K-2nd Science

January 19, 2021

We did it! We finally made it back together! The children seemed happy to be here, although, in some ways, it was a bit like starting over, at least for this teacher. I apologize for not adding Tuesday’s weather to the sheet from last week. We simply had too many activities. You may add it at home.

Today we discussed clouds. We made a project of the main cloud types and a cloud snack. I was excited to give each child a cloud viewer. We didn’t get to go out and use these in all classes, but I urge you to help your student use it to name the clouds he or she sees. Every student also went home with a sample of edible clouds (cotton candy : ) ). ***Oops! I forgot to add the cotton candy to the backpacks in one class. I saved it and will give it out next week.

Homework for 1st and 2nd grades:

January 12, 2021

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a very restful holiday and blessed Christmas. I think we all hoped that, as the year changed, so would the events around us. I’m sorry it seems to be more of the same for now. I hope, like I am sure you do, that we are able to meet I person very soon, but until then, let’s try to turn our thoughts back to weather.

This week I am asking everyone, K, 1st and 2nd,  to do three things.

  1. Look over the completed pages in your weather notebooks, to reacquaint the students with the material.

  2. Take another look at the weather videos posted for the previous lessons.

  3. All classes complete the attached form, recording the weather for one week, beginning Wed., Jan 13. Hopefully we can record next Tuesday's in class.

Next week, Lord willing, we will do a brief review in class and then learn about clouds.

November 17, 2020

 

I hope you are all safe and healthy. I am sad to be missing Share but glad we made it this long without interruption. Hopefully, we will be back after Thanksgiving.

 

Our lesson today was to be about clouds. There are three hands-on activities scheduled but, since you don’t have the necessary supplies, I will assign a bit of work and we will do the activities when we return.  

 

First and second grade homework (K students may also do the cut and paste activity, if you want): 

  • Read the material about clouds and underline or highlight facts (page 8 or 9, depending on grade)

  • Using the following printable, cut out and arrange clouds onto blue paper in notebook. Label each. (You may choose to cut and paste 3 or 4 for younger students.)

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November 10, 2020

 

Today we had a very introductory class about wind. We focused on the facts that 1. Wind is invisible and 2. Though we can’t see the wind, we can see the effects of the wind (what the wind does). It occurs to me now (but sadly not in class) that it is the same with God. Though we can’t see Him, we can see his fingerprints everywhere, if we look. We made weather or wind vanes. All classes got to try them out, but the weather and wind only cooperated with some. Give them a try at home. We also had bubbles, which are always so fun and a great way to see what the wind can do. Because assembling the weather vanes took more time than I planned, we didn’t get to everything. If time allows, we will make it up in the future.

 

Homework

 

All classes: make the pinwheel using the pattern in the blue folder. You will need a drinking straw and a straight pin. Students should cut out the square, cut on the dotted lines, being careful not to cut to the middle. Bend the matching corners of each section to the center of the pinwheel, but do not crease. Pin the four corners to the straw. Blow into the center of the pinwheel to see it move. Email if you need further instructions or you can google making a pinwheel.

 

First and second grades:

November 3, 2020

 

Today we brainstormed words having to do with weather and came up with some pretty long lists. We talked about the difference between weather and climate, although that seemed to be a little confusing to most. We also did a weather prediction activity for the upcoming week. We will review the weather and our predictions and see how close we were. 

 

First grade homework: complete pages 4 and 5 in the blue folder.

 

Second grade homework: complete pages 4-6 in blue folder about Weather and  Climate

 

All grades: Check out these videos about weather and climate:

sci show weather                  Weather vs. Climate

I apologize that this is showing up late. It was posted Tuesday, but obviously something went wrong.

October 27, 2020

 

Although our official start of the weather unit was last week with Mrs. Johnna, I began today by teaching about the water cycle. We discussed how much of God’s creation operates on a cycle, as mentioned in the new memory verse on page 1 of the new blue notebooks. We made a water cycle circle model that shows how the cycle moves. The students should be sure to move the dial in the direction the raindrop points. 

 

In the pocket of the blue folder (or possibly yellow folder in some classes), there should be a ziplock bag that will be used for the homework activity. You will also need water, blue food coloring (optional) and strong tape.

 

First grade homework:

 

Second grade homework:

 

Kindergarten: Your students brought home bags for the above experiment if you would like to try it.

October 20, 2020

I hope you all had a relaxing fall break. I know the students were happy to get back to Share. Unfortunately, I had to miss today, but Mrs. Johnna took over my classes and it sounds like everything went very well.

