Miss Bro's Science Site for October
Fri., Oct. 1
We completed the glacier lab on pages 18 and 19 in our books. We drew three pictures of the glacier at different times. I'm sking that you complete the questions on the other side of the paper for Wed., Oct. 6. Many thanks to the glacier moms who came in and aided us with our project - Mrs. Capicchioni & Mrs. Macsoud - 5-Bro, Mrs. Taylor & Mrs. Salinas - 5-Mo, Mrs. Zarychta and Mrs. Powers - 5-R, Mrs. Karvellas & Mrs. Hershman - 5-B, Mrs. Brady & Mrs. Brover - 5-H, and Mrs. Abplanalp & Mrs. McCarthy - 5-Ba
HW - complete the activity sheet on the glacier by Wed., Oct. 6
NOTE - I WILL BE TAKING ALL THE INFORMATION FROM THIS SITE OFF DURING THE WEEKEND AND PUTTING IT IN A LINK ON MY SITE CALLED "SEPTEMBER" JUST IN CASE YOU WANT TO GO BACK AND SEE ANYTHING.
Mon., Oct. 4
We went over the answers to the activity sheet that we had also gone over the answers to on Fri. We copied some vocabulary words and definitions such as glacier, continental glacier, valley glacier, iceberg and moraine.
HW - work on your activity sheet which is due on Wed. Study for Thursday's test on section 1 material (there are two games on the website to practice for this).
Tues., Oct. 5
Sorry I wasn't in today but I could hardly talk. We listed more vocabulary such as kettles, fossils, weathering, erosion, etc. and copied those down. The vocabulary along with the eras that we studied last week will be on the test. The best way to review is to look over your notes and play the two games on the website. Even if I am in tomorrow, I don't know if I can talk throughout the day and then have an extra practice session after school. Hope to see you tomorrow!
HW - complete the activity sheet on the galciers. Those people who didn't do the lab, we'll do it next week and you can hand in the activity sheet then. Study for Thursday's test.
NOTE - FOR THE PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T COMPLETE THE GLACIER LAB - WE WILL DO IT WED. MORNING, OCT. 13 AT 8:05 A.M.
Wed., Oct. 6
I collected the activity sheet on glaciers. We reviewed for tomorrow's Section 1 test.
HW - Please remember to study the eras and the vocabulary on your sheets and also review by doing the two games on the website (the last two).
THERE WILL BE A PRACTICE SESSION FOR THE TEST ON THURS. MORNING STARTING AT 8:05 A.M.
Thurs., Oct. 7
Test on Section 1
HW - none
NOTE - PLEASE BRING IN A SEASHELL TO DO THE LAB ON FOSSILS ON TUES., OCT. 12.
THE GALCIER LAB MAKE-UP WILL BE WED. MORNING - 8:05 A.M.
The tests on section 1 will be handed out on Tues. and we'll make a packet to bring home. Please remember that the averages the children will be receiving on Fri. are subject to big changes, as the more grades they get, the less each individual grade affects their average.
Fri., Oct. 8
I was out today and the class watched the Portage Glacier video.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A SEASHELL ABOUT THE SIZE OF A QUARTER - NOT LARGER - THAT HAS A NICE PATTERN. WE'LL BE MAKING FOSSILS ON TUES.
On Tues. we'll start working on information in Section 2 - the layers of the earth, the theory of plate tectonics, continental drift, movements of the plates (sliding, colliding, spreading), and the names of the plates. There already are two games on the website to practice this information. The test will probably be on Thurs., Oct. 21
Tues., Oct. 12
We did our fossils lab today. Tomorrow we will take the fossils out of the plaster of paris molds and look at them. We also made packets of papers along with the Section 1 test and the glacier lab. Many thanks to our paleontologist mothers for their help with this lab - Mrs. Wang - 5-Bro, Mrs. Heard & Mrs. Norton - 5-R, Mrs. Valente & Mrs. Bergin - 5-Mo, Mrs. Caracappa & Mrs. Lee - 5-B, Mrs. Ertman & Mrs. Kachele - 5-Ba, and Mrs. Cole & Mrs. Fallon - 5-H.
HW - please remember to have your packets signed by Fri. Also, there was an announcement of a test on Oct. 21 for Section 2 material (to see what this entails - look at your parent sheet sent home today). The Practice Session for this test will be on Wed., afternoon. There are two games on the website to use to practice information in this section.
Wed., Oct. 13
We looked at our fossils today and got to take them home. We began talking about the existence of one supercontinent called Pangaea, that it broke apart during the mesozoic era, and we talked about how scientists can back up their belief that this happened. We looked at some other fossils and one that Mrs. Howat brought in of a dinosaur from hundreds of millions of years ago.
HW - have your packet signed by Fri.
NOTE - THERE ARE TWO GREAT LINKS I'VE PUT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST OF LINKS THAT EXPLAINS PLATE TECTONICS AND THE IDEA OF CONTINENTAL DRIFT. CHECK IT OUT!
