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Grade 4: Science
Instructor: Karikas   
Announcements
Happy 2017!!!!
We are almost finished with erosion, but first we must tackles glaciers and ice to see how they change the shape of our planet.

Thermal and electrical energy will be a large focus for the remaining school year; however we will still focus upon fossils, and end with an environmental science detective unit.













We will be studying erosion for most of October.
We are experimenting with many different agents of erosion such as wind, rain, snow, ice and free running water. We will witness how wave action moves the beaches, rivers carve the land, glaciers from long ago scraped the land and left remains behind, as well as ice as it expands in tiny cracks destroying the rock and changing the earth's surface.























It's ELECTRIC!!!
We have experimented with static electricity.  'Currently' we are focusing on circuits and current electricity; however we will move on to magnetism and the relationship it has with electricity soon.  Information about 2 quizes will come home between now and our spring break.

After our break we will continue with energy, but focus more on heat energy.







We've finished slowly wearing down the earth and now we have to quickly build it up.

Monday/Tuesday:

·         Do you know How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World?  As we read the book, we will collect data about the layers of the earth.  This will be used to discover how the crust floats upon the mantle and shifts and moves, causing earthquakes to occur and volcanoes to erupt and cause the shape of the earth to change quickly.

 

*HOMEWORK:

 

Wednesday/Thursday:

·         We will experiment with the solid crust and hot, liquid, melted, molten magma of the mantle as we cause the tectonic plates to push up against each other and form mountains, pull apart at faults, and slide/grind past each other-al resulting in earthquakes.

 

*HOMEWORK:

 

Friday/Monday: 

·         Bill Nye will help us teach about the earth’s crust.

 

*HOMEWORK:

 

Tuesday/After break w/Mrs. Ribelli’s class: 

·         Use textbooks and other non-fiction materials to ‘focus’ upon faults, epicenters, and earthquakes in general 


I appologize for not updating this recently.

Monday: Mrs. Ribelli’s class will be reading about the World of Water as we prepare for our test at the end of the week. 

·         Study guides came home on Friday and review will occur this week.  This will be the last and major grade of the grading period for science.

 

·         Mrs. Ribelli’s class test is Friday.

·         Mrs. Karikas’ class test is Thursday.

 

*HOMEWORK: half sheet for review-both classes

 

Tuesday/Wednesday: We will go over Monday night's homework and play some review games to prepare for this week's test

  • A paragraph describing how wind, rain, snow, ice and free running water creat erosion and help to change the shape of or earth will be written.


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HOMEWORK:  Mrs. Karikas’ class test is Thursday.

                              Mrs. Ribelli’s class test is Friday.

 

Thursday: Mrs. Karikas’ homeroom test

Friday:  Mrs. Ribelli’s homeroom test





We've met Gary the shorline scientist as we've investigated what creates our sand.

Monday: Mrs. Ribelli’s class is finishing up their Sand Journals and beginning some activities revolving around W is for Wind.

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*HOMEWORK:

 

Tuesday/Wednesday: Wind is a HUGE factor in EROSION!  We will experiment with wind and investigate wind erosion for the rest of this week.

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*HOMEWORK:  
 

Thursday/Friday: Wind is a HUGE factor in EROSION!  We will continue to experiment with wind and investigate wind erosion for the rest of this week. RAIN is an important agent of EROSION also, so we will experiment with rain erosion too.

 

What does sand have to do with erosion?

Monday: Mrs. Ribelli’s class will begin our ‘shoreline’ mini-unit. This will introduce us to how sand is created and will lead us into our “Earth’s changing surface”/geology” unit as we focus upon erosion.

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*HOMEWORK: Bring in post card of beaches if you have any.

 

Tuesday/Wednesday: Investigate different sands from various locations.  Make observations as to different colors and sizes of sand grains and make predictions as to what caused the different colors and sizes of the grains as well as what natural features were probably located near this sand.

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*HOMEWORK:  
 

Thursday/Friday:  Read Gary’s Sand Journal and investigate our own sand

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*HOMEWORK:

 

 

 

 

 

We'll spend the week practicing the scientific method.

Monday/Tuesday:  How can we keep an index card floating in mid-air?  If your kids start playing with water and a cup and an index card, see if they can draw conclusions and explain to you how the card does not fall.

