10 Apr Science Updates
For the two weeks after families conferences, the 5th Grade students spent some time exploring the water cycle. This included discussion surrounding conservation or fresh water, pollution, and hydroelectric power generation. Students observed water usage in their own homes and later developed a water conservation budget. Right before Spring Break, they each wrote a short story detailing their own journey as a drop of water through the water cycle.
Students in 6th/7th grade Science successfully completed the unit on Magnetism. We explored what alternatives we would have to use in our daily lives if magnets did not exist. It was a fun two weeks as we wrapped up the lesson with creating descriptions and drawings of new inventions that use magnetism.
8th grade Science students completed individual research projects on 6 types of renewable energy. They prepared power point presentations describing each source and then presented these in class. Each student was able to speak about a chosen source in front of classmates and answered questions. It was an opportunity for them to experience standing in front of their peers and speaking on a topic they were well prepared for.
Biology students continued their study of the systems of the human body as they moved on to the Circulatory and Respiratory Systems. We conducted an observation experiment of how activity affects heart rate.