Welcome To the Science Lab!!!

We have been very busy!

Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 12.45.00 PM.pngGrade 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.

Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 12.47.22 PM.pngGrade 2Forces 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).

Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 12.50.19 PM.pngGrade 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.

Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 12.52.11 PM.pngGrade 4Electricity 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.

Curriculum Updates

Grade 1

Students of Grade 1 finished the first FOSS (Full Option Science System) Module “Insects” before the holiday recess. They started the second FOSS Module “Solids and Liquids.” At this moment, they are working on Investigation 1: Solids, which will continue for a while. Within the investigation one, they will explore a number of different solid materials and their properties (color, texture, shape, size, hardness, roll & stack, float & sink, attraction to magnets, or not).

An additional support for some explorations will provide STC (Science & Technology for Children) Unit: Solid & Liquids.

Grade 2

Students of Grade 2 are finishing the first FOSS (Full Option Science System) Module “Pebbles, Sand & Silt.” They will start soon the second FOSS Module “Balance and Motion.” In addition to the FOSS Investigations, STC (Science & Technology for Children) Unit “Balancing and Weighing” will be used.

Grade 3

Students of Grade 3 are continuing with the FOSS (Full Option Science System) Module “Measurement.” This module is helping students acquire understanding and knowledge of the metric system.

At this moment, students are finishing Investigation 3: Take Me to Your Liter (Measuring volume/capacity). They will be soon starting “Investigation 4: The Third Degree.” They will observe a discrepant event in order to communicate the need for a standard unit for measuring temperature.

Grade 4

Students of Grade 4 are finishing DSM (Delta Science Module) “Food Chains & Webs.” The next unit of study will be FOSS (Full Option Science System) Module “Magnetism and Electricity.” In addition to the investigations within the FOSS Module, STC (Science & Technology for Children) Unit “Electric Circuits” will be used.

Note: Teaching science with toys will be included within the units dealing with the physical science (Grade 2: Balance and Motion; Grade 4: Magnetism and Electricity) as well as problem solving involving engineering.