how they record what they've learned as long as it is confined to the lab notebook pages given AND that they have the same number of facts as their grade number.

Homework Videos:

I like to include videos each week because I feel strongly that it reinforces what we discuss in class and increases their understanding.  I have included a separate list of optional videos this week to help with the legwork of their research assignment.  All videos are prescreened and I want you to be aware that several may contain the concept of an old earth with wording of millions of years.  It is so prevalent in life that I feel it is better to expose them to the differences in the views while reinforcing a Christian perspective in the sciences.

 

Incomplete Assignments: Several students did not follow instructions given on the homework checklist despite having their checklists signed.  Instructions were given on where to add homework assignments into their lab notebooks and I saw that many were still stuck in their binder and a few others done incorrectly.  Please have them read each assignment in its entirety and follow directions.

Parent Letter:

Thank you for reading and signing the parent letter.  I believe everyone turned returned the signed page to me today.   If anything is unclear or needs to be discussed, please do not hesitate to approach me.  Again, this year calls for flexibility and grace.  Know that that extends both ways!

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

3rd/4th

What is Pangaea and Plate Tectonics?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqrInJ8_Nes (note about the 240 millions of years reference). Dr. Binocs OR rewatch this video from last week: Plate Tectonics for Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVn04eJRjV4

What Causes Earthquakes? (SciShow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AArne-wh_Uc

All About Volcanoes (SciShow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7Oq9_DU1Mc

Volcano Parts Cut-and-Paste answers link: https://www.timvandevall.com/r250-004-volcano-diagram-volcano-worksheet/

5th/6th

For Plate Tectonics, choose from these three:  

What is Pangaea and Plate Tectonics?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqrInJ8_Nes (Note: there is a reference of 240 millions of years)  OR 3 Plate Boundaries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZpDjdFzQUM OR rewatch this video from last week: Plate Tectonics for Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVn04eJRjV4

 

Earthquakes (Study Jams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/rocks-minerals-landforms/earthquakes.htm

What is an Earthquake (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJpIU1rSOFY

Volcanoes (Study Jams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/rocks-minerals-landforms/volcanoes.htm

Volcanoes (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAmqsMQG3RM

Ring of Fire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFbKsAE-8Ek

Volcano Parts Cut-and-Paste answers link: https://www.timvandevall.com/r250-004-volcano-diagram-volcano-worksheet/

OPTIONAL VIDEO LIST FOR RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT:

(Choose a topic listed on your homework checklist that interests you and research it.  The videos below may help you in your research.  These are to be used as needed. I will be adding to this list throughout week.)

 

More about Volcanoes: 

All About Volcanoes for Children (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V863xR0Y2qk

Volcanoes for Kids (Socratica Kids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoJ8cRnbbps

Volcanoes for Kids (Clarendon Learning): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Jxeh-yAXek

Supervolcano 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAlawvE8lVw

Volcanoes 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDy28QtdYJY&list=PL-Im094AFl2SMWHMY7ZVVDSDKcGCa1e0c&index=23

Follow a Lava River Flow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt3eiaduSnw&list=PL-Im094AFl2SMWHMY7ZVVDSDKcGCa1e0c&index=5

Bill Nye (Volcanoes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOc04z8jHaM&list=PL-Im094AFl2SMWHMY7ZVVDSDKcGCa1e0c&index=19

Mount Vesuvius Volcano Eruption: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayPTEl8BP4M

(WARNING: peril) Pompeii Volcano Eruption: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIZ4aSKT3mo

Tsunamis:

Tsunami for Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64FxBgv0n2o

Tsunami (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfsugkikLJI

Tsunami 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1lsLUBh9I8

Tsunami-the Biggest Waves (SciShow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6cnFM55_Dw

Earthquakes/Seismology:

Earthquake 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r_nFT2m-Vg

The Study of Seismology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x8RXF5mnNA

Seismology 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qMluuSiXrk

How a Seismograph Works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbd1FcuLJLQ

San Francisco Earthquake of 1906: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gebK-F4D1k

Suggestion: look up the Earthquake of 1989 that occurred during the World Series

How Do We Know Plate Tectonics is Real?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB7HzF2O3Kg

Ocean Floor:

The Ocean Floor (slide show Study Jams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/ocean-floor.htm

The Deepest Part of the Ocean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tiZHrgc8Vc

Long Way Down-Mariana Trench: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2tm40uMhDI

What’s at the Bottom of the Great Blue Hole?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZcEtPFdRaQ

Hydrothermal Vents (Bill Nye): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D69hGvCsWgA (Warning--Evolutionary content)

Week 3 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some weeks there are handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):     

EARTH SCIENCE: Week 2 Summary--9/1/20  The Earth's Crust

For the next several weeks we will be studying geology, the branch of earth science that deals with earth’s physical (non-living) features, such as rocks, minerals, landforms, and earth’s layers.  Today we focused on the earth’s crust and what we see on this layer.  We discussed different landforms, bodies of water, and the two kinds of crusts, continental and oceanic.  Then we explored the different layers of earth’s soil, learning about soil horizons and soil profiles.  Much to their delight, the students modeled the soil horizons using cookies, pudding, and candy!  My apologies to the parents of the students that I had at 8:00 this morning, as I didn’t exactly feed them a nutritious breakfast!  

 

Even with a shortened class time, we packed a lot in and I think they got more out of it than just teasing that I had made them eat dirt!  Next week we will dig a little deeper into the earth’s layers and discuss tectonic plates, the relationship between the crust and the mantle, and what happens when they collide.  It will be an earth-shattering and explosive lesson!

 

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

Important Parent Notes:

 

Homework Checklist

Everyone turned this in today, so good job!  I collected them and will return them next week.  This will be our weekly routine.  A few were not signed by a parent.  Remember, your signature lets me know that they completed their weekly assignments and earned their homework points.  I am giving grace for this week if there was a missing signature, but I will start deducting a point off their checklist if there is no parent signature.

Reading Lessons (Please, Please Read!)

Included in their handouts today was reading lesson 2.  (I will have the lesson 1 introduction printed out for them next week to include in their binders….it was a chaotic start and I did not want to hit them with too much the first day.)  All grades will receive the same printed reading lesson each week. I research and write the lessons geared toward the amount of information I want to include for the sixth grade level, with the understanding that the younger grades will focus on more general lesson themes and varying degrees of detail.  Older grades are encouraged to highlight and make notes on this printed lesson as they read for practice in pulling out main points from a textbook. Younger grades will most likely need the lesson to be read to them so parents can discuss or summarize higher level content. Each grade’s classroom instruction, as well as homework assignments with video selections on their checklists will reflect what I want each grade level to take away from the weekly lesson.  For example, the reading lesson this week briefly discusses the two main viewpoints on the age of the earth.  I included the terms catastrophism and uniformitarianism because I know that the Apologia General Science textbook, which most homeschoolers use in seventh grade, uses these terms throughout several of its chapters.  It is my hope that having a soft introduction to these two viewpoints and terms in their elementary school years will give them something to build on for their middle and high school years.  None of the grades will see these terms on a test in my class, but I wanted them to be exposed to hearing the words and have a base understanding of what they mean.  The terminology is in the lesson, but in the classroom I focus on God being our Designer and Creator.

 

Third grade parents: I know the reading lesson and homework checklist is a big step up from what they had in second grade, but don’t panic!  They retain and can handle way more than you realize, but know that my main focus for their grade level is this: a very general knowledge of the weekly lesson material, transition them to the big kids hall, give them a step up in weekly homework expectations, and to give them encouragement in stepping toward independence and personal responsibility for their work and learning.  I also adjust the work and expectations as I get to know the kids and their abilities.  It’s always a learning curve on both sides with the third grade class for the first month or so.

 

Parent Letter:

The parent letter will be posted on Friday in the pdf section at the end of this post. Please check the website Friday evening or after.  Reading and signing this letter is included on their homework checklist. (NOW POSTED BELOW IN PDF SECTION)

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

3rd/4th

  Exploring Landforms (Free School): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsqKTJtK_vw

  Layers of Soil (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgqea0E2eAY

  Plate Tectonics for Kid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVn04eJRjV4

 

5th/6th

  Landforms (Crash Course Kids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN6QX43QB4g

  Exploring Landforms (Free School): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsqKTJtK_vw

  Soil Profile-MooMoo Math: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEShY_S_KGc

  Layers of Soil (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgqea0E2eAY

  Plate Tectonics for Kid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVn04eJRjV4

Week 2 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some weeks there are handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):     Parent Letter is posted...

EARTH SCIENCE: Week 1 Summary--8/25/20  Earth's Four Spheres

What a strange and wonderful whirlwind of a day!  It was strange because of it not being our SHARE “normal,” but wonderful to be back in the classroom with your sweet kids in whatever capacity we are allowed.  The whirlwind speaks for itself!  

 

We dived right into earth science today using every precious minute we had together.  The students worked on a note taking technique called a bubble map in our discussion of the four main categories of earth science.  A variety of note taking techniques will be introduced and used throughout the year. They learned that in this kind of note taking, they can use key words and picture symbols, without fear of misspelling or keeping up with writing.  When we were done, we had a “map” of all that we will be talking about in earth science this year! 

 

Next, they learned Greek in introducing the four spheres of the earth: geosphere/lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere!  We discussed how Greek and Latin root words are most often a part of big science words, so if we learn the small root words, it will give us a clue to the meaning of the big words.  They learned geo/litho, hydro, atmo, and bio. 

 

We ended class with a lab, creating a model of the earth’s four spheres and how they interact.  They should have brought home their model and put it in a sunny window to observe it throughout the week.  I told them they could take the tape off and fix anything that might have moved in transporting it home, but then they are to put the air back into it and keep it sealed for the week. There is a lab sheet they are to complete.  Nothing miraculous will occur, but they should notice things such as water droplets or “fogginess,” soil stays moist, the violet plant thrives, and hopefully the grass seeds will sprout by end of the week.  The goal is to show the interactions of the four spheres.  Each affects the other in some way.

 

Next week we will talk about the earth’s layers and focus on the crust.  

 

No matter what life throws at us next, with flexibility, grace, and dedication, we are going to have a fantastic year of studying God’s Creation!

 

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

Important Parent Notes:

 

Homework Checklist

    Each week, your student will receive a homework checklist to complete throughout the week.  It will normally consist of a reading lesson, pre-screened video links to reinforce the subject (the links are listed on the checklist AND at the bottom of each week’s summary), and a few written activities.  Completing this checklist each week is a part of their grade.  If I will be collecting a paper or checking a lab notebook activity for a separate grade, I will mark the item on the checklist as “For a Grade” in red (or similar wording).  As their at-home teacher, you are to oversee their weekly science work and see that they are completing each item on their checklist.  Your signature at the bottom of the checklist lets me know that they did the work and their homework points were earned.  I will deduct points off their homework grade if the checklist is not signed, so please remember to sign it.  I collect their checklists each week and return them the following week.  I will have a further explanation of the homework checklist and grading in the parent letter that I’ll send home next week.

 

Parent Communication

    Please, please, please, please check the website each week for science class.  They will have their homework checklist for their weekly work, but the weekly summary is how I communicate with you.  I am partnering with you in your child’s science this year, but I only have them for 45 minutes, once-a-week.  Often times there may be important changes, grade level adjustments, dates to remember, etc.  This week is a longer post, but I try to keep my summaries short and important notes highlighted, to respect your time.  I also try to have everything posted by 9 a.m. the Wednesday after SHARE.  So to avoid confusion and miscommunication, please read the weekly science summary post.  Did I say please???

 

 

Supplies 

Lab Notebooks were handed out in class.  It was originally on the supply list that they would be handed out at orientation, but with the uncertainty of how (or if) our school year was going to start AND how many students I would have, I was unable to prepare them until the last minute. This item is used every week and must be brought to class.  If they don’t have their lab notebook in class, it affects their ability to participate in the same way as their classmates.  It is their responsibility that their lab notebooks are taken care of AND that they are in their backpacks before coming to SHARE.  I deduct points from their homework grade for each day they don’t bring them.

 

Binders: A few students did not have a three ring binder for class.  This is important to keep their reading lessons and homework checklists in, as well as other handouts.  Three ring binders make it easy to quickly exchange papers at the beginning of class.  Please make sure they have one next week.  I also gave them a plastic sheet protector to keep in the back of their binder.  Sometimes I will have small pieces or cutouts to go with their homework and this makes it easy to keep track of them.  Next week the homework checklist will tell you how to label the tabs.

