Michael J. Allen

Class of 2017 - 2018

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Science-class teacher plan

 May 21st - June 20th

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!

 

Technology Challenge 4

 

The Eggdrop Challenge

See if your egg  perishes when cruel Mr. Allen chucks it off the roof of the school!

Friday, May 25th

1:45pm - 2:15pm

Lower playground at the Brooks!

Parents welcome.

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

 

 

Completed Projects

 

Module 1 Overview

Structure and Properties of Matter

 

In this module, students will develop a model and carry out investigations using computational thinking to explore states of matter and identify properties of matter. Students will engage in scientific experiences to answer questions such as: What are the structures of matter? What is matter made of? What are some properties of metals and nonmetals?

 

Science and Engineering Practices
Developing and Using Models
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

 

 

SUMMARY

MODULE OPENER

The module opens by engaging students to think about how large boats and barges are able to float. Students are introduced to the STEM career of a materials engineer and prompted to use the Science and Engineering Practices of Planning and Carrying Out Investigations and Developing and Using Models throughout the module.

LESSON 1:
 
MATTER’S STRUCTURE
 
4 day(s)

This lesson focuses on matter and that matter is all around us and has different structures. Models can be made to explain the structure of matter as it appears in a solid, a liquid, or a gas. Students will explore that matter can be measured with different tools to help determine its structure.

LESSON 2:
 
MATTER’S PROPERTIES
 
4 day(s)

This lesson focuses on how matter is made up of elements that determine its properties. These different properties are used to classify matter and can be used to identify unknown types of matter. Students will discover that understanding the properties of matter allows us to use matter to solve problems.

LESSON 3:
 
METALS AND NONMETALS
 
4 day(s)

Most types of matter can be classified as either metal or nonmetal. Each has different properties that can be identified to classify them. Metals and nonmetals have different uses based on their properties.

MODULE WRAP-UP

This module culminates with students designing, building, and testing their design of a boat that can float and hold the most amount of cargo without sinking. Students will apply their understanding of the structure and properties of matter to determine the best material to build their boat, and how the material compares to other materials.

 

Module 2 Overview

Physical and Chemical Changes

 

 

Science and Engineering Practices
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations.
Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

 

In this module, students will carry out an investigation and use mathematics and computational thinking to answer questions about physical and chemical changes in matter and the conservation of matter. Students will engage in scientific experiences to answer questions such as: What happens to the amount of matter when it changes state? What happens when different types of matter are mixed? How does matter change when it interacts with other matter?

 

 

SUMMARY

MODULE OPENER

In this module, students will investigate physical and chemical changes in matter. Students are engaged through the phenomenon of molten metal being poured into a mold. The STEM career of a metallurgist prompts students to ask questions about changes in matter.

LESSON 1:
 
PHYSICAL CHANGES
 

The focus of this lesson is that matter can undergo various changes. Physical changes involve the matter changing state, shape, or size while maintaining its identifiable properties. Students will investigate that matter is conserved during physical changes in a closed system.

LESSON 2:
 
MIXTURES AND SOLUTIONS
 

The focus of this lesson is that different types of matter can be combined to form mixtures. Mixtures are a physical change that can be reversed. Students will investigate that when two or more types of matter are combined, the amount of mass of the matter is conserved.

LESSON 3:
 
CHEMICAL CHANGES
 

This lesson focuses on the fact that when certain types of matter are combined and form a new substance, it is called a chemical change. Most chemical changes cannot be reversed and the change causes the matter to have new properties. Students will explore how matter is also conserved during chemical changes in a closed system.

MODULE WRAP-UP

Students will use what they have learned about physical changes, mixtures, chemical changes, and conservation of matter to plan their own procedure. Using sugar, students will plan an investigation to show conservation through dissolving and melting.

 

 

 

Module 5 Overview

In this module, students will develop and use models to understand the interactions of Earth’s major systems. Students will be involved in making observations and will engage in scientific experiences to help them to answer questions such as: How do scientists define Earth’s systems? How does the geosphere affect other systems? How does the hydrosphere affect other systems? How does the atmosphere affect other systems? and How does the biosphere affect other systems?

 

 Science and Engineering Practices
 Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
 Developing and Using Models

 

 

SUMMARY

MODULE OPENER
0.5 day(s)

This module opens with students engaging in a discussion about storm chasers and weather. Students will learn that storm chasers use cloud formations to help them determine where bad weather might be located.

LESSON 1:
 
EARTH’S MAJOR SYSTEMS
 
7 day(s)

This lesson introduces students to Earth’s atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to give examples of all four of the Earth’s systems and how they interact.

LESSON 2:
 
EFFECTS OF THE GEOSPHERE
 
9 day(s)

The focus of this lesson is to introduce the geosphere and how tectonic plates impact Earth. Students will be able to develop a model to show how the geosphere affects weather.

LESSON 3:
 
EFFECTS OF THE HYDROSPHERE
 
9 day(s)

This lesson provides students the opportunity to explore the water cycle and other sources of water on Earth’s surface. Students will obtain and evaluate information about Earth’s water to communicate why desalination is important.

LESSON 4:
 
EFFECTS OF THE ATMOSPHERE
 
9 day(s)

This lesson introduces students to how the atmosphere and the water cycle interact. Students will be able to explain how the water cycle affects Earth’s systems.

LESSON 5:
 
EFFECTS OF THE BIOSPHERE
 
9 day(s)

The focus of this lesson is to introduce how the biosphere is impacted by the other systems that already have been discussed. Students will be able to obtain information about ways humans positively and negatively affect the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere.

MODULE WRAP-UP
1 day(s)

Students will use what they have learned throughout the module about the interactions of Earth’s major systems to creatively plan a biome for a habitat on another planet.


Invention Challenge 2

Wind Vehicle Challenge




Design a vehicle to enter a road race powered only by the wind.

This week we will continue to test our vehicles, weather permitting.


 

Rocks, minerals and fossils

 

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:

  • Core, mantle and crust.

  • Plate tectonics

  • Earthquakes

  • Volcanoes

  • Fault lines

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

 


Tune back in here next Sunday for the next thrilling full plan!!

Science Curriculum Information