The Week Ahead
February 27, 2017
a progressive learning environment
ES2: The Dynamic Earth
Level 2 geologists will complete the documentary “Earth: Making of a Planet” and the construction the conceptual timeline of major geological events, using major geological events and mass extinctions. We will then begin to explore stratigraphic laws, in particular the Law of Superposition, and conduct a lab in which students will organize fossils according to their relative dates.
How do geologists analyze the rock strata to construct a timeline of geological events?
LS2: Green Genes
At the beginning of our week, Level 2 biologists will complete a simple pea DNA extraction lab and analyze the different components of extraction. Following the lab, we will begin to distinguish between the stages of mitosis and construct a visual model for this cell divisional process.
Why do cells divide?
How are the stages of mitosis differentiated?
PS1: May Newton’s Forces Be With You
Level 1 physicists are prepared to begin their Newton’s Vehicles design challenge. Students will use their newly acquired knowledge about how forces interact, the laws of motion, inertia and momentum to design self-propelled vehicles, made from recycled and repurposed materials. These prototypes will be tested and modified in the following week .
How can a self-propelled vehicle demonstrate the interaction of forces and laws of motion?
PS2: Energy in Motion
Level 2 physicists have determined their testable questions and criteria for their labs and will begin the week by completing the experimental design. Students will construct and conduct the procedure, collect and analyze data, and draw conclusions about the relationship between total energy, mass, velocity and height of objects such as skateboards and different types of balls.
What is the relationship between total energy, mass, velocity and height of different objects?
Earth’s Place in the Universe
Students have finished their River STEAM project and are using it as a study guide for their upcoming test on Wednesday. Students are now moving onto landforms created by the forces of earthquakes and volcanoes. Students will be making “foldables” to recreate these structures.
· What forces create river valleys?
· What forces create a volcano?
· What forces create the different kinds of fault lines?
· What causes an earthquake?
Last week, students wrote their observations and turned in their wonderful lab reports on “Is Yeast Alive?”. The next characteristic of life, “the use of energy” will be discussed in class. Tuesday’s homework is to study the terms and notes on photosynthesis. Students are requested to read their composition notebook and review. A video link will be provided in class for student enrichment.
· What is the formula for photosynthesis?
· Do all plants undergo photosynthesis?
· What is chlorophyll?
· What is the energy transfer in photosynthesis?
Students have been learning common element names, symbols and common uses by playing Element Bingo and ended the week with a test on their knowledge of symbols and Newton’s Forces.
The Newtonians will create a mousetrap car and will gather data for distance and speed. Students will determine the force of the car and use this as their control for a comparison of an experimental car of their choice. The young engineers will draw a plan and modify their car to improve their results.
· What forces will be seen in the Mousetrap Car?
· How can I make my Mousetrap Car go faster?
· How can I make my Mousetrap Car go farther?
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