K-2nd Science

April 27, 2021

Presentation Day!!! Today was so fun for me and I believe for your children, too. They were prepared and so proud of their work. All of them stood in front of their classes and shared about their topic, with only an occasional bit of help. I am over the moon (see what I did there?) about how they handled the whole thing. Parents, thank you for all the help. For the most part, I can tell that your children did the work, which is very important. I love seeing and hearing the enthusiasm of my science students.

 

Homework: ALL CLASSES-be sure the orange folder and the black lap book are in the backpack for next week. We will be finishing our lap books, our astronomy study and our school year with some fun activities. Remember that May 11 is field day for all families.

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April 20, 2021

Today we learned about our moon. Important points were:

  1. The moon is made of rock, just like the earth.

  2. The moon is a natural satellite.

  3. The moon does not produce its own light, but reflects light from the sun.

  4. We see the moon in phases.

In class we watched a video and tried a couple of activities to explain how we see the phases. Students enjoyed using Oreos to create each phase. We also added Moon Phase cards to our lap book.

 

Homework:

  • On Moon Phase sheet (in pocket of orange folder), draw each phase by its name. I recommend tracing a small circle each time and use pencil or blank crayon to shade the dark sections. There is an example at the top of the page. When complete, add to orange folder.

  • Finalize projects to present next week, April 27. Be sure to have some sort of visual, as well as some facts. Students may read their facts, I can prompt their reading or I can read facts. I look forward to hearing about all they have learned. Some parents have asked about bringing treats, etc., to accompany the presentation. This is great. For that purpose, here is each class with number of students:

    K am-7

    1/2 am-8

    2 am-7

    K/1 pm-7

    1/2 pm-6

  • Please be sure your student has the black lap book in the orange folder.

April 13, 2021

Today we learned about our perfect earth. We did an activity to demonstrate how the earth’s rotation gives us day and night and its tilt gives us our seasons. Students completed an earth addition to our lap book. Please read and discuss the points in the earth foldable. It will be a review to some classes and some of us were so busy putting it together that we didn’t have a chance to read the facts. We also listen to the book On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World’s Weather, and discussed that our tilt also influences our weather. 

 

Homework for first and second grades: 

  • In the yellow folder, you will find a Patterns in Nature handout. Please read this and brainstorm with your child about other patterns that we find in nature. At the bottom (or on the back) of the page, write down a few examples to discuss in class.

  • Watch this video about the earth's tilt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b25g4nZTHvM

  • Work on your presentation for April 27. If you have not, please email me with your child’s choices of topic. All info about the project is on the March 30 summary on this page.

April 6, 2021

 

Today we learned about our sun, its importance and its danger! After learning several facts, we did an activity to demonstrate rotation and revolution and went outside to look at our shadows formed by the sun. All day, we added to a “sundial,” and the kids liked seeing the motion of the earth marked each hour by laying rocks where the shadow pointed. This would be a great activity to try at home. I also emphasized to each class never to look directly into the sun. 

 

I have heard from about half of you about the upcoming project. ALL students, kindergarten included, will present on April 27. For details, see March 30’s entry and email your child’s top three choices of topic asap.

 

Homework:

  • 1st and 2nd grades: All About the Sun page (in pocket of orange folder). Students should TRY to complete these questions from memory of our class discussion. I really believe they can do it! 

  • The 2nd grade classes and 1st/2nd combo classes then should write six facts about the sun on the “lenses” of the sunglass drawings. (K and K/1 finished this in class.) Students may use the True/False page we did in class for facts if needed. After writing the facts, cut out each set and bring on Tuesday to add to the lap book. Speaking of lap books, I believe I mixed up two sets of books. No problem that I can’t fix, but please leave the black lap book in the orange folder so that it makes it back to Share.

  • Everyone: Make a plan for your science presentation. Start creating your visuals. Try to work a little each week so you aren’t rushed at the end.

  • Everyone: Put all science sheets into the orange brad folder. 

March 30, 2021

 

It is hard to believe how few weeks are left in our Share year. Our astronomy study is moving along. Today we learned a bit about stars and constellations. I attempted to demonstrate how a black hole takes in everything around it and the children made a constellation craft.