 

 

Parent Letter

As mentioned on the homework checklist, I normally send home a parent letter on the first day.  However, with a wide range of grade levels, many new students, a slightly shorter class period, and a very out-of-the-norm SHARE schedule, I wanted to see how the first day went before doing this in case I needed to make any adjustments to how I will conduct classes this semester.  I didn’t want to tell you one thing in the letter and then decide after the first day of classes that I needed to make adjustments.  In the meantime, I am approachable and available to answer any questions.  I am teaching my three youngest during the day so I try to safeguard that time, but you may text me if you need something immediate as I will have my phone near me.  You may also email me but it will be more sporadic when I will check and respond to emails.  So if it can wait until the end of the school day, email is best.  The first few weeks may be a little bumpy as we ALL settle into the “new,” but I am hopeful that this will be a great partnership in your child’s science education.

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

3rd/4th

   4 Spheres of the Earth (MooMoo Math & Science: https://youtu.be/m4TnPv_b6WU

   Could I Dig a Hole Through the Earth?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEW_Qwj6ZCE

 

5th

    Four Spheres Part 1 (Geo & Bio): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMxjzWHbyFM

    Four Spheres Part 2 (Hydro & Atmo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXh_7wbnS3A

    Structure of the Earth (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXiVGEEPQ6c

6th

    Four Spheres Part 1 (Geo & Bio): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMxjzWHbyFM

    Four Spheres Part 2 (Hydro & Atmo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXh_7wbnS3A

    Earth’s Interconnected Cycles: https://youtu.be/6j5iHvYBIcg

    Structure of the Earth (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXiVGEEPQ6c

SCIENCE: Week 28 Post--4/21/20  Turn Up the Heat With Some Good Vibrations!

 

TIMELY NOTE REGARDING MAGNET WANDS: Without having class in person, we were not able to use and distribute the magnet wands that we included in our supplies.  Mrs. Christy has the wands and will be at the Spring Hill Food Lion parking lot today (4/21) between 10 and 11 to meet anyone that wants to pick them up from her.  If you would like to pick them up at a later time, she will have them on her front porch.  Email me for her address. ONE PER STUDENT PLEASE.

 

Last week of the semester!  What a wild and crazy semester it has been!  They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder and that is certainly true of your students!  I miss them so!  I have had an incredible time teaching chemistry and physics this year!  This is due not only to the subject being a fascinating testimony to the perfection and complexity of God's Design for our universe, but also due to the great enthusiasm and curiosity that the students have had for the lessons.  I love my SHARE kiddos!  The past several weeks have been far from ideal in presenting the last of our science lessons but I hope that they have gotten enough of the basics in chemistry and physics this year to build off of throughout their science education journey. At the very least we sure have had fun trying and have a deeper appreciation for God's power in designing it all!

As you look to wrap up your year of SHARE science, I am available by email or text to answer any questions or to discuss any flexibilities that need to be given under the circumstances.  You will find below, a complete list of what needs to be turned in for the final quarter grade.   I have provided the curriculum for you, but remember, you are your child’s main teacher and this is an unprecedented situation that we are all trying to navigate in finishing up our school years.  It will not be the same for everyone.  Reach out and let me know how I can help you finish things up in a way that best fits your situation.  There is flexibility and grace if needed.

I will start grading this week what I have been sent.  My goal is to have final grades sent via email by the 30th.

I pray that you have a wonderful summer break.  I look forward to seeing you in the Fall for an adventure in the earth sciences!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

 

Important Notes and Reminders: 

  • FINAL “QUIZ” INFORMATION (Please read carefully): In place of a final quiz, there will be a final writing assignment.  With varying household situations in bringing all schoolwork home, studying for a quiz is not the best assessment for all students in wrapping up this quarter’s learning of physics since some may not be able to spend as much time as needed to grasp the concepts.  INSTEAD, I want each student to write a list OR paragraph on the most fascinating, favorite, or useful things that they have learned about energy this quarter or about physics, in general, for the semester.  Third grade will need to include three things that they have learned, fourth grade will need four, fifth grade will need five, and sixth grade will need six.  Again, it can be in list form or in paragraph form, but either way they need to be in complete sentences.  One sentence per item learned is acceptable, but include a reason WHY it is fascinating, a favorite, or useful to you.  You may type it and send it to me electronically OR handwrite it and send me a picture by text or email.  You will be graded on your thoughtfulness and effort.  Don’t just pick random things. Look over your past lessons and your lab notebook and think about what new things you have learned and what stands out to you the most.   This writing assignment is in place of a final quarter test and is due no later than April 28th.

  • The final project of a wacky race vehicle will go forward as described in the revised guidelines previously posted on Week 25.  Send me your videos following the guidelines.  Due on the 28th.

  • I decided not to hold an optional zoom meeting for the wacky race vehicles due to varying school situations.

  • I will still be sending an e-card to each student by the end of the month to say good bye for the semester.  It will still come from Jacquie Lawson e-cards just so you have a heads up that it is not spam.  

  • See the list below of the assignments that are to be turned in for the semester.  Remember that you have until April 28th to turn them in for a final science grade given on the 30th.  

 

 

Final List for ALL the assignments that need to be turned in by the 28th of April (send me a picture by text or email) in order to receive a final grade from SHARE science:

  1. Week 23 homework checklist

  2. Picture of Rube Goldberg lab notebook page

  3. Week 24 homework checklist

  4. Picture of Benjamin Franklin lab notebook page

  5. Week 25 homework checklist

  6. Picture of Nikolas Tesla lab notebook page

  7. Week 26 homework checklist 

  8. Picture of Thomas Edison lab notebook page and add on information about Isaac Newton’s work with prisms 

  9. Extra credit video of a built or crafted light activity/experiment AND/OR Star Wars "play along" video with DIY instrument (both optional)

  10. Week 27 checklist (this week's)

  11. REVISED-(There is no added graded assignment for week 27)  

  12. Final project videos of Star Wars Wacky Race vehicle.  See week 25 post for amended requirements.  Due on the 28th

  13. Final Test: writing assignment (see above and this week's homework checklist; due on the 28th)

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :  Links are included within the reading lesson.

Activity Suggestions Web Links: (Please find a thermal energy OR sound energy activity that works best for you and the sources you have at home without going out or spending money.  Pinterest is a great source for finding science activities.  Just type in thermal or heat energy activities OR sound energy activities, DIY musical instruments.)

 

6 DIY Instruments: https://www.learningliftoff.com/make-homemade-music-with-these-6-diy-instruments/

19 DIY Instruments: https://redtri.com/homemade-instruments/slide/19

42 Splendidly Creative DIY Instruments: https://www.howweelearn.com/spectacular-homemade-musical-instruments/

Thermal Energy Experiments for Kids: https://sciencing.com/thermal-energy-science-experiments-kids-8484153.html

Solar Updraft Tower: http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.com/2015/04/simple-solar-thermal-projects-for-kids.html

7 Cool Sound Science Experiments: https://www.kidsacademy.mobi/storytime/sound-science-experiments/

Week 28 PDFs...Lesson and Homework Checklists:  

The lesson number and checklist are labeled as Week 27 to keep in numerical order from last lesson.

A LETTER TO THE STUDENTS IS INCLUDED AT THE END OF THE LESSON.

SCIENCE: Week 27 Post--4/14/20  Let There Be Light!

I apologize for the delay.  Something came up that I needed to attend to with one of my children.  Lesson and checklist are now posted.  It is set up differently so please read the checklist instructions regarding the lesson.  I hope this format will help make things easier for the next two lessons.  If you experiencing great difficulties in completing assignments, please contact me.

 

Still surviving?  This situation is affecting us all in many different ways, both positive and negative.  I received A LOT of feedback about getting the week off from new science work this past week, thankful for a little reprieve.  I knew from talking with many of you that it was needed, but I found out that many more of you were also treading water in finding a new routine and needed your load lightened.  You are not alone if you are feeling this way.  I am glad that it helped in some small way and want you to know that you are being lifted up in prayer by me and by many of the SHARE staff.  Hang in there!  Only a few short weeks to go in wrapping up the SHARE school year!

 

I apologize for the delay in the lesson today.  Speaking of treading water, our household is in the thick of many projects and research papers being due at once and my attention has been severely divided. I have broken the lesson on light energy into small sections to hopefully make it easier to navigate.  There is so information on light, do not feel that all of the information has to be retained.  I kept to the main points that I feel they should be exposed to.  Above all else, I want them to understand the general idea that when God created light, it is much more complex than just giving us the ability to see through the darkness.  If this is all they remember, it is still knowledge of great value. 

 

Important Notes and Reminders: 

 

 

  • FINAL “QUIZ” INFORMATION (Please read carefully): I have decided that in place of a final quiz, there will be a final writing assignment.  I feel with varying household situations in bringing all schoolwork home, studying for a quiz is not the best assessment for all students in wrapping up this quarter’s learning of physics since some may not be able to spend as much time as needed to grasp the concepts.  INSTEAD, I want each student to write a list OR paragraph on the most fascinating, favorite, or useful things that they have learned about energy this quarter or about physics, in general, for the semester.  Third grade will need to include three things that they have learned, fourth grade will need four, fifth grade will need five, and sixth grade will need six.  Again, it can be in list form or in paragraph form, but either way they need to be in complete sentences.  One sentence per item learned is acceptable, but include a reason WHY it is fascinating, a favorite, or useful to you.  You may type it and send it to me electronically OR handwrite it and send me a picture by text or email.  You will be graded on your thoughtfulness and effort.  Don’t just pick random things. Look over your past lessons and your lab notebook and think about what new things you have learned and what stands out to you the most. I DO NOT want these turned in before our last lesson on thermal and sound energy.  You may start on it at any time but wait until after next week’s lesson in case there is something interesting you learn and want to include about sound or heat.  This writing assignment is in place of a final quarter test and is due no later than April 28th.

  • Next week’s lesson will be a combination of thermal and sound energy.  This will be the final teaching lesson, with final homework checklist and weekly assignment.

  • The final project of a wacky race vehicle will go forward as described in the revised guidelines previously posted.  Send me your videos if you have your vehicle project completed.  I have only received one final project video to date, out of the 60+ students.

  • I will let you know next week if we will have an optional zoom meeting per grade to interact with classmates and share their wacky vehicles.  Again, this is optional and will not be a part of their final grade.  Just an opportunity to show off their vehicles to each other.

  • Due to an overload of work on my end, I did not get to the Easter e-cards this past week.  I will still be sending an e-card to each student by the end of the month, but it won’t be Easter-themed.  It will still come from Jacquie Lawson e-cards just so you have a heads up that it is not spam.  

  • I repeat….I am available by email or text to answer any questions or to discuss any flexibilities that need to be given under the circumstances.  Remember, you are your child’s main teacher and this is an unprecedented situation that we are all trying to navigate in finishing up our school years.  It will not be the same for everyone.  

  • See the list below of the assignments that are to be turned in for the semester.  Remember that you have until April 28th to turn them in for a final science grade given on the 30th.

 

 

These are ALL the assignments that need to be turned in by the 28th of April (send me a picture by text or email):

  1. Week 23 homework checklist

  2. Picture of Rube Goldberg lab notebook page

  3. Week 24 homework checklist

  4. Picture of Benjamin Franklin lab notebook page

  5. Week 25 homework checklist

  6. Picture of Nikolas Tesla lab notebook page

  7. Week 26 homework checklist (this week’s)

  8. Picture of Thomas Edison lab notebook page and add on information about Isaac Newton’s work with prisms (this week’s assignment)

  9. Extra credit video of a built or crafted light activity/experiment (optional from this week’s checklist)

  10. Week 27 checklist (to be given next week)

  11. Week 27 weekly graded assignment (to be given on next week’s checklist)

  12. Final project videos of Star Wars Wacky Race vehicle.  See previous post for amended requirements.  Due on the 28th.

  13. Final Test: writing assignment (see above; due on the 28th)

Love and miss you all!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :  Links are included within the reading lesson.

Activity Suggestions Web Links: (Please find a light energy activity that works best for you and the sources you have at home without going out or spending money.  Pinterest is a great source for finding science activities.  Just type in light energy or light experiment activities.)

Homemade Spectroscope: https://buggyandbuddy.com/homemade-spectroscope/

Solar Updraft Tower Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qmgdz9E47s

Light Pattern Box: https://buggyandbuddy.com/reflection-science-with-light-patterns-in-a-box/?fbclid=IwAR1j9wUnnhmcJbLuk3Ber3fcno2MIZdQwetM80WTN5k9lwdOrLA8rEye3WM

10 Light Experiments for Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=ydfeJQ2cWv0&feature=emb_logo

Shadow Animals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv-MdaBfk8U

Light Refraction-water trick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G303o8pJzls#t=79

  

Light Experiments for Kids: https://buggyandbuddy.com/light-experiments-for-kids/

  

Reverse a Rainbow Activity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z7BDab3N7w

Week 27 PDFs...Lesson and Homework Checklists:  

The lesson number is labeled as Week 26 to keep in numerical order from last lesson.

SCIENCE: Week 26 Post--4/7/20  Let's Regroup!

 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY IN ITS ENTIRETY!!

