We have been very busy!
Grade 1 – Properties of Matter
At this time, students are observing and describing physical properties (color, shape, size, texture, hardness, flexibility, magnetism, roll & stack, float, & sink, sound, light -> transparent, translucent, opaque) of solids through inquiry- based learning.
They are airing different tools like balances, graduated cylinders, rulers during their investigations.
Grade 2 – Forces and Motion
Students are learning how to balance symmetrical and asymmetrical objects, while they are building up their scientific vocabulary (stable position, counterweights, balance point, fulcrum, beam, mobile).
Next, they will be investigating concepts related to the rotational motion (spinners -> tops, zoomers, twirlers).
Grade 3 – Energy (Sound)
Students are trying to identify different sounds produced by falling objects (sound discrimination). They will be performing experiments related to pitch and volume of the sound, learn how sound travels and how we can amplify sound.
Grade 4 – Electricity and Magnetism
Students are investigating properties of electricity and magnetism. Through experimentation, they are developing an understanding of the relationship between electricity and magnetism.
Basically, the focus of the unit is on making electric circuits, to learn about conductivity and magnetic force.
In addition, the students of grade 4 are preparing for the upcoming NYS Science Test. The performance part of the test will take place on Wednesday, May 24th, Thursday May 25th, and Friday, May 26th in the science lab. (Note: Each student is coming only once within the three days schedule to the science lab.)
The written part of the test is scheduled for Monday, June 5th and is given in the student’s own classroom.
All students of grade 4 & 5 will be participating in the National Science League Competition (multiple-choice quiz) during the week of April 24th.
Upcoming: The Lower Lab science fair project reports and preparations are in full swing. This year we are celebrating our 25th school wide Science Fair on Wednesday, June 14th and Thursday, June 15th.
The parents invitation to the science fair will be sent home in May.