Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Legos + Simple Machines = Happy 4th Graders

The tests are over!!  Yippee! Congrats on all your hard work! Now let's celebrate with some Lego fun! Rube Goldberg machines, rigid vs. flexible shapes, 3 types of levers, wheel & axles - let's incorporate simple machines into our constructions and make some crazy cool things. Then, just when you thought it couldn't get cooler - pull out the motors!!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

"Eye" Won't Cry

The time has come.
The year is nearly done.
But don't you cry -
For we must learn about the eye!
The functions of each part,
We must understand before we start.
Don't miss out on the fun...
It's the cow eye DISSECTION!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Testing...Testing... 1 - 2 - 3

Wondering about the upcoming 4th Grade Science Tests? Here's the deal. But first, a reminder: don't stress! The test is very fair and some even describe it as being…. FUN! Really!

There will be two tests administered - a written test and a practical test. The written test will consist of about 30 multiple-choice questions and 12 open-ended, short answer responses and will be administered Monday morning, June 4th. The second part of the test is a hands-on performance assessment that tests students’ Science skills and understanding through three different activities. This test is separate from the written test and will be administered in the Science lab on Wednesday May 23rd - Friday, May 25th. Please look for your classroom newsletter to indicate the specific day and time for your homeroom.

Much of what is covered on the test is information and skills the students have been studying since the 2nd grade. The following areas tend to be the bulk of the assessment: plants (life cycle, seasons, plant parts/functions & seeds' growth and dispersal), animals (life cycles, food chains, & adaptations), water (properties & water cycle), measurement (linear, mass and volume), magnetism, electricity, states of matter, types of energy, forces, nutrition and reading charts/graphs. Also, if interested, past years’ tests are available at http://www.nysedregents.org/Grade4/Science/home.html.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Earth Day Celebrations on Sunday the 22nd!

Celebrate Earth Day here in Park Slope at JJ Byrne or the Boathouse or take a trip to Union Square!


Friday, March 2, 2018

A Whole New World...

Unbelievable sights, indescribable feelings.... That's what you'll get during our Microscope Unit!

The microscope is an amazing yet complex tool - and one of Patty's favorites! Once we understand all the parts and learn how to manipulate them to work in our favor, our eyes will be opened to this "whole new world."

With 40x magnification, fibers will surely fascinate us.  Plan to be a detective and solve a mystery with different powders.  And after looking at what's living in pond waters, you may never take a dip again!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Scientific Method: Take 2

What happens when you drop Craisins in 7-Up?
What's the difference between a systematic observation and an experiment?
What's the test variable that you will use to investigate?
Why do things sink and float? and bob?
How does a submarine work?

Many very interesting questions "come up" during this unit. Let's dive right in and get to the bottom of it all!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Water Is...


You may think you know everything there is to know about water, but you're in for a real surprise. Let's dive in and explore water's amazing properties!  We'll experience water on different surfaces, water's changing temperatures/states of matter, and we can't forget about the water cycle! We'll get plenty of measurement practice using thermometers and graduated cylinders. Not to mention, vocabulary like volume and surface tension will quickly become crystal clear.  And of course, we'll be sure to understand where our water comes from and why it's necessary to conserve it and keep it clean! 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Healthy, Green & Everything in Between!

It's Green & Healthy time! 5th grade students are working hard to accomplish their goals for their mind, heart, body and the environment. Making positive food choices not only affects our bodies, but it has an impact on our planet too. Eating fresh, non-processed, local foods is the best way to go and minimally contributes to our carbon footprint. Our apple game and farm lesson are designed to teach these concepts. Also, save the date for Thursday, January 25th (6:30-8pm) for our annual Green & Healthy Family Night!

It's Easy Being Green...and Healthy

During our Green & Healthy month 4th graders will focus on the importance of proper nutrition and taking care of our planet. We'll learn the "sticky truth" about sugar and become familiar with the "fiber police." To focus on the environment, we'll get our hands dirty with trash facts and learn why reducing, reusing and recycling is a must.  Don't forget to mark your calendars for our G&H Family Night on Thursday, January 25th!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Keeping Things Rolling: Rocks & Landforms

This unit starts by looking at the three main types of rocks and how they are formed. Students will become geologists and use dichotomous keys on their ipads to uncover mystery rocks. Following, we'll create topographic and profile maps and learn how to read a map including understanding contour lines and various map symbols. We'll need to take a month break for January's Green & Healthy Curriculum but then we'll be sure to finish up with our study using stream tables to simulate the formation of many different types of landforms caused by erosion and deposition.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

That's "Eggs"actly Our Point!

5th Graders have been working hard to uncover some big ideas! We now know what happens when you simultaneously drop two items of different masses from the same height.  Not only do we know the results, but we know the science behind it! Students have also applied their knowledge from the gravity drop tests and from our earlier seed dispersal creations to creating our most recent egg drop structures. Congratulations to all the groups that were able to design a structure that kept their egg from cracking! Way to put your understanding of surface area and air resistance into practice! If you want to dive deeper into this understanding - check out the link on the side titled "elephant vs. feather" and write me a paragraph about what you've learned to earn a mystery microscope slip.