17 Feb Science at Springdale
The 5th grade has been hard at work to identify and describe the basic types of rocks that make up the Earth. Following a day of rock identifications, students set out to learn about the Rock Cycle and the transitions that all rocks can make with passage of time, erosion, heat, and pressure.
The early middle school students spent the two weeks learning the details and differences of physical versus chemical change. They conducted an experiment to show the solubility of certain compounds (Epsom salts and washing soda), and mixed those together to create a precipitate. They finished the unit by learning how and why to balance simple chemical equations.
Following the unit on the Periodic Table of elements, the 8th grade students studied chemical reactions in depth. They identified the differences between synthesis, decomposition, and single and double replacement reactions. They accurately recognized the reactants and products of chemical reactions, learned about the Law of Conservation of Matter, and became proficient at accurately balancing chemical equations.
The Biology students completed an independent research project on Biomes. Each student completed a report which has been shared with classmates as study guides moving forward. The Biology students will use their classmates’ reports to learn details about Earth’s Biomes for an evaluation in the next week.