3rd-6th Science

EARTH SCIENCE: Summary for 4/13/21 --Our Tilt-a-Whirl Planet Earth!

This week’s lesson is on time and seasons.  We first went through a brief history of the famous astronomers involved in the drama surrounding the finding that the sun is the center of our solar system.  They learned that Galileo actually spent his remaining years under house arrest for stubbornly standing up for this belief!  We spent the rest of the class talking about the unique tilted position of the earth and its own rotation and movement around the sun which gives us our sense of time and the four seasons.  It’s all about the tilt!   They were given an “earth on a stick” to help them remember the earth is tilted on an invisible axis and so they can practice and teach a family member about rotation on this axis giving us day/night and the revolution around the sun giving us a year with four seasons. They need to keep their earth-on-a-stick in a safe place at home because they will need it for an assignment next week.

 

I was so proud of their efforts in learning to count in Russian for their "Study Like an Astronaut" badge. Their badge pages are really filling up!  We all learned that Russian is not an easy language to learn and is a major accomplishment for those who become NASA astronauts. This week's badge is "Work Like an Astronaut" where they will learn about what work astronauts do while in space.  They were given a lab kit to perform an experiment about growing plants in space.  You can't take up bags of soil and a watering can!  They should see results with their bean seeds in as little as two days, but may need two weeks to finish the lab.  If they need a better visual as to how to set it up they may check the following webpage--

Hydroponic Bean Space Garden: http://jdaniel4smom.com/2017/05/hydroponic-gardening-with-kids-space-garden.html

WHAT IS COMING UP: Only three more class days left in the semester!   Let's finish strong!!!

April 20th: All About the Moon

April 27th: Constellations Craft; In-Class Test Review Game; Astronomy Unit Test will be sent home

May 4th: Last Day of Classes; Presentation Day & Astronaut Graduation Party; Lab Notebooks Collected for Final Check; Turn in Unit Test

May 11th: SHARE Field Day and party; Report Cards will be handed out; Lab notebooks and tests will be returned

 

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Sonya

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

Important Parent Notes :  PLEASE READ!    

READING LESSON: The reading lesson will be posted on Thursday in the pdf section at the end of this post.

CLASS NOTE TAKING: A picture of the whiteboard with our class notes is posted at the end of this week’s summary for those that were unable to copy it into their lab notebooks during class time.  They were to copy them onto pages 154 & 155 of their lab notebook and are to add to them this week as they watch the videos and read the lesson. 

ASTRONOMY PRESENTATIONS: Presentations will be given on May 4th.  I will send an email or text by Thursday approving one of their choices. Project guidelines will be posted in the pdf section on Thursday as well.  These will be short presentations given as if they are an astronaut specializing in that subject and are communicating their findings to their fellow astronauts (classmates).

ASTRONOMY UNIT TEST: A take-home test will be sent home on April 27th.  A study guide will be posted next week, but they are asked to start this week by studying their solar system map on page 124 of their lab notebooks.  A major part of the test will be a copy of this map and identifying and labeling its parts.

WORK LIKE AN ASTRONAUT PLANT EXPERIMENT: If they need a visual reference in setting up their astronaut lab please refer to the link below.  The cotton balls will need to be moistened at first but the string will then act as a wick to keep them moistened.  Once the experiment is set up they can peek under the cotton balls to see how their seeds change. They can continue to check and record the changes over the next two weeks instead of just the changes for one week. 

Hydroponic Bean Space Garden: http://jdaniel4smom.com/2017/05/hydroponic-gardening-with-kids-space-garden.html

 VIDEO LINKS for Homework :   

 

Checklist Videos AND Weblinks for 3rd-4th Grades:

A Day on Earth (StudyJams): https://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/day-on-earth.htm

Why Are There Seasons? (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQjT5uKp2hg

The Longest Day of the Year-The Solstice! (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVzkVsWQBR8

Happy Equinox! (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSs8K_HQSZ4

Optional Video: Galileo and His Big Idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REUdlA44vuY

 

  

Checklist Videos AND Weblinks for 5th-6th Grades:

A Day on Earth (StudyJams): https://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/day-on-earth.htm

Earth’s Rotation & Revolution (CrashCourseKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l64YwNl1wr0

Seasons & the Sun (Crash Course): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b25g4nZTHvM

The Longest Day of the Year-The Solstice! (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVzkVsWQBR8

Happy Equinox! (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSs8K_HQSZ4

Optional Video: Galileo and His Big Idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REUdlA44vuY

Extra Credit Opportunity Videos: 

Following the Sun (CrashCourseKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SN1BOpLZAs

Sundials-Basics and DIY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cl1GYpo1ZI

 

 

Astronaut Work Lab Videos and Link:

Space walk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lRZd2EsqlA

Space Station Science Scrapbook: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/astronaut-christina-koch-station-science-scrapbook

Growing Food on Mars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMKl-KAg07U

 Week 26 Handouts:  (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.):     Reading lesson is posted. Assigned topics are posted as a pdf (Assigned topic list) instead of emailing individually.  Open the pdf document and scroll to find your name and the topic assigned along with suggestions on how to be more specific.  Presentation project guidelines are now posted and report forms will be handed out in class on Tuesday.

 

 

EARTH SCIENCE: Summary for 4/6/21 --Our Special Sunshine!

 

Last week's lesson was on stars, so today we learned more about our very own special star, the sun!  We watched an introduction video on the sun, worked on a sun model activity in our lab notebooks describing its features, and had a discussion on how the sun makes its own energy.  We broke down the fancy scientific term of thermonuclear fusion so they could see that it simply means heat (therm) makes nuclei (nuclear) fuse (fusion) together! We ended class with a special sun treat (frosted sugar cookies) to remember that the sun's surface has sun spots (chocolate chips) and solar flares (fruit roll up pieces).  Sometimes educationally-symbolic treats are the way to a child's brain!

WHAT IS COMING UP: Four more class days left in the semester! Next up is the sun's relationship to earth with seasons and time.  There will be an astronomy unit test that will be sent home on April 27th and returned on May 4th. Review for this will start next week as part of their homework.  Listing their top three topic choices for a mini presentation project that will be presented on our last day of class (May 4th) is included on their homework checklist.  Their assigned topic will be finalized next week so they can get started on it.  

Once again, the reading lesson will be posted in the pdf section by end of day, Wednesday.  Please review the other notes below.

 

Enjoy the spring weather AND its sunshine!!!

Mrs. Sonya

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

Important Parent Notes :  PLEASE READ!    

A NOTE ON THE STAR GAZING HOMEWORK: Remind your student to not wait until the last week to complete this project.  The weather may not cooperate if you wait!

ANSWER KEY for the fill-in-the-blank questions for OUR PERFECT STAR--THE SUN on page 151 of lab notebook (if needed): 4. light, heat; 5. hydrogen and helium; 6. thermonuclear fusion; 9. hydrostatic equilibrium; 10. 93 million miles; 11. 8 minutes; 12. cooler

 VIDEO LINKS for Homework :   

 

Checklist Videos AND Weblinks for 3rd-4th Grades:

What is the Sun? (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b3GcLE4Vlg

The Sun for Kids (Homeschool Pop): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQSECrMIygg

Solar Flares & Sun Spots (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA6auUABAYw

Optional for 3rd/4th Grade:

Where Does the Sun’s Energy Come From? (SpacePlace): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAGFC8-wn1g 

GAME: Play Helios, How the Sun Makes Energy: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/helios-game/en/

 

  

Checklist Videos AND Weblinks for 5th-6th Grades:

All About the Sun for Kids-Astronomy and Space (Free School): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkW54j82e9U

The Sun for Kids (Homeschool Pop): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQSECrMIygg

Here Comes the Sun (CrashCourseKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FB0rDsR_rc

Solar Flares & Sun Spots (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA6auUABAYw

Where Does the Sun’s Energy Come From? (SpacePlace): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAGFC8-wn1g 

GAME: Play Helios, How the Sun Makes Energy: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/helios-game/en/

 

 

Astronaut Play Lab Videos and Link:

Becoming Astronauts—Are you next?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oEodu5gboc&t=494s

Space Vocabulary in Russian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBU5D2dud98

How to Count from 1 to 10 in Russian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBIQIGyF2Bk

 Week 25 Handouts:  (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.):     Reading lesson is posted.

 

 

EARTH SCIENCE: Summary for 3/30/21 --All About Stars

Today was all about Stars!  After checking over and sharing what they learned from the homework on planets and comets, we headed to the SHARE “star lab”.  We changed up the classrooms for the day so we had a darkened room set up with four different activity centers covering the questions: why stars twinkle, how distance affects a star’s brightness, why the North Star helps us find our way (the tilt of the earth always points towards Polaris), and how the death of a star can cause a black hole. Black holes are mysterious and tough to understand, even for scientists, but the students got a basic understanding of what they are while also getting a mini review of several things they learned in chemistry and physics last year!  Upon leaving the star lab they were given a treat of starbursts with a reminder that stars actually can “burst” and this is called a supernova.  They had a lot of fun learning about stars and I had the best fun watching them busily take notes in their lab notebooks after each activity!

