Science Update

Dear Parents,

Just a quick update on what’s happening in science class:

Started studying matter this week: The major event in class this week has been moving from our unit on ecosystems to our unit on matter. Specifically, we started studying the differences between atoms and elements — as well as the structure of atoms. Students completed (or are working to finish up) a small project where they are working to understand just what atoms are and what they are made of.

Adopt an Element project: Students will be starting a small “adopt an element” project tomorrow. This project involves choosing an individual element to learn more about and completing an advertising poster promoting the element. I don’t think it will take long to complete — I’ve stripped the project down to the bare essentials so that kids aren’t overwhelmed by completing a huge project.

Looking at the measurable properties of matter in the next few weeks: We will be looking at how scientists measure matter — calculating mass, volume and density of different objects — over the next few weeks. This work is generally pretty straightforward, but it does involve computations and formulas that can sometimes trip students up.

You can find the unit overview sheet for the current unit embedded at the bottom of this post. You can also find materials for most of the assignments we are working on posted in Google Classroom.

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter