Science

MARCH  SPRING IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND I HAVE SOME FUN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES PLANNED AS SOON AS WE GET WARMER WE WILL BE GOING OUTSIDE!

SPANISH 2:  WE HAVE LEARNED CLOTHING AND BODY PARTS THIS MONTH AND ARE PRACTICING MAKING SENTENCES.

WEATHER AND SPACE:  WE ARE JUST BEGINNING OUR SPACE STUDIES AND WILL BE LEARNING ABOUT EACH PLANET AS WELL AS DOING SOME FUN EXPERIMENTS.

OCEANOGRAPHY:  STUDENTS ARE LEARNING ABOUT THE DIFFERENT ZONES IN THE OCEAN AND HAVE PAINTED THE BACKGROUND OF A POSTER.  THE POSTER WILL BE COMPLETE WITH SEA LIFE AND WILL TAKE UNTIL THE END OF THE SEMESTER TO COMPLETE.

BOTANY:  STUDENTS WILL BE PLANTING A BONSAI TREE, GROWING MUSHROOMS AND PLANTING VENUS FLY TRAP FROM SEEDS.  

February

Many parents have approached me concerning evaluations this year, yes I am offering this service to the home school community, and you are welcome to give my name to any and all of your coops and friends that home educate.  This service is not through HSC, but it is a service I offer at a great price to HSC because I am a licensed teacher and qualified to do evaluations.  I have found that the students are comfortable with someone they know.   Ms. Cathy Nick  

SPANISH 2: Students are moving right along, making sentences and learning new words.  Here is a list of words we will be learning this month:

frio = cold,  calienta =hot, carro = car, coche=car, libro=book, brillante=shiny, dormir=sleep, cama=bed, nieve=snow, capa=coat, zapatos=shoes, camisa=shirt, pantlones=pants, corran=run, calcentines=socks, encontro=found, Feliz dia de San Valentin.

Weather and Space:  Will be making a key for cloud watching and how the clouds help meteorologist determine up coming weather.  We will also do an experiment that will help us understand tornadoes. 

Oceanography:  this week student will be doing a salt density test and make a rainbow using salt and colored water. We will also be learning about the many sharks in the ocean.  

Botany:  Is doing an experiment to see which seeds germinate faster than other seed and why that might be.  We used a variety of 9 different seeds.  



JANUARY

WELCOME BACK! It is so good to see all the returning students and new students!  

SPANISH 2:  We have had a great beginning, it amazes me what the students have retained from Spanish 1!  We will begin with very basic sentences.  Below see the list of sentences:

El nino come. The boy eat.  El nino bebe. The boy drinks.  La nina come.  The girl eat.  La nina bebe.  The girl drinks.  Un hombre  a man.  Una mujer  a woman.  Y is and.  We also went over our colors and numbers 1-20.  

We will be learning Corre run, lee read, cocina cooking, nada swim, escribe write and duerme sleep.

I may be adding in words, depending on how fast the class is learning.

WEATHER AND SPACE: We will be looking at the 5 layers of air around the Earth, making a barometer and doing an experiment where students will under stand that warm water rises.

OCEANOGRAPHY:  We will begin by identifying and locate the 5 Oceans and the equator on a map.  We will do an experiment on Ocean currents and see how they affect the Ocean waves.  We will also do an experiment to help us understand the salinity of the Ocean.  

BOTANY:  We began by doing an experiment with radish seeds and three moisture solutions to see if our seed will grow.  We will also be dissecting a seed and comparing seeds.   


DECEMBER! MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I WANT TO THANK ALL THE FAMILIES FOR THE GENEROUS GIFT YOU GAVE THIS YEAR!  THE GIFTS WERE THOUGHTFUL AND SHOWED HOW MUCH YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS ARE THANKFUL FOR THIS PROGRAM.  I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOUR STUDENTS AND THEY ARE PRECIOUS GIFTS, EVERYDAY GIVING IN KINDNESS AND RESPECT IN THE CLASS ROOM.  THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US THE PRIVILEGE TO TEACH THEM EVERY WEEK!





NOVEMBER

We have had a great October and thankful for the warm Fall weather!  

SPANISH 1:  We will continue working with descriptive words and student will be learning the days of the week and also the 12 months of the year.  Students have been writing short sentences and learning phrases, they have been doing an excellent job!

BOTANY:  We have been patiently waiting the arrival of our Venus Fly Trap seeds, they will be arriving the first week in November.  We will be studying about various carnivorous plant this month and how to care for our Venus Fly Traps.

SCIENCE MYSTERIES: Students will continue solving some very interesting mysteries!  Ask them about the Cake Baking mystery we did this week!  Your student is becoming quite the good detectives, asking good questions and coming up with great conclusions!

LITTLE BITS: Students have built some amazing roller coaster rides and amusement park attractions! We will continue making Pin Ball Machines this month. 

OCTOBER

Fall is finally here!  And with it we have some fun experiments to do!