 

There are a few housekeeping items I need your help with:

  1. Please be sure your child has his/her yellow and orange folders each week. They need both. If they have been lost, please replace. The yellow folder is used for communication and the orange is for all astronomy papers. Because we have only 45 minutes per class, I will be putting papers into the pockets of the orange folder each week. I need you to either teach your child to use the brad folder and add the pages or put them in yourself. This will save valuable time in class.

  2. If you haven’t already, please sign and return your child’s progress reports

  3. You will see a black file folder in your child’s orange folder. Some students already have them. Please leave them in the orange folder, as we will be adding to them most weeks.

Thank you for your help with these things.

 

Now, back to business. Following is this week’s homework (for April 6) for first, second and interested kindergarten students:

  • Star reading and worksheet (in pocket of orange folder)

  • Constellation drawing page-look up online pictures of constellations. Students should draw 3-5 constellations on the landscape page (also in pocket of orange folder)

 

Assignment for April 27 On April 27, each student, kindergarten, first and second grades, should have a presentation to share with their classmates. They may choose any topic related to astronomy. Some, but not all, ideas are individual planets, stars, moon, black holes, space travel or vehicles, missions, or exploration. There can be only one presentation on a topic per class. The choices will be first-come, first-served. It is a good idea to help your child choose 3 topics, with their favorite as option #1. When your child chooses topics, email me at dawnntn@gmail.com with the list. I will let you know which option will work. The presentation should include a visual element and facts about the topic. Students should be prepared to read or tell about the topic, but I will be available to help. Visual elements could include posters with printed and/or hand drawn pictures, models, costumes, etc. Please help your child to be creative and use his or her unique talents. Help your child but allow them to do as much work as possible. I highly recommend starting on the project early, so your student isn’t rushed or discouraged. I look forward to seeing my students’ work. 

As a reminder, first, choose 3 topics, then email topics to dawnntn@gmail.com, and finally, begin work on presentation.

 

Sorry to be so lengthy. I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

March 23, 2021

Today our topic was "space junk" or other naturally occurring objects in space. We learned about asteroids, comets, and meteors. Students learned new vocabulary words (rotate, axis, revolve, orbit) and drew a picture and made a model of a comet.

Homework:

  • Each student has a Space Junk page in their orange folder. First and second grade students should complete these. Kindergarten students may read/listen to the info and complete the questions if desired.

  • Complete two astronaut training activities in the pdf’s below (speed of light, peak liftoff). Try to repeat each activity 5 times for 3 or 4 days. 

  • Watch these videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4xavj2hqSU  and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQErMYDfw0Y&t=40s

March 2, 2021

Today we tackled the planets of our solar system. All classes created solar system models and learned major points about each planet. The students who made the paint stick models have clothespins to match to the planets. Each class is working on an astronomy lap book which we will work on for the rest of the year. They are the black file folders that are in some of the backpacks; others will be in backpacks after spring break. Please leave them there, as we will be adding to it in class. Also, you will find an orange folder. This folder is for all homework and handouts. I will try to add them each week but if that doesn’t happen, please add at home.

 

Homework: The assignment for all classes is to learn the planets in order from the sun. Some older classes have a coloring worksheet and all classes have a planet crown. Use these to help your child learn the planets. In addition, here is a catchy song to help:                     

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noiwY7kQ5NQ

February 23, 2021

We are a bit behind on some fun activities planned for our astronomy unit. For this unit, we are working on a lap book.  Today we learned about three main shapes of galaxies and created a galaxy project we’ll add to the lap book. The most fun was beginning “astronaut training,”  which will continue in the homework. Today we did a Space Walk and Gravity Lift. The students seemed to have fun and all tried hard to complete the activities. Part of the homework is to perform some other physical “tests.” Obviously, children enjoy different levels of physical activity. Whether your child loves it or not, please work with him/her on these activities. As I said in class, and I hope you will stress at home, this is NOT a competition, except with themselves. Please stress trying to do a little better, go a little farther or try a little harder than the time before. I wish you all could have seen their faces as they tried to make it to the end of 50 gravity lifts (lifting a large ball above their heads 25 times and then pushing the ball forward from the chest 25 times). I could see such determination!