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*HOMEWORK: Professor Peabody and the Process Skills Packet are due tomorrow.

 

Wednesday/Thursday: Small groups of child scientists will use their knowledge of the scientific method and their process skills to identify sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and a starch (flour) as we investigate what happens when vinegar and iodine are added.

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*HOMEWORK:  

Friday: 

·         What is the shoreline and who are shoreline scientists?  We’ll begin our investigation that will introduce a large focus on erosion.

*HOMEWORK:

 

 

 

 

We're practicing science skills so that we may safely experiment.

Monday:  Mrs. Ribelli’s class is helping Professor Peabody with scientific skills of comparing, ordering and classifying.

 

 Tuesday/Wednesday: 

·         Complete the Professor Peabody scientific activities and introduction to the scientific method.

 

*HOMEWORK:  Professor Peabody Packet due Friday/Monday
 

Thursday/Friday: 

·         Follow steps of the scientific method as we experiment with cups of water and floating index cards as well as heat and sugar.

 

*HOMEWORK: Professor Peabody Packet due next science class

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year!

I am excited to meet my homeroom and Mrs. Ribeli's homeroom students' families at Wednesday evening's open house.  I hope to see you there!


Monday
:  Labor Day

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Tuesday:  I'm finaly going to get the chance to have Mrs.Ribelli's homeroom class again for science.  We will normally have science every other day; however, with some back to school MAP testing last week, we had to skip science.  Mrs. Ribelli's class will discover that Everobody Needs A Rock and the investigation that goes along with our rock.

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*HOMEWORK Everybody Needs a Rock investigation/story due Friday.

 

Wednesday/Thursday: My homeroom will have science today and Mrs. Ribelli's class will have the same lesson tomorrow...

·          What is the Scientific Method?  We'll investigate these steps used to follow when conducting experiments as we experiment with air pressure and heat.

*HOMEWORK:  paragraph describing the differnt steps to the scientific method.  It's due next science class.
 
Friday/Monday:  Continue following the Scientific Method as we experiment with various white powders and investigate what will happen to them as we add vinegar and iodine

 

 






We're in the home stretch now.

We are in our last wek of science and Mrs. Molchen's class has a week of experimenting left.

By the end of the week there will be a final heat assessment.

We've finalizes our AIMSWeb asesssments and this week will complete our final MAPING assesments.

This Wednesday after our field trip representatives from each of the fourth grade classes will be performing at our first annual LAF celebration.  Due to this, there will be no science today.  Come join us at 2:00!

Please encourage your children to remember that we are still in class and busy trying to learn each day.  Behavior is important and completion of assignments is a must.




We're on our last rotation (8 days in length only).
Now that we've finished fossils, we will spend the remaining weeks focusing on and finishing our activities with thermal energy. 

We will focus upon the three different types of heat transfer (radiation, convection, and conduction) all while realizing that heat always moves from the warmer object to eht cooler object.

Children will use what they learn to design a spring jacket to keep someone warm from the chilly spring wind, but not cause someone to get too warm in the spring sunshine.

The heat backpacks that went home will be completed and explained.

After a few other heat related activities, a final quiz will be given on day #8.






After earthquakes and volcanoes we're ready for a new rotation...

 

*HOMEWORK: There will be new backpack activities coming home...much quicker experiments and the backpack should be returned as soon as possible.  It is worth a grade.

 

 

Monday:  We will focus on fossils for the first weel and part of the second. 
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Tuesday:  Introduction to fossils with a non-fiction book.  Create molds and casts with clay and glue.

·           paper

 

Wednesday: Kids read text book and take Cornell notes.

·           fossil page

 

Thursday: non-fiction picture book/Finish Cornell notes and text book.

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Friday:  Bill Nye the Science Guy...Kids will check their Cornell notes so tat they can use them on Tueday's quiz.  Introduction to fossil fuels.

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*HOMEWORK: FOSSIL QUIZ TUESDAY
 

 

Monday:  What are fossil fuels?  We'll discover these and play a game to prepare for the quiz tomorrow.

·          FOSSIL QUIZ TUESDAY

 

Tuesday:  fossil quiz

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Wednesday: ·           heat experiments displaying conduction

 

Thursday: heat experiments displaying radiation 

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Friday:  heat experiments displaying convection

 

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*HOMEWORK: New backpacks should be going home soon.

