Science Update

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up about what we are doing in Science class:

(1). We have finished our Lithosphere unit: That covered the rock cycle, soil properties, earthquakes and plate tectonics. To save time, I decided not to give an end of unit test. That’s because our unit didn’t end until we started the fourth quarter. I thought it would be unfair to test your students on content from before trackout without giving them lots of extra prep time in class — and we just don’t have that prep time right now.

(2). We started our Ecosystems unit: You can see the essential objectives and vocabulary here. We started the unit by reviewing what ecosystems are and by learning about the differences between biotic and abiotic factors in the environment. We then moved into a study of the reproductive parts of plants and pollination. (Thanks so much to everyone who sent in bundles of flowers for us to work with.) We will move next into a study of tropisms — or the ways that plants respond to their environment.

(3). Are Plants Ingenious?: One of the central questions in our unit is "Are plants nature’s most ingenious creations?" Take some time to ask your students how they feel about that question. It has led to lots of interesting conversations in class.

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter