We are hitting the ground running! All classes spent their first Science class reviewing the classroom rules and lab safety. The 5th-8th years had a good laugh creating skits that demonstrated what to do and what not to do in the Science lab. I took some time to get to know the 4th years and their interests.
The whole school is putting a focus on Big History this year. Therefore, 4th-6th years will begin the school year learning about Earth and Space. The 4th years will learn about stars and the constellations. They will understand that the stars seem like they are moving in the sky because of the Earth’s rotation and revolution around the Sun. Additionally, the students will learn the eight phases of the moon and why they change throughout the month. The 5th years will learn about the three types of galaxies, classification of the planets, and Earth’s position in the solar system. During the summer, I received a grant through Florida Bay Forever, a non-profit organization. The grant funds a project for the students to work on throughout the school year. The project focuses on the water quality issues within Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades National Park, and Florida Bay. Elizabeth Jolin, a board member of Florida Bay Forever, will be visiting the students and facilitating a brainstorming session so that they can decide on their project goals. I decided that the 6th years would be the best fit for the project because they will be learning about Florida’s landforms and waterways and will be visiting the Everglades National Park in February with the 5th years. The 7th and 8th years are focusing on Life Science this year. We are already diving into Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. The students will be completing some individual projects that will have an artistic component. I look forward to seeing their completed projects and they will be available for viewing in the Science Room!
**The 5th and 6th years have the opportunity to visit the Everglades National Park this year! The overnight trip will take place February 20-22, 2019. More information will be provided to these families soon!**
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