WHAT IS COMING UP: We only have five more class days left in the semester! So hard to believe.  For these last weeks we will cover the sun, relationship of the earth and sun and how it relates to time/seasons, the moon, and constellations.  There will be an astronomy unit test that will be sent home on April 27th and returned on May 4th. Review for this will start next week as part of their homework.  They will also have a mini presentation project that will be presented on our last day of class (May 4th) which will also be an astronaut graduation and space party! They will be given details for the presentation next week.  Then field day on May 11th and summer break!  WOW!

The reading lesson will be posted in the pdf section at the end of this post late afternoon on Wednesday.  Please review the other notes below.

 

Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Mrs. Sonya

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

Important Parent Notes :  PLEASE READ!    

A NOTE ON THE STAR GAZING HOMEWORK: The students have a stargazing assignment for the month of April. They were given a sky map sheet for April 2021 that is located in their binder in a plastic page protector.  This shows what can be seen in the sky for the month of April in the Northern Hemisphere.  Each grade has a different number of observations that they need to make over the course of the month.  For each observation they are being asked to simply record the date, time, and what they observed.  There are two stargazer journal pages reserved in their lab notebooks to record this information but I am leaving it up to them in how they want to record what they see as long as it fits on these two pages.  There is an app called night sky that is really awesome that uses the camera and satellite location on your device to show you exactly what you are looking at when held up to the sky.  Here is the link if you would like to try it out or try another star gazing app that you may be familiar with: Night Sky app: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sky-guide/id576588894.

ANSWER KEY for LIFE CYCLE OF A STAR WORKSHEET (if needed): 1.G, 2.J, 3.A, 4.B, 5.E, 6.H, 7.C, 8.K, 9.F, 10.D, 11.I

TOP OF LAB NOTEBOOK PAGE 138: If they did not finish writing the definition for a star on page 138 please have them finish at home: 

What is a Star?

Giant spheres of super hot gas made up mostly of hydrogen and helium

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :  

 

Checklist Videos AND Weblinks for 3rd-4th Grades:

What Are Stars? (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrS3Ye8p61Y

All About Stars (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeNuj2GH8xg

What is a Supernova? (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnFbG1cbLB0

Black Hole (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4fcI4PMvwg

Kid’s Guide to Stargazing: https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/astronomy/a-kid-s-guide-to-stargazing

Seeing Stars (CrashCourseKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M41yLjQ2ot0

 

  

Checklist Videos AND Weblinks for 5th-6th Grades:

Stars 101 (NatGeo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFO_bsg1sw8

All About Stars (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeNuj2GH8xg

Glow On (CrashCourseKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo-sKzMWYFA

Star Personalities (CrashCourseKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PO_jMgmLvs

What is a Supernova? (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnFbG1cbLB0

Black Hole (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4fcI4PMvwg

Black Holes 101 (NatGeo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOEDG3j1bjs

Kid’s Guide to Stargazing: https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/astronomy/a-kid-s-guide-to-stargazing

Seeing Stars (CrashCourseKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M41yLjQ2ot0

Astronaut Play Lab Videos and Link:

Hobbies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRQDrF_V1wY

Having Fun in Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Otb_IHfMj_w

Play Baseball in Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq9S8I9KsDc

Optional—Creating a Space Game for the ISS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cobJzLQqUmo

OPTIONAL videos for Digging Deeper:

What is a Nebula (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJVy9P3XSVE

What is a Nebula? (Space Place): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MzWiKjSr9I&t=10s

Stars (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSuAPFMXcYM

Betelgeuse article: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/betelgeuse-is-acting-strange-astronomers-are-buzzing-about-supernova

What is a Black Hole? (Space Place): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfMExgr_vzY

Week 24 Handouts:  (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.):    Reading Lesson is now posted.

 

 

EARTH SCIENCE: Summary for 3/23/21  Introduction to Our Solar System--Part 2

 

Today we covered what else is in our solar system apart from the sun and eight planets.  We talked about "space junk" (asteroids, meteoroids, meteors, meteorites, and comets) and the regions of the solar system that they are located in (asteroid belt and Kuiper belt).  We discussed how the Oort Cloud is the THEORETICAL boundary of our solar system since it has never been actually observed. And we talked about the possibilities of what will be discovered about the outer parts of our solar system once the James Webb Space Telescope is launched later this year in October.  In class we started a solar system map activity, made a model of a comet, and where time allowed, decorated a sleep mask for their astronaut sleep lab.  Phew!  I warned you we would hit the ground running after break!  Next week we will talk about stars.

If time allows, look up with your student about recent large asteroid sightings near earth!

 

 https://www.livescience.com/vermont-meteor-explodes.html

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Sonya

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

Important Parent Notes :  PLEASE READ!  Think of it as a parent-teacher conference!

NOTES ON ASTRONAUT SLEEP LAB:  Your student should have come home with a sleep mask for their “Sleep Like An Astronaut” Lab assignment.  This lab is a chance for them to come up with something all on their own to mimic what it is like to sleep in space BUT they were told that their plan must be approved by a parent first.  It can be as simple as sleeping in a small space and wearing the sleep mask.  They will learn a great deal about the differences just by having to think through ways that they could simulate the experience themselves so the goal of this lab is the PROCESS rather than what they actually come up with!  They are to write about it in their lab notebooks..  

 

******REPORT CARDS, LAB NOTEBOOKS, AND GRADING:  I will be honest, grading lab notebooks and report cards over spring break really "kicked my tail" this go around!  I had several unexpected "life events" pop up that pushed my grading time off until the second week and at the last minute.  Thus, there are about six lab notebooks that I was unable to get to but I will contact you directly if this was the case with your student.  A grading slip (with comments) for their lab notebooks should be taped onto page 109 or 111, but in a few cases it may be located somewhere else if those pages were occupied.  Overall the lab notebooks looked fantastic and were much improved in their neatness and content.  AND I was very proud at how well everyone did on their weather unit tests!  Science grades across the board were most excellent this quarter!  I do have a few of you that I still need to get assignments from to finish your quarter grade so you will have an "in progress" on your report card until I can get those missing things turned in.  

HOMEWORK CHECKLIST FOR THIS WEEK: The homework checklist is posted in the pdf section below.  I apologize for the delay.  Report card grading and tracking down missing assignments put me behind, but I also wanted to see what we got done in class before making those decisions.  They do not have a reading lesson again this week because we are covering the different parts of the solar system and there is plenty of internet reading and videos in the assignments to cover what I need to have covered.  They do have several assignments that ask them to record what they have learned on the different parts of the solar system, but this does not have to be lengthy writing.  In some cases they can give key words and sketches.  I am NOT asking for paragraphs!  I want them to connect with the information in the videos that are assigned so I want them to learn how to pull out main ideas.  They will NOT be giving a presentation to the class on what they've learned but I will have them all open up their lab notebooks to the different assigned pages so that I can see they are completed and we will have a brief class discussion with them sharing the most interesting things they learned.

NOTE ON LAB NOTEBOOKS: I added several things to their lab notebooks over the break to save time gluing them in in class. They are for future lessons as well as there being a plan for some of the blank pages.  Please have them follow the page numbers on the checklists and not to be concerned with the upcoming scientist pages and such.  Grading lab notebooks is SO MUCH EASIER if I can keep everyone on the same page and don't have to spend the time flipping through trying to find assignments!

HOMEWORK CHECKLISTS NEED TO BE SIGNED!!!!  Please make sure you are signing their checklists so that it is communicated to me that they completed their weekly work.

