The science class continues to dive into our physics unit to build understanding around the ideas of various forms of energy and how those energies transform into other energies and transfer to other objects. We have studied kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, elastic energy, and thermal energy. So far, students have completed various hands on labs to help explain how these transfers of energy occur. During these labs, we have worked on developing our procedure writing skills and model building abilities. We will finish next week by looking at electrical energy and chemical energy. Final assessments will happen Monday, October 22nd and Tuesday, October 23rd.
Mousetrap Car Challenge
Starting Monday, October 15th, students will be participating in our mousetrap car challenge. Students will be demonstrating their understanding of energy transfers and efficiencies as they build a car powered only by a mousetrap. Each science core's class will take the top three cars in distance to a finals run at the end of the day on Friday, October 19th. Most supplies will be provided by the science team, but if students want to add various other recyclable materials, they are able to bring them from home.
For All Rubrics: Formative Scores Available!
In previous posts, we have highlighted how to use For All Rubrics to see what work a student has submitted and what is still missing. Now we want to highlight how to see formative scores. When looking at an assignment list, assignments with a red check mark to the LEFT are just check-ins and all that needs to be present is a green checkmark on the RIGHT hand side of the assignment. However, when a grid is present, such as #7 Gravitational vs. Kinetic Energy model, a formative score is available. Please click on the GREEN Checkmark to the right of the assignment. Once that is clicked, a rubric with a checkmark of the appropriate grade level proficiency will appear. Please take a moment to review your student’s progress and what steps needs to be complete prior to the end of our physics unit in two weeks.