The science class has now spent the past several weeks focusing on how weather develops. We have spent time learning about how different densities of air and water influence movement and help to create weather patterns. Students completed several labs and simulations showing how ocean currents help to create different climates around the world.
As we look toward the next couple of weeks, students will now use this knowledge to develop their understanding of cold, warm, stationary, and occluded fronts. We will explore how each front creates different kinds of weather and how each forms. We plan on wrapping up the unit starting the week of May 17th, before concluding with our weather proof housing challenge.
Severe Weather Project
The science students have been researching a major severe weather event that has happened in the past. They completed graphic organizers (WP2, WP3, WP4) about the event that will allow them to construct their final presentation. Students will share out their findings with the class and teachers starting May 13th. Please ask your student to share with you what they have started to build as their final project.
Weather Proof Housing Supplies
Starting the week of May 24th, the science students will be constructing their weather proof houses out of recycled materials. The design brief challenges students to build a model home that focuses on preventing severe weather from impacting it. Students will have several choices in terms of the severe weather event they want to build around. We will conclude by testing the homes for durability and effectiveness. Since we are looking to build about 1 square foot homes, we are asking students to start saving recyclable materials at home to use to construct their homes. Below are some suggested items that would make great materials for our homes, but others items are also welcome. More details will be shared with the students in the coming weeks, but we wanted to start collecting now.
- Plastic containers that can be cut and shaped
- Popsicle sticks / wood skewers / wood dowels
- Older Lego Pieces / Lincoln Logs
- Cotton Balls or some short of stuffing to act as insulation
Biology Test (7th Graders Only)
On Thursday, May 6th, the 7th grade students will receive a Google Form asking them about their interest in taking the high school Biology course as an 8th grader. Students who complete the form will take a biology entrance exam the week of May 24th. Using the results of the exam along with their reading MAP score, average continuum scores, and rate of ontime work completion, the science team will then review each student’s readiness to take this high school level class. After reviewing the entry criteria, we will inform students of their science placement for next year before the end of this school year.
The science team wants to again remind parents to reflect with their students on their progress by reviewing their student’s Google Classroom on a regular basis. Students who have missing assignments should be working to finish those up here in the next couple of weeks ahead of our final assessments. Students who have scored a ½ should also work to revise their work and resubmit it. We look forward to a solid end of the year as we continue in our weather unit.