 




earthquake and volcano study

*HOMEWORK:

 

 

Monday tectonic plate movement

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Tuesday:  earthquake study

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Wednesday: more earthquake studying

·           TEST TUESDAY

 

Thursday: volcano focus on Kilawea

·           TEST TUESDAY

 

Friday:  Mt. St. Helens focus

·           TEST TUESDAY

  

Monday:  wrap it all up
·           TEST TUESDAY
 
Tuesday: test
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Wednesday: 
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Thursday:
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Friday:  
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*HOMEWORK:
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We've been experimenting with erosion.

Monday (December 17) experimenting with glaciers as they carve the land
·          How big were they, where were they, why did they stop moving south, how were they created, and how did they rip up, scrape and gouge the land?
*HOMEWORK: TEST Friday

Tuesday:  finish erosion activities
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*HOMEWORK TEST Friday

 

Wednesday: Prepare for Friday's test
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*HOMEWORK:  TEST Friday
 

Thursday: MUSIC PRACTICE FOR TONIGHT'S CONCERT-no class
*HOMEWORK: test TOMORROW 


Friday
: erosion review, test, writing




Don't forget to vote this week.

Monday (Nov. 5):  Welcome back, Mrs. Molchen‘s homeroom.  You have science for the next 2 weeks…

·         We'll be focusing on the scientific method so we may experiment.  What is the scientific method?  When is it used?  What are the steps to be followed when experimenting?

*HOMEWORK: scientific method quiz on Friday
 

Tuesday:  Review the scientific method and use it to follow some experiments: Can we use salt to keep a broom handle from tearing a facial tissue?  Can an index card keep water floating in mid air?

*HOMEWORK QUIZ FRIDAY

Wednesday
: practice for Friday's quiz
Follow the scientific method to identify 5 mystery substances.
Form hypotheses about 5 mystery powders' identities.

Use iodine and acid (vinegar) and the scientific method to identify 2 mystery substances. 


*
HOMEWORK:
 QUIZ FRIDAY 


Thursday
: ·       practice for tomorrow's quiz.
Which white powder is a carbohydrate?  Which white powder will not disolve in water, but will solidify into plaster?

Discover sodium cloride (table salt) while following the scientific method.


*
HOMEWORK
 Quiz Friday


Friday
:  Discover plaster while following the scientific method.
Use our collected data and drawn conclusions along with the knowledge of the scientific method to identify all 5 of the mystery powders.  Design experiments to discover the substances in a mystery mix.
·          Scientific method quiz..be able to explain the steps of the scientific method


Monday (Nov. 12)
:  Finish up experimenting with the scientific method activities (we will use this all school year though). 
·          logic puzzles


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HOMEWORK
 

Tuesday:  Meet Gary as we expolore our beaches and discover that our earth is constantly changing.  Inestigate various sand samples.  Search for colors/materials in sand samples.  Infer about the environment where the sand samples came from.  Map sand samples.
...logic puzzles

*HOMEWORK na

 

Wednesday: Use our sand samples to record observations and make inferences in our sand journals.
*HOMEWORK:  
 

Thursday: Use our sand samples and Gary's Sand Journal to record observations and make inferences about our sand samples.


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HOMEWORK: na

Friday (Nov. 16):  Meet Bill Nye the Science Guy and learn a bit about geology and our rocky planet


Use Gary's Sand Journal to help us continue investigating sand as we record our observations in our own journals.
 

 



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Welcome to rotation #2

Monday (Oct. 22):  Welcome back, Mrs. Ribelli‘s homeroom.  You have science for the next 2 weeks…

·         We'll be focusing on the scientific method so we may experiment.  What is the scientific method?  When is it used?  What are the steps to be followed when experimenting?

*HOMEWORK: NA

 

Tuesday (Oct. 23):  Review the scientific method and use it to follow some experiments: Can we use salt to keep a broom handle from tearing a facial tissue?  Can an index card keep water floating in mid air?

*HOMEWORK QUIZ FRIDAY

Wednesday (Oct. 24)
: Follow the scientific method to identify 5 mystery substances.

