Look what we found in our garden!
We are continuing to grow and harvest vegetables in the Kincaid school garden. Some of the classes have helped prepare garden beds and plant fall, cool weather crops. We have planted lettuce, spinach, radishes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, chard, and brussel sprouts. As you can see from the pictures the garden has also become a habitat for some animals.
Kindergarten is learning about pushes and pulls and different types of motion. They will also come to the science lab in October for some experiments to help them learn about gravity.
The Kincaid first graders will have a lesson on water, the water cycle, and the different forms of precipitation. We will discuss the phases of water and perform an experiment to see if the weight of ice changes as it melts. They will also be making ice cream to observe how matter changes states. We will try to turn our liquid milk into solid-like ice cream. And then we will eat it, yum!
Second grade is learning about matter this quarter. They will be doing different experiments to see physical and chemical changes of matter. In one of our experiments we will be trying to clean pennies with different substances. If you have a few extra dirty pennies, send them in with your second grader so we can see if we can get them shiny again.
In third grade the students have been learning about rocks and minerals. We have been doing several tests on our rocks and minerals to see how they have different characteristics. Ask your third grader how we test for hardness. See if they know what the softest and hardest minerals are. Did you know that not all rocks produce the same color streak when you try to “write” with them? There are even magnetic rocks and rocks that can float.
Third grade will also be learning about fossils. They will “dig” for real fossils and try to identify them. Ask your child what the difference is between a mold and a cast fossil. Each third grader will make their own cast fossil and bring it home in October.
The fourth grade classes have been learning about the water cycle and weather. Each student had a “water cycle in a bag” experiment to bring home. During our weather unit we have been learning about different weather instruments. We made our own wind vane in class and learned how to read rain gauges. All fourth graders are doing a STEM project along with the weather unit. Each student is designing their own rain gauge, making it in science lab, taking it home to test and record data for two weeks, and then evaluating their design.
Fifth grade is unique from the other grades in that instead of all fifth graders studying the same unit at the same time they rotate through the units therefor each class is studying a different topic. By the time CRCT testing is done in April all student swill have experienced all of the science units.
Here are the units all fifth graders will study during the year:
The fifth graders will make their hair stand on end when they experiment with static electricity. They will learn what is needed to make a complete circuit that allows electricity to flow through. Students will use batteries, light bulbs and wires to make series and parallel circuits. See if your child knows which type of circuit is used to wire a house. They will also learn what items are good conductors of electricity and what materials make good insulators.
We will be making molecules out of pretzels and marshmellows and learning about density. Additional activities in the science lab will include experiments to see physical and chemical changes. Most of our experiments use items commonly found in your house so you can ask them to show you some of our experiments.
Classification and Heredity:
We will learn about taxonomy by classifying “aliens” from the planet “Pamishan” based upon their appearance. During our science lab time we will also learn about inherited and acquired characteristics, what a genotype and a phenotype are, and do an activity where each student will come up with different genotypes for facial features and then draw the face based upon the genotype/phenotype that they came up with.
Constructive and Destructive Forces:
Students will do activities to learn about erosion, volcanoes, earthquakes, and deltas. Students will use stream tables to show erosion caused by streams and rain and the formation of deltas. They will also study the effects of waves on beach erosion and learn how a reef can lessen the force of the waves and therefor reduce beach erosion.
Cells and Microorganisms:
For this unit the students are learning how to use microscopes. They will make their our own slides of onion skins and cheek cells to see some of the differences between animal and plant cells. They will also learn about helpful and harmful microorganisms and test areas of the school to see which are the germiest.