 

How is everyone surviving so far?  You would think that since we all homeschool that the transition to schooling under “quarantine” would be easier, but this is so much more complicated with many outside stresses and worries added in with the schedule changes.  I know after talking with several parents that many of you are struggling to find a new rhythm in this unusual circumstance and are feeling a little overwhelmed.  I want you to know that I am too!  I counted it up last night as I was trying to schedule out the week’s schoolwork, that out of my five kids we are sifting through instructions for nineteen different classes (both college and tutorial) moving to varying online formats.  That’s not including changing my SHARE lesson plans to all online.  NINETEEN!  YIKES!  I felt a little better after counting it up only because I suddenly felt more justified in feeling like I was going to lose my mind!

 

So, here is what I want to do….  My next planned lesson is on light energy.  This is such a fascinating subject that gives so much glory to God that I do not want the message to get lost in the chaos.  I would like to postpone the lesson until next week and give everyone a little more breathing room this week to catch up and figure out their new routines.  Even though I stressed in last week’s post that I would not be sticking to strict weekly deadlines for turning in work and that you can work at the pace that best fits your individual household, I feel that posting another lesson and checklist this week will add to your “mental pile” of things to do and feeling buried.   Many of you have been turning in work with apologies for being late.  You are not late.  While there are many others that I have not heard from at all.  We are all trying to navigate the upheaval from our normals, so please do not stress out about weekly science work under these circumstances.  As long as I have what I need by April 28th to assign a final grade, I am flexible.  I think giving a week off from new science work will help everyone get a better handle on things and catch up with what has already been assigned which will help mentally.  Plus you’ll have a little extra time to enjoy Easter weekend with your family!  

 

Soooooo…..

 

  • No new work this week.  Catch up, breathe, find your temporary normal, and enjoy Easter weekend.

  • See the list below of the assignments that are to be turned in thus far.  Remember that you have until April 28th to turn them in for a final science grade given on the 30th.  Two more checklists, two more weekly assignments, the final project, and quiz will be added to this before the official end of the SHARE semester.

  • Next week will be our official light energy lesson with reading lesson, homework checklist, the videos, and activities.  There will also be a video from me to the kids with a “special guest.”

  • For the following week, I will revise my lessons on thermal and sound energy and shorten them into one lesson since we are skipping a week.  This will be the final teaching lesson.

  • The final project of a wacky race vehicle will go forward as described in the revised guidelines posted last week.  Send me your videos if you have your vehicle project completed.  

  • IF I can figure out the technology I may try to set up a zoom meeting per grade to let them interact with their classmates and share their wacky vehicles, BUT it would be optional and not a part of their project grade.  That is IF I can figure out how to do it.

  • At this time I will still be giving some kind of final quiz, but it is nothing to stress over.  I will figure out the easiest way to do this and give details next week.

  • For those of you that are rockin’ it out and are all caught up with science work, use this week to work on your wacky race vehicles for your final project. 

  • I will be sending the kids an Easter Card via email this week so look for that in your inbox.  It will come from Jacquie Lawson e-cards just so you have a heads up that it is not spam.

  • I am available by email or text to answer any questions or to discuss any flexibilities that need to be given under the circumstances.  Remember, you are your child’s main teacher and this is an unprecedented situation that we are all trying to navigate in finishing up our school years.  It will not be the same for everyone.  

 

 

****At this time the following has been assigned to turn in by text or email:

  1. Week 23 homework checklist (I forgot to mention this last week)

  2. Picture of Rube Goldberg lab notebook page

  3. Week 24 homework checklist

  4. Picture of Benjamin Franklin lab notebook page

  5. Week 25 homework checklist

  6. Picture of Nikolas Tesla lab notebook page

  7. Final project videos IF they have been completed.  They are due on the 28th.

 

Here is a rundown of the remaining science lessons:

    April 7th:        Week off to catch up and work on final projects

    April 14th:       Light Energy Lesson

    April 21st:       Sound Energy & Thermal Energy combined lesson/Short Quarter Quiz assigned

    April 28th:       Final Date to Turn in Final Project & Work to Receive Final Grade in Science by April 30th

Hang in there!  I miss your kids and have you all in my prayers!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

SCIENCE: Week 25 Summary--3/31/20  Magnetism & Electricity

 

Oh how I miss seeing the smiling faces of your children and all their sweet hugs!  I pray that your families are healthy and making the best of a strange and stressful situation.

 

Now that we at least have clarity on what is happening with our remaining SHARE days, I have come up with a plan on how to proceed with the 3rd-6th grades to complete their year of science and receive a final grade.  It will be up to you, as their home teacher, to oversee the completion of the checklists and activities, but I will continue to give graded assignments that can be turned into me by text or email. 

 

 I will follow this basic set up for each remaining weekly homework checklist:

 

  1. Lesson Introduction: a weekly reading lesson

  2. Reinforcement: videos to reinforce learning 

  3. Note Taking/Recording their Learning: assigned note taking from the reading lesson, videos, or record what they’ve learned from their activities in their lab notebook…  These are their notes so there is no right or wrong as to how this is done, except to not try.  In the process of having to write down notes or sketch diagrams they are learning how to pick out main ideas and are making deeper connections to what they are learning.  This will differ by individual child and grade level.

  4. Application: suggested and open activities to go with the lesson (not knowing what materials you have at home makes this part flexible to find what works best for you).  Doing at least one hands-on activity is suggested.  

  5. Graded Assignment: one graded assignment per week to be turned in by email or text  

 

Quarter Science Grade will be based on:

    • Quarter Homework Checklist Points 

        —Send a text or email with picture of checklist as they are completed and signed

    • The Weekly Graded Assignments 

        —Send a text or email with picture of assignment that is marked on the homework checklist as a graded assignment.  I do not need to see all of their lab notebook note-taking pages, just the graded assignment.

    • Final Project (modified requirements with video presentation; see note below)

    • Quarter Quiz (This will be a short quarter test covering the very basic concepts.  I will have this available to take on April 21st.)

 

Deadlines: In this time of trying to find some normalcy and a schedule, I understand that this means different things for different households.  Personally, the change to online classes for my high school students and college student has dominated the wi-fi and schedule in my home and we have not found our groove yet.  Therefore, I understand the need to adjust things to maintain sanity, so I will not adhere to strict per-week deadlines with SHARE work to allow you to schedule things as you need to. However, in order to give a final grade, I will need all items for grading sent to me by the 28thI will complete grades and email them to you by April 30th. 

 

Here is a rundown of the remaining science lessons:

    March 31st:     Week 25—Magnetism & Electricity

    April 7th:         Week 26—Light Energy

    April 14th:       Week 27—Thermal Energy

    April 21st:       Week 28—Sound Energy/Short Quarter Quiz

    April 28th:       Final Date to Turn in Work to Receive Final Grade in Science by April 30th

 

****For this week please turn in the following by text or email:

    • picture of signed homework checklist Week 24

    • picture of Ben Franklin lab notebook page from Week 24 assignments 

 

Modified Final Project Guidelines:

Continue to follow the original project guidelines in designing your vehicle, using what you have learned in science class.  Refer to the original guidelines for the engineering process and things to consider in your design.  Guidelines and weblink ideas were posted on the Week 23 summary.

    When completed send me a short presentation video and a video of your vehicle in motion (a minute or less is the easiest to send) with these revised requirements:

        1.  Send me a video titled “Presentation” with your name and grade in the subject line or as a text.  Introduce your wacky vehicle name and back story, if you created a character or back story to go with it.

        2.  Explain its features, telling me the reasoning for your design choices based on what you have learned in physics.  Refer to the original guidelines section titled “Be an Engineer and Use the Engineering Design Process” for help with this.

        3rd grade needs to include 3 things they learned in physics and how it influenced their vehicle design.

        4th grade needs to include 4 things they learned in physics and how it influenced their vehicle design.

        5th grade needs to include 5 things they learned in physics and how it influenced their vehicle design.

        6th grade needs to include 6 things they learned in physics and how it influenced their vehicle design.

 

    3.  After presenting your vehicle, send a second video (titled “In Motion” with your name and grade) demonstrating your vehicle in motion with the distance traveled of at least five feet.  You may still dress up if you like! 

    4.  The design sketch on graph paper and completed project form are no longer required.  You may send me a picture of your graph paper design sketch for extra credit if you have already made one OR would like to.  This is optional.

    5.  Final Project Videos are due by April 28th to receive a final science grade.

 

I know I have given you a lot of information, but hopefully I have covered everything you need to know in how to proceed to finish up a year of SHARE science.  Let me know if you have any questions.  I will make myself available to help any student that has questions or needs further explanations to understand a concept.  

 

Hope to see you at the end of May for a field day!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos: 

    

3rd/4th

    Fun with Magnets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s236Q1nuWXg&t=1s

    Bill Nye Magnetism Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PyqL9y7VZo

    Bill Nye Magnetism Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VwvIfmm1OE

    How Do Motors Work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvQSEU0CDSo

    Magnetism & Electromagnetism Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-Gus-qIT74

    

    Nikola Tesla (Brain Pop): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1DqaqBiVRY

    Nikola Tesla for Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6vpSyvONSk

5th/6th

    Bill Nye Magnetism Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PyqL9y7VZo

    Bill Nye Magnetism Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VwvIfmm1OE

    Electromagnetism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=HQdLFEiVeCA&feature=emb_logo

    Magnetism & Electromagnetism Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-Gus-qIT74

    How DC Motors Work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxG3cwugXgs

    Nikola Tesla: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP76q3quHb0

    Nikola Tesla (Brain Pop): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1DqaqBiVRY

    Nikola Tesla for Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6vpSyvONSk

Activity Suggestions Web Links: (Please find a magnet or electromagnetic activity that works best for you and the sources you have at home without going out or spending money.  Pinterest is a great source for finding science activities.  Just type in magnet activities or electromagnetic activities.)

How to Make an Electromagnetic Experiment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX9QBwJBI_Y

4 Simple Magnet Motors You Can Make At Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvcsl20GsRA

Magnet Track Craft: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5Ow2ILfrGU

Making Toys from Magnets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-_epmB0dAU

    (the magnet levitation is a cool activity shown in this link)

Magnetic Pipe Cleaner Sensory Bottle: https://capturingparenthood.com/magnetic-pipe-cleaners-sensory-bottle/

Magnet Maze: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES1svQwUrYk

Magnet Hockey Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9HA1rmEd4Q

Week 25 PDFs...Lesson and Homework Checklists:  Please ignore the blank fourth page of the reading lesson.  I didn't want to take the time trying to figure out how to get rid of it before posting.

SCIENCE: Week 24 Summary--3/24/20  Electrical Energy

This is certainly not how I planned to teach the last weeks in our study of physics, but these are weird times and all we can do is go with the flow and take it day by day.  With the uncertainty of how the next several weeks will play out, it is hard to project a master plan, so for this week I will give you a reading lesson, homework checklist, and video links as normal.  I had planned to cover five main forms of energy this quarter using the acronym MELTS.  We covered mechanical energy before the break, so we will continue with electrical energy, then light, thermal, and sound.  At this time I do not know what I will do about our final project, planned classroom activities, a quarter test, and other graded items.  For now, follow the homework checklist and keep them in your binder.  I will reassess weekly how we will proceed to wrap up the semester. 

 

I know there are a few of you that do not have your lab notebooks since you were absent the week before break.  I plan to mail those out to you this week.  I will contact you for a mailing address.

Also, I have only received one Rube Goldberg machine extra credit video.  If you planned on taking advantage of the extra credit opportunity, I will accept it through the end of the week.  Details are on your homework checklist for week 23.

 

Stay in and stay healthy and hopefully I will see you in April!  Miss you all!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:  

    

3rd/4th

    The Power of  Circuits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=HOFp8bHTN30    

    Conductors and Insulators: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfx8rVbWwmw

    Electrical Circuits-Series and Parallel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js7Q-r7G9ug

    Electricity (Bill Nye): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gixkpsrxk4Y

    Static Electricity (STOP at 8:23): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD1nyTG40bo

   Benjamin Franklin Kite Experiment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rriVOlbw8Tg

 

5th/6th

    Electricity (Bill Nye): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gixkpsrxk4Y    

    Study Jams Circuits: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/energy-light-sound/current-electricity-elec-circuits.htm (be sure to take the included quiz after watching the video)

    Electrical Circuits-Series and Parallel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js7Q-r7G9ug (NOTE: This is not the best video BUT it has good information on the advantages and disadvantages of the different circuits AND how to draw the circuits using symbols.  To keep you interested, watch for the girl’s nose to disappear at some point! HA!)

    How Electricity Works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc979OhitAg

    Static Electricity (STOP at 8:23): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD1nyTG40bo

    Ben Franklin and His Kite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5mzFb2hhHY

   

Week 24 Handouts:  Sorry for the delay.  We had an internet traffic jam today with my older kids being online with their tutorial classes.  This is an adjustment for us all!