Thurs., Oct. 14
We talked about Alfred Wegener (in 1915) coming up with his Continental Drift theory. He had a theory that there was one super continent existing he called Pangaea (all-earth). Later, the theory of plate tectonics was developed that said that it's the plates that the continents sit on that move and not the continents themselves. I handed out three study sheets and we studied the one that had the names of the 14 plates. You need to know all the names of the plates and where they're located.
HW - make sure to have the top sheet of your packets signed and returned by tomorrow. Begin studying the names of the plates and their locations and review your notes from the past two days.
Fri., Oct. 15
We got a packet of 5 pages that listed the layers of the earth and various various things about the layers. We saw how plates (which are part of the upper mantle and crust) can move because of the molten condition of the lower mantle. We also talked about the three types of moveements of plates - spreading (apart), sliding (next to one another) and colliding (as in mountain formation). The children can now work on the two games because they have been taught most of this information.
HW - test next Thurs. - you may want to review over the weekend.
Mon., Oct. 18
I was at a conference today and you viewed a video on the making of a continent.
HA - read pages 38-41 and continue to study for Thursday's test.
Tues., Oct. 19
I handed out a study guide and I gave examples of what kinds of questions will be on the test. We completed the section on there of what mountains are formed by the collision of particular plates.
HW - study for Thursday's test
Wed., Oct. 20
I presented a bit more information on tsumanis and showed some pictures of lava from Hawaii. We reviewed for our test. There was an extra practice session after school today from 3:15 until 4:00.
HW - study for tomorrow's test
Thurs., Oct. 21
Test on material in Section 2
HW - none
Fri., Oct. 22
I handed back the tests and we made packets to go home. I mentioned that we will have a test on the next section dealing with salt, coal, stalactites and stalagmites, and sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks. I have a game on the webiste (the first one) that you can play to study for this. We began talking about salt and where it's found and the fact that it's in our blood, sweat, and tears. We read pages 44 and 45 in the Changing Earth books. On Mon. we will have a presentation by Mr. Schudel who is an amateur gemologist and mineralologist.
HW - get top page of packet signed by Wed., Oct. 27.
Mon., Oct. 25
We had a wonderful presentation by Mr. Schudel (Lowell's father) on rocks, minerals, and fossils. He was interested in rocks and minerals since he was five years old. We got to see some minerals that were fluorescent and some that were phosphorescent (glowing after taking the light away). He was also able to help me identify the wonderful collection of minerals and rocks that was given to the school by Mrs. Ullman (Olivia Norton's mom). Mr. Schudel even washed the rocks and you'll be amazed at the display. Thanks to both parents for everything!!!
HW - get sheet signed by Wed. Make sure the Sterling Hill Mining Museum sheet is completed by Fri.
Tues., Oct. 26
We started the lab on pages 46 and 47 about salt. We have to wait a few days to see about the evaporation of the water. We talked about some of the different parts of a lab such as the problem, the hypothesis about what you think is going to happen, and the procedures or steps you followed in your experiment. We took a look at salt crystals and then salt crystals magnified with a microscope. We also took a look at some of the children's collections of rocks and minerals and some of the minerals Mrs. Ullman donated to us.
HW - get sheet signed by tomorrow. Make sure the Sterling Hill Mining Museum sheet is completed by Fri.
Wed., Oct. 27
We took notes on salt today. All the groups got to view the experiment and to see anything that they didn't get to see yesterday. We began a Rock and Mineral list - giving the color of rocks or minerals and some other characteristics about them. We did sulfur, slate, and graphite today.
HW - Make sure the Sterling Hill Mining Museum sheet is completed by Fri. The test on this section is Tues., Nov. 9 and the extra help session is Mon., Nov. 8.
Thurs., Oct. 28
We took notes on stalactites and stalagmites, sedimentary rocks, and coal. We continued working on our rock identification sheet.
HW - please make sure your Sterling Hill Mine sheets are completed for tomorrow - we'll go over them. Read pages 52-55 in Changing Earth books.
Fri., Oct. 29
We finished up listing sedimentary rocks and doing descriptions of them. We took notes on igneous rocks - volcanic rocks and began identifying them. We also went over the Sterling Hill Mine sheet.
HW - remember to change your clocks Saturday night because Daylight Saving's Time starts at about 2:00 P.M. on Sun. morning.
FIELD TRIP TO STERLING HILL MINES ON MONDAY. YOU MAY BRING GUM AND SOME CANDY FOR THE BUS BUT CANNOT HAVE ANY IN THE MINES OR THE MUSEUM. REMEMBER TO ONLY BRING ABOUT 10 DOLLARS IF YOU ARE BRINGING MONEY. PANTS AND A JACKET SHOULD BE WORN. BAG LUNCHES WITH CANNED SODA OR PLASTIC BOTTLES OF WATER SHOULD BE BROUGHT. YOU SHOULD PUT THIS IN A PLASTIC BAG IN CASE ANYTHING BREAKS OR SPILLS.
NOTE - I WILL BE PUTTING THE INFORMATION LISTED HERE IN A LINK ON THE WEBSITE FOR OCTOBER AND THIS WILL BE TAKEN OFF DURING THE WEEKEND!
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