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Science Update and YouTube Channel

Happy 2018!

Second grade scientists are focusing on a new question, “What helps animals to survive in a habitat?”

We are using simulated tests using “habitats”, “insects”, and “bird beaks”. We looked at moths and the variation in color on the moth’s wing pattern against different color trees. We are generating our own focus questions, hypotheses, and started collecting our own in-class data.

Third grade scientists are super excited to be exploring magnetism and electricity. We are exploring the concept of open and closed circuits. We are also learning the common language of “schematics” for communicating circuit patterns. We will be doing a final engineering project in March – stay tuned!

Fourth and fifth graders have both designed complex machines in science over the past month. We have a science youtube channel now:

 

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November Update

 5th graders went on a walking tour of our neighborhood in search of simple machines in our environment. Here is a complex machine using levers, wheels, and a wedge.

Third grade scientists did mad-libs using new science vocabulary: producer / primary consumer.  

Kindergarteners started feeding our trout fry this week! 

 

Here is a lever spotted by 5th graders at the stern of a ship at the shipyard. This lever steers the ship. 

Science Update

 5th graders went on a walking tour of our neighborhood in search of simple machines in our environment. Here is a complex machine using levers, wheels, and a wedge.

Third grade scientists did mad-libs using new science vocabulary: producer / primary consumer.  

Kindergarteners started feeding our trout fry this week! 

 

Here is a lever spotted by 5th graders at the stern of a ship at the shipyard. This lever steers the ship. 

Science Newsletter October-November

There is never a dull moment in the Peck Slip science classroom! Thank you for visiting our page and asking your young scientists what they are learning about in science.

 

In kindergarten, we have launched our trout in the classroom unit: we are thinking about the basic needs of all living things, specifically our trout. In this unit, we begin with tiny trout eggs in a very chilly freshwater aquarium. As the weeks pass, we watch trout hatch, grow, and start swimming on their own. Students are so excited to see how the trout physically change week to week, as well as monitoring their changing needs. This unit is rich for kindergarteners learning how scientists observe and document what they see. I also integrate the writing process when we publish our trout books. Look out on this page for student work and follow our trout on instagram @PSSTROUT for weekly updates.

5th Graders who helped to author this newsletter: Marley Benda, Arnaud Neukaum.

Hello 5th grade parents,

We are here to tell you what 5th grade science is all about. We are starting with the study of simple machines and how they make life easier. So far, we have explored levers, movable pulleys, inclined planes, and we will be learning more!

Ashley is also teaching us about measuring newtons of force and multiplying by meters (distance) to calculate work in joules. For example, moving a brick.

Ashley is making us focus on one question “how do simple machines make work easier?” We are trying to find the answer by working on series of experiments such as moving objects with the machines and calculating how much more work we did with and without the simple machines.

Simple machines make work easier by making humans do less work. The inclined plane makes work easier by spreading work over a longer distance, requiring less force.

A lot of simple machines can be found in our city. Take the crane, for example; that is a movable pulley! It makes work easier by attaching the pulley to the load.

The lever makes life easier by helping lift heavy loads without having to use much effort, just by moving the fulcrum.

We are still working on other simple machines – see you later!

Here is a photo of first graders working on observing the NYC habitat’s living and non-living parts:

Here is a photo of third graders working on a vocabulary game. Third graders are learning about food chains – producers, primary consumers to start.

←– vocab game about force, work, & more!

<—–Movable pulley attached to a brick.