We are starting our first Science Unit: Water and Weather! For every unit in both Science and Social Studies we will update this blog with the standards and expectations of each unit! This way you can help support your student at home and know what we are covering in class.
This year we will be switching between Science and Social Studies. After we teach a Science unit we will then begin a Social Studies unit. This will ensure that in every nine week grading period the students will be taught both subjects. Our goal is to try and pull in Project Based Learning (PBL) into our Science units while enforcing reading and writing strategies from the Lucy Calkins Reading Units of Study (RUOS) and Lucy Calkins Writing Units of Study (WUOS) in Social Studies! It is extremely beneficial for students to be exposed to ALL subjects ACROSS subjects and not just in isolation within their scheduled time. We want every child to realize that learning is a life long skill and by supporting all of our subjects together, it will provide them with a more solid understanding of the topics.
Another way we will help to enhance and support each students reading is by assigning content based reading homework every Monday. Sometimes this reading will introduce them to a new topic or unit while other times it will support their knowledge on a topic we have been studying.
Homework in both Science and Social Studies on Wednesdays will be on a case by case basis. If the students need to study new vocabulary or continue to work on a project, then we will assign that, but there will not necessarily be homework every Wednesday. The students will update their homework in their agendas every Monday for the week and we will post the homework on our weekly blog!
Standards: This year will be a transition year as some of the Science and Social Studies standards have moved around to different grades. You will notice that some of our Social Studies units will be more of a shortened unit in order to cover all of the content we need to by the end of the year. This is due to those units and standards moving to a new grade, but we need to guarantee that every child is still taught the content. We will make sure that every unit is taught well and that the students learn everything they need to. :)
To locate some of the science and social studies resources, you will have to look at the top set of tabs and find the "Science/S.S." tab. When your cursor hovers over the tab, a drop down menu will appear and will have four options. The science tab will have each unit and additional resources that will serve as practice. The same can be said for the social studies tab.
Unit 1: Water and Weather
We are very excited to get started in our first Science unit! Below you will find the standards that will help to guide our instruction in class. As we begin to go deeper within the unit we will update you with more information. This week we are exposing the students to new vocabulary, building on their prior knowledge of the water cycle and helping them understand the difference between weather and climate.
S4E3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to demonstrate the water cycle.
- Plan and carry out investigations to observe the flow of energy in water as it changes states from solid (ice) to liquid (water) to gas (water vapor) and changes from gas to liquid to solid.
- Develop models to illustrate multiple pathways water may take during the water cycle (evaporation, condensation, and precipitation).
S4E4. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information using weather charts/maps and collect weather data to predict weather events and infer weather patterns.
- Ask questions to construct an explanation of how weather instruments (thermometer, rain gauge, barometer, wind vane, and anemometer) are used in gathering weather data and making forecasts.
- Interpret data from weather maps to identify fronts (warm, cold, and stationary), temperature, and precipitation to make an informed prediction about tomorrow’s weather.
- Ask questions and use observations of cloud types (cirrus, stratus, and cumulus) and data of weather conditions to predict weather events and patterns throughout the year.
- Construct an explanation based on research to communicate the difference between weather and climate.
-Mr. Pham and Ms. Zarzour