Science Update

Dear Parents,

First, thanks so much for sharing your kids with us! They really make me smile. Such a kind, hard working, funny bunch. Glad to be back working with them again after such a long trackout.

Second, here’s what’s happening in science class:

Studying photosynthesis, cellular respiration and transpiration: We spent the time that we had at school this week studying photosynthesis, cellular respiration and transpiration. It was a good study and I think your kids really dug what they were learning. They found out the answers to really common things that we “know” without really knowing.

For example, ask your students why we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide today. They should be able to tell you that we use the oxygen to break glucose down to produce energy and that we breathe out carbon dioxide because it is a left-over after we’ve created energy.

Moving on to food chains and food webs: Our next step is to spend just a few days studying food chains and food webs. The key points we are trying to get across is that energy created by plants is moved through food chains and food webs. These are concepts that kids usually already understand, so we won’t spend a ton of time on them. They are, however, in our required curriculum.

Finishing with biomes: The last part of our unit is to study different biomes. Specifically, we look at how the biotic and abiotic factors in a biome influence survival of both plants and animals. We don’t spend a ton of time on this, either — primarily because students did an entire biome project in fourth and fifth grade.

Finally, if you are looking for a quick way that you can help your child to become a better scientist, think about signing up for the daily current event that I send out to students on Remind. You can find directions here. Consider reading the current event during the workday and encouraging your child to read it while at school. Then, talk about the event together over dinner or before bed.

The simple truth is that reading a ton about what’s happening in the world of science is the best way to build knowledge AND to become inspired!

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter