Science Update

Dear Parents,

Just wanted to update on class happenings in science:

We are finishing our study of ecosystems: Specifically, we have spent the last several days working to understand photosynthesis and cellular respiration. If you want to check and see what your students know, ask them why humans breathe in oxygen and breath out carbon dioxide. They should tell you that our bodies use oxygen to break down glucose to release energy and that carbon dioxide is a by-product of that process. That’s called cellular respiration.

We will be taking a vocabulary quiz on our ecosystems unit next Tuesday: Students have a series of practice activities posted in Google Classroom and have had close to two full days of class time to work on practicing these words.

We will be taking an ecosystems test next Thursday or Friday: I will be posting a study guide in Google Classroom later tonight.

Digital Portfolios are up and running: For parents who had their students sign up for our digital portfolio pilot project, our portfolios are up and running. Many students have written the first posts in their learning portfolios already. Ask your kids to show off their work — and consider subscribing to and commenting on the entries that they share. The more involved you are, the easier it will be for them to sustain their interest and effort. If you are looking for commenting tips, check out this handout.

Be on the lookout for parent chaperone Signup Genius for our next field trip: In the next few days, I’m going to post a Signup Genius looking for parent volunteers for our next field trip — which will be a scavenger hunt at Bond Park at the end of March. I’ll need somewhere around 20 volunteers, so I hope you’ll be interested in helping! It should be a lot of fun.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter