Welcome to my science classroom webpage. Below you will find
1) A letter to parents of the year's events
2) Three webbased content readings for children and 1 learning cycle that allows students to experience the 'content' from the web readings, all placed in Haiku.
3) A class calendar that includes suggestions of how parents can experience science with their children every other day or so
4) A podcast going over this website and how to navigate it.
1) Dear Parents,
The following letter is an outline of this year's events for my third grade class. Enjoy, and remember science is all around you.
2015 is a year full of exciting events! Seasons may come and go, but science is a year round learning opportunity. Please keep in mind, science is more than just a classroom subject and tests. Below is an overview of fun events, experiments, observations and activities of this year's events.
Starting in January, I will be teaching about the season of winter. We will be collecting snow, making frozen bubbles, making maple syrup candy which we will pour over snow to see what happens after if cools down ( it becomes maple taffy), and constructing our own personal snow-globe.
During the month of February, we will be learning about Earth and its orbit. We will collect data about shadows the sun makes, when the Earth rises and sets, along with why some days are longer and short depending on what time of the year it is.
March marks the start of Spring, so we will start to explore outside and watch how dormant creatures come to life. We will observe change in our classroom in addition to changes outside. Spring cleaning didn't get its name from the season, but we will be learning and talking about spring.
April will begin with plants and bugs. We will learn about adaptions and change throughout time. On April 22nd, we have a field trip planned. We are going to the Truckee River's wetlands and expanding our knowledge on more information there.
May is the start of space and time. Exploring our solar system is just the start of our adventure. Traveling through time and seeking our universe will be a great realization to your children how small the world and Reno really is.
June, the season changes yet again. Summer brings life and warm all around. We will learn about animals and habitats. Also, on June 10th, we will be taking another field trip to animal arch. Students will learn and see with their own eyes the animals they have been studying about in class.
July, summer break.
August is one of the hottest months of the year. We will be learning about volcanoes and natural disasters. Learning how to survive in the wilderness when tragedies occur is something every human should learn.
September is a beautiful month. We will be splitting into groups to learn about the different biomes the Earth has. Students will work independently, along with group work, and will make two different biomes to present to class.
October marks the first full month of fall. Changes will occur, animals will start preparing for hibernation and growing season come to an end. Students will learn about changes and how animals adapt to every season.
November is a busy fun mouth with lots of experiments. Chemistry and learning about the elements will be exciting, and students will learn how elements come together to make everything we see.
December we will about life science and how humans affect the plant. We will build composition bottles and see what trash and garage does to our beautiful planet.