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :  

 

Checklist Videos AND Weblinks for ALL Grades:

Where Does the Solar System End?-Oort Cloud (Space Place): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhb43EbnvpI

Asteroid Belt and Kuiper Belt (MooMooMath): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBkOVqr-4-U

Space Place info on planets—weblink: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/all-about-mercury/en/

Meteors (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4QrnC9vLs8

What’s a Meteor Shower? (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4xavj2hqSU

Comets & Asteroids (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02wrLS-ue1Q

Meet the Dwarf Planets (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evIsmxM5c7o    

Why Isn’t Pluto a Planet Anymore? Planet vs. Dwarf Planet (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQyJOG9MMX8

Comets (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_6nYgel4JI

All About Comets (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQErMYDfw0Y

*What’s in the Heart of a Comet?-Weblink: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-nucleus/en/

All About Comets-Weblink: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-quest/en/

 

  

Astronaut Sleep Lab Videos and Link:

• Sleeping in Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyFYgeE32f0

• How Sleep is Different in Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJBt92DHyFI (start at the :15 mark and can skip through the sleep monitoring section)

OPTIONAL videos for Digging Deeper:

Guide to Dwarf Planets (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGiEkHZZrIs

All About Pluto and Dwarf Planets (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZfi89JiXKM

Pluto, Comet, Asteroids, and the Kuiper Belt (Prof.Dave): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD7Zt2cGXRc.     STOP AT 8:50

Week 23 Handouts:  (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.):    

 

 

EARTH SCIENCE: Summary for 3/2/21  Introduction to Our Solar System--Part 1

 

Today was an introduction to what makes up our solar system.  We watched a short video, took notes on the planets, and had them try coming up with their own mnemonic to remember the order of the planets from the sun.  When we return from spring break we will continue to talk about the different parts of the solar system and work towards being able to label the planets in order, as well as its other main features.

 

We discussed the results of their astronaut food lab and the hands-down favorite was the Tang drink.  They really seemed to enjoy and learn a lot from the food lab so that was wonderful to see.  They were given another lab kit to earn their astronaut hygiene badge for the coming week.  They were told to be super careful to keep the lab kits upright to prevent the rinse-free body wash and shampoo samples from leaking.  I did not notice the possibility of this happening until the last ten kits of the 40 were getting packaged and stapled.  Hopefully they made it home ok!  

 

IMPORTANT: Please read the parent notes below. I am making a few changes to their homework checklist that I need you to be aware of.

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Spring Break!  See you in a few weeks!

Mrs. Sonya

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

Important Parent Notes :  

*******PLEASE READ*******HOMEWORK CHECKLIST CHANGES FOR THIS WEEK:  

1. They can check off the astronomy vocabulary item on the checklist.  We did this in class.

2. They can also cross OFF the astronomy review item with the Factile review game.  I will be working on this BUT I decided to have them read the reading lesson right before coming back in place of the review game. 

3. The reading lesson will be posted no later than March 16th.  I would like them to read this within the week prior to returning to class (preferably the Monday before) so that the material is fresh on their minds and we can pick up with part 2 of the solar system when we return.  So, please make a note on the checklist for them to look for the reading lesson in the pdf section at the end of this post after March 16th so that they will read it closer to the time of returning from the long break.  It does not have to be printed out.  I will have a printout for them when we return along with the Solar System part 2 reading lesson.  SEE UPDATE IN PDF SECTION

NOTES ON ASTRONAUT HYGIENE LAB:  The toothpaste sample that is included in the lab is Dr. Bronners brand which can be swallowed (no fluoride) if the student wishes to try doing what some of the astronauts do.  They don't have to...they just can't spit it in a sink.  The no-rinse body wash and the no-rinse shampoo are Walgreens brand and are designed to not have to rinse off with water.  This simulates how the astronauts cannot use running water to keep clean.  

 

FOR THOSE THAT WERE ABSENT:  I will save out your lab kits so that you can do them after Spring Break. You can't do the lab without the kit.  I will email the planet coloring activity and the Pluto reading comprehension (for 5th/6th).

LAB NOTEBOOKS AND GRADING:   I decided to collect their lab notebooks and check them over break, so you will notice that they did not come home with them.  They will be graded, along with their tests and any other assignments that were marked for a grade and returned after break.  Report cards will be handed out the week we return.

HOMEWORK CHECKLISTS NEED TO BE SIGNED!!!!  I am starting to get a lot of unsigned checklists being turned into me.  Your signature lets me know that they completed the weekly assignments and received the checklist points.  The homework checklists points are a big portion of their grade so this is important.  I do take off one point for each checklists that does not have a parent signature.  It is their job to remind you to sign it so they will take ownership of their work.

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :  

 

Checklist Videos AND Weblinks for 3rd & 4th Grades:

Explore the Solar System-the Rocky Planets (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joq-IUFNkrw

Explore the Solar System-the Gas Giants (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeC22-94PMw

Solar System (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w36yxLgwUOc

Weather in Space-The Rocky Planets (CrashCourseKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dvhl891zGqU    

Gas Giants Weather (CrashCourse Kids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoPtsnIcSv8

Meet Galileo Galilei: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5vezYaOpC4

Checklist Videos for 5th & 6th Grades:

Explore the Solar System-the Rocky Planets (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joq-IUFNkrw

Explore the Solar System-the Gas Giants (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeC22-94PMw

Orbits are Odd (Crash Course Kids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGVXyCrpUn8

Solar System (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w36yxLgwUOc

Weather in Space-The Rocky Planets (CrashCourseKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dvhl891zGqU

Gas Giants Weather (CrashCourse Kids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoPtsnIcSv8

Meet Galileo Galilei: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5vezYaOpC4

Astronaut Hygiene Lab Videos and Link:

article, How to Shower in Space: https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/how-shower-space

Doing Your Hair and Nails in Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrqcwH8LhDU        

Wet Washcloth in space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMtXfwk7PXg

How to Wash Your Hands in Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z2KNDGNnlc

Chris Hadfield Brushes his Teeth in Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bCoGC532p8

How You Wash Your Hair in Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIjNfZbUYu8&feature=emb_logo

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.):     AND note the changes above to the checklists.  SECOnd UPDATE: It is apparent that I am not going to have quiet writing time until over the weekend sooooo.... there will be no reading lesson for this checklist so you are not having to constantly check back with me.  on Tuesday we will review the order of the planets and continue to learn what else makes up our solar system.  In place of the reading lesson please rewatch this video on Monday so it is fresh on your mind.  The future unit test will include knowing the planets in order from the sun so think of it as getting an early start on studying for your unit test!  Sorry for all the changes this go around. Solar System (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w36yxLgwUOc

 

 

EARTH SCIENCE: Summary for 2/23/21  Galaxy Play &  Astronaut Training Program

What a complete change of weather from last Tuesday and I can honestly say that the kids today did not display any kind of pent-up cabin fever/spring fever whatsoever in any way.  Nada.  Zilch. Nor were they happy to see each other!  AND you must know that I am completely teasing!  The one word that sums up their behavior today is JOYFUL!

 

We started class discussing the successful Mars Rover landing from last week and it was wonderful to see their enthusiasm.  We spent the remainder of class reviewing galaxies and did the activities that I had planned for last week.  To remember that the galaxy that we live in is the Milky Way I showed them a galaxy magic milk experiment using milk, food coloring, and dish soap.  It was amazing how similar it looked to some of the galaxy pictures taken by the Hubbel Space Telescope.  Then they created their very own galaxies in a jar.  They added black glitter to represent dark matter, star-shaped glitter to represent the billions of stars in a galaxy, and silver glitter to represent the dust.  Hot glue was added to the lids so hopefully they will remain tightly sealed.  

 

They were also officially accepted into the first ever SHARE Science Astronaut Training Program.  Each week for the remainder of the semester they will learn a different aspect of what it takes to be an astronaut with hands-on activities and simulations.  They will earn a badge to add to their lab notebook for each completed topic.  This week’s topic is all about how and what astronauts eat in space.  They seemed excited to start this space adventure and I am too!

Enjoy the sunshine and have a blessed week!

Mrs. Sonya

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

Important Parent Notes :  

NOTE ON HOMEWORK CHECKLIST FOR THIS WEEK:   I did not include a reading lesson this week due to the online reading assignments and several videos on space exploration.

NOTE ON ASTRONAUT FOOD LAB:   They were sent home with a lab kit to learn about what astronauts eat and how they eat it.  Please have them follow the instructions on their homework checklist first by watching the videos before they begin the lab. For those with food allergy concerns please contact me for information on any of the food items included in their kit if you have concerns. Activity 5 of the lab (meal planning) requires using a food list that will be posted in the pdf section at the end of this post.

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :  

 

Checklist Videos AND Weblinks for 3rd & 4th Grades:

History of Space Travel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f02BzO1wxb0

How Do We Launch Things Into Space? (NASA): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2FFtPPM3iY&feature=emb_logo 

Take a Tour of the Space Station (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOCixRhRGDw

What Do Astronauts Do? (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhD8GFwy734

All About Spacesuits: https://www.spacekids.co.uk/spacesuits/

Pudding the Space Way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYV4gl558xc

Space Sandwich: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZx0RIV0wss

How to Cook Spinach in Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGiQZIb34_s

How Do Astronauts Drink in Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYicNMK8PqI

OPTIONAL (19 min) Tasting Astronaut Food: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vVle67Tfjc (optional because of length but highly recommended if you have time)

 

Checklist Videos for 5th & 6th Grades:

Article--History of Space Travel: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/space/article/history-of-space-travel

History of Space Travel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f02BzO1wxb0

How Do We Launch Things Into Space? (NASA): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2FFtPPM3iY&feature=emb_logo 

Take a Tour of the Space Station (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOCixRhRGDw

What Do Astronauts Do? (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhD8GFwy734

All About Spacesuits: https://www.spacekids.co.uk/spacesuits/

Pudding the Space Way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYV4gl558xc

Space Sandwich: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZx0RIV0wss

How to Cook Spinach in Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGiQZIb34_s

How Do Astronauts Drink in Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYicNMK8PqI

OPTIONAL (19 min) Tasting Astronaut Food: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vVle67Tfjc (optional because of length but highly recommended if you have time)

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.):   Note....There is no reading lesson page this week. There are two PDF files below to complete Activity 5 of the Food lab. One is further instructions and the other is the food lists to choose from.