SPANISH I:  Students have learned colors and numbers to 20.  We also have learned descriptive words like bonita and feo, neuvo and viejo.  Pretty and ugly, new and old.  

This month students will continue practicing the words they have learned and students will begin using those words in sentences.  

BOTANY:  Students are dissecting a flower the first week of this month.  I hope to teach about plants that live in a bog this month and plant some carnivorous plants too!  Look for those plants to come home with your student.

SCIENCE MYSTERIES:  We will be doing a fabric burn, just like in a crime scene lab.  We will also analyse handwriting and learn about check forgery. 

LITTLE BITS:  Both teachers and students have enjoyed creating insects that can walk, buzz and flap their wings.  We will be creating an amusement park ride this month.  


SEPTEMBER

Good day!  Buenos Dias!  We have had a wonderful start to the beginning of the school year!  Students are excited to meet new friends and reconnect with some old friends!  I feel just as excited as they do!  It was good to see our returning students and my, have they grown over the summer!  It is going to be fun getting to know our new students and see how we can help them in their new surroundings and classes! 

SPANISH I: Students are learning some basic words this month, and some easy songs to help us remember our numbers and alphabet!  We have also learned some new Spanish games and every day we will be playing more games to help students use the words in class. I have been impressed with some students who address me outside of class with words the have already learned this week!

BOTANY:  Students will be dissecting seeds this month and labeling the different parts of a seed.  Did you know a seed has a belly button?  Students will also be going on a nature hunt, weather permitting!

SCIENCE MYSTERIES: Your students are turning into very good detectives.  This month we will be doing some finger printing and finding ways to use their 5 senses to solve a mystery.  

LITTLE BITS:  Students will be learning how to plan and design a building project.  We can't wait to see what they come up with!  

 



MAY!  IS IT JUST ME OR DID THIS YEAR GO FAST!  I WANT TO THANK ALL OF OUR AMAZING FAMILIES FOR MAKING A TERRIFIC YEAR, AGAIN!  IT IS SUCH A PLEASURE TEACHING HERE AT HSC!  

Human Body I:  We are ending our year with reading Braile and covering nutrition, what our bodies need to keep healthy.

Human Body II:  Joined Human Body I in learning Braille and will be ending the year with safety for the summer.

Weather and Space: We are doing some good research on Pluto and ready for our debate!  Students will be having an ice-cream treat on the last day of class.  

Botany: Students will be bringing home some plants, watch for them and allow your students explain the care the plant will need over the summer.

Spanish II: Students are working on a variety of projects to show you what they have learned.  Be sure to stop by during open house to see what the students have accomplished. 

APRIL!  

Human Body I: We will begin this month with learning about our taste buds.  we will be learning how amazing our skin is and doing some cool experiments!  We will also be learning about how unique we are and how special  we are as individuals.

Human Body II: We will begin with a heart dissection this month and continue with our nervous system, if time allows we will be doing some experiments with Braille. 

Weather and Space: We will continue with our study of each planet and what makes each unique!  I have many science experiments lined up for this study.  In May, we will be doing a friendly debate concerning Pluto.  Students will be having ice-cream the first week in May, please inform me if your student can not have ice cream.  I do have a list of allergies and will comply with any health concerns.  I will also be sending an email to your family if this is the case.  

Botany: As soon as the weather warms up, I will be taking students outside for some fun exploration of our budding plants and trees.  We will also be doing some fun experiments with a Venus Fly trap and some other carnivorous plants!  We will also be studying how an insect sees a plant and how pollination occurs.

Spanish II: We are making very good progress with our words, speaking and writing them.  Students will be studying adjectives and more verbs. Here is a list of new words:

enojado     luninoso     largo     serio     limpio     abierto     feliz     malo     sucio     triste     facil     cansado     oscuro     frio     viejo     caliente     alto        bajo

angry        light            long    serious    clean    open      happy    bad    messy    sad        easy     tired            dark       cold    old        hot        tall, high    low


querer    sentarse    pensar    escuchar    caminar    cantor    tomar    ir    dar    bailar    gustar     recordar    pararse

want        sit            think       listen         walk        sing        take    go    give    dance    like       remember    stand

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March 2016 Newsletter

Spring is right around the corner!  Look for new plant growth and the animals becoming active.  I was very impressed with all the very cool science fair participants, it was a fun time!!!

Just a side note:  Many parents have asked Ms. Bobbi about testing and evaluations, I am available to evaluate your student, as I am a licensed teacher.  This evaluation is compliant with the state; it is in place of formal testing.  My fee is low in order to accommodate all families.  If you are interested please email me soon as I will be making a schedule up in order to fit everyone in. 

Thank you,

Ms. Cathy

Human Body I:  We are going to be doing many experiments that include the spine, the diaphragm and hopefully the ear. 

Human Body II:  Students will be learning about the skull and the brain and nervous system this month.

Weather and Space:  Your students have ended their study of weather, now we begin our study of Astronomy!  We will be doing many projects, making models of our solar system.  Every planet will have a special science experiment or project to complete each week.

