4th Term Curriculum:
The second graders will be studying energy and earth/space this quarter. In the lab, students will explore different types of energy: sound, light, heat and energy from food. Students will use thermometers and become familiar with the Celsius scale of measurement. Newton’s Cradle will be used to demonstrate that energy can be transferred. They will also discover what causes night and day, make a model to show the size and distance of the earth and the sun, and determine if the moon shines or reflects. Finally, the students will explore the phases of the moon.
The third graders will complete the chapter on natural resources. They are making compost which will be added to the Teaching Garden in a few weeks. Next, the students will study forces and motion, patterns in the sky, and the solar system. Lab activities to support these topics will include using a spring scale to measure force, experimenting with magnets, using a lever, modeling an eclipse of the sun, rotation vs. revolution, modeling moon craters, planet order, and investigating how distance affects revolution. We will finish the year with fun chemistry experiments in May.
The fourth graders will study sound energy, earth’s cycles, and inner and outer planets. Lab activities to support these topics will include experiments with sound waves, determining the shape of a planet’s path, making a star finder, comparing the sizes of planets and their distances from the sun, and studying the phases of the Moon. We will finish the year with fun chemistry experiments in May.
During the 4th quarter, the fifth graders will complete their study of electricity by exploring parallel and series circuits and by using the Snap Circuit Boards. The students will cover chapters on stars and galaxies, earth/space, and technology. Lab activities to support these topics will include making constellation models, making an astrolabe, making a scale model of the solar system, and exploring how space probes send images to earth. We will finish the year with fun chemistry experiments in May.
The sixth graders will complete their study of simple machines by designing and presenting a Rube Goldberg invention. They will also be studying thermal and light energy, the earth, sun and moon, and technology. Lab activities to support these topics will include conduction, convection and radiation experiments, exploring transverse and compressional waves, experiments with the spectrum of light, and exploring how a robot can tie a shoe! We will finish the year with fun chemistry experiments in May.