Michael J. Allen

Class of 2017 - 2018

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Science-class teacher plan

 May 15th -19th

This is the 'Specialist Class' page.

This page is for the students and parents of Ms. O'Donnell to find out about what happens during the Science class!


Monday, May 15th:

Science MCAS practice tests


Tuesday, May 16th:

Math MCAS - no class


Wednesday, May 17th:

Science MCAS practice tests


Thursday, May 18th:

Math MCAS - no class


The Private Life of Plants


The Eggdrop Challenge

Prevent your egg from perishing when cruel Mr. Allen chucks it off the roof of the school!

Design, test and make a device to save your egg!

Follow the link to see the Eggdrop challenge from a few years ago!



Completed Projects:


Light and Sound Links



Do Simple Machines really work?

Simple Machines Explorations:

They may try to make a giant pulley system, if they feel so inspired.

At the end, we will draw together our experiences to try to account for whatever we have discovered over the course of the week's experiments!

On-line activities

Take on the challenge to build the Puff Machine from the PBS series, Supersonic Spies.


Rocks, minerals and fossils

We start this new science unit this week. We will begin by choosing three favorite rocks then observing, classifying, sketching and writing about them.

We will conduct a series of tests of twelve mineral samples in an attempt to identify them by using their observed and tested properties and a key.

The students will read about minerals and ores. They will focus on iron and steel, diamonds and quartz. They will visit a PBS site showing the uses of minerals in our everyday lives.

The students will answer questions about minerals from their reading.

After this, we will be reading about the three types of rocks: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. We will examine, classify and investigate mystery rock samples. After examining samples, the students will use a key or chart to establish the identity of the mysterious rock samples.

We will also find out about and make diagrams of the 'rock cycle'.

In the final week, we will find out about the structure of the Earth:

We will visit the UCMP ( University of California Museum of Paleontology) website for a tour of geologic time and some classic cheesy animations on how fossils form and how we date rocks and fossils.


Rocks and Minerals Links

It's all very thrilling!!

See you back here next week!



Space - the infinite frontier!!

This week, we will construct a list of all the questions the students want to answer about the subject.

We will be developing our understanding of the creation of the Universe and the nature of gravity through whole-class lessons.

We will be completing activities after the whole-class explorations.

Over the next few weeks we will make our way through this project.



Space For Thought

Here's a page of excellent links for the Space project.



Invention Challenge 1

The first challenge is to design and build a wheeled device, using K'Nex, that rolls furthest from the top of a ramp.

Follow the link above to see how your favorite vehicle did!