Botany:  We will be dissecting a flower this week.  We will also learn how to identify a plant by its leaves.  We also hope to start a seed collection.

Spanish II:  The students in this class are going to be learning “Animals in the zoo.”  I also hope to introduce them to body parts.  Here is a list of what is to come:

Yo soy un nino.   Yo soy una nina.  Hola, que bebe usted?  Que tiene usted?        Yo tengo un sandwich. 

I am a boy.           I am a girl.            Hello, what you drink?    What do you have?    I have a sandwich.

Animales que viven en un zoologico.

Animals that live in a zoo.

Tigre      Burro          Canguro          Elefante         Leon     Rinoceronte

Tiger      Donkey                     Kangaroo        Elephant          Lion       Rhino

Newsletter Feb. 2016 HAPPY VALENTIN’S DAY!  SCIENCE FAIR THIS MONTH! 

SCIENCE FAIR IS FEBRUARY 22-26.  SIGN UP DEADLINE IS FEB. 19TH FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE THE ATTACHMENT.

Human Body I: Students had a great time making skeletons and labeling the bones.  We will begin learning about our teeth, how many there are and how to take care of them.  If your student loses any teeth this week, encourage them to bring in the lost tooth for us to take a look at. 

Human Body II: We will be making blood, studying what is in our blood and also dissecting a bone. 

Weather and Space:  We will continue to discover how to determine weather by watching the clouds and doing some cool experiments to help us understand the power of tornadoes.

Botany:  This month we will be growing a seed in a bag and labeling the parts of a flower by dissecting a flower.

Spanish II:  I hope your students are beginning to use what they have learned in this class at home. Students are doing a fantastic job, speaking and writing the language in class!  Please continue to encourage them at home. 

 New words for February:  El    Ella    Ellos                            Ellas blanco    negro    rojo    azul    verde    amarillo    carro    leche    manzana    arroz

                                    He    She    (They boys, them boys) (They girls, Them girls)  red    blue    green    yellow      car        milk    apple            rice

                                    son        huevos    boligrafo    pelota    gato    pez    perro    cielo    pasto                    luna

                                    they are    eggs    pen           ball        cat    fish        dog    sky    pasture or grass        moon

HSC ANNUAL SCIENCE FAIR!  COMING SOON!  PARTICIPENTS NEEDED! 

THIS YEAR’S SCIENCE FAIR IS FOR ALL AGES; KINDERGARTEN THRU SIXTH GRADE! 

RULES DO APPLY: 

Not allowed: Poisons, illegal/legal drugs or drug paraphernalia, over-the counter medications, controlled substances, hazardous substances or devices (such as, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices)  Flames, highly flammable materials, or anything that would cause flames or burns. 

Allowed:  small animals, in a locked cage ONLY if they apply to the experiment, Examples:  eggs, chickens.  Family help is encouraged and you may partner with a friend or sibling to do the Science project/experiment.  Do keep in mind this is to be “FUN”!

Your Project Display Board should look professional and not too crowded. It should be appealing to the eye and should explain both what you did and what you found. Make sure your poster clearly outlines what your project is about. The audience should be able to “get” what the project is, how it works, and how it was created just from reading the poster.

Pictures are very helpful and often say more than words. Diagrams are also very useful as they allow the audience to follow your train of thought easily and without confusion. Items that must appear on the Project Display Board are: Question, Hypothesis, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.  PLEASE include your name and the names of all students who helped with your experiment. 

SIGN UP DUE FEB. 19th!!!!  SIGN UP EARLY, THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.  THIS TIME ALLOWS US TO INFORM THE CHURCHES OF EXTRA TABLES THAT WILL BE NEEDED.  THANK YOU FOR RESPECTING THIS REQUEST!

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SCIENCE FAIR PARTICIPATION FORM

NAMES OF ALL PARTICIPANTS: ________________________________________________________________

PROJECT/EXPERIMENT:            _________________________________________________________________

CIRCLE ONE:  WILL NEED/ WILL NOT NEED ELECTRIC OUTLET

INFORM MS. CATHY IF YOU ARE BRINGING ANY ANIMALS

TWO WAYS TO SIGN UP:  YOU MAY TURN THIS FORM INTO MS. BOBBI OR MS. CATHY OR YOU MAY CONTACT MS. CATHY BY EMAIL cnick@wwahomeschool.org

Ms. Cathy holds the right to determine if a project is appropriate or inappropriate for display. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Bobbi or Ms. Cathy!

 

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JANUARY!  The beginning of a New Year!  This semester classes are also new!

Human Body 1: This class will be studying the bones of the human body.  We will look at the skeletal system and students will be making a skeleton this month.

Human Body 2: Students will begin this month labeling the parts of an animal cell.  We will also be examining muscle tissue under a microscope.  

Weather and Space: I will begin with examining weather, students will be able to answer the question where does weather come from?  We will be doing many fun experiments with air and air pressure and experiencing the power of air.

Botany:  Students will plant seeds and discover what it takes for a seed to germinate.  