 

 

Making Galaxies......

EARTH SCIENCE: Summary for 2/16/21  Galaxies Far, Far Away!

To My Students and Their Parents...

Well, Kids… Don’t say I didn’t warn you!  Our weather unit may be over but the learning continues!  God is providing us with some real life visual aids of sleet, freezing rain, and black ice!  At least it’s not a tornado! If you are able to look at some weather maps or watch a forecast, see what you recognize from what we have learned. I will miss seeing you in person but as long as everyone is safe and warm, I’m a little excited for you to see first hand the examples of wintery precipitation!  Just observe it from the safety of your home rather than being out and about!

 

The plan for Tuesday was to talk in more detail about the vastness of the Universe, its numerous galaxies, and how we know all those galaxies exist (space telescopes).  We will wait and do the hands-on projects next week and combine it with next week’s planned lesson. A reading lesson and homework checklist is posted below.  Please don’t forget to keep up with the homework this week so we can stay on track with our learning and grading for this quarter.

 

Be sure to have your weather unit tests done and in your binders (with parent signatures) to return next week.

 

Have a blessed, SAFE, and healthy week! 

Mrs. Sonya

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

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :  

 

Checklist Videos & LINKS for 3rd & 4th Grades:

Get to Know Your Galaxy (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtiRn0Ecpjc

What is the Milky Way? (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppajpMosxQI

NASA (Hubble Pictures): https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/multimedia/index.html

Our Milky Way Galaxy in Light Years (NASA): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX3PIkbTQwQ&feature=emb_logo

*7 Minutes to Mars—NASA’s Perseverance Rover Landing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLTiv_XWHnOZqCrMU2ppcLjRn1zlDkNx3q&v=M4tdMR5HLtg&feature=emb_logo

OPTIONAL Make a Pinwheel Galaxy Pinwheel: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/pinwheel-galaxy/en/

 

 

Checklist Videos & LINKS for 5th & 6th Grades:

What is a Galaxy?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNpjckf8DhQ

The Milky Way for Children (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RubnGwhcT6E

NASA (Hubble Pictures): https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/multimedia/index.html

Website—What is a Light Year (NASA): https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/light-year/en/

Our Milky Way Galaxy in Light Years (NASA): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX3PIkbTQwQ&feature=emb_logo

*7 Minutes to Mars—NASA’s Perseverance Rover Landing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLTiv_XWHnOZqCrMU2ppcLjRn1zlDkNx3q&v=M4tdMR5HLtg&feature=emb_logo

OPTIONAL Make a Pinwheel Galaxy Pinwheel: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/pinwheel-galaxy/en/

Viewing Options for Mars Perserverance Rover Landing & Other Resources:

NASA Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21X5lGlDOfg

Live Stream for Middle School Students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io-3sDkLlv4

(INFO on Perseverance) NASA Space Place: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/mars-2020/en/

Limited Edition Krispy Kreme Mars Doughnut: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/16/world/krispy-kreme-mars-doughnut-scn-trnd/index.html

Link for coloring pages for Perseverance Rover and Mars Helicopter: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/coloring-pages/en/

Week 20 Handouts AND Pictures:

SLEET PICTURES...They look like a handful of diamonds!

 

EARTH SCIENCE: Summary for 2/9/21  Introducing Astronomy & Weather Test Review

What a festive and SWEET day!  Thanks to all the sweet kiddos that gifted me with Valentines, sweet treats and smiles!  It was precious to see how much fun they had today exchanging Valentines.

 

Today we did a short introduction to our next earth science unit…Astronomy!  We talked about what astronomy is, watched a video, and started to wrap our heads around just how big the universe is.  It is mind blowing!  We will continue this discussion next week as we “take off” in astronomy!  

 

The majority of our class time was spent playing weather jeopardy in teams to review for the take-home unit test they were given today.  The competitive spirit was in abundance!  Please review the parent notes below about proctoring the test, studying for it, and other notes.

 

After taking their test, the weather unit is complete so you may take down your at-home weather stations unless they would like to continue monitoring the weather.  There is a possibility of freezing rain and ice storms to the north this week so it will be interesting for them to watch the weather forecasts on this weather system and see what they have learned!  Here is a link about this forecast: https://nashvillesevereweather.com/2021/02/09/ice-event-possible-late-wednesday-night-into-thursday-what-to-know-plan-for/

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Have a blessed and healthy week!  AND a safe one with no ice storms!

Mrs. Sonya

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

Important Parent Notes :  IN PROGRESS....final notes will be posted by 10am Wednesday morning.  Please check back at 10 to make sure you get all the notes in case my tired brain thinks of something I missed

NOTE ON HOMEWORK CHECKLIST FOR THIS WEEK:   You will notice that the homework checklist for the week is very, very light.  They do not have a new reading lesson on astronomy in order to give them plenty of time to study for their weather test and take it. They cheered a little too much when they found this out! 

STUDY GUIDE FOR TESTS & EXTRA CREDIT: A study guide will be posted in the pdf section by Wednesday afternoon.  This study guide will also include the subject material for the extra credit section to help boost their grade.  Below is the list from last week of some study activity options to prepare for the test. The tests cover material from the entire weather unit so they are not short tests.  HOWEVER, they are set up in an easy format with word banks and broken down into smaller sections so they really are not hard.  If they study the jeopardy/flash card games and follow their study guides they will do very well!

TEST INSTRUCTIONS:  Students received a sealed test envelope with their name and grade on it.  It is to remain sealed until they are ready to take the test.  Parents must proctor the test and sign their name at the top.  Students may not use notes of any kind.  Parents may read questions aloud for the student if needed but must not give hints or answers.  When the test is completed, please put it back in the envelope, tape it, and put it in the science binder to return to me next week.

LAB NOTEBOOK CHECKS:  I did not have enough time during my break to get very far with checking lab notebooks this week so I will grade what I can and set up a week to bring them home to grade.

Weather Unit Test--Study Activity Options (The more activities you do to study, the easier the test will be!):  

    _____ **Factile Jeopardy/Flashcard/Quizbowl Review link. (Below)

    _____ Play Weather Bingo with a partner (in lab notebook) 

    _____ Weather Instruments Review and Quiz: Weather Instruments (Study Jams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/weather-instruments.htm 

    _____ Cloud Review and Quiz: Cloud Review and Quiz (Study Jams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/clouds-and-precipitation.htm

    _____ Review and read all weather unit pages in lab notebook. 

    _____ Re-read a previous reading lesson on a weather topic that you are struggling to understand.

    _____ Watch this video on reading a weather map: Reading a Weather Map: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NZz-EeveJ8&feature=emb_logo 

    _____ Rewatch 3 weather videos from the past weeks on weather.  A list is provided below or you can scroll down through the summaries to find some others.  Make them on different weather topics and list what you watched.

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

           Air Pressure & Wind: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/air-pressure-and-wind.htm

           The Water Cycle: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/water-cycle.htm

           Weather & Climate: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/weather-and-climate.htm

 

Jeopardy Weather Review Links:   

Weather Review 1 Factile link: https://www.playfactile.com/mrssonyassharescience

Weather Review 2 Factile link: https://www.playfactile.com/mrssonyassharescience2 

Weather Review 3 Factile link:https://www.playfactile.com/mrssonyassharescience3 

Third Grade Weather Test Review: https://www.playfactile.com/mrssonyasscience3rdgradeweather 

Fourth Grade Weather Test Review: https://www.playfactile.com/mrssonyascience4thgradeweatherreview (and study weather tools)

New 5th & 6th Grade Weather Review: https://www.playfactile.com/mrssonyasscience6thgradeweatherreview  

A new weather review has been posted for 5th and 6th Grade.  I can't put all test subject matter in one game so I suggest going through your study guide and review the categories from other games that is not covered in the newest weather review for 5th/6th grade.

