We are now two weeks into our chemistry unit. Our focus revolves around the chemistry of the human body and how the chemical reactions in our body produces energy. Some of our early steps have focused on how much we consume on a daily basis, how many calories we burn during exercise, and how our bodies use oxygen and convert it to carbon dioxide. Over the course of the unit, we will be linking these ideas together and extending our knowledge base.
This week our focus shifts to the three producers of energy in the body, which are fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Students will be participating in their third lab for the unit, by measuring the energy output of each of these energy sources. We will compare the results to ask questions about the impact they have on our body. Students will conclude this week by creating models of each of the molecules and exploring not only how food produces energy, but the building materials for the human body.
Next Steps: Science Fair Testable Questions
While we are still several weeks away from starting the science fair unit, we have started to lay the groundwork with students on potential testable questions. Our hope is that over the course of our chemistry unit and current science experiences, students will reflect and ask questions on areas that interest them. Therefore, when we reach our science fair unit, students will have some ideas on what they might want to do for the project versus just picking something to complete a task. Please ask your student about things they might want to test and find the answers to during our unit.
For All Rubrics and Science
The science team have published student checklists on For All Rubrics. The publishing process allows students to see their progress and completion in science from long-term point of view. These documents will now be visible in their ePortfolio for review. We are publishing because the checklists will start falling off students "To Do" list once two weeks has past in order to keep them focused on current material, but we wanted students and parents to continue to have quick access for a continuous review of student progress. Therefore, you may receive several emails this morning notifying you of this process. Remember, these checklists are not new documents, but ones parents and students have had access to each week and what we encourage all parents and students to review weekly.
Please remember any late work will need to be checked in directly with your student’s facilitator to get checked off.