Science Update

Dear Parents,

Here’s an update about what’s been happening in science class:

(1). We are finishing our study of energy with a quick study of the measurable parts of waves. We completed a short lab in class that resulted in a test grade called "Wave Demos." Students used large slinkies to model different types of waves for me and then had to correctly make adjustments to the waves based on my instructions. Students did relatively well on that assignment — so that should have a positive impact on averages.

(2). There will be a quiz next Wednesday or Thursday on the vocabulary connected to wave parts. There will be nine words on the test. They can all be found in this Quizlet. If you are not happy with your child’s average, this would be a good opportunity for them to raise their grades. The words on the test are not new to your kids — we’ve been using them for several weeks in class. That makes the "easy A" factor on this test pretty high.

(3). We will be moving on to a study of the Lithosphere next. That includes layers of the earth, plate tectonics, the rock cycle and soil. If all goes well, we will finish that unit before we track out again.

(4). Please make sure that your child has a pair of earbuds in their pencil pouches. We use videos all the time in class for lots of different purposes. It is WAY easier for your child to learn from a video if they have earbuds. I’ve purchased some headphones that kids can borrow if they don’t have earbuds — but I don’t have enough for every child and I’ve been running out lately because there aren’t very many kids who are bringing their own earbuds to class.

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter