Life Science: Jen

In Life Science, students have presented different animals to show how they fit the definition of life using their knowledge of life characteristics. They created a slideshow presentation in Google Slides, and I encourage you to check it out and give feedback to your child. Now, we are beginning to understand the different classifications of living things from bacteria, to protists, fungi, plants, and finally animals. We will spend the bulk of our unit on animals and understanding how they are grouped into their respective levels of organization. We will briefly look at invertebrates and move onto the different types of vertebrate animals. Students will come back to the investigation of the Plant Kingdom when we cover cells later in the year and protists and bacteria when we cover diseases. This has been an exciting month filled with really great conversations and learning in biology.

Physical Science:  Ryan

We’ve been having a blast studying Forces, Motion, and Simple Machines. From calculating mechanical advantage by pulling ropes attached to pulleys to showing how a single student standing on a lever, far from the fulcrum, can offset the force of three students huddled together. Students are learning formulas for Force, Momentum, and Torque and are applying them to lab activities. Currently we’re having fun learning how to scientifically diagram a drawing of Rube Goldberg inspired contraptions. Each invention must demonstrate knowledge of each of the six simple machines. Look for these in the foyer!

Earth & Space Science: Ryan

Geology has consumed us in Earth Science for the past month, from studying the effects of heat and pressure on the rock cycle to testing rock samples to determine Mohs hardness ratings. Currently we’re learning about Yoho Park in the Canadian Rockies and the Burgess Shale formation which is home to hundreds of thousands of Cambrian fossils such as Trilobites and Wiwaxia, two organisms that roamed the sea floors 300 million years ago! Lastly, we’re learning key differences between Metamorphic, Igneous, and Sedimentary rocks and how to identify commonly found rocks such as gneiss, schist, granite, shale, slate, quartz, and gabbro. It’s an expansive discipline that’s taking us around the globe and back in time - so fun and interesting!