Spanish 2:  I will start off discussing traditions of the Mexican culture.  This class will be learning every day phrases and words.  I will post these words for your student to practice at home each month.

Hola!  una nina, un nino, La nina come.  La nina bebe.  El nino come. El nino bebe.  Una mujer, un hombre, La mujer come. La mujer bebe. 

Hello!   a girl,     a boy,    The girl eats.   The girl drinks.  The boy eats. The boy drinks.  A woman,  a man,     The woman eats.  The woman drinks.  

El hombre come.  El hombre bebe.    Corre    Lee    Cocina    Nada    Escribe

The man eats.       The man drinks.     Run     Read    Cook     Swim     Write

Now, we will do some plural words!  

Las ninas comen.  Los ninos beben.  Las ninas leen.  Los ninos nadan.  Las mujeres escriben.

The girls eat.          The boys drink.    The girls read.    The boys swim.    The women read.  

December

It is hard to believe this is the last month of our first semester.  I have enjoyed teaching each of your students this year. I look forward to second semester, discovering new and exciting things through experiments and projects!  

SPANISH 1:  With the end of the year fast approaching, students will be doing a Fiesta the week of December 7th through the 11th.  All Fiestas are the first period of the day and ONLY  for the Spanish class and parents, please.  In order for the Fiesta to be a success, I am asking each student to bring in one food item to share with the the class.  Each class has 12 students.  I will be providing plates, napkins, and plastic ware.  If you have any decorations you would like to donate please send them with your student. 

OCEANOGRAPHY: Your well studied oceanographers (students)  are hard at work making posters or dioramas of their Ocean discoveries this semester!  The project will be displayed at open house in December.  Please assure your students that they will be bringing these treasures home the last day of school.  They are anxious to share with you their amazing creations!  

BEETLES, BUGS AND BIRDS:  Parents you are doing a wonderful job with your students at home, and it shows in this class!  We completed our Owl pellet dissections and your students displayed amazing listening skills by following directions very well!  They learned lab etiquette and put it into practice that day.  I was impressed! Thank you to the parent volunteers that helped make this experiment go so smoothly.   We will continue our study of birds and I hope to have time to build bird feeders/houses for the next few weeks.  

MECHANICAL: Students finished their simple machines and we have started our study on electrical circuit building.  We had some fun with Energy Sticks this week.  We will complete this studies building a water wheel, powered be water and solar ovens.


November

Happy Thanksgiving!  

SPANISH 1: Students have done a wonderful job learning foods in Spanish.  We will continue with this and I hope to start on additional words this month.  Students have asked if we can learn the names of animals.  I have sent home a copy of all our words we have learned so far this semester with your students.

OCEANOGRAPHY:  We had a wonderful time making submarines this month and learning how they work.  For this month students will be learning about the different zones of the ocean and making posters to show what they have learned.

BEETLES, BUGS AND BIRDS:  We have begun our studies on birds.  We will learn how they fly, and a birds anatomy that makes this possible.  We will also learn about their habits and how they survive.  The week of November 9th we will dissect owl pallets.  This experiment will help students understand what owls eat and how they survive in the wild.  We will see bones of mice and other animals owls eat.  Students in the past have enjoyed this experiment, this is my fifth year doing this.  Be assured, students will be wearing gloves and goggles.  If you would like to volunteer for this experiment please contact me!  I can not allow younger siblings to be in the room. Thank you!

MECHANICAL:  Your little inventors are working with enthusiasm as they build their simple machines.  This is a fun way for students to show what they have learned in this unit.  At the end of November I plan to do some solar and electricity experiments.


October 2015 Science/Spanish News!

Happy Fall/Harvest! This is a great time to explore Colorado's outdoors!  

SPANISH 1: Your students are amazing!  They have learned so many new words!  I will continue reviewing words that they have learned this first month of school as well as adding new words.  The new words are:  que, nina, nino, lee, beber, come, corre, hombe, mujer, nada.  The focus this month will be making sentences using numbers and color.  Students will learn how to add plural to words and also Ella, Ello, un and una.  If you have ANY questions, concerns, be assured your students are doing great!  I will go as slow or as fast as the class demonstrates the speed at which they are comfortable with.  

OCEANOGRAPHY: Your little oceanographers are quit the researchers!  I'm encouraged in what they are learning at home, I hope you are too!  The students are always willing participants at sharing their knowledge.  We will be raising snails, making a snail habitat and studying their habits.  We will also discover how a submarine works, by making one.  We will also research here at school different ocean creatures and fill our notebooks with pictures and drawings!  * If you have water bottles, with caps, you can donate to help with making the submarines, I could use them!  I need 100 by Oct.21!!!! Thank you!

BEETLES, BUGS AND BIRDS: We have had a great time with praying mantis, beetles, and spider eggs!  This month we will be studying ants and how they work as a community. We will be creating and observing ant tunnels! We will also have live caterpillars and watch them form a chrysalis and turn into butterflies.  

