Over the past couple of weeks, the Saratoga science classes have dug into our unit on Ecology. Our theme of non-native invasive species continues to weave its way throughout our unit as we complete the various activities. We have completed a transect activity (assignment #4) where students went outside to observe and make observations about how organisms interact with other biotic and abiotic factors. We followed that up with a habitat activity (assignment 5A & 5B) where we used earthworms to observe their reactions to various soil conditions, so we could make conclusions about what makes an environment where an organism can thrive. Students used graphs from assignment #6 to understand why a species fluctuates and how we might use that information to combat the invasive species, zebra mussels. Finally, this week we took apart owl pellets (assignment #7) as a way to develop our understanding of food webs. We look forward to continuing our unit over the next several weeks.
Thank you to all students who have taken the opportunity to log in during our virtual lessons on Mondays. Please keep in mind that our Monday launch times will follow the schedule posted on our website. Students should join our Webex rooms by those times for details and support for the lessons for the day. We look forward to our third virtual Monday coming up next week.
We continue to urge parents and students to review Google Classroom to ensure students are completing tasks and ensuring they have understanding of the material at hand. Students can show parents their “To Do” and “Done” lists from Google Classroom, which will indicate what tasks have been successfully completed and those that require more attention.