·       Which white powder is a carbohydrate?  Which white powder will not disolve in water, but will solidify into plaster?


*
HOMEWORK:
 QUIZ FRIDAY 


Thursday (Oct. 25)
: Use iodine and acid (vinegar) and the scientific method to identify 2 mystery substances.  Discover sodium cloride (table salt) while following the scientific method.

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*HOMEWORK Quiz Monday


Friday
:  Use our collected data and drawn conclusions along with the knowledge of the scientific method to identify all 5 of the mystery powders.  Design experiments to discover the substances in a mystery mix.
·          Scientific method quiz..be able to explain the steps of the scientific method


Monday (Oct. 29)
:  Finish up experimenting with the scientific method activities (we will use this all school year though). 
·          logic puzzles


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HOMEWORK
 

Tuesday (Oct. 30):  Meet Gary as we expolore our beaches and discover that our earth is constantly changing.  Inestigate various sand samples.  Search for colors/materials in sand samples.  Infer about the environment where the sand samples came from.  Map sand samples.
...logic puzzles

*HOMEWORK na

 

Wednesday (Oct. 31): No science due to Halloween party          

*HOMEWORK:  na
 

Thursday (Nov. 1): Use our sand samples to record observations and make inferences in our sand journals.


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HOMEWORK: na

Friday (Nov. 2):  Use Gary's Sand Journal to help us continue investigating sand as we record our observations in our own journals. 

 



Thanks for your patience while this was updated!

Monday Welcome Mrs. Molchen's homeroom!!!  This is what you'll be doing for the next 2 weeks...

  • put on our 'science eyes' to view the world of science
  • discover Everyone Needs a Rock
  • use our science eyes to investigate our rock

*HOMEWORK: listen to the rock and record it's story

 

Tuesday: 

  • meet Professor Peabody
  • observe, communicate, compare/contrast, order like real scientists

*HOMEWORK 

 

Wednesday: 

  • finish classifying like real scientists with Profesor Peabody

*HOMEWORK:  Prof. Peabody packets due Monday
 

Thursday:

  • begin 'schoolyard ecology' mini-unit
  • discuss vocabulary
  • brainstorm environmental factors
  • visit schoolyard ecology site to search for moisture/sunshine and other environmental factors needed to survive

*HOMEWORK:

 

Friday:  

  • discover spiders, their body parts, their diets and their homes

Monday 

  • continue investigating spiders and differentiating between those animals and insects

*HOMEWORK:

 

Tuesday: 

  • spider/insect activities
  • QUIZ FRIDAY

*HOMEWORK 

 

Wednesday: 

  • review for Friday's quiz with spider/insect activities

*HOMEWORK:  
 

  • QUIZ FRIDAY

Thursday:

  • respond to related literature

*HOMEWORK: QUIZ TOMORROW

 

Friday:  schoolyard ecology quiz/spider writing







Student Lead Conferences are this Thursday.

Please check assignment books for more accurate assignments, as these plans are subject to change based upon students’ needs.

 

Monday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)

Finish experiments/botany unit
*
HOMEWORK seed project due next Thursday


Tuesday

Wednesday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)

: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

Begin SIMULATION with our investigation of OOBLECK.
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HOMEWORK seed project


Thursday

Friday:  (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)
Finish SIMULATION with our scientific convention/space crat design of OOBLECK.

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HOMEWORK:  Seed project due Thursday, 5/17-experiment sharing with younger grades-Friday, 5/18



: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)
Groovin' with the Glaciers trip is Thursday!

Please check assignment books for more accurate assignments, as these plans are subject to change based upon students’ needs.

 

Monday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)...See some terrific experiments from super fourth graders

Tuesday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom) ...See more terrific experiments from equally super fourth graders

Finish up our plant unit with a some literature and a group letter to Bonnie Botany.
*HOMEWORK Finish the informational report on the life cycle of a plant

 

Wednesday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom) ...Share MORE experiments from wonderful fourth graders/
Begin a 'SIMULATION' where we act like REAL/professional scientists through our investigations

Thursday: See our itinerary for our trip...STUDENTS NOT JOINING THE TRIP WILL REPORT TO THE OFFICE AND WILL BE DIRECTED TO ACTIVITIES TO BE COMPLETED!