MECHANICAL:  We will be completing our simple machine models and students will begin to create and build their own simple machine inventions!  *Please allow your students to bring in paper towel tubs, toilet paper tubs, boxes (shoe box size) cardboard, marbles, small pieces of wood to create their simple machines!  

September 2015 Science/Spanish News

Good day!  Buenos Dias!  We have had a wonderful start to the beginning of the school year!  Students are excited to meet new friends and reconnect with some old friends!  I feel just as excited as they do!  It was good to see our returning students and my, have they grown over the summer!  It is going to be fun getting to know our new students and see how they will add to an already amazing school!

SPANISH 1:  Students will be learning some very basic words for the first two or three weeks.  Please do not be intimidated if your student does not read or write well!  At this age they are like sponges!  They will learn by listening and participating in the activities and games at the end of each class.  Students may want to practice their Spanish at home, the following is a list of words they are learning this month: Si, no, telefono, Buenos Dias, Buenas Tardes, Buenas Noches, Por favor, Gracias, Muchas gracias, Perdon, Hola, Adios, izquierda, derecha, aqua, casa, bano, leche, café, el servicio de senoras, elservicio de caballeros, hospital, ducha, taxi, Donde esta el banco? Donde estan las maleteas?   Unas llaves, una bicicleta, un coche, un autobus, avion, tren, barco, la playa, cama.  Students will be counting in Spanish to 20 and learning their colors.

OCEANOGRAPHY: This month students will be doing experiments concerning the ocean currents, tides and sounds.  We will be doing many hands on experiments using water.  * We could use some empty plastic, recycled water bottles with lids, please! If you have any of these items, please drop them off in Ms. Cathy’s Science room!  Thank you!

BEETLES BUGS AND BIRDS:  Students will be studying insects!  We will discover the different live cycles by watching a meal worm turn into a beetle and lady bug larvae turn into lady bugs.  We will discover what a complete metamorphosis is and what an incomplete metamorphosis is and why the difference.   We will also be discussing the difference between an insect and a bug. 

MECHANICAL:   Your amazing inventors will be putting their thinking caps on as they learn the many uses for simple machines.  We will be doing many hands on activities making levers, pulleys, incline planes, gears, and axles for this month.  *Next month students will be inventing their very own simple machines!  Please have students bring in recyclable materials for this project.  Recyclable materials can include, but are not limited to: dowels, paper towel tubes, boxes (shoe box size), marbles, Legos, Popsicle sticks and small pieces of thin wood.  Students will be drawing a design of their machines to show you at home before we begin these projects so you can get a better idea of what they might need to bring to class. 




 

MAY SCIENCE NEWS!

THE WEEK OF MAY 4,5,6 AND 7 IS THE WEEK TO BRING IN SMALL PETS!  PETS ARE LIMITED TO WHAT LIVES IN A CAGE OR AQUARIUM.  SMALL BIRDS, REPTILES, HAMSTERS, RABBITS, ARE ALL WELCOME!  NO CATS OR DOGS PLEASE!  IF YOU ARE NOT SURE, EMAIL ME FIRST AND WE WILL DECIDE TOGETHER IF YOUR PET IS OK TO BRING.  ALL CAGES AND HABITATS MUST BE SECURE WITH A DOOR THAT CLOSES SECURELY SO THAT NO PETS CAN ESCAPE!  ALSO, PLEASE INFORM ME IF IT IS SAFE TO ALLOW THE PETS TO BE HANDLED BY YOUR STUDENT.  THE RULES ARE THAT ONLY THE OWNER CAN HANDLE THE PET!

HARD TO BELIEVE THE END OF THE SEMESTER IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND WITH IT SOME WONDERFUL WEATHER TO DO SOME GREAT OUTDOOR EXPLORING FOR NEW LIFE!  I HAVE HAD AN AMAZING YEAR TEACHING YOUR STUDENTS, PARENTS, YOU AMAZE ME AT HOW YOU DO YOUR JOB SO WELL!  YOU HAVE MADE TEACHING THEM A PLEASURE!

WEATHER AND SPACE:  We will continue to discuss our solar system and debate the topic: "Should Pluto be called a Planet?"  Students will have a friendly debate on this issue the last day of school with their teacher Ms. Cathy.

HUMAN BODY:  We had a great experience dissecting a sheep's heart.  We have been learning about our Nervous System and will be studying the brain next.  

SCIENCE MYSTERIES: We are ending the year with solving mysteries by using the skills we have learned this semester.  Ask your students about how we fumed for finger prints last week.  

INSECTS: We will be doing a pill bug race this week!  We will also be discovering insects that live here in Colorado, we have more than you know!  

MECHANICAL:  We will complete the semester cooking in our solar ovens.  

SPANISH II:  Are writing a short book using many words that they learned in class this semester.  


APRIL SCIENCE NEWS!

SCIENCE FAIR IS COMING UP!  CHILDREN IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT HOW SOMETHING WORKS OR WANT TO DISCOVER THROUGH EXPERIMENTS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE SCHOOL, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!  HSC IS HAVING THEIR ANNUAL SCIENCE FAIR DURING THE WEEK OF APRIL 27-30!  IF YOU NEED IDEAS PLEASE ASK MS. CATHY, I WILL BE GLAD TO HELP!  PLEASE LOOK FOR THE SIGN UP SHEET AND SIGN UP SOON!