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :  

 

Checklist Videos for 3rd & 4th Grades:

Spaced Out (CrashCourseKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9TYRSf3xiQ

 The Universe (StudyJams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/universe.htm

 

 

Checklist Videos for 5th & 6th Grades:

Spaced Out (CrashCourseKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9TYRSf3xiQ

 The Universe (StudyJams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/universe.htm

 How Big is the Universe?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC7yFDb1zOA

Week 19 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.):

Study guide is posted below.  

There is a page for each grade so be sure to scroll down to find the appropriate grade. 

EARTH SCIENCE: Summary for 2/2/21  Forecasting, Fronts, and Frightful Weather

Today was our last class lesson on weather and what better day to end on than the ultimate Weather Holiday…Groundhog Day!  I’m sorry to say that he did see his shadow so we will have six more weeks of winter weather!  HOWEVER, the kids learned that Punxsutawney Phil is only  30% accurate in his winter weather forecasting so he’s really NOT a reliable meteorologist! Phew!

 

Despite all the ups and downs of the last few months, I am proud of how much the kids have learned and enjoyed this unit on weather.  Today we put all of the six elements of weather together in a discussion of air masses and fronts.   They learned how these air masses meet at fronts to bring changes in the weather, sometimes bringing severe changes.   We compared cold fronts, warm fronts, and stationary fronts to football teams on a field to learn each one’s characteristics and how they move.  They learned how cold fronts bring storms and what makes some storms more severe than others.  They then practiced drawing weather symbols for fronts on a weather map to understand what it means when meteorologists use them.  We ended with a fun tornado simulation with a tornado tube connector that they were all sent home with to show you at home.  They also enjoyed a little snack of “Groundhog Grahams” in honor of Groundhog Day.  They were really teddy grahams that sort-of look like groundhogs but as one clever student pointed out, the mix of honey and chocolate flavored grahams represented the groundhog AND his shadow!  That wasn’t intentional but I love how their minds work!

 

Next week we will introduce our astronomy unit and spend some time reviewing for the weather unit test that will be sent home with them next week.

Have a Blessed Week!

Mrs. Sonya

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

Important Parent Notes :  

WEATHER TOOLS 3 ANSWERS:   On page 75 of their lab notebooks there is a weather tools page that may not be filled in due to all the disruptions to our schedule.    Please make sure these are filled in as follows from top to bottom: hygrometer, eyes, satellites, radar, and rain gauge.

A NOTE ON HOMEWORK: Each grade level has their own checklist this week instead of combining them.  Double check that they have the appropriate grade.  Their homework load is a little heavier this week since we lost some time and ended the weather unit today. I had to cut quite a bit of material out at the end so the homework reflects bits and pieces of some things I wanted to touch on with severe weather before moving on.  I will make homework extra light next week as we start a new unit and they prepare and take the weather unit test.

 

TORNADO IN A BOTTLE:  In class I used two clear 2-liter plastic bottles.  Large water bottles may work as long as the connector screws on tightly.  You need to make sure that the plastic ring is removed that is left on the bottle after taking the cap off the bottle.  Fill one bottle about two-thirds with water. Tightly screw the tornado tube connector on the bottle with the water and then attach the empty bottle to the top. To make a “tornado” flip the bottles over and give it a few circular shakes and the water at the top should form a funnel as it empties into the bottom bottle. 

 

TORNADO & HURRICANE SCALE LAB NOTEBOOK PIECES:  A few of the classes may not have had time to glue in the hurricane and tornado scale folded pieces.  The EF Rating scale piece is for tornadoes and goes on page 97.  The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind scale for hurricanes goes on page 98.

LAB NOTEBOOK CHECKS:  Starting next week I will be taking their lab notebooks during my break and grading their weather unit pages.  This will be done gradually over the next few weeks to avoid taking their books home for a week.  Please make sure that they look over their weather unit section and check that the items listed on the homework checklists as "For a Grade" are complete.

Weather Unit Test--Study Activity Options (See homework checklist for instructions):  

    _____ **Factile Jeopardy/Flashcard/Quizbowl Review link. (Below)

    _____ Play Weather Bingo with a partner (in lab notebook) 

    _____ Weather Instruments Review and Quiz: Weather Instruments (Study Jams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/weather-instruments.htm 

    _____ Cloud Review and Quiz: Cloud Review and Quiz (Study Jams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/clouds-and-precipitation.htm

    _____ Review and read all weather unit pages in lab notebook. 

    _____ Re-read a previous reading lesson on a weather topic that you are struggling to understand.

    _____ Watch this video on reading a weather map: Reading a Weather Map: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NZz-EeveJ8&feature=emb_logo 

    _____ Rewatch 3 weather videos from the past weeks on weather.  A list is provided below or you can scroll down through the summaries to find some others.  Make them on different weather topics and list what you watched.

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

           Air Pressure & Wind: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/air-pressure-and-wind.htm

           The Water Cycle: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/water-cycle.htm

           Weather & Climate: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/weather-and-climate.htm

 

Jeopardy Weather Review Links:   5th & 6th grade should play review games/flashcards  1-3 to study for test.

Weather Review 1 Factile link: https://www.playfactile.com/mrssonyassharescience

Weather Review 2 Factile link: https://www.playfactile.com/mrssonyassharescience2 

New Weather Review 3 Factile link:https://www.playfactile.com/mrssonyassharescience3 

New Third Grade Weather Test Review: https://www.playfactile.com/mrssonyasscience3rdgradeweather 

New Fourth Grade Weather Test Review: https://www.playfactile.com/mrssonyascience4thgradeweatherreview (and study weather tools)

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :  

 

Checklist Videos for ALL Grades:

REWATCH--Air Masses & Fronts (Study Jams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/air-masses-and-fronts.htm

Severe Weather (CrashCourseKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVZExLO0MWA

What Causes Thunder and Lightning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEiVi9TB_RQ

What is a Tornado? (SciShow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s3UwOq1P1E

What’s a Hurricane? (SciShow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKubdY2mHXc

Hurricane vs. Tornado-What’s the Difference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0LskBe_QfA&list=PLSpB2513fBNukCmQV7iB7iyx65duCyY09&index=65&t=0s

Why Groundhogs Supposedly Predict the Weather: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDFy7_DM_qQ

Weather Research Links for Homework Assignment: 

Severe Weather Safety Tips: Disaster Dodgers-Severe Weather: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXw1feTnkU4

Weather Balloons & Radiosondes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcLkkoR2LS4

Floods (Dr. Binocs):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hQZCiZ21fk

Why do Floods Happen?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe350nm_odA

Blizzards--The Biggest Snowstorms!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpBtRmTmbqQ

Drought (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5a6yHSI0L0&list=PLQX0uxFBx_pysYCdNVK5wPUzNcQxIAv-Z&index=14&t=0s

Storm Chasers--What It Takes to Be a Storm Chaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyxA06M1_6k 

Weather Satellites--How Do We Monitor Weather from Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfVeB4s8WWk

How Does Doppler Radar Work: https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2019/02/07/breakdown-why-doppler-radar-is-an-important-tool/

Weather Data Forecast Links:

Weather for You: https://www.weatherforyou.com  (enter in your zip code at top of page in center)

Dark Sky: https://darksky.net/forecast/35.5092,-87.4597/us12/en (add your location in the search bar at the top)

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.):

A PDF with the weather analysis questions for their Weather Data Project IS posted below.  Scroll through the PDF to find their grade level questions.  You do not need to print the questions out.  The directions for answering the questions are listed at the top of the first page.

EARTH SCIENCE: Summary for 1/26/21  Precipitation

I could not have asked for a better "visual aid" to today’s lesson on precipitation than Monday night’s storm!  Not only did the storm bring heavy rain to fill many of their rain gauges at home, but it hailed long enough at my house for me to get a picture of a hailstone (see below).  It was very strange that the hail came as I was writing about it so I teased the kids that they have a magical science teacher and to be warned that next week’s topic is extreme weather!  We had some fun joking about it, but it led to great discussions on two of the more dangerous types of precipitation, hail and freezing rain, and how they occur. 

 

We did an experiment with a pine cone in class and they practiced writing a hypothesis and we briefly discussed how their hypothesis is not about being “right or wrong” but about leading them to discoveries and asking more questions.  What they discovered at the end of the experiment is that pine cones are natural weather predictors for humidity and rain!  It was a fun day of discussions and discoveries!

 

Having had some of our class days for this unit as remote days has left me rearranging a lot of my original plans and having to take out some of the material.  PLEASE, PLEASE read the parent notes below so you are aware of any changes AND what the expectations are on certain assignments.  It has been hard for all of us to try and get back on track after the holidays and COVID interruptions so communication is key to getting back into the SHARE routine. 

 

 Have a blessed week of health and productivity!