Friday: NOSCHOOL-compensation day...We'll see you next week at student lead confernces! 

 

 

 

OAA testing this week...You can do it!

Please check assignment books for more accurate assignments, as these plans are subject to change based upon students’ needs.

 

Monday(Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

 We're beginning our botany unit with the creation of a plant diagram and disection of an unborn plant

*HOMEWORK 

 

Tuesday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)

Wednesday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

Seed reading/Discover our new projects...learn about our long term seed collection project and the assigned date for our experiment to share with the class.

*HOMEWORK seed/life cycle worksheet

 

 Thursday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)

Friday:  (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

Oh Say Can You Seed/life sycle informational report
*HOMEWORK: finish informational report (if needed)

 

 

 

 

More heat experiments before break...

 

Please check assignment books for more accurate assignments, as these plans are subject to change based upon students’ needs.

 

Monday(Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

HEAT experiments as thermal energy is ades to solid, liquid and gas
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HOMEWORK nothing, BUT many kids have been reminded of mising work

 

Tuesday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom) MORE HEAT EXPERIMENTS

Wednesday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)            "                                   "

 

*HOMEWORK Go on-line and make sure ALL missing work is turned in !

 

Thursday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom) NO CLASS DUE TO TALENT SHOW & SPRING BREAK.

Friday:  (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)





One full week of heat experimenting before our vacation.

Mo

Please check assignment books for more accurate assignments, as these plans are subject to change based upon students’ needs.

 

Monday(Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)

Tuesday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

Blubbery-insulation experiments to discover how animals' adaptations help deal with HEAT.

*HOMEWORK Compare and contrast an animal like a walrus to a bird or mammal without blubber.

 

Wednesday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)
Discover how molecules move differently with different amounts of heat.


*HOMEWORK: 

Thursday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

Friday:  (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)

 Use information from past experiments to fill facts in our thermal heat booklets/'visit' from Bill Nye

 

We'll finish with fossils this week.

 

Please check assignment books for more accurate assignments, as these plans are subject to change based upon students’ needs.

 

Monday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)

Tuesday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

We'll be finishing fossil fuels and creating a study guide for our test Wednesday (Mrs. Karikas) and Thursday (Mr. Coxon)

*HOMEWORK fossil fuel page

 

Wednesday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)
Thursday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

Test and fossil paragraph writing

*HOMEWORK:   finish fossil paragraph

Friday:  (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)

final fossil activities/wrap up and introduction to heat energy 

 

 

Thank you to all of your well wishes and caring words over the past week!

Please check assignment books for more accurate assignments and update as to exact day for next week's fossil test.

 

Monday(Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

 Read fossils to infer and communicate the ancient story that they tell.  Follow flow charts to reassure the steps of the creation of a fossil. 


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HOMEWORK Finish first page of packet (EC-Predict size of dinosaurs based on fossilized footprints.

 

Tuesday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)

Wednesday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

 Focus on Fossil Fuels


*HOMEWORK worksheet

 

 Thursday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)

Friday:  (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

Continue with fossil types and fossil fuels.

*HOMEWORK: worksheet

 

 

 

 

We're continuing to study about fossils.

Monday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)

Tuesday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)
Last week we created some mold/cast fossils, but this week we are experimenting to discover how soft minerals of ancient plants and animals are replaced by hard minerals that petrify the living part of the creature into a rock.  We'll also look at fossilized footprints and figure out the stories they can tell.

*HOMEWORK worksheet

 

Wednesday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)
Thursday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

We will discover and explore the fact that some fossils of ancient plants and animals can be used as fuel.

*HOMEWORK:   fossil fuel page

Friday:  (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom) Next week we'll have a test on fossils (Mr. Karikas's homeroom=Tuesday/Mr. Coxon's=Wednesday)

In class today/Monday we will use the text book and create a review peom/study guide.

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HOMEWORK:  TEXT TUES. (Mrs. Karikas)/WED. (Mr. Coxon)



 

We're ready to begin learning about FOSSILS!
 Monday(Mr. Coxon's homeroom) 
Finish writing our stories about the water droplets cycling at least twice through the water cycle. 
Final copy for both classes due Thursday.
*HOMEWORK Final copy of water droplet story (both classes due Thursday.
 
