Homework Assignments due On:

Students should be studying their multiplication facts everyday. Fact quizzes that aren't passed are due back the next day, with fact worksheet completed. Multiplication facts are a 3rd grade standard, so every day and week that goes by of your student not knowing them sets them further and further behind.

Homework is due on these days:
Tuesday (6/2): Any unfinished in-class work
Wednesday (6/3): Any unfinished in-class work
Thursday (6/4): Any unfinished in-class work
Friday (6/5): Any unfinished in-class work
Monday (6/8): Nothing

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Science with VINS

     We have begun a unit on the states and properties of matter. After doing some initial exposure lessons where students learned the three main states of matter (solid, liquid, gas) as well as a few properties of those states, we were extremely lucky to have Kristen, a naturalist from VINS, join and lead us during science class today! Kristen conducted a few experiments with students focused around water and its properties. After the activities were over, she challenged the students to figure out how the properties of water and its state as a solid, liquid or gas are necessary for the survival of a particular organism on display at VINS. We will continue to conduct research on this topic and the students will then report their findings to Kristen after about two weeks time. Their responses may be included in the VINS exhibit!

 Students experimented with how many drops of water a penny could hold. Many of them were very surprised with their results! The discovered that water likes to "stick" to itself and can be "stickier" than other liquids, such as coffee.

Here students did an experiment to test how fast water was able to climb up different materials. The materials tested were cloth, newspaper and paper towel. They discovered that water traveled up the paper towel the fastest because the paper towel gave water the most room in which to travel. 

Students also discovered that the solid form of water, ice, is actually lighter than the liquid form - which is not true for most other types of matter (a frozen cube of olive oil quickly sank to the bottom of liquid oil). They also discovered that water is heavier than oil because it sank to the bottom of the oil. Some students found this puzzling because they assumed the "thicker" substance would be heavier.