Mrs. Sonya

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

Important Parent Notes :  

READING LESSON:   This will be posted Thursday morning.  At the last minute I felt I needed to rewrite the last two lessons and take out a more in-depth topic I had planned on covering.  Next week will be the last week spent on the weather unit.

 

WEATHER TAKE-HOME TEST:  I will be giving a test on the weather unit, but it will not be sent home with them until February 9th, to be returned the following week.  This gives them plenty of time to spend on the Jeopardy review games to prepare for the test.  I will also give a study guide next week.

 

WEATHER DATA COLLECTION PROJECT:  This counts as a project grade.  I have had them do two other weather data collections, but this final one includes all six elements of weather and wraps up what they have learned about changing weather. To break up the project assignment I will be having them do some analysis on their data for next week's homework.  Make sure they are taking this seriously and are keeping up with the assignment.  I had originally planned a weather forecasting presentation as a final project but felt it was too much under the circumstances.  Please help them, at first, learn how to navigate the weather websites to find the data information and find where the radar and satellite maps are located.  There is a box for them to check off for each of the five days that they have looked at them.  They are not looking for anything specific when viewing those maps.  I added that just so they are familiar with the technology that meteorologists use when forecasting the weather since we will be talking about radar and satellite images next week when talking about severe weather.

PINECONE ACTIVITY on checklist:  I actually did part of the activity in class that is listed on their homework checklist.  To complete this item on their checklist I want them to show the experiment to someone at home or explore another pine cone weather activity.

LAB NOTEBOOKS:  I know there are many skipped over and blank pages BUT I do have plans for them so please have them follow the page numbers that are on their checklist.

GRADING GOING FORWARD:  I gave A LOT of grace on grading and assignments last quarter considering the circumstances.  However, I want to give a reminder that I will be holding the students accountable this quarter for missing assignments and unfinished checklists. I am always approachable to discuss individual situations, but it must be communicated to me from the parent.  

TWO LITER BOTTLES:  I will be sending home a lab kit next week that will require them to have two clear 2-liter bottles.  I am giving you a heads up so that you can save these out or purchase them in the coming week.  They are NOT to bring them to class.  This will be an at-home experiment.

COOKIE MONSTER GEODE:  As an interesting tie-in to what they learned in geology last unit, please share this article with your student(s) about a very cool discovery of a unique geode:  https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/geologist-finds-cookie-monster-rock/

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :  

   

3rd/4th Grade Videos:

Where Do Snowflakes Come From? (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M48RfaWcWA

What Makes it Snow? (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8oM9jF3P5M

Air Masses & Fronts (Study Jams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/air-masses-and-fronts.htm

5th/6th Grade Videos:

Where Do Snowflakes Come From? (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M48RfaWcWA

What Makes it Snow? (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8oM9jF3P5M

Air Masses & Fronts (Study Jams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/air-masses-and-fronts.htm

Types of Fronts (MooMooMath): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ez4QoQLnZ8

 

Pine Cone Activity Links:

**Why Do Pine Cones Open and Close: https://academy.animaljam.com/posts/why-do-pinecones-open-and-close. (Click on the pdf button to download instructions)

Forecasting with Pine Cones: https://www.science-sparks.com/pine-cone-weather-station/

Extra Credit Activity—Pine Cone Weather: https://thehappyscientist.com/content/pine-cone-weather

Weather Data Forecast Links:

Weather for You: https://www.weatherforyou.com  (enter in your zip code at top of page in center)

Dark Sky: https://darksky.net/forecast/35.5092,-87.4597/us12/en (add your location in the search bar at the top)

Jeopardy Weather Review Links:  Please Play Weather Review 1&2 for this week. Grade Level games will be posted for next week's homework.

Weather Review 1 Factile link: https://www.playfactile.com/mrssonyassharescience

*NEW--Weather Review 2 Factile link: https://www.playfactile.com/mrssonyassharescience2 

Please Play Weather Review 1 & 2 for this week. Grade Level games will be posted for next week's homework.

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.):

Reading lesson is posted.

EARTH SCIENCE: Summary for 1/19/21  Putting our heads in the CLOUDS!

It was so good to see everyone face to face today, but I will admit that after two months it felt like the beginning of a new school year, rather than a new semester!  There are several important things I need to communicate to you to get everyone on the same page again, so please be sure to read all of the parent notes at the end of the summary.

Today’s topic was another element of weather…clouds.  I asked a student in each class to quickly summarize the water cycle and they all did very well.  However, I pointed out that there is a lot more going on to make a cloud than just water vapor condensing and a cloud appearing.  We spent the class taking notes and digging deeper into what exactly goes into making a cloud.  Many were quite surprised at the true nature of clouds.  We talked about Latin root words used in the naming of clouds and how they describe each cloud’s characteristics.  They filled out a chart with ten different types of clouds.  The chart will be posted below if any were unable to finish in class.  I demonstrated how to make a cloud in a bottle and they were delighted when they could see the cloud released when I took the cap off and gave the bottle a squeeze.  They were sent home with a “cloud snack story” with the instructions to teach someone in their family about how clouds are formed before eating their props!  It was a fun day of learning about clouds on a cloudy day!

Next week we will cover the last element of weather (precipitation) and discuss fronts.  Have a great week!

Mrs. Sonya

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

Important Parent Notes :  

IMPORTANT....I forgot that my 2nd hour class is a 4th/5th grade mix and the 4th grade students received the checklist for the older grades.  Both checklists are posted at the end of this summary.  You may keep the same paper that was handed out so you don't have to print another one out and make adjustments for the work.  They  are pretty much the same with the exception of a few different videos and number of facts required for assignments.  I know the checklists are a little "extra" this week but it will be lighter next week.  I had to make up for some lost time and already had several things purchased and prepared.    ALSO...one student went home with TWO lab kit sacks.  If you did not get home with one, let me know.

Report Cards:   I really agonized over what to do about 2nd quarter grading with so many disruptions and absences.  It just got too messy with keeping up with everyone’s different family circumstances and I didn’t want to penalize or overwhelm the students who did not keep up with what assignments were given.  In the end, I decided to give everyone an A for the quarter and leave it to the parents (the teacher of record) to make the final call on their child’s efforts.  The work they did will count in my grading for the third quarter and I will be holding the students accountable for keeping up with their assignments going forward and they will be graded accordingly. I thought we could all use an extra heap of grace and a clean slate after the last three months. Prayerfully this semester will not be so bumpy and disruptive as the last. There may be some report cards that have a blank for the quarter in science.  This was an oversight so you may write in an A.

Change to homework checklist:  After I printed out all of the homework checklists, I changed my mind about including reading lesson 14 on precipitation.  The reading lesson for this week is lesson 13 on clouds which also includes a sheet describing the different types of clouds.  This last sheet is the source for the information needed to complete the cloud flip book.  I did keep the precipitation videos on the checklist as a preview for next week.

Numbering on lessons and checklists:  I apologize for the confusion with the numbering on the lessons and checklists.  In a normal year this stays consistent. I’ve had to change my lesson plans around so many times I’m confused myself!   They are not missing checklists for week 13 & 14.  I’ll get it smoothed out and more consistent for next week.

Take-Home Lab Supplies:  They should have come home with a stapled brown paper sack containing the materials they need to finish this week’s homework checklist AND a pine cone for next week.  Please have them put the pine cone in a safe place for next week.  The instructions for the remainder of what is in the bag is on the homework checklist.

At-Home Weather Labs:  We have a few more lessons on weather before moving onto astronomy.  If you still have your weather labs set up at home hang onto them for a bit longer if your space allows.  They were sent home today with a rain gauge to measure rainfall and we will be discussing this next week.  They will also be making a hygrometer this week to measure humidity.  They will have one more week of collecting weather data before we are done with the unit.

Jeopardy Review Game and Testing:  I got many comments from the students that they liked the jeopardy game. There are still some kinks to work out but I will be sticking with this one for now.  I did not include it on the homework checklist this week because I had to cut some things out, but it would be good if they would continue to practice the flashcards as a review.  I will be adding some games for next week’s checklist and have decided that I will be giving a take-home test at the end of the unit.  I will have a jeopardy game and flashcards for each grade level so they know what to study for.  Don't worry, it will not be a lengthy test considering all the disruptions in their learning.

