Michael J. Allen

Class of 2018 - 2019

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Science-class teacher plan

This is the 'Specialist Class' page.

This page is for the students and parents of Mrs. Tuttle to find out about what happens during the Science class!

 

Rocks, minerals and fossils

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:

  • 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

 

 

Technology Challenge 2

Wind Vehicle Challenge




Design a vehicle to enter a road race powered only by the wind.
Can you design the winner - not only one of the fastest, but also the strongest vehicle?

This week we will continue to test our vehicles.

 


Completed Projects

 

Space - the infinite frontier!!

  • The moon and its phases - understanding and diagramming the phases of the moon.

  • The students will work together on developing their understanding of the Planets through a group project.

    The Class project has the following components:

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    • Make a Google Slides presentation about selected planets. Entertain us by explaining why we should feel great about visiting their planet. Include the following information:

      • Ten facts

      • Distance from the sun

      • Revolution in earth days

      • Size

      • Conditions - temperature, other climate information

      • Moons

      • History of human exploration

    Other topics to briefly introduce include:

     

  • What are Dark Matter and Dark Energy?

  • Exploring the current most important topics in astronomy. Exoplanets? Aliens? It's all here...

 

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.

We begin our first science unit on the subject of Simple Machines by taking part in this first of several Invention Challenges.

Designs are entered into a Ramp Run Challenge competition.

Students enter their vehicle into the competition. Design team-ups are mandated.
We investigate: What are the main problems each design faces?

Students generate testable hypotheses, identify independent variables, control dependent variables, conduct tests, improve designs, keep records of results.

It's a great way to introduce the students to the essence of Science in a format they all love!
In the final competition, we award Gold, Silver, Bronze, as well as Most Original, Most Unlucky, and Most Artistic awards!

Students will be:

  • Writing about vehicles - prepare for web-publish
  • Take photo of vehicle
  • Continue testing vehicles. Keep records in a chart of distances achieved.

    Discuss:

    • Wheel size
    • Weight
    • Symmetry

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

 

Science Curriculum Information