Now that Milestones are finished, we are back to our Ecosystems choice boards. Students will have all week to work on them during our science block. If students are not finished with them by the end of class on Thursday, they will need to finish collecting points for homework and turn them in on Friday.
This week, we are taking a break from choice boards, since the students are taking Milestones.
In the afternoons, students are spending time completing their Spring Showcase projects. If you didn't already know, Spring Showcase is next Tuesday, May 14th. Make sure to pop in to see your child's take on a Rube Goldberg Model!
This week, while we review the content from our Ecosystems Unit, students will be working to complete their final science choice board. The choice board was given to them today, and it will be due on May 16th. While that seems like a long time, with Brain Building tomorrow, our in-house field trip on Friday, and Milestones next week, that is only 7 working days for students. I can't believe it is almost the end of the year!
Last week, students learned about producers, consumers, and decomposers, and how they interact within a community. We discussed the differences between a habitat, a community, and an ecosystem. We also started our work with food chains and food webs.
This week, we will continue learning about food chains and food webs. We will also discuss what happens when there are changes in an ecosystem, and what happens when a species becomes scarce, extinct, or overabundant. We kicked off the week with a perfect Earth Day project, "Protect Our Species." Students are researching different endangered species and creating posters to teach the school about why we need the species, what are threats to them, and how we can save them. The kids a re really excited about it!
On a side note, if you have Netflix, the series "Our Planet" is so cool! I just watched the episode on Jungles, and it goes right along with everything we are discussing this unit. Worth a watch as a family!
Students have been working hard to complete their Civil War and Reconstruction choice boards. Tomorrow is the last day to work on them in class, and then they will need to be completed for homework and turned in on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, we will begin our last science unit, Ecosystems. In this unit, students will learn all about the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers in a community; how energy flows through a food web/food chain; the effect of changes in an ecosystem; and how the flow of energy changes when plants/animals become scarce, extinct, or over-abundant.
This week, we will begin the unit discussing what producers, consumers, and decomposers are; how they interact within a community; what a community is, and what the difference between a habitat, community, and ecosystem are. We will also begin exploring how energy flows through a food chain, starting with the sun.
It's going to be a great unit! We will even have an in-school field trip in May from High Touch High Tech, so look out for the permission slips coming home on Thursday!!!
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