Tuesday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)  BEGIN FOSSILS with literature and experimenting.
Wednesday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)
 

*HOMEWORK FINAL COPIES DUE THURSDAY/fossil worksheet
 
Thursday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom) Continue FOSSILS with literature and experimenting
Friday:  (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

*HOMEWORK: fossil paper





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STUDY GUIDES WENT HOME LAST WEEK FOR THIS WEEK'S TEST.

Mo

Monday(Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

Finish our review for this week's test 

*HOMEWORK Test Wednesday for Mr. Coxon's class/Tuesday for Mrs. Karikas'

 

Tuesday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom) TEST-Mrs. Karikas' homeroom

Wednesday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom) TEST-Mr. Coxon's homeroom

 
*HOMEWORK All erosion paragraphS are due Thursday!

 

 Thursday: Hopefuly it'll be snowing so we can capture snowflakes...If not, we'll begin weather with my homeroom.

Friday:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS



LAST FULL WEEK OF THE YEAR!
Monday-continue snow/ice activities

Tuesday-continue erosion activities as we deal with wave action on the beach and river water running free (creating delts)
homework: water erosion questions
Wednesday-continue erosion activities as we deal with wave action on the beach and river water running free (creating delts)
homework: water erosion questions

Thursday
-finish erosion activities
Friday-finish erosion activities
TEST AFTER BREAK

Monday (12/19)-snow activities
homework: PACK YOUR LUNCH
TEST AFTER BREAK

Tuesday (12/20)-FIELD TRIP
TEST AFTER BREAK

Wednesday-silly gift exchange
TEST AFTER BREAK

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday:  We're having science and social studies today due to a previsit for our upcoming field trips.
Please make sure you return the signed permission slip as soon as possible.

*HOMEWORK: Get permission slip signed.  Magma drop story

Tuesday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)  We'll finish earthquakes and volcanoes and are ready for our test that will be at the end of next week.  STUDY GUIDE WENT HOME
ENJOY YOUR BREAK!!! (Wednesday-Monday)

Tuesday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)  review for geology test on rapid earth changing processes/begin to focus upon some slow earth changing processes

Wednesday:  (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

*HOMEWORK: TEST next class

Thursday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom) TEST/continue to focus upon some slow earth changing processes...Mr. Coxon's homeroom-TEST MOVED TO TODAY DUE TO ALL SCHOOL FIELD TRIP TO HORNET CHAMPIONSHIP TOMORROW.

Friday
: ALL SCHOOL FIELD TRIP TO HORNET CHAMPIONSHIP



What's going on this week?

Monday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)

Tuesday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

Look at the differences between different types of volcanoes.  Take a tour of Hawaii's Kilowaea (a shield volcano that oozes lava) as we read a true story of survival.
*HOMEWORK:  Write a newspaper article that could've been read about the survival story of the helcopter crash into Kilowaea.

Wednesday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)
Thursday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

Build a strato volcano; discover the difference between the eruptions of shield/sstrato volcanoes as we journey back in time to the famous eruption from the 80's of Mt. St. Helen.
*HOMEWORK: Create a labeled volcano diagram accompanied by a paragraph describing the differences between two differnt volcano types.
 
 

Friday:  (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom) Finish volcanoes/review earthquakes for geology TEST (just after Thanksgiing break)
*
HOMEWORK:  TEST WEDNESDAY AFTER BREAK




No school Tuesday due to conferences.

 


   Monday:  (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)
Share   Share your earthquake presentations, build mountains, finish earthquakes.
Quiz     
EARTHQUAKE QUIZ next class

Wen     Wednesday
:  (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)
Thur    Tuesday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)
QUIZ,    EARTHQUAKE QUIZ, begin volcanoes.  Take a trip into volcanos like Hawaii's Kilowaea. 
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HO      HOMEWORK:   label volcano worksheet

Frida    Friday:  (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)  Continue with volcanoes as we compare the different     types as we explore Mount St. Helen's. 
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HO

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Monday:  Halloween party/parade-2:00 (no science)

Tuesday
: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom) Continue with earthquakes as we enter the 'Ring of Fire,' read some iterature and visit with Bill Nye
*
HOMEWORK 

 

Wednesday:  (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)
Thursday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)
Finish earthquakes and discover how volcanoes and tsunamis are related.
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HOMEWORK:   worksheet

Friday:  (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)-begin to investigate volcanoes from the inside out.  Did you know there are different types of volcanoes?  After today, we will!  One type (like Mt. Kilowaea in Hiwaii) oozes lava.  We'll enter the magma chamber via an article writen by a crash survivor.
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HOMEWORK:  volcano poster due next Thursday/Friday

 

We're moving toward the study of earthquakes this week.