SEE FIELD TRIP INFO!  HAWK QUEST AND BUTTERFLY PAVILION THIS MONTH! 

WEATHER AND SPACE: Students have begun to explore our solar system!  We will be doing some very fun experiments and learning interesting facts about each planet.

SCIENCE MYSTERIES: Students have completed their many ways of fingerprinting!  We will continue to explore other ways of identifying a criminal and how investigators use research and science methods to solve a mystery. 

HUMAN BODY II: Students have been patient as I have put off dissecting a sheep heart till I was back in the classroom full time.  I think the substitute teacher is eternally grateful for this decision.  We will be studying the heart and the cardiovascular system this month.  We will be dissecting a heart toward the middle of the month. 

INSECTS: I hope the praying mantis is doing well at home, if not it’s okay to let them go!  We will be hatching butterfly eggs and watching them emerge into caterpillars and hopefully form a chrysalis and then emerge as butterflies.  We will also do a study on ants and watch them dig their way in an enclosed classroom ant farm!

MECHANICAL: Students have completed their inventions this month.  We will be moving on to the study of solar power.  Students will be asked to bring in a box to build a solar oven that they will be bringing home at the end of the semester.  The best box is a pizza box or a flat shirt box. 

SPANISH II:  Students have learned many words and are working on forming sentences with the words they have learned.  They have challenged me and themselves to learn even more than I know.  This month, students will be working on producing a story written in English and in Spanish.  

MARCH SCIENCE NEWS

Weather and Space: students have had a great time learning how to be a weather forecaster.  Who knows, one day we may see them on TV.  We will start our space study by looking at the planets and how their sizes compare to Earth and we will learn about their distances from each other.

Human Body: Parents, I have to hand it to you, your students have been very respectful and helpful to each other during dissections! Thank you for teaching respect in your homes, it makes my job easier.   We will continue learning about bones and the skeletal system.  We will move on to the respiratory system and cardiovascular system this month.

Mechanical: this month is when students have a chance to show what they have learned! They will be inventing and building their very own simple machines.  Please allow your students to bring in boxes, no larger than 1 ft. x 1 ft. and any other supplies they can use to build their machines! Other materials can be toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, string, tape, paper clips, cardboard, Legos, any tip of small containers and anything with in reason to help with your students inventions!  The reason for the small boxes is due to the limited amount of storage space. Extra Legos, that have not been used will need to be taken home each day after school.

Science Mysteries 1: we will be doing fingerprinting and handwriting analysis this month.  I apologize to you students that have been waiting for this.  With the snow, we have had some delays.

Insects: We had great time learning about the exoskeleton and how important it is to an insect.  This month we will be studying the lifestyle of a lady bug and what the difference is between a bug and an insect. 

Spanish 2: Your students have been learning the following sentences.

Mi comida favorita es _______.     My favorite food is ________________.

Mi animale favorita es _______.    My favorite animal is ______________.

Que es tu  favorita comida?                What is your favorite food?

Que es tu favorita animale?                What is your favorite animal?

Perro = dog      Gato = cat   pez = fish    padaro = bird    perritto = puppy    caballo = horse

Perross calentes = hotdog    hambuerguesas = hamburger    helado = ice cream                    galletas = cookies

FEBRUARY!  HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Weather and Space:  Students will be learning about the water cycle, clouds, hurricanes and why weather goes crazy some times.  

Science Mysteries 1: Detectives in this class will be learning how to tell how detectives use fabrics to solve a crime.  We will also be doing finger printing.

Insects: We will be doing an owl pellet dissection this month.  

Mechanical:  We have been having some fun learning the 5 basic simple machines.  Students may bring in small boxes, paper towel tubes, etc. to use as they make an invention this month.  

Human Body: We will be doing a cow eye dissection the first week in February!  This will be a very educational experience for your student!  Please encourage students to participate and use their best behavior that day!  Parents, if you would like you are welcome to join us.  

Spanish II:  Students are having a great time learning some basic sentences and are doing a great job!  We have learned: Yo hablo. I speak. Tu hablas. You speak.  Yo como. I eat.  Yo abro. I open.  We did learn some other fun sentences as well.  

JANUARY! BURR, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!  I hope everyone had some great family time!  Please note that due to my extra duties while Bobbi is away I will be having substitute teachers fill in for me when necessary!  Assure your students that the teachers who will be subbing for me will be following my lesson plans, so they will be learning everything I would be teaching them if I were there in the classroom.  

Weather and Space:  We will begin with atmospheric pressure, barometers and discover why the sky is blue!

Science Mysteries 1:  Students will learn how to become good observers and what tools are needed to be a great detective! We will do a tool investigation and solve a crumby cake mystery.  