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :  

   

3rd/4th Grade Videos:

**What are Clouds Made of? (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DigBbR3FeP8&list=PLjP8tUlPjYHd4lYkDc54G5M4TnJobLAaK&index=14&t=0s

All About Clouds (Free School): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqeFSa60TE

How Did Clouds Get Their Names?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuW1jhxCgx0

Common Types of Precipitation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6Q0-kRxGTY

What is a Hailstorm? AND other Precipitation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1701cmpi69g

Survival Story of William Rankin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfcbYMVK5k0

Measuring Water in the Air-Humidity (funsciencedemos): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs8QtVcu2QE

5th/6th Grade Videos:

**What are Clouds Made of? (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DigBbR3FeP8&list=PLjP8tUlPjYHd4lYkDc54G5M4TnJobLAaK&index=14&t=0s

Why Do Clouds Stay Up?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjByja9ejTQ

How Did Clouds Get Their Names?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuW1jhxCgx0

Common Types of Precipitation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6Q0-kRxGTY

What is a Hailstorm? AND other Precipitation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1701cmpi69g

Survival Story of William Rankin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfcbYMVK5k0

Measuring Water in the Air-Humidity (funsciencedemos): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs8QtVcu2QE

OPTIONAL VIDEOS for Extra Credit Opportunity:

Description of Clouds (MooMoo Math& Science): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmAFDsY0aRA

Types of Clouds (Dr. Binocs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yod3wMbFHUY

The Cloud Book by Tomie de Paola: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS5uN0RuIHI

ALL the Cloud Types: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9LyP0C2rsQ

Types of Clouds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7dYgELzMW4

Hail Explained in 3D: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6fxBN4v_2k

3D Explanation of Winter Precipitation Types: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmP9q7E8R_E

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.  The Cloud Type Description sheet cannot be posted...I will email those that were absent.):

EARTH SCIENCE: Week 5870! --1/12/21  Shaking Off the Dust with Weather Review!

Once again, I will miss seeing all of the kiddos sweet, eager-to-learn faces this Tuesday!  We will just keep rolling with what life hands us and make the best of a less-than-ideal situation.   Soooo....

 

In consideration of it being over two months since we have met in person, I thought it best to ease back into SHARE science (and a school routine for that matter!) with a review of what we have learned so far about weather before continuing with the last lessons of this unit.  Lord willing, we will be in class together on the 19th and can benefit from the hands-on activities I have planned for clouds and precipitation.  I will also return lab notebooks at that time.  If for some reason we are not able to meet next week, I will post a video lesson/demonstration to go with the written lesson and we will move forward in finishing our weather unit.  I did have a review/presentation day already planned so rearranging it this way for this week does not put me too far off my original lesson plans. 

The good news with going remote with our learning is that there are hundreds of resources to help with teaching, review, and presenting material.  The bad news is, there are hundreds of resources and it is hard to know which one will work best!  I am going to be trying out a resource called Factile this week because I was looking for a Jeopardy-style review and it was one of the first that popped up.  It is new for me so I am still figuring it all out, but I am hoping that it will be something that I can also use in class, with teams and buzzers, as well as provide a a way for the students to review at home. It allows me to create my own review games and send/post the link privately. The students will be able to create their own "contestant" and I will be able to view their progress.  This week will be a trial week with it AND an honor system one with being honest with checking their answers.  I will NOT be grading them on their score when viewing their progress.  This week is strictly for their benefit in reviewing what they've learned and getting back into the swing of things. HOWEVER, if I feel like the disruptions of COVID have not hindered their retention of the material too much, I will be using these review game questions for a test, quiz, or classroom quiz bowl. So it is to their benefit to practice and know the material.  Instructions for this week will be posted on the homework checklist.  The homework checklist, links for review videos, and the Factile link will all be posted by Wednesday at 10:00, if not sooner.

It was soooo good to see the children AND meet many of you parents at our drive-thru Christmas party. It was an improvised party due to unwanted circumstances, but turned out to be more fun than we hoped!  I can't thank you enough for all the sweet and thoughtful gifts that were given.  I am in the process of sending e-card thank you notes to the children so if you receive an email with the name Jacquie Lawson, don't trash it; it is from me!  I pray that you had a blessed holiday season WITH your families and that all of your loved ones are safe and healthy.  I love you all and look forward to seeing you soon!!  

Mrs. Sonya

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

P.S. Check out the cool snowflake picture below that my husband was able to capture during our first snow several weeks ago!

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :  

    

ALL GRADES:

  Weather vs. Climate (Study Jams): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XirAUvS_29I

Snowflake Mysteries Unlocked: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjDA4QCA8rI

Snowflake Bentley PDF Book: http://bcesburk.weebly.com/uploads/3/7/5/0/37504569/snowflake_bentley.pdf

Weather Review 1 Factile link: https://www.playfactile.com/mrssonyassharescience

 Week 15 Materials:   

EARTH SCIENCE: Week 12 Summary--11/17/20  Elements of Weather part 2

Well, again, grace and flexibility is the theme for the year!  I was excited for this week's class activities on clouds and humidity so I am quite disappointed to not meet tomorrow, but we'll roll with it.  I had several things to hand out in class that go with the homework, including lab kits for at- home activities, so I am needing a little time to mull over what to do and make some adjustments to my lesson planning and the homework checklist.  I will post a reading lesson and adjusted homework checklist by Wednesday morning. 

UPDATED: Dawn and I discussed what we both would like to do to adjust since we like to keep the K-2 and 3rd-6th on relatively the same topics each week.  We both agreed that we put too much time and money into hands-on activities for our lesson on clouds for this week to not hold out hope that maybe we can meet in person on December 1st and present it then. I had already purchased supplies for take-home lab kits to add to their weather stations as well as other items for in-class demos.  These things are definitely out of our control, so if it happens that we are not able to meet in two weeks, we will adjust once again and figure it out from there.  It may be that we set up a time to meet in a parking lot to hand out what we have prepared.  

 

For this week, I have rewritten the reading lesson to just focus on humidity and dew point.  It can be challenging to understand, but I am hoping with careful reading and the hands-on activity at home that they will all at least get a basic understanding of how our air holds moisture and how it makes us feel.  I will review this topic with them in person when we next meet so do not worry if they get confused this week.  They will probably learn more than you think they understand and it will just take a little extra review before the light bulb flips on.  I say this from my own experience in understanding! 

 

Have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday and stay healthy!

Mrs. Sonya

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

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :  

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

ALL GRADES:

  

Why Does Humidity Make it Feel Hotter?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGHRz8wpj3E

 Week 11 Materials:   Contact me if lesson is needed)

EARTH SCIENCE: Week 11 Summary--11/10/20  Elements of Weather part 1

I’ve often said that this semester is to be one of grace with so many outside, out-of-our-control interruptions this year and I want to start this summary by asking for your grace at this time.  Last week was a tough one for me in dealing with the failing health and care of a dear elderly friend from church.  He passed away Sunday morning.  Needless to say I have been preoccupied, but giving my time where it needed to be given for this situation.  I apologize for not reaching out to those that were absent like I said I was going to in my last post, as well as not having the reading lesson written and printed out in time for class.  I will have the reading lesson posted as soon as I am able to finish writing it, which is hopefully by Thursday afternoon at the latest.  It is always my goal to have all papers ready to hand out each class and to keep up with parent communication, but life just gets in the way sometimes.

 

Today we talked about what wind is and what makes it move.  I demonstrated Christmas tea light candle spinners to show how warm air rises and how the mass of the rising air pushes against the blades of the spinner to make it move.  They took notes while we then discussed convection currents in how the rising warm air from the earth (an area of low pressure) is replaced by sinking cooler air (areas of high pressure) creating wind.  Wind is moving air.

 

We then discussed weather instruments that measure wind speed and direction and how this data helps to predict weather.  We looked at the the Beaufort Wind Scale that is now in their lab notebooks and learned how to find the wind speed found on a weather app and then find the Beaufort number on the chart to compare with the chart’s description of the effects of wind that you should see outside.  

 

We ended class by making an anemometer which measures wind speed.  Although their anemometers are more of a model than an actual measuring device, they can still try them out to see how their anemometers move in comparison to the wind speed data they will be collecting this week. 

Next week we will talk about clouds and humidity.  

 

Have a blessed week and stay healthy!

Mrs. Sonya

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

Important Parent Notes:

 

If You Were Absent Today or last week:

If you were absent today OR have been absent, you have missed out on making the weather instruments made in class.  I will have these already pre-made for you upon your return so you do not miss out on seeing how they work.  Follow the posted homework checklists with what you are able to do at home, such as the reading lessons and videos,  and I will have all other paperwork when you are back in class with instructions written in pencil on where they go in the lab notebooks. 

 

At-Home Weather Station:

Many students mentioned that their barometers were broken or they were not seeing movement.  They will not be counted off if something happens to their weather instruments on the transport home or something unforeseen happens, but I do want them to do the best they can to take care of them so they have at least one week of observations. Homemade weather instruments always work best outside, so if you have a covered porch or area outside to set them, they will get the best results.  So, if their barometers have only been inside, then they may not have seen much movement.  Again, these weather instruments are not perfect, nor extremely accurate, but should show enough data to make connections with the weather elements and forecasting weather. That is the goal!