SCIENCE: Week 23 Summary--3/3/20  Simple Machine Fun

What tasty fun we had today exploring the many ways that simple machines make our work easier!  I brought in everything from garden tools to kitchen gadgets to show how we use simple machines everyday.  We moved heavy rocks, discussed how spiral staircases are screws, and identified the simple machines in common items found in our homes. 

 

The highlight of the day was making “simple machine fruit salad!”   We started with a challenge of having the kids figure out how to use manual can openers (a compound machine with levers, wedges, wheel & axle) to open cans of peaches, mandarin oranges, and pineapple.  Talk about hilarious!!  It was all in good fun watching them try, fail, laugh, instruct each other, and cheer each other on. I posted videos below.  Next, we added banana slices using another simple machine…a knife (wedge).  Don’t worry…the kids did not handle the knife!  Lastly, we added apple slices in a very big way.  They were so impressed last week with the manual apple peeler/corer/slicer that I decided to bring in my kitchen aid mixer with an apple peeler/slicer attachment, so they could see how work is even easier when you add electrical energy to a machine!  We had those apples peeled, cored, and sliced in a matter of minutes!  They were impressed with the gadgetry and I was impressed with how much fruit these kids can put away!  They are a fruit-lovin’ bunch!

 

When we return we will have lots of hands-on fun learning about electricity and circuits!  

 

I pray everyone has a safe, restful, and fun spring break!  See you in a few weeks!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

Important Notes:

 

HOMEWORK: There is homework to finish out this school week, but no reading lesson. It would be a good idea to have them re-watch at least one of the videos on electricity the Monday before returning so they are ready to discuss electricity in class.

 

FINAL PROJECT NOTE: Final project guidelines are now posted in the pdf section for our Star Wars Wacky Races event on April 14th. Please make sure you read all three pages of the final project guidelines. You can get started in gathering recyclables and brainstorming.  The remaining five weeks of classes will go by very fast so get a head start on planning out what you are going to do.  Video and web links to use as reference are listed below.

Video and Web Links for Final Project:

 

Never seen a Wacky race?  Here's a cartoon clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em2jMFhp9mM 

To learn more about the engineering design process, watch these videos:

3rd/4th Grade:

Solve Problems-Be an Engineer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9I35Rqo04E

Thinking Like an Engineer-Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM04n0-QtNo

Thinking Like an Engineer-Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrAl6JQ3sb4    

5th/6th Grade:

What’s an Engineer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owHF9iLyxic

The Engineering Process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxJWin195kU

Web links for different types of kinetic cars to use as reference & inspiration: 

NOTE--You do NOT need to watch all of these videos!  These are listed to give you design ideas.  More will be added as I come across other design ideas.

Mousetrap Car 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d19AIpl8ef8&feature=emb_rel_end

Mousetrap Car 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPAyIXwryaI

Battery-Powered: https://www.makerspaces.com/make-a-battery-powered-diy-car/

Rubber Band Car 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H1YwG19-0M

Rubber Band Car 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVUaU-NXLSA

Rubber Band Car 3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xhEXDrMML

Potential Energy Carhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YERjkGMSv8c

Rubber Band Air Car 1https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc1GsKv2fIc

Rubber Band Air Car 2https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tykmKY4kY4I

Balloon/Plastic Bottle Car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR2C1GGJ-9o

(easy) 4-Wheel Balloon Carhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8hu5Y-9AZ8

(advanced) DC Motor Carhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24YllTU3__Y

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

3rd/4th

   What is Electricity?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpbD0VEN0UE    

    Study Jams Electricity: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/energy-light-sound/electricity.htm

    All About Rube Goldberg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZh93OrKssw

    Sesame Street Rube Goldberg Machines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMpmit5YMcg

 

5th/6th

    Introduction to Electricity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf76pThNXZc    

    Study Jams Electricity: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/energy-light-sound/electricity.htm (be sure to take the online quiz after watching the video)

    All About Rube Goldberg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZh93OrKssw

    Rube Goldberg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40AO2RdEixs

Extra Credit Reference Videos:

    The Dresser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFSn8IwgQfw

    The Lunch Feeder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jruLdkHhi4

    World’s Largest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTjJzF_Oaow

Week 23 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some weeks there are handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):  FINAL PROJECT GUIDELINES ARE POSTED BELOW

SCIENCE: Week 22 Summary--2/25/20  Mechanical Energy & Simple Machines

It was sad to have so many students out again because of fevers and the flu, especially since they missed out on a really fun day playing with physics.  For the remainder of this semester we will explore five forms of energy (mechanical, electricity, light, thermal, and sound).  Today we learned about mechanical energy.  The students made cup rockets which demonstrate potential energy, kinetic energy, and mechanical energy.  Then we discussed 6 simple machines and how they make work easier, especially when combined into more complex machinery.  I then brought out a compound machine and had them look for the different simple machines that make it up and try to identify what the machine is used for.  There were a few students that recognized it, but most were surprised when I brought out a bag of apples and was able to peel, core, and slice an apple in under a minute.  We discussed how the same job could be done with just a knife (otherwise known as a wedge), but it would have taken a lot longer.  They were fascinated and many asked where they could buy one! We enjoyed a snack of apple slices, so hopefully our apple today will keep the doctor away and everyone will be back next week!

Pictures and video clips from class are posted below! (4th grade video is coming...)

 

Next week we will have a simple machines STEM lab day and introduce electrical energy.  It will be a lot of fun so everyone needs to get better and not miss!

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

Important Notes:

 

QUARTER 3 GRADING: Lab notebooks and tests were collected in class today.  I cannot complete your quarter 3 grade if I do not have these two items, so if you were absent I will need you to email or text me a picture of your test and I will try and figure out what to do about lab notebooks in the next few days.  There are several assignments to grade that were put added to the lab notebook.

Simple Machines Homework Items:  There is a lot of repetition about simple machines on the homework checklist with the videos and assignments this week but this is on purpose.  I want them to be very familiar with the material so they are able to get more out of our STEM lab next week.

 

FINAL PROJECT NOTE: Final project guidelines will be posted by March 7th for our Star Wars Wacky Races event on April 14th.  Students will design a vehicle using things they have learned in science this school year.  There will be specific things that will need to be included for grading, but a lot of leeway will be given for their imagination!  

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

3rd/4th

   Simple Machines (Free School): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvOmaf2GfCY

    Let’s Get Rolling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIV9IUHqW3A

    Need a Lift? Try a Pulley!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj4J7QNeBNk

    Super Simple Machines:—Levers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lueqE0lxLyc

 

5th/6th

    Simple Machines (Free School): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvOmaf2GfCY

    Simple Machines for Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSfNYpCprw4

    Pulley, Wheel, Lever and More: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtk2V0M6k3M

Reference for Archimedes Research:

    Archimedes Facts for Kids: https://kids.kiddle.co/Archimedes

Week 22 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some weeks there are handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):

SCIENCE: Week 21 Summary--2/18/20  Energy & Work

It was good to have the majority of the students back in class again!  Today we spent the first half of class introducing energy and the scientific definition of work. They also learned about potential and kinetic energy using several examples, including roller coasters.  The remainder of the semester will be spent learning about five main forms of energy: mechanical, electrical, light, thermal, and sound.

 

The last half of class was spent reviewing for their test and clearing up any confusion they may have had with the three laws of motion.  They did awesome asking questions AND answering them!  3rd & 4th grade classes had time to review with a little team quiz bowl competition and I must say, they are fierce competitors!

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

 

Important Notes:

 

LESSON 21 READING LESSON: The reading Lesson 21 was not handed out in class, but will be posted by Thursday morning.  It’s posted this week because of the extra time in creating and printing of the tests.  NOW POSTED BELOW

Sum It Up Worksheet Grading Note: 4th-6th grade classes were given this worksheet 2 weeks ago as a review for the 3 laws of motion.  These were graded but we went over them together in class as a review for the test since most everyone missed at least two questions.  With so many absences over the past several weeks and missing class discussions when these laws were covered, I decided to make this a credit grade rather than a percentage grade. Everyone will receive credit for turning in the assignment.

Quarter 3 Test:  Please follow instructions on the homework checklist for proctoring your child's test.  It needs to be brought back to class next week (25th).

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

3rd/4th

    Simple Machines Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQu3GY509ZM

    Force, Work, and Energy Relationship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD7a1EWjsTc (This is not my favorite video, but it does a good job of summarizing the main points of the lesson. Sometimes things that are annoying, like the parrot, help you remember!)    

    Energy and Different Forms of Energy With Examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JdvH_8cz-I    

    Roadrunner Reviews Energy and Work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx0747fBKWQ

 

5th/6th

    Simple Machines Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQu3GY509ZM

    Energy and Matter:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/matter/energy-and-matter.htm (take the quiz after watching the video)

    Energy and Different Forms of Energy With Examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JdvH_8cz-I    

    Roadrunner Reviews Energy and Work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx0747fBKWQ

    Potential Energy with Wile E. Coyote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jnj8mc04r9E

Week 21 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some weeks there are handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):

SCIENCE: Week 20 Summary--2/11/20  Contact/NonContact Forces

First, thanks for all the sweet treats and happy smiles for Valentines Day!  It is a warm feeling to have so many precious Valentines to teach every week!

 

Today we focused on details about contact and non-contact forces with class discussions and several demonstrations.  The favorite demonstration was the floating paperclips demo showing how magnetism is a non-contact force.  (We will have lots more fun with magnets later in the semester, but their reaction today confirms to me the fun they will have in weeks to come!)  We also “played a game” of what drops first to show how all things fall at the same rate due to gravity, unless the contact force of air resistance (or drag) affects its fall.  Then I showed my age by demonstrating electrostatic force using a record, a wool sweater, and rice crispy cereal.  The reactions to pulling out the record were priceless…”Wow! Can you still buy those?”  You would have thought I was Indiana Jones uncovering an ancient relic!

 

With a good base understanding of forces and motion, we will now focus our remaining lessons on energy and work.

Here's a picture of the floating paperclips!

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

 

Important Dates, Reminders, and Notes:

 

Reading Lesson 20 will be posted on Thursday.  I had to rework my lessons and needed a little more time to rewrite lesson 20.  I know there are two reading lessons this week but it is to make up for missing last week and stay on track with grading and report cards before spring break.  

Quarter 3 Test: The test will be given in class next week to take home.  It will cover everything this semester through week 20.  This test will be more about applying what they have learned rather than just knowing facts.  It is nothing to stress over and will be grade appropriate, but wanted to make sure that the students knew to study the concepts for understanding.  I will post the study guide Friday morning.  I have decided not to require the flashcards since it does not work for everyone to study that way, BUT the blank flashcards are available to anyone who would like to use them.  I asked them to write down how they have studied this week so I have some insight on what works best for them and to get them thinking about how they study.

 

Lab Notebooks will be collected for grading on February 25th and returned in class on March 3rd.  Report cards will go out on March 3rd so it is important that I have their tests returned on February 25th and am able to collect their lab notebooks in class the same day.  Everyone has done a super job of bringing their lab notebooks to class.  I don’t like docking points for not bringing their notebooks to class, BUT not one person has forgotten since then!

 

Correction from class discussion: In sharing the facts they learned about the three fathers of physics I told the class that I had read somewhere that Galileo died the same day that Newton was born.  In fact-checking myself, it was actually the same year, not the same day (almost one year to the day that he died which is probably how I mixed it up).  Sources for Newton’s birth year will vary between 1642 and 1643, depending on which calendar was followed.  I didn’t want to leave the kids misinformed.

 

Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration Worksheet for 5th/6th grades: 

The answer for question #8 was velocity on the answer key, but after many wrote down acceleration, I decided to allow either answer as I can see the point of there being a change from sitting to swooping down.  I want them to understand the difference between these three terms so I gave a make up sheet to a few students to redo their worksheet to improve their grade, but mostly to make sure they understand before the test.

 

Final Projects for the Semester:  Details for the final project will be coming soon (before spring break), but I wanted to give you a heads up.  On April 14th we will hold a Star Wars themed Wacky Race (or Great Race).  The students will have certain guidelines to follow in using what they have learned this semester to design their own Star Wars vehicle made from materials of their choice.  I do not want them making anything yet because they will have guidelines, but they can start collecting materials (recyclables) and brainstorming.

