3rd Term Curriculum:
During the third quarter, our second graders will participate in activities that support and enhance the material from Chapter 6: Earth’s Weather and Seasons, and Chapter 1: All About Plants. These activities will include a water vapor experiment, study of the water cycle, seed dissection and identification, tree ”cookies,” and spores vs. seeds.
The third graders will be studying the weather, rocks, soil and minerals, and the changing earth. Lab activities to support these topics will include making a cloud in a jar, the blue sky experiment, rock observations, hardness testing of minerals, soils study, volcano model, a study of earth’s layers, and erosion activities.
The fourth graders will be studying ecosystems, rocks and minerals, and changes in the earth. Lab activities to support these topics will include constructing earthworm habitats, modeling a deer ecosystem and the changes that affect it, making a granite model, identifying rocks and minerals, and performing weathering and erosion experiments.
This quarter the fifth graders will be studying earth’s resources, properties of matter, changing matter, forces in motion, changing forms of energy, and electricity. Lab activities to support these topics will include paper recycling, oil spills, density study, chemical changes vs. physical changes, sliding vs. rolling friction, gravity and friction, tuning fork experiments, diffraction glasses activity, and reflection and refraction. Finally, we will explore a potato clock and a lemon clock, conductors and insulators, series and parallel circuits, and work with Snap Circuit boards.
This quarter the sixth graders will be studying earth’s features, climate and weather, matter, building blocks of matter, and forces and motion. Lab activities to support these topics will include a stalactite model, atmospheric pressure activity, moving air and pressure experiments, finding the volume of an irregular solid, the “Atoms Family,” molecular models, a “sizzling sunset” experiment, measuring pH, gravity and motion, and experiments demonstrating Newton’s Laws.