 

Homework

First and Second grades:

  1. Read and complete solar system page. 2nd graders please read independently as much as possible.

  2. Complete the astronaut training activities found in the pdf below.

  3. IF your student has a strip of white paper in his/her yellow folder, please complete the following activity:

      On one end of the paper, color a thin yellow stripe. This stripe will represent the sun. Using a ruler, draw a straight line from the “sun” to the opposite  end of the paper. Using the cm side of a ruler, add the eight planets to the line by drawing and coloring a circle at the distances below. You may search or use a book to see approximate sizes and colors. Label each planet.

  • Mercury at 4 mm mark

  • Venus at 7 mm mark

  • Earth at 1 cm mark

  • Mars at 1.5 cm mark 

  • Jupiter at 5.2 cm mark 

  • Saturn at 9.6 cm mark

  • Uranus – 19.2 AU – at 19.2 cm mark – peppercorn

  • Neptune at 30.1 cm mark

Kindergarteners will very much enjoy working on the astronaut training activities. I urge you to help them complete them.

February 16, 2021

 

What a crazy schedule we’ve had this year. I hope you all are safe and warm and have had a little cold weather fun. Hopefully we’ll be back together next week. In the meantime, here’s info and activities about galaxies. Your children will most likely need you to help explain some of the reading and with the diagram of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The fill-in-the-blank page is for 2nd grade and industrious 1st grade students. The instructions for making a telescope are for all students. In addition, I included a link to several videos in which astronauts show kids how various things are done in space. These will be fun for all ages.

Telescope instructions:  https://craftingagreenworld.com/articles/prepare-for-pluto-telescope-craft-for-kids/

Video link:  https://www.sciencekids.co.nz/videos/astronauts.html

February 2, 2021

 

We ended our weather study learning about hurricanes and tornadoes. We did a hurricane demonstration to see how warm air fuels the spinning winds. I demonstrated a tornado’s action in class and each student is coming home with a connector to make their own “tornado in a bottle.” You will need two water or soda bottles, either single serve or 2 liter. The cheap water bottles with short, small necks will not work, but bottles from Propel, Aquafina, etc should. I also recommend using a clear rather than colored bottle to make the action easier to see. In addition, we went over ideas to be prepared in case of a tornado. In most classes we had time to do a Groundhog Day word search just for fun.

Homework for first and second grades: To get ready for our new unit, Astronomy, next week:

******NEXT WEEK WILL BE OUR VALENTINES CELEBRATION. SEE CHRISTY'S TEXT AND THE HANDOUT IN THE YELLOW FOLDER FOR INFO. FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ANY TEACHER WITH QUESTIONS. 

February 9, 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day! Thank you all so much for the sweet cards and sweeter treats. The kids had so much fun exchanging with their classmates.

 

In Science, we began our astronomy unit. We will board our “magic” space shuttles each week to explore the universe. Today we made models of both a space shuttle and the universe. Big ideas were that the study of all things space is called astronomy and that the universe is everything around us and everything in space AND that the universe is so big that only God knows if or where it ends.

 

Homework is simple this week: 

 

If your child has an astronomy coloring sheet in their yellow folder, they should color it VERY CAREFULLY AND COLORFULLY. If you child does not enjoy coloring, please ask them to do a bit at a time. This will be the cover for a lap book we will create over the coming weeks. With no other science homework, I will expect to see some real masterpieces! If you do not find a coloring page in your child’s yellow folder, it is because it was completed in class.

January 26, 2021

 

Today was a science teacher’s dream! The storms that blew through last night provided the perfect set up for our discussion of precipitation and storms. We ran out of time in class to answer all the questions, share all the storm stories and do all the activities. I have included some as part of homework.

 

We talked about snow, hail, sleet and rain and what conditions produced each, did a rain art project, a thunder simulation (fun!), and, at least in some classes, experienced static electricity.

 

Homework:

 

Optional activities relating to lightning and electricity:

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.)

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).