 

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

3rd/4th

    Defining Gravity (4.1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljRlB6TuMOU    

    Fun With Magnets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s236Q1nuWXg

    The Sticky Balloon Trick (Static Electricity): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TAIUCYMlIQ

    Playtime with Parachutes (Drag): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab_g5sLoXoY

 

5th/6th

    Falling 101:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly9T46UouGk

    Aristotle VS. Galileo (free fall): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HR5UmG0q0s

    Astronaut Experiment-Air Resistance (32.2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrJ1-YofCaA

Week 20 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some weeks there are handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):

LESSON 20 IS POSTED NOW.  5TH/6TH GRADE WILL NOTICE THAT THERE IS NO MENTION OF MAGNETIC AND ELECTROSTATIC FORCES.  I KEPT IT OUT FOR NOW AND WILL COVER IT WHEN WE STUDY ELECTRICITY IN A FEW WEEKS. THEY WILL NOT NEED TO ADD TO THOSE NOTES IN THEIR LAB NOTEBOOKS.  JUST THE CONTACT FORCES AND GRAVITY.

 

STUDY GUIDE is now posted.  Each grade has one full page with a partial second page.  We will review for the test in class next week so please come prepared with questions on anything that you are having trouble understanding.  You will also have lighter homework next week as well to allow extra time to study, but do not wait until the last minute! 

SCIENCE: Week 19 Summary--2/4/20  "Snow Day"/Sick Day

I pray that those of you that are sick are on the mend and those of you that are well, stay that way! Hopefully this week off will give us all the break we need to get rid of these nasty germs and ALL be together next week!

 

We would have talked about gravity in class today.  Since we are not technically losing a school day for the semester in taking our built-in snow day, I will move today’s scheduled plans to next week.  This week’s homework will concentrate on learning more about the “fathers of physics”: Galileo Galilei, Sir Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein.  The focus for this assignment is to have the students learn a little more about the men themselves, relate the names with their contributions, and to see how their curiosity and observations of the universe led to their discoveries.  See the pdf attachments below for the homework checklist. They will also watch a few videos on gravity to prep for next week's discussion.  

Have a wonderful week and hope to see you on Tuesday!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

 

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

3rd/4th

Galileo Galilei: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buL3h-ofloA

Happy Birthday, Sir Isaac Newton!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_HnEZf7BB4

Albert Einstein for Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjoYbsvUoO4

Danger! Falling Objects (32.1 Crash Course Kids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxcx35x5L9Y

Why Roller Coasters Are Awesome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcRFh-dCxWE

 

5th/6th

Galileo Galilei for Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UyV6yg9hqM

Isaac Newton (Illustrating History): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psMy-F8Llpg (REVISED VIDEO)

Albert Einstein for Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjoYbsvUoO4

Danger! Falling Objects (32.1 Crash Course Kids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxcx35x5L9Y

Gravity & Inertia: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/forces-and-motion/fgravity-and-inertia.htm

Week 19 Homework Checklists:

SCIENCE: Week 18 Summary--1/28/20  Newton's Third Law

It was another busy day in the SHARE science lab learning all about Newton’s third law of motion.  This is one of the more difficult motion laws to fully understand and is often misunderstood so we focused on four main ideas to give them a better understanding of just how well-Designed and interconnected our universe is.  They practiced taking notes in their lab notebooks as we went over the four points.  Most of our class time was spent going through many hands-on examples and demonstrations of the third law so its safe to say that even if they didn’t fully grasp the law’s concepts, they certainly had fun trying!  

 

I have spent a lot of time on Newton’s three laws of motion but this is intentional as it is the foundation for so many other scientific concepts that will lead them to a deeper understanding in future studies, as well as draw their attention to how it applies to their everyday lives. 

 

As a reminder to parents of third and fourth graders: The third through sixth grade all have the same weekly science lesson which is written geared toward the older grades.  I teach the same main concepts to all of the grades but my expectations for each grade level is different.  The main goal for third grade is exposure to the concepts, getting them thinking about what they observe, and fostering a sense of wonder and excitement about God’s Creation.  Please read the lessons in their entirety so they are hearing the terms, but understand that I am not expecting them to recall the definitions of acceleration and vectors!  I think they are picking up more than you would think!  I know they surprise me every week!

 

Homework Notes:

 

  • For some reason I did not have enough copies of the homework checklist for the fifth graders during class.  I made copies after class and passed them out reminding them to put them in their backpacks right away so they would not get lost.  I found several of the checklists on the floor at the end of the day, so for those students that did not get their checklists put in their backpack, please print one out from the pdf below.

  • The lab notebook assignment in finding examples of the laws of motion in their play is open-ended.  Their homework is to PLAY.  The goal is for them to observe and apply what they have learned about laws of motion in finding examples through their outdoor play or with their toys. It does not have to be anything fancy…just THEIR ideas.  They can set up their toys with an experiment and explain it or they can simply tell/show an example of how something moves when they play.  If they play a certain sport, have them tell about a motion law they can observe when they play it.  Have them record their ideas in the noted lab notebook pages in a way that fits their style.  I never grade their work in looking for perfection or fancy artwork.  I am looking for their ideas and them learning how to apply what they know to the world around them.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

 

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

    Newton’s Third Law Action/Reaction: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/forces-and-motion/action-and-reaction.htm  

     

    Newton’s Three Laws (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA_mqSzbkM0

    Newton’s Three Laws (MooMoo Math): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIQlPTkcKvk

    Real World Examples of Three Laws (MooMoo Math): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztt1mVYH6x4

Week 18 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some weeks there are handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):

SCIENCE: Week 17 Summary--1/21/20  Newton's Second Law

Today was all about Newton’s second law of motion, acceleration, and the effects of friction.  To demonstrate Newton’s second law a few students helped out with my “Jedi Speedy Delivery Service” and delivered some letters for me in the classroom in a makeshift “land speeder.”   They quickly learned that the greater the mass of the land speeder, the greater of a force is required to accelerate it.  We also discussed the force of friction and how it made the work harder to accomplish and what improvements we could make to reduce it.  They had a blast!  Two videos are posted below to give you a glimpse into our day. (Working on this!)  We added quite a bit to our lab notebooks today and reviewed the concepts we have learned so far.  The older grades went a little deeper into discussing what exactly acceleration is in physics (not just increasing speed), as well as velocity, vector quantities, and calculating force.  I am not expecting them to absorb all of this information in one semester, but I do want them to hear the words and at least be exposed to the concepts.  Hopefully it will give them something to build on in the years to come.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

 

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

3rd & 4th Grade Homework Checklist Videos:

Force, Work and Energy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSY4HzWZIlo    

Newton’s Second Law-Acceleration: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/forces-and-motion/acceleration.htm

Friction (Bill Nye): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAqrWvkBoHk

Slipping, Sliding Science! (Friction): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps90zArJEJY

5rd & 6th Grade Homework Checklist Videos:

Newton’s Second Law-Acceleration: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/forces-and-motion/acceleration.htm (Be sure to take the quiz after watching video)

Friction (Bill Nye): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAqrWvkBoHk

Speed, velocity, and acceleration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jyiw6KkedDY

Week 17 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some weeks there are handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):

SCIENCE: Week 16 Summary--1/14/20  Newton's First Law

We had a great day exploring classical mechanics with motion, force, and inertia!  We began class with a quick review of what physics is and then introduced the oldest branch of physics, classical mechanics.  We discussed and demonstrated: force being a push or pull on an object, balanced and unbalanced forces, and Newton’s First Law of Motion: inertia.  We spent the last half of class with a lab activity on inertia.  Students were given a plastic box with a variety of objects that were used to demonstrate how an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon by a force.  I demonstrated 3-4 activities using the objects and then let them try it for themselves, as well as come up with other ways.  Sixth grade did an especially good job with putting their own spin on demonstrating inertia.  I have a few videos from class that I will try and post later.

Everyone that came to class today had their lab notebook!  Great job!

 

To those out with the flu, you were missed!  Prayers for returned health and continued health are definitely being prayed for all during this nasty cold and flu season.  Homework checklists and the lesson sheet are posted.  Those absent in third and forth grade do not need to worry about the hexagon foldable assignment; I will have it for you next week.

 

HOMEWORK NOTES: 

  • The lesson is longer this week so it is a good idea to break the reading up into two reading sessions so the information has time to sink in.  The basic concepts introduced in this lesson will be built upon over the next several weeks so it is important that they have a good understanding. 

  • Regarding the mind mapping assignment for 5th and 6th grade: please do not stress about this assignment.  It will be graded, but based on completion and effort, not perfection and artwork.  The only way to bomb it is to either not do it or give very little effort.  The purpose of this assignment is to introduce a note taking and study skill.  It will help them learn to pull out key concepts from a lecture or their reading and then practice making connections.  The physical act of them writing down key words or sketching an idea will help them to remember what they are learning.  The goal is not to be artistic or spend a lot of time on the creativity.  Sometimes the worse the drawing is, the better they will remember the idea!  This is only one of many ways to take notes or study and it may not ultimately be what works best for them, but they won’t know until they try!  And it needs to be THEIR work and path of discovery for this assignment because it is helping them put the information into their memory.  If they really put forth effort into it they might be surprised how much they will remember from Lesson 16.  Trying out different ways now on how to take notes and study and discovering what works best for them individually will be valuable for the years to come. 

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

 

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

 

All Grades: 

Newton’s Laws of Motion Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUp4W9htmuY

What’s Newton’s Laws Say? (fox song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okCCGxWs_L8

3rd & 4th Grade Homework Checklist Videos:

Swings, Slides, and Science: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvSClZ3vHOI

Force and Motion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfeVlNL7d9U

5rd & 6th Grade Homework Checklist Videos:

Study Jams-Force & Motion: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/forces-and-motion/force-and-motion.htm  (Be sure to take the quiz after watching video)

Study Jams-Newton’s First Law-Inertia: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/forces-and-motion/inertia.htm (Be sure to take the quiz after watching video)

Mind Map Reference Videos:

How to Use Mind Maps for Studying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxwYcW3E5Mw

How to Mind Map Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wZ5wV5dPZc (this explains how to use a mind mapping program, but you can apply the tutorial to mapping by hand)

 

Week 16 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some weeks there are handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):

SCIENCE: Week 15 Summary--1/7/20  Intro to Physics!

Well folks, strap on your seatbelt for the crazy, fast ride known as the second semester!  After a five week break, us teachers did not have high expectations for getting much accomplished today, but apart from the third graders sleepily stumbling into class this morning asking for a reminder of where to sit, the students did really quite well.  

 

Today began our introduction to physics which is the science of how the universe works.  After spending a little time prepping our lab notebooks, the students learned a note-taking technique called mind-mapping using key words and drawings.  We started with a key word in physics, such as “motion,” and brainstormed examples of physics they experience in their everyday lives through work and play.  I really have to give a shout-out to the fourth grade class on this.  They did an exceptional job and by the end of class they had filled the white board with most of the key concepts we will be learning, as well as adding other lines connecting the sub-concepts together.  I think we were all surprised at what they accomplished in illustrating the point that physics shows how the universe is orderly, Designed, and functions like a machine with many interconnecting parts.  I am now mad that I did not take a picture of the board!  All classes ended with a little physics fun of playing with Angry Bird toys…balls, birds, and pigs were flying all over the place!  A good way to ease into the semester!

 

HOMEWORK:  I did not print out a homework checklist for this week (only).  I did not want to give a lot of homework the first week back and couldn't justify using the paper and ink to print it out.  So, for this week only, here are the homework instructions for all grades:

    1.  Read Lesson 15 sheet, “What is Physics?”  Older grades, please remember to underline or highlight key passages as you read.  I numbered this lesson with a “15” to correspond with the numbered weeks that will be on their homework checklists…having the numbers match will cut down on confusion.  Add the sheet to your binder in the lesson section.

    2.  Using the new, blank flashcards given to you in class, make 3 flashcards.  Label the cards “Q3” in the bottom right-hand corner of the unlined side.  Keep the on the ring in your binder and go over the cards weekly.  Remember, if you know your flashcards, you will ace your quarter test!  You may take off the chemistry flashcards from last semester.  

    Blank side: Physics            Lined side: the science of how the universe works

    Blank side: Energy            Lined side: what enables matter to move or change

    Blank side: Law of Conservation of Energy    

        Lined side: energy cannot be created nor destroyed, but it can change form

    3.  Number your lab notebook.  Most notebooks stopped at #51.  Please continue to number the pages in the bottom right-hand corner to #100.  Lightly in pen or using pencil works best.

    4.  Add pictures to lab notebook.  I gave the students copies of pictures from first semester.  If not already done, they are to put their “mad scientist” picture on the front, inside cover.  In some cases there were additional pictures printed from the semester.  They can add these pictures to the blank pages at the end of the chemistry section (page numbers 47-49).  I had to do a double take when handing out several of them because it is amazing how much they have grown in 4-5 months!

 

 

OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES: 

 • A large number of students did not come prepared for class today with their lab notebooks.  We use the lab notebooks most every class.  If they do not have it, then they are unable to participate in what the class is doing and it really hinders the learning.  This had started to become a bad habit at the end of last semester.  I have decided to start docking two points off their homework checklist point totals starting next week for every time they do not bring it to class.  Here’s why… Apart from not being able to participate in class activities, the number one excuse I receive is to blame mom or dad for them not having it.  Special circumstances aside, they are ultimately responsible for having their materials for class.  I am hoping that by losing points they will start to take more personal responsibility in making sure they are prepared to come to class.  Homework checklist points are counted twice for each grading period.  It can add up so be careful!

