I can’t believe this is the last post for 2018! I have had so much fun educating the students on all things Science. Also, congratulations on making it out of the annual STEM Fair in one piece! I understand that it is a long, and sometimes stressful, process but it is so inspiring to watch the students present their completed projects. It is an opportunity for them to be proud of a major academic accomplishment.
This month the 4th years focused on heredity and reproduction with flowers. We discussed pollination, germination, parts of the flower, and wrapped everything up with a flower dissection!
The 5th years learned all about the human body. We started with a general overview of all the body systems. Then, we went into detail with the skeleton, muscles, the brain, and digestive system. When we return from the break we will briefly discuss adaptations and survival of animals before moving into learning about matter (solids, liquids and gases).
The 6th years are continuing their studies of Earth systems and patterns. They observed an ocean currents lab and discovered the different spheres of the Earth. When we return from Winter Break, we will continue to learn about Earth’s atmosphere and its layers.
Mrs. Sandy and I attended a teacher training weekend in the Everglades National Park in preparation for our 5th and 6th year overnight field trip. After the break we will host a parent information night that will explain the dynamics of the trip. The dates of the trip are February 20th – 22nd – get excited!
The 7th and 8th years wrapped up their studies of heredity and reproduction by learning about mitosis and meiosis and sexual vs. asexual reproduction. Their final assignment was a team debate about whether we should genetically modify offspring.
The Gardening occupation is going well! The SOS Foundation gave a lesson on how to properly harvest from our tower garden and then we created a delicious pesto sauce with our basil. I’m enjoying learning about gardening alongside our Early Secondary students.
I hope everyone has a restful and enjoyable Winter Break! I will see everyone in January and will be ready to continue the learning/teaching adventures!