Michael J. Allen

Class of 2016 - 2017

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Science-class teacher plan

 March 27th -31st

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!

This week, we spend the whole week Social Studies.

I'm going to be telling the class stories related to the causes of the American Revolution to support Ms. O'Donnell's Social studies work on the birth of the America.

Here's a more detailed breakdown:


Monday March 27th

Wind Vehicle Challenge Final

Design a vehicle to enter a road race powered only by the wind. The top three race winners will enter into a whole grade competition.

Can you design the winner?


Tuesday, March 28th:

The French and Indian War (1754 - 1763)

The students will write notes about how the French and Indian War begun. Focus on point-of-view.


Wednesday, March 29th:

The French and Indian War (1754 - 1763)

The students will write notes about how the French and Indian War ended. Focus on point-of-view.



Thursday, March 30th:

The Stamp Act (1765)

Writing write notes about the Stamp Act. Focus on Point of view.



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!