 

• My Christmas break was not much of a “break” and I am behind on some correspondence, as well as thank you notes for the lovely Christmas gifts.  If you have not received a response to an email sent at the end beginning of December, I  will catch up on my emails this week, as well as send out electronic thank you notes to the kids (please don’t think it is spam).

 

• I will post a list of names by Friday that sent me a picture over break of their crystal candy canes for extra credit.  If you did the project and do not see your name, please contact me.  I don’t want to have overlooked anyone.  The ornaments looked beautiful and I was so happy to hear how much fun you had making them!  POSTED BELOW IN PDF SECTION

Have a wonderful week getting back into the swing of a schedule!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

Week 15 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some weeks there are handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):

SCIENCE: Week 14 Summary--12/3/19  CHRISTMAS PARTY!!

 

What a festive day we had!  Thank you so much for all the thoughtful gifts and sweet hugs and smiles.  It was not the “getting” that the kids were so excited about, it was their GIVING to the teachers and to their classmates that made them smiley and excited! It truly warmed our hearts watching them with each other during the gift exchange.  That is such a blessing and a true testament to how you are raising them.  Great job parents!  They are sweet, sweet kids that us teachers love as our own while they are with us.  I don't say that lightly.

 

CANDY CANE ORNAMENT NOTE: My gift to the students was a crystal candy cane ornament kit that involves chemistry!  On the label it says to refer to their lab notebook for instructions, but I was having computer problems and was unable to get it printed out and in their lab notebooks before giving it to them.  Below is a pdf of what would have been in their notebooks as well as a weblink that I referred to in making their kits.  Be sure to supervise when making the solution since it involves boiling water and Borax.  Borax is perfectly safe if handled properly.  I hope they enjoy watching the crystals form on the candy cane.  I thought this project would serve as a good reminder for the fun semester we’ve had learning that chemistry is cool, but more so, that we serve an awesome God that created it all.  I would love to see how they turn out.  *****Text or email me a picture of you with your completed ornament for five extra credit points to start off the next quarter’s grading period!*****

Web link for picture instructions and the science behind the crystals: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/christmas-crystal-candy-canes-science-activity/

 

Important Paperwork Note: Every student received a manilla envelope with their lab notebook, graded papers, and report card on the way out the door yesterday.  Please make sure these things are put in their backpacks ready to go for next semester and are not lost in the shuffle of their gift bags.  Overall the test scores, project grades, and quarter grades were absolutely awesome!  I am so proud of the students for learning the fundamentals of a science subject that often overwhelms students.  I was actually surprised at how enthusiastic the kids were when learning about the elements.  I pray that seeds of knowledge were planted this semester that they can build on for not only future science classes, but also for a deeper understanding of just how complex the world is around us and that it can only mean that is was Designed.  It’s just TOO perfect and complex!   If that is the only thing that they got out of this quarter in science, then I consider that a great success that will serve them well in their lives.  But I think they learned a great deal more than that.

 

Unfortunately I got sick over the Thanksgiving break and did not get done what I wanted to with their lab notebooks to prepare for the next semester.  I did get their pictures printed and they turned out super cute.  We will add them next semester and prepare the books in class for our next science adventure…Physics!  

 

Have a wonderful Christmas break making memories and spending time with family.  

 

Much love to you all!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

SCIENCE: Week 13 Summary--11/19/19

 

It was element presentation day!  Part of a scientist’s job is to communicate and share their research and the kids did a wonderful job telling their classmates what they learned about their element.  It can be scary to get up in front of the class and speak, but the more they are exposed to this skill, the less scary it becomes.  We learned a lot of interesting facts, several of which I took notes on so I could find out more later.  Great job on research!

 

At recess I was able to do one demonstration that I had wanted to do last week for mad scientist week, but it needed to be outside.  I think most of the kids were as impressed as I was with watching the reactions taking place with a carbon sugar snake.  I made a mixture of powdered sugar and baking soda.  Rubbing alcohol was poured into a tray of sand and the sugar mixture mounded on top.  When I lit the rubbing alcohol it heated the baking soda to a temperature that created carbon dioxide gas.  The carbon dioxide gas releases pressure causing the sugar snake to grow.  The “snake” is black due to the heating and caramelizing of the sugar.  Many asked how they could do this at home and they were told VERY CLEARLY that since it involves rubbing alcohol and a flame, that the experiment may only be performed by an adult who is following the proper safety precautions.  I will email instructions to any parent that wishes to try this at home.

 

Great news!  No homework this week for two reasons.  First, since our next SHARE day is the Christmas party and they will not be bringing binders and backpacks, I did not want the kids trying to hand in checklists next week.  Second, they worked so hard studying for and taking their test, as well as worked hard preparing their element projects that they (and you!) deserve a break.  I will be finishing up all grading over the break, so if your child was absent and did not turn in their quarter test or element report, please contact me.  I will be giving the students  a bag or large envelope at the end of Christmas party day (as they leave) with their graded tests, lab notebook, any other graded homework, report cards, and a homework checklist that will be due on our first returning class day in January.  Please make sure that these items are checked and put up for safe keeping when they get home so that nothing is missing for the second semester when we return.

 

It has been a real joy teaching the fundamentals of chemistry this semester!  I hope your children have enjoyed it just as much and that it has deepened their understanding of just how awesome of a Creator God is!  I know it has for me!

 

Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving holiday with your family!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

Pictures from Carbon Sugar Snake Demo:

SCIENCE: Week 12 Summary--11/12/19

 

The extreme cold ruined my original plans for “Mad Scientist Day,” but it didn't stop all of our fun in wrapping up our study of chemistry!  Today we discussed mixtures.  The students learned two main characteristics of mixtures (not chemically combined AND can be separated).  They were shown several examples of both heterogenous mixtures (suspensions, colloids) and homogenous mixtures (solutions), and the different ways that they can be separated (by hand, evaporation, distillation, filtration, centrifugally, magnetically, etc.)  They learned that chemists spend a lot of time in their field making and separating mixtures into pure substances.  They enjoyed two heterogenous mixture snacks of Chex mix and chocolate milk.

 

I had a couple of show-stopping science demos planned to wrap up our chemistry fun, but the cold weather foiled my plans of needing to be outdoors, so we enjoyed an indoor-friendly activity of making a polymer.  They learned that polymers are long molecules of repeating units that stretch out like a chain.  They may not remember that part of it but they will remember “making slime!”  With the snacks, the slime, and the dressing up, it was a great day in the SHARE science lab. I will find a time at some point to fit in at least one of the demos that I originally had planned because it is just that cool!

 

IMPORTANT NOTES AND REMINDERS….PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION!!!

 

  • HOMEWORK: At the last minute I decided to revise the homework for the week so I did not hand out a checklist in class. Their homework is basically to study, take their test, and complete their project to present next week.  The checklist is posted below in the PDF section.  I also did not hand out a reading lesson on mixtures this week since they have a quarter test and their element project.  I will hand this out next week.

 

  • FLASHCARDS: First, there will not be any additional flashcards added this week before taking their test.  I decided not to add any information on mixtures so the list that was posted last week is all the information that will be included on their test.  Second, there is a HUGE typo mistake on the flashcard list.  I mistakenly typed electron instead of neutron as being a part of the nucleus, then copied and pasted the info for each grade level.  So, the two subatomic particles that make up the nucleus are protons and neutrons (NOT electrons).  Please make sure this is corrected on their flashcards if they didn't catch my mistake when making them. A revised PDF is listed below.

 

  • QUARTER 2 TEST: Each student was given an envelope with their quarter 2 test.  These are to be returned next week.  Please proctor and sign the test and have them return them in the same envelope. Many tests were not signed by a parent on the last test.  The signature lets me know that instructions for proctoring and taking the test were followed.  The test, for the most part, is very straight forward from the flashcard list, but there is a section of having to apply their knowledge of the periodic table to answer a section of questions.  Make sure they review what the periods, groups, and atomic numbers mean on the chart and where to find them. The quarter tests next semester will increase in difficulty somewhat with a little more application of knowledge rather than just word-for-word questions from the flashcards, but we are taking it in steps as this is the first exposure to test-taking and study skills for many.  If your child was absent today, please contact me when they are ready to take the test and I will email it directly to you.

 

  • ELEMENT PROJECT: The students were given a copy of the Element Profile Report that is to be neatly filled out as a part of their semester project.  A PDF is listed below just in case, as well as a reposting of the project guidelines for what to include in their report and their presentations.  The visual for their presentation does not have to be anything grand or labor-intensive and their presentation time is to be short.  The idea is for the students to learn how to share information about what they learned and to learn more about the elements from each other.  This project will count for 20% of their semester grade so make sure they are following the given guidelines.

 

  • LAB NOTEBOOKS: I will once again collect lab notebooks next week.  Over Thanksgiving break I will be adding a picture and a few printouts, as well as check over their lab work/notes.  These will be returned on December 3rd along with their graded tests and report cards.  Since they are not to bring their backpacks on that day (Christmas Party), I will make sure it is all in a bag or envelope for safe transfer.

If you have any questions or concerns about the test or project, please email me or text.

Stay Warm!

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net or text only at 615-473-2330

WEB LINKS for Project Research:

Videos for Element Profile Project-- 

http://www.periodicvideos.com

https://www.ptable.com

https://www.ducksters.com/science/elements.php

 

 

Week 12 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):

SCIENCE: Week 11 Summary--11/5/19

Today we learned about two ways that atoms bond together.  Using the example of a water molecule, they learned about covalent bonds where atoms connect by sharing their electrons so that everyone is happy with a full valence shell. Then, using the example of a sodium chloride molecule (table salt), they learned about ionic bonds where atoms transfer electrons to fill each others’ valence shells, but in the process upset their neutral balance of the proton and electron charges, thus becoming an ion and giving the atom a positive or negative charge. They learned that the oppositely-charged atoms attract (like opposite poles on a magnet) which is what creates an ionic bond.  That may sound like a lot, but I really do think the kids are understanding these basic chemistry fundamentals and have a deeper appreciation for just how awesome of a Designer our God is.

 

After discussing the two main types of bonds, we used gumdrops and marshmallows to build simple molecules following chemical formulas written on the board.  They learned that the same simple elements can be connected in different ways which can turn into something we need or can ingest, such as water (H2O) and salt (NaCl), but in another arrangement, can be toxic to ingest, such as bleach (NaClO or NaOCl) or hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).  Then they got to eat their elements!

 

Reminders:

  • Next week will be our “Mad Scientist Day,” where we will have fun wrapping up our study of chemistry talking about mixtures, solutions, and chemical reactions.  This will be the last teaching/lecture day for the semester so don’t miss out!  Kids can dress up as a “mad” scientist, serious scientist, or their favorite scientist.  I would like to take their picture to add to their lab notebooks over Thanksgiving Break.

  • Elements were assigned today for their Element Semester Projects which will be presented on the 19th.  Their assigned element is written on their homework checklist. Project Guidelines & Report Forms are posted below in PDF section. Report forms will be handed out in class next week, but the pdf is posted for you to know now what you need to research.

  • Quarter 2 take-home tests will be sent home next week to be returned on the 19th.  They must be returned on the 19th so that they can be graded over Thanksgiving break as we will be giving out report cards when we return.  Flashcard/Study Guide is posted below in PDF section.

  • Lab notebooks will be collected on November 19th and returned in a bag or envelope with their report cards and graded tests on December 3rd (Christmas Party day).

 

Homework Note (Typo needs correction): There is a typo that is important that you correct on the second page of the lesson sheet.  In the second paragraph there is an underlined sentence that SHOULD read, “So, an ion is an atom that has gained or lost an electron and has become electrically charged.” Please replace the second “atom” with the word “electron.”  The 5th and 4th grade classes should have this corrected, but I forgot to mention it in the 3rd and 6th grade classes.

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Choose at least three to watch.  They are on the longer side but simplified information and good for review. Don't watch all at once. 

All Grades-- 

Octet Rule Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzWk-mx_14E

Valence Electrons and the Periodic Table: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yADrWdNTWEc

Ionic Bonding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=102&v=5VWShX60nGc

Covalent Bonding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjt6TLWZzR4

Valence Electrons-Periodic Table (Moo Moo Math): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbpsDiTBejI

Sodium Explodes in Water, Why Doesn’t Salt?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CArZeDTwVh4

 

Videos for Element Profile Project-- 

http://www.periodicvideos.com

https://www.ptable.com

https://www.ducksters.com/science/elements.php

 

 

Week 11 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):

SCIENCE: Week 10 Summary--10/29/19

Today’s class was probably the toughest subject-wise, but the intention is to plant some very basic seeds of knowledge about how and why atoms connect.  We discussed what all the colors on the periodic table are for and had them color in their own periodic table grouping into three parts…metal, nonmetals, and metalloids.  

