Gravity Lab - How Low
Can You Go? Students compared the mass of different objects, including two
cubes the same size, one made of wood and the other metal, as well as three ½”
balls – one a metal ball bearing, one a marble, and one a rubber ball.
All 6th grade students attended STEM fair at the Fairgrounds
in the morning.
When we returned, Mr. Frenzel demonstrated Galileo’s experiment using pumpkins.
Watched Head Rush - Exploding Drinking Glass.
In order for students to see how the Sun changes positions
during the year, we began a project where students will record the position of
the Sun every week or two on a worksheet.
We also began working on a direct/indirect heat energy activity - How
Angle Affects Intensity of Heat Energy.
Students built a bridge. They placed a piece of spaghetti between the two pyramids. The hung a container on the spaghetti and put pennies in the container. They counted how many they put in until it broke the spaghetti. They repeated the process three times.
Next, they placed a piece of fettuccine between the two pyramids and added pennies to the container until it broke. They also repeated the process three times.
Their task was to determine which best supported the weight - spaghetti or fettuccine.
Classroom procedures were discussed with with each class.
Students completed a lab activity, Penny
Experimentation Lab. Students investigated the question does soap added into water affect the surface tension of water. Using a pipette, students dropped plain water on a penny, counting how many drops it could hold. They repeated it five times. Next, they do the same thing with the soapy water.
Students watched Building Blocks of Matter, a DVD about
atoms and completed a worksheet.
Students completed the Give
One/Get One activity. In their science journals, students divided in
page into two columns. One column had the heading “Give One” and the other “Get
One.” While watching the DVD, student listed 8 to 10 things they learned
watching the DVD under the “Give One” column. The students changed groups three
times. Each time, each student shared two things they learned from the DVD. If
they had not written it down, they recorded it in the “Get One” column.
Using the information from the “Get One”/“Give One” columns,
students made an atoms Venn Diagram.
Students watched Science
Court - Seasons and completed a worksheet as a quick review
of the seasons unit.
Students watched Observing the Night Sky and completed a worksheet as a quick
review of the constellations unit.
Student were assigned to go to the Bacteria
in the Cafeteria website. They explored the site, completing a worksheet while exploring the site. Student began working on the Bacteria
WebQuest. Each group will make a poster about bacteria and present their information to the class.
Students completed two Moon phases activities. The first was Going Thru a Phase.
Students simulated the Earth, Moon, Sun system. They identified Lunar phases
based on the position of all three. The second activity was Oreo
phases of the Moon. They used Oreo cookies to make each phase of the Moon
as it revolves around Earth.
Students continued working on selecting a Mars research
We completed the size and scale unit with the unit assessment.
We started the phases of the moon with the phases lecture.
Students watched Galaxies and the Expanding Universe and
completed a worksheet.
Students completed a size and scale activity - In a Galaxy Far, Far Away.
Students mapped the distance to the thirteen brightest stars, using the
assigned scale on each map.
Both classes completed a size and scale activity - How
Big, How Far, How Old (images). Students were given a set of images and had to classify them. For each part of the activity (big, far, old), students used different sets of cards. They also had to answer two questions in each section.
Students completed a constellations activity - Straw Stars. Students cut
straws to different lengths to represent the distance to the stars in the Big
Dipper. This shows students how stars in a constellation are different
distances from Earth.