Students finished their puppet show scenes that showed how to make bright, medium bright and dark areas on a surface. They tested their scenes by using a flashlight. They came up with new ideas on how to make some improvements in the designs of their puppet show scenes. With this activity, they finished the study of shadows.
Next, students will continue to explore light, but this times, they will conduct investigations with reflective materials such as a metal spoon, aluminum foil, and mirrors. Students will use a single mirror, double – hinged mirror and three mirrors attached together to form a kaleidoscope. They will learn that mirrors can be used to redirect a light beam.
Students worked in pairs to come up with a glue recipe that best meets design goals which are to make the glue sticky and strong. They chose ingredients for their recipe based on the prior testing of the individual ingredients. They made the glue by following their recipe and testing it by using the glue and adhering it on cardboard and an index card. They will refine their recipe based on the evidence collected from the testing of the glue. They will read and analyze book “Can You Change It Back?” by Phaela Peck (Amplify Science). They will learn that some changes of matter are reversible and some are irreversible.
Students finished examining and comparing four different fruit fly families that helped them to understand why organism in a species can have similarities and variation. They learned that scientists who study organisms often investigate fruit flies to learn about traits because fruit flies have traits that are easy to observe.
Students will continue the role of wildlife scientists. They will read and analyze the book “The Code” (Amplify Science) in order to learn why offspring have similar traits to their parents but not necessarily to each other, The word “genes” will be introduced during the reading. Also, students will examine the family trees for two wolf packs in Graystone National Park; the family trees include data that will enable students to begin to answer the question: Why is Wolf 44’s color similar to one pack but different from the other?
Students finished owl pellet dissection plus learned about Kidwing’s Virtual Owl Pellet Dissection that they were about to play at home. They will be learning more about owls (book “Animal Predators: Owl” by Sandra Markle ~read aloud). They will be making a bar graph of the heights of different owls.
During this month they will also learn about the role of decomposers in the ecosystem. They will observe the structures and functions of Bess beetles and earthworms.