A Note About Data Collection for Wind Speed and Direction:

Directions are given on the homework checklist to make a base to stabilize their anemometers at home with whatever materials you have available.  They are also to make a weather vane, again with whatever materials you have on hand, and text me a picture when complete. There are several links below with directions to follow.  They are really simple.  They will need to position their weather vane pointing north so they may need help identifying which way is north at home.  They are to get the wind speed and direction information for their chart off the computer weather links given, but I would like for them to compare this data with what they observe with their own instruments.

Lab Notebook Check:

The next lab notebook check will be the week before the Christmas party.  I will collect lab notebooks on December 1st and return them on December 8th, the day of the Christmas party.  PLEASE, PLEASE do not let them forget to bring them in on December 1st so I can collect them.  They will also receive their report cards that day.

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

3rd/4th

Up, Up, and Away-Crash Course Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-G0YkfgdbA

Air Pressure and Wind (StudyJams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/air-pressure-and-wind.htm

What is Wind? (SciShow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzSqhrn2dDM

How are Wind Speeds Measured?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTWwnUIygc8

  

 

5th/6th

Air Pressure and Wind (StudyJams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/air-pressure-and-wind.htm

Up, Up, and Away-Crash Course Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-G0YkfgdbA

Why Does the Wind Blow?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCLwbqmacck

Current Events (CrashCourseKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fcXL61NZS0

How are Wind Speeds Measured?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTWwnUIygc8

DIY Wind Vane/Weather Vane Instruction Links  (Choose whichever one works best with your time and supply resources.  Don’t forget to text me a picture of your completed weather vane.): 

How to Make a Wind Vane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnU-RUQLjp0

DIY Weather Vane: https://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-and-experiments/where-is-the-wind-going-try-a-diy-weather-vane

How to Make a Wind Vane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnZ5LYI19Vo

How To Make a Wind Vane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IoYzv8mz5s 

Science Experiments for Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5Eh6EU18Us

Tracking Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure Links: 

Link for daily high and low temperature: www.kidsweatherreport.com (enter in your city and state in upper right hand corner)

Link for daily barometer reading: https://www.weather.gov (enter in your zip code in upper right hand corner).

Link for daily barometer reading and wind speed: https://www.weatherforyou.com  (enter in your zip code at top of page in center)

 Week 11 Handouts from class (Contact me if lesson and checklist is needed): 

EARTH SCIENCE: Week 10 Summary--11/3/20  What's the Weather

It was so good to be back today with your sweet kiddos!  

We discussed the difference between weather and climate and why it is important to predict the weather. We began the process of building their own weather stations to become SHARE Junior Meteorologists.  We will be spending the remainder of the semester adding to their home weather station and learning week by week what data is collected to predict the weather, finding patterns in the data, and putting it all together to analyze and predict what the weather will be.  This will be wrapped up next semester, ending with a weather report project.

They built their own barometer in class that measures atmospheric pressure.  They really do work and I think the kids will enjoy comparing their results with what they see out the window.  

Mrs. Sonya

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

Important Parent Notes:

If You Were Absent Today:

There were several absences today which means you will not have a barometer nor the handouts to use for your homework this week.  I will contact you individually after I figure out the best way to make this up.  Also, please send me an email if you are missing any handouts for lab notebooks.  Since I was absent for two weeks AND some of you were also absent, I do not have any idea who is missing papers.  It is going to take me a week or so to get everything caught up.

At-Home Weather Station:

The barometer that was made in class is the first of several weather instruments that the students will make and add each week to make an at-home weather station.  They will be using them each week to record weather data, look for patterns, and compare with the data from weather websites or phone apps. Please make sure these projects are not thrown out.  Hopefully there is a place where they can set up their weather station where it will not be in the way or disturbed.

A Note About Data Collection for Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure:

If they did not get the first line of weather data filled in it should read:

   Tues. 11/3, 64*F, 32*F, 30.33 in, High, and their weather observations for the day, such as clear skies, sunny, cool temperatures

A sample bar graph for the temperature data will be posted later in the pdf section below.

A Note About Semester Testing:

Due to this being an unconventional semester with many unknowns and absences, I have decided not to give any formal tests for the semester.  I will be working on a way to quiz and review on the computer, such as a Jeopardy-type quiz bowl.  I will be giving you information on this in the coming weeks.  For now, there will not be any paper tests given out this semester.

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

   

3rd/4th

Weather & Climate (StudyJams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/weather-and-climate.htm

Be a Weather Watcher (SciShow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo8lbeVVb4M

How Do We Know When it Will Rain?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLQ0lHpyZd8

What is a Barometer?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKcLbbjV3AA

Temperature (The Science Kid): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSM8DtjkytM

5th/6th

Weather & Climate (StudyJams): http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/weather-and-climate.htm

Weather vs. Climate (Crash Course Kids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbAWny7FV3w

What is a Barometer?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKcLbbjV3AA

Temperature (The Science Kid): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSM8DtjkytM

Link for Optional Activity—Make a Thermometer: https://www.weatherwizkids.com/experiments-thermometer.htm

Tracking Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure Links:

Link for daily high and low temperature: www.kidsweatherreport.com (enter in your city and state in upper right hand corner)

Link for daily barometer reading: https://www.weather.gov (enter in your zip code in upper right hand corner).

Week 10 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 9 Summary--10/27/20  The Wonder of Water 

I just talked with Mrs. Johnna and it sounds like the students had a great day learning about the water cycle!  I know she enjoyed teaching today!  I am still sad and mad for having to miss, but I am glad to hear that my sweet science students are learning lots about the atmosphere and water cycle without me!  

 

Following a diagram, they discussed how all of the earth’s water moves through a constant cycle, since the time of Creation.  There was a discussion about all the possibilities this closed system could lead to….touching or drinking water that could have been part of famous events or touched the lips of famous people in history.  

 

The last half of class was a discussion and demonstration of how much of our earth’s water supply is salt water and how much is fresh water.  From what I hear, the students were quite surprised at how little of our water supply is actually available freshwater!

Next week's topic will be weather vs. climate and the start of several lessons on how weather is predicted.  Lord willing, I will be there next week to teach it!

Mrs. Sonya

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

Important Parent Notes:

My Life as a Drop of Water Assignment:

This assignment is designed to have them apply what they have learned about the water cycle.  The fact that the water cycle is a closed system makes for some very interesting pondering for kids.  The same water that God created has been cycling around and around from the time of creation. There is a video that explains how the biosphere (living things) is a part of the water cycle.  Since it discusses bodily functions, which scientifically IS a part of the water cycle, I am leaving it to the parent's discretion to share the video.  I think it is an interesting aspect of God's design of the water cycle that gets overlooked, but the following video could maybe have been a little more tactful, which is why I would like it to be your call on whether or not to show it.  My experience is that gross things DO capture their attention and gets them thinking, which has value, but like I said...your call!  Dinosaur Pee? Crash Course Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_bbQ0m3wuM

Homework Checklists:

Please continue having your student hang on to their completed homework checklists.  I will collect checklist weeks 7-9 and check them off next week!

VIDEO LINKS for Homework :

Homework Checklist Videos:

    

3rd/4th

The Great Aqua Adventure-Crash Course Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5G4NCwWUxY

Where Does Water Come From? (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0K7VKkksyc

All About the Water Cycle for Kids (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO9tT186mZw

Basics of Freshwater-Crash Course Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaQCiwzjnCM

Geysers-When Water Erupts (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cVM1lAvIxw

  

 

5th/6th

The Great Aqua Adventure-Crash Course Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5G4NCwWUxY

The Water Cycle-StudyJams: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/water-cycle.htm

Water Cycle (MooMoo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzYjPpxP-Cw

All About the Water Cycle for Kids (FreeSchool): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO9tT186mZw

Basics of Freshwater-Crash Course Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaQCiwzjnCM

Geysers-When Water Erupts (SciShowKids): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cVM1lAvIxw

Water Fight! Crash Course Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b2kdcEuWr4

Extra Credit Opportunity--Water Cycle Experiment and Demo Links to CHOOSE FROM: 

Favorites marked with asterisk…

*Fun Science Demo-Water Cycle:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxbvMI0VBr0

*Water Cycle Experiment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmoGafggV2E

Water Cycle in a Bag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZB44_X0pFw

*Water Cycle Salt on a Stick: https://www.kids-earth-science.com/water-cycle-experiment.html

Transpiration Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n52Z9qz4oOw

*Transpiration Experiment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9clgg5fwn2o

 Week 9 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.):   Sorry for the delays...I'm off my game, but hanging in there!

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

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 (Email me if lesson is needed)    

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 (Contact me if lesson is needed):     

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 (Contact me if lesson is needed):     

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 (Contact me if lesson is needed):     

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. 

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