 

Then we reviewed what we learned last week about the rows and columns (periods and groups) and discussed more in depth about valence shells and their electrons.  This is where the connections begin.  I used an example of collecting Pokemon cards and how an atom wants to have a full collection of eight electrons in its valence shell to achieve the octet rule, just like kids want to have a full collection of Pokemon characters (or some other collection).  Some of them probably think I’m a little nutty as I was slightly dramatic in explaining how atoms with seven valence electrons are very excited to get that one last electron to complete their collection.  Just letting you know in case the kids come home telling you I’m crazy, which I’m ok with if it made an impression to help them remember my point.  I was really warmed up by the last class of the day, so the fourth grade probably really think I am off my rocker!

 

To end class, each student was given a card with a Bohr model of an atom showing the electrons in the valence shell (outermost ring) and we spent time finding matches to each other to make eight electrons (octet rule).  The light bulbs started flickering when they realized these “matches” were making things they were a little more familiar with, such as table salt. We also briefly covered Lewis Dot Diagrams and how they just show the chemical symbol name with dots around it showing how many valence electrons it has. Next week we will continue discussing how “God’s Legos” snap together and cover the main types of bonds with a little fun of making their own models and mixtures.  

 

If your student is struggling with understanding the material, do not be concerned as the idea is to get them familiar with the words and very basic concepts.  Each grade level will have different seeds of knowledge that they will come away with and by the end of the semester will have more of an understanding than they thought they would!

Homework Note: Remember, the flashcard list will be posted later this week. (UPDATE: flashcards will not be posted this week.  I write the tests as I make out the flashcard list and I am under the weather this week and don't feel my best to be writing tests.  Postpone flashcards till next week)  Look for it at the bottom with the pdfs. AND..Sorry to the 4th grade class for the faulty periodic table and crossword matchup.  The black and white copy of the periodic table you had last week was an older one and did not have the newer elements named to complete the crossword.  The students have updated periodic tables in their lab notebooks now.

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

All Grades-- 

• What is an Atom?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-3I1JGW-Ck

• Material World 40.1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGfLhPslEjQ&list=PLhz12vamHOnaY7nvpgtQ0SIbuJdC4HA5O&index=13

• Material Magic 40.2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MraHoI-Yik4&list=PLhz12vamHOnaY7nvpgtQ0SIbuJdC4HA5O&index=14

Good for Review as well as re-watching the videos from last week:

• Organizing Properties 35.1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD7W5O0BH7g&list=PLhz12vamHOnaY7nvpgtQ0SIbuJdC4HA5O&index=11 

• What’s My Property 35.2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlSemv2fLN8&list=PLhz12vamHOnaY7nvpgtQ0SIbuJdC4HA5O&index=12

Week 10 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):

Flashcards will NOT be posted this week.  I am behind with my work because of a weather-change headache so am not at my best to write the tests/flashcards list.  I will exclude the flashcards from the homework points.  I will be back on track by next class!

SCIENCE: Week 9 Summary--10/22/19

Your kids were amazing today!!  Continuing the analogy of atoms being “God’s Legos,” we started class discussing the many, many ways that we could organize (group/classify) a box of random Legos that I brought in.  We figured out real quick that there are many ways to do it, but figuring out the most efficient use of space, time, and function, takes a lot of thought and planning.  They learned that a molecule is two or more atoms grouped together and if those atoms are the same, they are an element, but if they are different, they are a compound.  I then introduced them to the Periodic Table of the Elements, the most common way that scientists have organized the building blocks of all matter.  They learned that Dmitri Mendeleev is the Father of the Periodic Table and the great thought and hard work he put behind how the elements are arranged on the chart.  All those squares are not put up there randomly!  We focused on three main parts of how they are arranged: atomic number (number of protons that identifies what atom it is), the periods (rows that tell how many orbitals/shells/energy fields surround the nucleus), and the groups (columns that tell how many electrons are in the outer most shell—valence electrons).  We then broke up into teams and had a little competition in identifying the number of valence electrons and/or the number of orbitals for elements that I called out.  They were slightly confused at first, but by the end of each class, they were answering every question correctly and I could see the light bulbs clicking on one by one when they got the hang of it.  They were so excited when they finally “got it.”  My hope is that by learning the basics and becoming familiar with the elements and the periodic table, they will have a much easier time in the middle school and high school sciences, even if they don't completely understand all the concepts now.  So, I am keeping it simple, but repeating it often so they are ingrained with the basics to build off of later, which is why you may notice repetition in the videos I choose or the homework I assign.  

 

Next week we will learn the very basics of how “God’s Legos” snap together to make compounds and what the color blocks mean on the periodic table.  They will also receive information next week for their end of the semester project that will wrap up our study of chemistry.  They will each be assigned an element to research and will make a presentation to the class.  This will be a simple project, so nothing to stress over, but I do want to give them time to get started since our time is quickly slipping away.  I am also planning a fun “Mad Scientist Day” that should be the highlight of our semester!  

 

HOMEWORK NOTE: The students were given a black and white printout of the periodic table to use with for their homework.  I DO NOT WANT THEM TO COLOR IT IN!  They are to use it for their homework assignments and bring it back next week uncolored because we will be filling it in during class.  I forgot to mention this to them in class.  Hopefully they all bring it back next week!

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

All Grades-- 

• What’s the Difference Between an Atom and a Molecule: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbbOBPfH_uk 

• Elements & Compounds: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/matter/elements-and-compounds.htm (Take quiz at end)

• Meet the Elements Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=18&v=d0zION8xjbM (a good one to repeat)

For 3rd & 4th Grades--

• Introduction to the Periodic Table: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=8migjQOY3hM (This is one episode of a cartoon series that teaches chemistry to kids. I have only screened the one, but you may want to watch it from the beginning.  This is optional, to be determined by your parent.)

• What is the Periodic Table?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4fSVPTBvTA

For 5th & 6th Grades--

• Introduction to the Periodic Table: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg6KeXsDVwYc

• Understanding the Periodic Table: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaeDZmPJMbY

   

  

Week 9 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):

SCIENCE: Week 8 Summary--10/8/19

Today’s class focused on the atom and the behavior of its subatomic particles—protons, neutrons, and electrons.  We discussed how small an atom is and how they can be compared to Lego pieces that God has used to create the entire world.  We “built” atoms using marshmallows and chocolate chips and they learned that the number of protons determines the identity of the atom and there will be the same number of electrons as protons.  We also talked about the different charges of the particles and how to remember them.  As we added protons (marshmallows) to the nucleus the atom changed from hydrogen to helium, then to lithium, etc…  These different atoms are like different kinds of lego pieces.  We briefly discussed “putting these different pieces together” to form molecules, much like lego pieces are put together to form new things.  This is all a very new topic for many of the kids so we focused on the basics and will be repeating it often so they learn the fundamental concepts to build off of as they grow.  When we return from break we will talk about how these atoms/elements are organized into the periodic table and the basics of how to read it.

 

I collected lab notebooks today to check over the break.  The students all received their quarter test in a manilla envelope.  Please read the instructions on the homework checklist for administering and returning the test.  Remember, all test questions come directly from the 2 sets of flashcards that they made.  If they study those, they will do great!

 

Have a great fall break!  Mrs. Sonya

 

Real World Connection Opportunity: I stumbled upon an article this morning that would be a great opportunity for your student to make a real world connection to something we have learned in class.  We happened to build a lithium atom in class and it so happens that the Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded recently for the use of lithium in batteries.  It would be great to skim the article with them and see what connections they can make.  For example, it mentions that lithium has a high reactivity which is a chemical property that we learned last week and that high reactivity property helped in their creation of a longer lasting battery.  At the least, it would be great for them to see in the article some of the chemical symbols that they “created” in class and how they were used to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

 

Scientists who invented lithium batteries win Nobel Chemistry Prize

 

https://mol.im/a/7553875

 

Digging Deeper (Optional):

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

All Grades-- 

    • Atoms-Protons, Neutron, and Electrons: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/matter/atoms.htm    

    • Bill Nye the Science Guy-Atoms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNK1mQfNeik

    • Just How Small is an Atom?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQP4UJhNn0I

For 5th & 6th Grade:

    • What are Atoms Made Of?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooWfzpUIoNM

   

  

Week 8 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):

SCIENCE: Week 7 Summary--10/1/19

We braved the heat today and spent most of our class time outside so we could freely explore the differences between chemical and physical changes.  We had a whopping 28 examples of these changes that were either displayed or demonstrated.  Why so many (besides the fact that I am a little bit crazy)?  If they were confused before we got started as to what the difference is between these two matter changes, they weren’t by the time we went through all 28!  I wish you could have seen their “reactions”!!  Don’t worry when you read the list in their lab notebook…I handled most of the reactions when it came to fire, acetone, or bleach. They were strongly told not to do these things by themselves at home.  The hands down favorites were the Mentos/Coke explosion, the Pop Rocks in Coke reaction, the disappearing egg shell, the disappearing red dye, and the acetone & styrofoam melt!  As we went through each item on the list, they learned chemical properties and the signs to look for when determining what kind of change it is.  They should well know by now my self-coined phrase, “what’s done is done and can’t be undone,” which is one of the main ways to identify a chemical reaction.  For the 4th grade class, which is the last class of the day, we had something strange occur to spark some scientific curiosity.  When I tried to burn the paper it would not stay lit, as I had been successfully doing for the other three classes.  After some inferring, we concluded that being in the humidity throughout the day caused the paper to get damp enough to not burn as easily.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some cooler weather!

 

For those unable to get some of their lab notebook filled in, I will include a pdf attachment below by the end of the day with the answers to fill it in. Sorry for the delay...posted below.

 

Next week we will start looking at atoms and molecules to have a better understanding as to what is going on when these changes occur.  AND DON'T FORGET: I will be collecting lab notebooks next week to check over fall break!  You will be graded according to the notebook guidelines in the front of your lab notebook!

 

Note on Flashcards: The 3rd and 6th grade classes were given more blank notecards to add to their flashcard ring for the next set of flashcards.  I was unable to get these to the 4th and 5th grade classes.  Please have them cut 3x5 index cards in half and hole punch them in the corner to add to their ring to make their next set of flashcards.  Again, all test questions will come from the flashcards so they should be reviewing them often and learning how to study for a test.  Sorry for the delay...posted below.

 

For Study and Review for 1st Quarter Test:

Students should be reviewing their flashcards in preparation for the Quarter 1 test that will be handed out next week.  Below are a few optional videos to help in their studying.

    • Vacation or Conservation (of Mass) 23.1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lHHOiTdmK4&list=PLhz12vamHOnaY7nvpgtQ0SIbuJdC4HA5O&index=9

    • Properties of Matter: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/matter/properties-of-matter.htm

    • State of Matter: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/matter/solids-liquids-gases.htm

 

Digging Deeper (Optional): This is an interesting example to show how knowing the properties of matter and how they react can lead to solving problems.  An Irish teenager won the Google science fair for his work in discovering an effective way to remove micro plastics from water.  Students don’t need to focus on the exact science of what Fionn did, but do focus on: he observed the world, identified a problem, was curious if he could solve the problem, researched the work of other scientists, knew the properties of substances, hypothesized if they would solve the problem, ran over 1000 tests, communicated his results with graphs, came to a conclusion, and then came up with new questions as to how to apply what he learned to larger bodies of water.  

    • An investigation into the removal of microplastics from water using ferro-fluids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmfIkj6V7Ns

    • Article on Fionn Ferreira winning Google Science Fair: https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2019/07/30/irish-teen-wins-2019-google-science-fair-for-removing-microplastics-from-water/#acc352c373f4

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

All Grades-- 

    • Physical & Chemical Changes of Matter: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/matter/changes-of-matter.htm

    • Chemical Changes 19.2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37pir0ej_SE

    • Why is the Statue of Liberty Green?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=_ZSLrXtg1-o

For 3rd/4th Grade:

    • Fizzy Soda Experiment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5pPwXCtm60

For 5th/6th Grade:

    • Physical & Chemical Properties of Matter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4pQQQNwy30

   

EXTRA CREDIT on Checklist--

    • Can Ketchup Clean a Penny?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhAgQEr1LOE

   

Week 7 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):

SCIENCE: Week 6 Summary--9/24/19

We went deep into density today, another physical property of matter.  We also covered two related properties, buoyancy (ability to float) and viscosity (a liquid’s thickness and ability to flow).  These three properties were demonstrated with five activities using marshmallows, chocolate candy, grapes, eight liquids of various densities, salt, sugar, cans of coke and diet coke, and lots and lots of water!  The students made lots of observations and lots of predictions, while having loads of fun doing science!  The most fun came with an intense “game” of candy bar buoyancy with the kids cheering on their picks for which candy would sink or float.  I love their enthusiasm for science!