 

Today we began our weather unit, although I don’t think the children realized that. The topic today was the earth’s atmosphere, its various layers and what happens in each layer. Each class did a color, cut and paste model project. Some classes may not have gotten finished, but the remaining pieces are in the yellow folders so they may finish at home. If you are uncertain about what to do, text me and I can send a picture (615-308-4948). Next week I will bring weather notebooks, but for this week the first and second grade homework is below. The first grade has reading and fill-in-the-blanks and second has reading, fill-in-the-blanks and facts. In addition there is a video to watch.

 

I look forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday.

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sg9sCOXFIk

Homework for first and second grades:

October 6, 2020

Today was our final day in our Introduction to Geology unit. The students were all so excited to share their rock collections with their friends. It was fun to hear where they found their rocks and why they liked each one. Believe me, I heard stories about several! We learned a bit about fossils also. We did three activities in class. We simulated the layers of sediment that for fossils using bread and gummy worms, tried our hands at excavating (chocolate chip) fossils from cookies, and made fossil imprints. Their clay fossils will need to dry for 2-3 days and then can be painted if they choose.

First and second grade homework:

  • Read summary and write facts

  • Complete one dinosaur cut and paste and add to last page in red notebook

All students: I encourage you to save your rock collections. They may need to be edited at some point, but it is always fun to add a cool rock, even at my age!

When we return from fall break, we will be starting on our weather unit. I hope you all have a wonderful break.

 

****If your child did not bring in their rock collection (every grade is included) he or she may bring it the first day after break.

September 29, 2020

 

Weathering, erosion and deposition…three terms that were new to most students. I hope they can explain to you what they (especially the first two) are and maybe even demonstrate for you. In class we used a hammer and a dump truck to illustrate each term (Thanks, Mrs. Sonya), then did an erosion experiment using Skittles. All classes did some paperwork in class. We discussed which changes to the earth’s surface were slow and which were fast.

 

Remember to be collecting and trying to label 10 rocks. Next week, students should bring their collections and be ready to show the class their favorite rock, as well as tell why it is their favorite. Today I sent home some minerals that may be added to the collection. The stone that looks like turquoise is actually amazonite. There is also white quartz.

 

First grade homework: 

  • Keep working on the memory verse.

  • Complete rock collection and label each rock (do your best). Bring your collection next week.

  • Read summary and write two facts.

  • Complete the slow and fast changes cut and paste pages (pictures are in pocket of red folder, answers below)

  • Optional: complete the fill in the blank worksheet

 

Second grade homework: 

  • Keep working on the memory verse.

  • Complete rock collection and label each rock (do your best). Bring your collection next week.

  • Read summary and write two facts.

  • Complete the slow and fast changes cut and paste pages (pictures are in pocket of red folder; answers below)

  • Complete the fill in the blank worksheet

 

KINDERGARTEN: You do not usually have homework, but you are also to collect rocks, bring them in next week and be ready to share about your favorite.

 

Homework answers: 

Fast changes are earthquake, volcano and flood

Slow changes are weathering, erosion and drought

 

* Thanks to the Jones family, each child on our hall is bringing home a geode in their backpack!

 

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August 20, 2019

Grace! My word for the day is GRACE! My carefully planned science lessons gave way in some instances to first day fun with lots of introductions and explanations. I give you my word that more science will be covered in the future.

 

Kindergarten-I have this class at the end of the day. We did have time to do a fun bubble wrap experiment and a bubble wrap art print. Because they were wet, they’ll come home tomorrow. If you are looking for your child’s yellow folder, look no further. In all the commotion, I did not get them into the backpacks. I will do better next week. Please look over pages 2 and 3 in your notebook, simplify the ideas, and pass them to your child. The main points are safety will be important so listen and obey, and take care of your notebook.

First grades-I had the most time with these classes, so we got the most accomplished. We talked a little about what science is and then we did an experiment using milk and food coloring. For homework, read over pages 2-4 with your child (feel free to simplify 2 and 3) and your child should complete page 6, How Do We Use Science? Do so by discussing this with your child, and either having them write your ideas on the page or having them dictate to you. Additionally, please print out, tear out of magazines, or draw illustrations of their ideas.

Second grade-Sadly, since I have this class first, we didn’t get as far as I had planned. We did discuss what science is and highlighted the main ideas in the reading on page 4. For homework, please read over pages 2-4 with your child (feel free to simplify 2 and 3) and complete page 6 How do we use science? Do so by discussing this with your child, and either having them write your ideas on the page or having them dictate to you. Additionally, please print out, tear out of magazines, or draw illustrations of their ideas. This class did not have time to do the experiment so if you would like to do it at home (very very simple), email me and I’ll send the instructions. If not, no worries.

We will be doing experiments or activities each week.

  • If you have questions about assignments or anything else, please

    EMAIL me (dawnntn@gmail.com).

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