Michael J. Allen

Class of 2017 - 2018

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Science-class teacher plan

March 19th - 23rd

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!


Earth's Major Systems

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?




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.

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.

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.



Completed Projects

Physical and Chemical Changes

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?


Week 2:

The focus of this week's lesson are 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.


Week 3:


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.


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