Monday:  (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)

Tuesday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)
Use indirect evidence to make inferences; read text and search for true facts;
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HOMEWORK QUIZ NEXT CLASS!

 

Wednesday:  (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)
Thursday:
(Mr. Coxon's homeroom)
QUIZ; earthquake activities that show how the earth shifts and moves, how mountains are built, where strong earthquakes tend to be located, how seismic waves travel and are recorded
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HOMEWORK:   

Friday: 
Continue earthquakes with literature and Bill Nye
*
HOMEWORK: 



We're beginning something new!

Monday:  (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)

Tuesday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)
Various activities introducing the layers of the earth.
*
HOMEWORK 'Model of the Earth' paper

 

Wednesday:  (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)
Thursday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)
Investigation of how the earth's crust continually moves as it floats on the mantle's magma.
*
HOMEWORK:   

Friday:  (Mrs. Karikas and Mr. Coxon's homeroom)  Bill Nye video on the earth and it's crust
This is a short week!

Monday:  (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)

Tuesday: (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)
We're classifying butterflies and people in class.
We're taking a quiz on the scientific method steps.
We're getting ready to begin a large geology unit.

*
HOMEWORK nothing

 

Wednesday:  (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)
Thursday: (
Mr. Coxon's homeroom)
We'll continue classifying trees by using a dichotymous key and leafy branches.

Friday:  NEOEA DAY-teachers at conferences...NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS! 


What's Going on This Week?

Monday (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)

Tuesday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)
     We're continuing to use our power of observations and knowledge of the scientific method to identify the identity of our 5 mystry powders.  We'll use iodine, vinegar and water to discover which substances are sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), starch (flour) and plaster. 
*
HOMEWORK Catch up on ALL missing work!     
SCIENTIFIC METHOD QUIZ NEXT WEEK!

 

Wednesday:  (Mr. Coxon's homeroom)
Thursday: (Mrs. Karikas' homeroom)
     We're continuing to use our power of observations and knowledge of the scientific method to identify the identity of our 5 mystry powders.  We'll use silver nitrage and water to discover which substance is salt.  Then the kids wil design their own experiments to identify a 'myster mix.'
*HOMEWORK:   Write a paragraph explaining the steps of the scientific method.     SCIENTIFIC METHOD QUIZ NEXT WEEK!

Friday:  finish experimenting to identify mystery mixes
*HOMEWORK: SCIENTIFIC METHOD QUIZ NEXT WEEK!

Welcome to Fourth Grade!

WELCOME TO FOURTH GRADE!!!

I'm very excited to have you within my classroom, and I'm thrilled to get the school year started! 

More information will be at my website soon.

Important trip information!
The chaperone meeting begins at 7:00am and the other kids will need to be dropped off at 7:10 for a prompt 7:30 departure.  Make sure to pack a lunch and bring money for a fast food dinner.  As we don't have school today, I'm unable to remind kids to bring a sweatshirt (it'll be chilly on the boat) and/or rain poncho (that hopefully we won't need), so please pass on the reminder to anyone you know.  Thanks.  I look forward to seeing everyone in the morning!  We should return to KES around 9:00pm.
We're solving the mystery of the dying fish!
Monday we figure out who is at fault and how the fish in the Grey Area are dying.  !t has been amazing to watch the kids search for clues and make connections as to who or what's causing the fish to die.

One Tuesday we begin a 4th grade unit on water, it's importance, it's uses and how easily it is wasted.

Join us for our 4th grade Family night on June 1st to see what the kids have learned and created.
We're investigating the Grey Area.

Thousands of fish are dying and washing up on the shores of Synchrony City.
What could be killing them?


For the next few weeks we will be acting as environmental detectives as we probe into the past, participate in Grey Area board of supervisors meetings, and interview suspects.  We’ll research possible chlorine contamination from a local water park, investigate the causes and effects of acid rain, phosphates, and oil contamination, as well as explore how hunting and foresting could effect the fish supply.