Insects:  We will begin with mapping and tracking wild animals.  We will study about safaris and animal behaviors, as well as animal habituation.  Insects will have to wait till spring, due to the weather.  

Mechanical:  We will start with who Sir Isaac Newton is and what contributions he made to science.  We will play with Newton's Rockers and start building simple machines.  

* I could use some clean soup, vegetable, or other cans for an experiment the first part of February.  

Human Body II: We will begin by learning about our cells, the five senses and our eyes.  * Eye dissection will take place the first or second week in February.  

Spanish II: Students will begin with a review of Spanish I words and then we will quickly move on to common phrases. 


December Science New

BOTANY:  We have had a great time investigating trees and how to tell which tree is which with and without their leaves!  Expect a great surprise from your students at the end of this month!

MECHANICAL: We have built solar ovens, discovered the power of water and will be wrapping up with some fun experiments this month.

BEETLES, BUGS AND BIRDS, “OH MY!”: We have completed some fun experiments and discoveries about birds, we will be building our bird houses and wrapping up our Bird Guides to take home.

SCIENCE MYSTERIES:  We have had an exciting semester! Students will be solving a December mystery.

OCEANOGRAPHY: Students did an excellent job researching and recording the different marine life in the five main oceans of the world.  We are completing our end of the semester projects, be sure and stop by and see the creative work your students will be displaying at open house!

SPANISH 1: Your students have learned many basic words this semester and a few sentences and phrases!  We will be ending our semester with a fun project of making Spanish word games. 

 November

Mechanical:  We are discovering how a simple electrical circuit works!  We will be building with solar power starting this month.

Botany:  We will be studying trees and how they survive during the winter months.  We will also discover the importance of winter and rest for all plants.

Beetles, Bugs and Birds: We will continue our study on birds this month and will be doing Owl-pellet dissections.  We will also be making bird feeders.

Spanish 1:  Your students have impressed me with how much they have learned this semester!  We will be continuing to learn to count in Espanol this month and students will learn words for food and how to order in a restaurant.

Science Mysteries:  We will be learning the importance of giving facts vs. telling a story.  Facts are what help us solve a mystery. 

Oceanography:  We are finishing up gathering information on our 5 Oceans.  We will begin putting together our end of the semester projects this month.

October News!

It is that time of year when leaves begin to change and animals begin to migrate and hibernate!  Students, I encourage you to go outside and see if you can find any insects that may be hiding under leaves or rocks!

Mechanical:  We have had a great time learning simple machines and building them!  This month we will wrap up simple machines and move on to building batteries.

Botany:  We have dissected a flower and have labeled the parts of a flower and seed.  We will be discussing the importance of pollination and studying the difference between a fruit and a vegetable.

Beetles, Bugs and Birds, Oh my!  : We have had great time learning about bugs and insects!  We have started our study on birds.  We will also continue a study on lady bugs and butterflies.

Spanish 1:  We have learned many basic words, now we will start using them in a sentence.  We will be working on numbers and colors this month

Science Mysteries 2:  Students have learned some good observation techniques this month.  We are now solving crimes by asking important questions about our suspects and listening to alibis.    We will be learning the importance of witnesses and how to use the information they give. 

Oceanography:  We have been gathering information about sea creatures and what different fish and other animals live in what ocean.  We will be studying the different Ocean levels and what sea animals need to survive at each level.  We will be dissecting a star fish the week of October 13 - 16.  I will be allowing students to participate or be spectators.  


SEPTEMBER

Hello!  Welcome to HSC Science and Spanish One!  I am Cathy Nick, students may call me Ms. Cathy or Mrs. Nick. We have had a great start to a new school year!  I am having a great time getting to know your students. I teach all science classes and Spanish as well.  If you have any questions Please contact me at, cnick@wwahomeschool.org If you have something to share, that is not a question, please do so!  I would love to hear from you!  I will be checking that email daily, Monday through Sunday!  If you email me on the weekend please note that I may not get back to you until Sunday.  I will reserve the right NOT to contact you during school hours!  I am teaching, that is my first responsibility!  If you need to get a hold of me during school hours, please contact Ms.Bobbi, she will get a message to me!  Below is a preview of what your student will be studying in the month of September:

BOTANY:  We have already planted herbs and will be looking at different ecosystems that plants live in and why.  Ask your students about the carnivorous plants this week!  We will be feeding two of them.  We will also be dissecting a seed and learning about vascular and non-vascular plants this month.  

MECHANICAL:  We have been studying Newton's Laws of Motion.  We will continue here for another week and move on to Simple Machines.  Students are welcome to bring in any recycled materials at home that they can use this month in creating their simple machine project!  Here is a list of what they may bring:  small cardboard boxes, paper towel tubes, marbles, matchbox cars, string, blocks, and plastic bottles.  I will have some of this for them to use but don't be surprised if they ask to bring additional materials.  I will do my best to make sure everything they bring is returned to them at the end of the month.  This project allows creativity and a fun way to demonstrate their understanding of simple machines.  