 

We are near the end of the first quarter and report cards will be coming home soon.  I will be catching up on some grading this week and sending out emails to anyone that is missing graded assignments. Unfortunately, my lesson planning is off and their first quarter test and lab notebook check will not be completed in time to make it on this report card, but I don’t want to rush it so we’ll just keep the plan like it is and let the grades fall into the next quarter.  So, I will collect lab notebooks on the 8th and check them over fall break.  I will also send home their quarter test on the 8th, to be returned after break.  

 

Homework Note: FLASHCARDS.  All students were given halved notecards on a silver ring today.  They are to keep them either in their pencil pouch or clipped into their binder.  They will start making their flashcards this week to prepare for their quarter test.  Below is a pdf file of what each grade is to add to their ring this week.  More will be added next week.  Since they are having to make several flashcards at once I did not assign recall and connect questions to cut down on the amount of writing.  Nothing will be on the test that is not on their flashcards, so once they are made have them start reviewing.

 

I have not introduced the flashcards until now as I didn’t want to give them too many new things at once as we started the school year.  Starting after fall break, they will weekly add to their flashcard ring to prepare for the next quarter’s test and can weekly review key points.

VIDEO LINKS:

All Grades-- 

   • Sink or Float: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQuW8G2QV_Q

   • Wood, Water, and Properties 15.1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCQXDegwnoE&list=PLhz12vamHOnaY7nvpgtQ0SIbuJdC4HA5O&index=5

   • The Science of Lunch 15.2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN2VDcmuTl4

OPTIONAL videos on Checklist--

    • How do Submarines work?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3W937dORLI

    • Why do Ships Float?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvWrkxzCiaY

    • Science Max Tinfoil Boat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn7_Pa6-Xs4

Week 6 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):

SCIENCE: Week 5 Summary--9/17/19

Today in the SHARE science lab we explored the states of matter.  Imitating particles, the students acted out matter as solids, liquids, and gases to learn the behavior of the particles for each phase.  They learned how energy, usually in the form of heat, causes matter to change states.  We discussed the water cycle since water is the only substance to occur naturally as a solid, liquid, and gas.  The students learned that matter cannot be created or destroyed; it can only change states.  They also had fun learning how air is matter even though you can’t see it as demonstrated with several fun activities involving marshmallows, as well as alka-seltzer tablets and water.

 

We ran a little short of time in the 4th grade class so they may not have gotten their three states of matter sheet that we did in class glued into their lab notebook.  Please have them fold the sheet in half and glue one side onto page 21 of their lab notebook so that it folds out to show the three circles with the “sticker particles” for solids, liquids, and gases.

 

PAPER SHUFFLE NOTE: I have company this week so I asked the kids for a little grace in not having their papers to return in class yesterday.  I will be caught up next class and will have all their papers back to them.  However, I did notice as I was going around the room yesterday to hand them this weeks’ material that many students do not have their binders organized with their checklists and lessons behind the proper tabs.  I include organizing their binder on the homework checklist as part of their weekly work.  Please work with them on this.  

We are starting to hit our groove in a routine for all classes having their materials ready for class, but I want to especially praise the third grade, who I have first for the day.  I usually remind them what to get out for class as they come in to put their backpacks down before devotional.  I did not say a word this week and every one of them came in, got out their supplies, put them at their seat, and left for devotional.  I only had one or two that were missing a glue stick or pencil when we began class.  HUGE improvement and I am very proud of them!

IMPORTANT Homework note for 6th grade: Included in their homework this week is an activity on reading a graph and answering questions.  This may be a little difficult and frustrating for some, but this is intentional because this type of activity is prevalent in the higher grades and in standardized science testing and I want them to be exposed to it.  I would like them to push themselves a little in trying to use what they know, look at the information given, and try to figure it out on their own.  We will be discussing their efforts in class next week.

VIDEO LINKS:

All Grades-- 

Part(icles) of Your World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npv74D2MO6Q&list=PLhz12vamHOnaY7nvpgtQ0SIbuJdC4HA5O&index=2

All About the Water Cycle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO9tT186mZw

Additional videos on 5th/6th Grade Checklist--

What Exactly is Plasma?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDD360PgDRg

Change of State: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYU7RSoOZ0U

Week 5 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent.  Some handouts I am not able to post on the website, so will need to be individually emailed.  Contact me.):

SCIENCE: Week 4 Summary--9/10/19

Oh!  What a great day in the SHARE science lab!  To be honest, I did not feel completely prepared and organized for class today, but it turned out to be our best day of science yet!  

 

First, all grades rocked the paper shuffle!  We got this done in under 3 minutes for every class!  

 

With the basics of how to “do” science under our belt, we began our study of chemistry today.  We discussed what matter is and introduced two of its properties, mass and volume.  They learned that mass is how much matter is in an object and volume is how much space matter takes up.  These are two ways to measure matter.

 

Since these properties are about measurement, they were introduced to a few scientific tools of measurement and the units that are used for each.  We first learned how to measure mass by using a triple beam balance scale and a precision balance scale using gram weights.  We measured the mass of 4 Disney character toys, with them first making a prediction about which one would have the most mass.  They learned how to add and take away the gram weights until balanced to find the mass.

 

We then discussed measuring volume three different ways: using a ruler and a mathematical formula to find the volume of a regular shape, using a graduated cylinder to find the volume of liquids, and using water and the displacement method to find the volume of irregular shapes, such as the Donald Duck toy.  They did so well paying attention and engaging themselves in the learning!  

 

As we learn more properties of matter in the next two weeks, the students will see how scientists are able to use these different properties to identify and classify different substances or materials and study how they react to each other, which is the essence of chemistry.

 

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY:  Seeing their enthusiasm for measuring mass today, I am giving the option to earn 3 extra credit points by taking the data we collected when measuring the mass of the 4 Disney figures and make a bar graph to communicate the data.  To receive credit, they must label the bar graph and include the unit of measurement.  It must be turned in next week in their Manila folders.

VIDEO LINKS:

3rd/4th Grade Checklist-- 3 States of Matter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wclY8F-UoTE

5th/6th Grade Homework--What’s Matter?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELchwUIlWa8

 

All Grades--Mass Vs. Weight Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1whMAIGNq7E

 

OPTIONAL Digging Deeper Link: http://www.littleblastblog.com/2014/08/

Week 4 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent):

 

SCIENCE: Week 3 Summary--9/3/19

It was a busy, busy day in the SHARE Science Lab with an introduction to the steps of the scientific method using Skittles.  We started with an observation of a sugar cube being dropped in a cup of water.  The students recorded their observations and made inferences about sugar and water.  Using background information about Skittles candies (primary ingredient is sugar), the students then formed a hypothesis on the question of whether or not the temperature of the water makes a difference in how fast the candy dissolves.  Then we tested their hypotheses and worked on recording data in their lab notebooks. They used all of their basic science process skills, made a hypothesis, used a stop watch (scientific tool), worked in groups, asked lots of great questions, used math to convert data to seconds, discussed how we could improve accuracy in the experiment, and were very engaged.  It was a good day "doing" science!   Next week we will start our chemistry study.

Have a great week!

.

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net

615-473-2330 (text only please)

 

 

HOMEWORK NOTES:

 

  • Skittles Lab Homework: With the exception of the 6th grade class, time only allowed for us to do one trial, instead of two or three. The cool water skittles took 10-12 minutes to dissolve in some cases, which brought up the point of scientists needing to have patience!  The 6th graders squeezed out a second trial before our time was up.  With data collected from only one trial, they will not be able to fill in every blank of their lab sheet and that is ok.  We orally filled in some of the blanks with the 3rd and 4th graders to keep the lab moving, so they will have more of their lab incomplete, which is also ok.  The main point of this lab was as a modeling exercise in class to show them the logical steps of the scientific method. I do want them to learn to properly record their data and review their notes to finish their labs, BUT this is brand new to many (especially with working in groups) and is a work in progress that will improve as we review the terms and steps throughout the year. Regarding the homework checklist, have them fill in what they are able to and do not worry about the rest. At the least they should have their Analyze and Conclusion sections completed to say whether their hypothesis was correct or incorrect. 

    • If they attempt the bar graph, the grid provided on the lab sheet will need to have the number labels (for seconds) adjusted to fit the longer dissolving times.  This can be done by simply changing it to count by 200s, instead of 100s. They will only have data from one trial, but have them go ahead and graph what they have.

 

  • Recall and Connect Questions.  I know this may not be the students’ favorite homework assignment but it is good for them to practice how to recall information from their reading and make connections and apply what they’ve learned.  The older grades need to follow the directions given on their homework checklist about using complete sentences.  They are allowed to type out their answers to help with the tedium of writing by hand.  The third and fourth grades will be able to write their answers directly on their homework checklist in the blanks provided.  GOOD NEWS…there are no recall and connect questions this week due to the longer length of the reading lesson AND the worksheets assigned for a grade. 

  •  The lesson 3 reading for this week is a little longer than what will be the norm, but it was important to thoroughly cover the steps of the scientific method.  Make sure they are reading to understand this lesson, rather than just checking it off their list.  The students are not expected to have all of this information memorized within the week.  The terms, skills, and steps will be used and reviewed throughout the year as we study chemistry and physics. By the end of the school year, I expect that they will know the information backward and forward without even realizing they have it memorized!

 

  • Reminder: The Digging Deeper section at the end of the reading lesson page is optional and merely suggestions for those who would like to dig a little deeper into the topics we are covering.  This is assigned at the parent’s discretion to fit the needs and interest of their child and home schedule.

VIDEO LINKS:

Video Links for Homework checklist assignment:

   

     • (All Grades) Learn All About the Scientific Method Steps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQBZbinoOrI

   

     • (5th-6th grade) Asking Scientific Questions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqfQpURDoCo

Week 3 Handouts from class (These were given in class.  Posted here to access if lost or absent):

SCIENCE: Week 2 Summary--8/27/19

What a fun day in the SHARE science lab!  Today was a hands-on exploration of sea shells from the Gulf of Mexico using the basic science process skills.  Each lab station was provided with a large variety of “beach finds” to examine.  Working with lab partners, the students were given the freedom to observe, measure, infer, predict, classify, and communicate at their own pace and interest level.  They were to try and fill up three pages in their lab notebook with sketches, questions, notes, and such, as a scientist would do in their lab notebooks.  They were also provided with books on shells and identification guides to learn how to use resources to answer their questions.  During their exploration we discussed their inferences (explanations) about their observations, being specific in their descriptions, how scientists classify shells, and using reference materials.

 

I can’t tell you how much it warmed my heart to look around the room, for every grade level, and see them in their lab coats and lab glasses, completely engaged in the work of a scientist!  They were absolutely amazing!  

 

At the beginning of class they were introduced to the “paper shuffle game.”  They seemed to like the challenge of organizing their papers and being completely prepared to start class within the time limit.  It is a win-win, with their organizational skills improving AND no wasted class time.  You can encourage success with this by reminding them to check that they have all their supplies in their backpacks (lab notebook, binder, colored pencils, pencil, glue stick) AND that they are following the binder organization process that is explained in this week’s homework checklist.

Have a great week!

.

Mrs. Sonya

morrissonya@comcast.net

615-473-2330 (text only please)

 

 

HOMEWORK NOTES: 

Please have them keep up with the homework and carefully read their lesson sheets so that they are prepared for class discussions and review.  Our weekly lessons build off of each other so there will be gaps in their knowledge and understanding of the material if they do not do their homework.  IF you, the parent, have not done YOUR homework of reading the parent letter and general class info, please do so this week.  It needs to be printed off, signed, and placed in your child’s binder.  I collected the signed page this week, but there were still a few missing.  Knowing from the start how science class will be conducted prevents miscommunication and keeps things running smoothly. PDF is below if you need it.

IMPORTANT HOMEWORK CHECKLIST CHANGE FOR 3rd  GRADE!!!  I already had their homework checklists printed out when I decided to make a change in how I would like 3rd graders to complete their weekly Recall and Connect questions… For third grade only, I would like them to answer these questions directly on their homework checklist sheet instead of a separate piece of paper.  I think a little less writing will be helpful as they transition to the bigger hall.  This was not my intention when I created their checklist this week, but there is still room for them to fill in their answers.  From now on, I will design this section of their homework checklist intentionally for filling in answers.  This will also cut down on the number of papers they will turn in to me on a weekly basis. 

 

VIDEO LINKS:

Video Link for Homework checklist assignment: 

The Steps of the Scientific Method for Kids - Science for Children (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAJ8IF4HI20

 

Video Links for Optional Digging Deeper Section:

Understanding the metric system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=436E_5CerPQ

Introduction to the metric system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U04nHNUMfPA

Metric system for kids explained in song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6vca9PnlyI

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