This investigation will continue until May 16th when we figure out
‘who is to blame?’

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week of April 11:

Monday:  Review for Wednesday's test.

*HOMEWORK: TEST Wednesday

Tuesday:  microscopic investigations
*
HOMEWORK TEST tomorrow

 

Wednesday:  TEST
*
HOMEWORK:  SEED PROJECTS DUE!
 

Thursday: Share seedprojects with kindergarteners/set schedule to share personal experiment with classmates.

*HOMEWORK: Enjoy time off!

 

Friday:  No class due to our awesome actors putting on our 13th annual TalentedPhenomenon.

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week of April 4:

Monday group work on plant parts/functions

*HOMEWORK:

 

Tuesday:  Informational Report
*
HOMEWORK finish as homework

 

Wednesday:  plant parts at the web page/draw diagrams
*
HOMEWORK:  finish diagrams as homework
 

Thursday: plant models/book

*HOMEWORK:

 

Friday:  Bonnie Botany letter

 

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Week of March 28:
Monday:  Finish stem...Look at annual rings/read Ever Living Tree
*HOMEWORK:
 
Tuesday:  Investigate the parts of the root.
*
HOMEWORK worksheets
 
Wednesday:  the leaf, chlorophyll, and photosynthesis
*
HOMEWORK:  worksheet
 
Thursday: informational reports on the life cycle of a plant
*HOMEWORK: finish life cycle/flower worksheet
 
Friday:  quiz
 
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Week of March 21st:
Monday: Introduction to the seed 
*HOMEWORK:
 
Tuesday:  Disect seeds
*HOMEWORK 'Traveling Seeds'

Wednesday:  Introduce worms to Hornet Hill and Sunny Side Plantation.  Introduction to Seed Collection Project.  Begin to look at the stem.
*HOMEWORK Seed project due April 14
Thursday:  Continue the stem
*HOMEWORK:  worksheet

Friday: Connection between the stem and the roots
WE HAVE NEW FARM NAMES!
Did you know that Mr. Coxon's science class is going to run the Hornet Hill Farm?
Mrs. Ribelli's homeroom runs Sunny Side Plantation in science.
Week of March 14th:
Monday: Final activities/experiments with the human body/introduction to our botany unit
*HOMEWORK:
 
Tuesday:  Begin life cycles of plants
*HOMEWORK eating journal

Wednesday:  Begin life cycles of plants
*HOMEWORKeating journal
 
Thursday: Begin the FLOWER, it's parts and their functions.
*HOMEWORK: eating journal

Friday: Build our Veggie-U Farm
*HOMEWORK: eating journal-DUE MONDAY
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CHEMISTRY TEST
Our chemical and physical changes test has been moved to Tuesday.
SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 28:
In case of snow day…plans will generally be pushed to the next day of school.
The following plans are subject to change pending student reactions…

Long term projects/test:  We will be finishing our unit on chemical and physical changes.  Last week a study guide came home along with scientific laboratory vocabulary definitions, and flashcards will come home early this week.  Due to our snow day the test MAY be moved from this FRIDAY to Tuesday 

Monday: chocolate and crayon melting experiments, popcorn making, and blowing a cork off of vinegar and baking soda...chemical or physical changes???
*HOMEWORK:
 
Tuesday:  newspaper reading; creation of states of matter flip books; cotton candy making...chemical or physical changes???
*HOMEWORK: Finish states of matter flip books
 
Wednesday: dry ice experimentation...chemical or physical changes???
*HOMEWORK: Paragraph comparing dry ice to water ice...chemical or physical changes???
 
Thursday: Read in text book; play 'Stump the Teacher' to review for Tuesday's test
*HOMEWORK: inference paper
 
Friday: tie up loose ends to ongoing experiments/make inferences/review for Tuesday's test
This is a new website.

Since this is a new website, it will take a while to get used to.  Please bear with us.

Expect new flexible groups in our reading classes as we begin books regardig the topic of WW2/Holocaust. This will continue for the next month or so.  Books are due for our book activities March 7.

In science chemical and physical change experiments will continue for this week and the beginning of next week.  Expect a test on March 4.

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