The Marshmallow Challenge: A STEM activity with limited materials and limited time to engineer the tallest tower. What great teams we had!!
Investigating the water cycle included creating condensation and exploring whether temperature can speed the process. (above)
Closed Systems: Students created water cycles in Ziploc bags, observing the effect of solar radiation on their closed systems! (below)
Jason Learning held a training for science teachers that involved some of our GMS students. Teachers and students worked together on a simulation called "Coastal City". The students really did well and it was a great learning activity for everyone!
Crumpled Paper Watershed: Create a representation of a community, color coded for pollution risk and elevated ridges. Crumple the paper to create a relief map and then spray with water to make it rain to show the watershed area.
"The Rainbow Lab" 10.8.19 - It was the students first day in the lab, and it was awesome!
Using exact measurements gave a rainbow result! Super job, everyone!
The Goldfish Lab 10.1.19
The activity allowed the students to apply metric measurement and collect real data. It's much harder to work with live animals! (p.s. the goldfish were not harmed and seem to love their new aquarium home in our class!)
SCIENCE CLASSES are planned and taught using the Smithfield Science Curriculum which incorporates Next Generation Science Standards.
GRADES are determined using the following weighted categories:
THE PARENT PORTAL is updated regularly. If you do not have access yet, please contact the office. Please check it periodically to be sure that assignments are being turned in on time. Remember that the grade is a "work in progress", and averages change frequently. If a student is absent and cannot turn in an assignment, it may be recorded as "missing". By default, this means that a "zero" is calculated for that assignment until they return to school and complete and/or turn it in. This can temporarily affect the average a great deal. Thank you in advance for your patience!
PLANNERS/assignment books are essential and are an important communication tool between home and school. Please check the planner each day with your child as we work to help them build their organizational skills.
HOMEWORK should be written daily in the student planner. It will also be posted on the school homework page (link at the bottom of this page). A shared Google Calendar is used by our team to provide an additional backup. As we move forward, these tools will continue to help students as they learn and grow in their independence, planning, and overall time management. Your child should be spend time doing homework each night (including science). Science assignments are selected to reinforce, enrich, and/or prepare for classroom learning activities.
CHROMEBOOKS MUST be FULLY charged for each school day. They will be distributed soon!
GOOGLE CLASSROOM - Please be sure to have your child share their Google Classroom password with you. This will give you access to their student email as well as their Google Classroom assignments. ALL electronic assignments INCLUDING Google Classroom can be accessed from ANY computer (not just a Chromebook!) or smart device using the student login and password.
SUPPLIES - We will organize binders together.
Pen, Pencil, Planner, and binder is needed every day, every class.
REMEMBER that work, participation, behavior, and preparation for class are student responsibilities, although they will need us to help them along the way. We will be building on independence throughout this transition year from elementary to middle school.
THANK YOU - for supporting and encouraging your child at home!
Organization?! - MANY students find organization challenging. We encourage you to check your child's planner every day. Check the team homework page and their Google Calendar, too! Please ask to see their completed assignments and help them put them in their backpack for the next day OR check to see that they have been submitted electronically. This helps them take pride in their work and encourages organization - and it will help avoid missing assignments. Organization is a developing skill and your support by checking in daily at home is greatly appreciated!
The “Short List” for Success!