BEETLES, BUGS AND BIRDS:  We have learned how to identify an insect and the difference between a bug and an insect.  Yes, there is a difference, ask your students if they remember!  We will continue learning about beetles and bugs the month of September and will raise our very own meal worms.  We will also learn about a complete metamorphosis and an incomplete metamorphosis.  I will allow students to bring in bugs or insects if they would like to show the class.  The bugs or insects need to be in a secure container.  Students have asked if they can bring in turtles, frogs and snakes, they are welcome to do so, but again the containers need to be secure.  

OCEANOGRAPHY:   I began this study with learning our five oceans on Earth.  Students will also learn the different water temperatures and what animals live in each Ocean and why.  We are keeping a notebook, that we made the first week of school.  This notebook will prove to be handy as we will work on making a poster or a diorama of what we have learned at the end of our study.  Please send your student with a shoe box in the next few weeks if they would like to do a diorama.  If they do not want to do a diorama they will be doing a poster.  

SCIENCE MYSTERIES 2:  This class offers a unique opportunity for your student to become a super sleuth!  We have already completed an observation exercise and will continue with what makes a good detective great. We will be solving some mysteries this month as well.  

SPANISH 1:   Bienvenido a espanol una clase!  Welcome to Spanish One Class!  Students are beginning to learn some basic Spanish words and we will work on this all month.  Watch for a handout that will be coming home with your student.  This handout is for them to practice these basic words if there is time in your schedule.  We will be playing some very fun games as we learn these words.  





May Newsletter

May is Pet week!  If your student has a pet that lives in a cage or an enclosed habitat, these are the days they can bring them to school:  May 5 – May 8.   A pet can be of the reptile family, amphibian family, rodent family, insect, small feathered friends, bunny, or a fish.  Any type of pet that lives in a cage or aquarium is welcome.  The cage needs to be secure or needs to have a lock on it.  The student who brought the pet will be the only one who can hold the pet!  Pets are welcome to hang out in Ms. Cathy’s Science room for the day.  If your pet requires a heat lamp please let me know.  Unfortunately we cannot accommodate dogs or catsI know this makes me sad too.  Students who choose to bring a pet must have some knowledge of how to care for their pet and where the pet’s natural habitat is.  They will be asked to share information about their pet to their classmates. Parents if you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me.  In addition email me if you are bringing a pet of any type!

Science 1:  We are ending our school year with some fun science experiments! We have had a fantastic year!

Science 2:  Is ending the year with a bang, seriously!  We will be continuing with experiments that students have chosen to do and we have some eruptions lined up, weather permitting! 

Science 3:  Students are on their way to becoming great inventors!  I have enjoyed teaching their inquisitive minds.  I can’t wait to see what they come up with this month!

Cultures:  Has been visiting Asia and learning some of the customs.  We have now hopped over to Australia and will be finishing our travels in Canada. 

Science Mysteries:  Have solved yet another case and are working on decoding and I will be bringing back one of their favorite assignments for the last month of class. 

Spanish:  Students have been working hard on their “end of year projects” these projects will be on display on the last day of school. I have to say, I am very impressed with these students and the work they have produced!



April Signs of Spring are everywhere! I encourage students and parents to explore as wild animals appear and flowers begin to bloom! This is the time of the year that I like to encourage students to give me ideas on science experiments they would like to do with their class. It will be fun to see what some of them come up with!

Needed donations: water bottle/soda bottle caps, paper towel rolls, & toilet paper rolls.  I could also use some old cd's.  Thank you in advance for these.  Just a note for the first week in May I will be allowing students to bring in pets.  They need to be small pets, in a secure cage.  If your student will be interested in participating, please email me!  

Science 1: We have completed our discovery on flight and will be doing some fun science activities for this last 5 weeks of school. Some experiments will include growing crystals and making rainbows.

Science 2: I hope your students have had the opportunity to test out their solar ovens over Spring break. We had a great time testing the ovens in class last week! We will be making Lava Lamps and I will be incorporating student input on experiments they would like to try this month.

Science 3: We will be completing our bridge projects this month! I will be listening to your students on science experiments they want to do for this last month of school. Please encourage them to come up with ideas.

Science Mysteries: We have had a wonderful time learning about fingerprints and how to take them using ink and dusting for prints too. I want to thank Officer Baker from the Wheat Ridge Police Department for his time as he talked with our students in Lakewood and brought Safety Kits for all the locations. This month our students will be catching a jewelry thief!

Cultures of the World: We continue to visit the continent of Asia and will be moving to South America real soon! Students have been keeping up with their passports and learning so much about the cultures of the places we have studied!

Spanish: We have begun to make full sentences from words we have learned! Your students will have an opportunity to decide what end of the year project they would like to do to display what they have learned.

 

 

 

March  

Science Fair! Students, if you have a Scientific Question that you are curious about, why not turn your question into a Science Experiment?  The week of April 7th – 10th we will be having our Annual Science Fair.  Grab a friend or two, a big brother, little brother, big sister, little sister and show off what you have learned!  This form must be completed before April 4th by Mom or Dad indicating your intent to demonstrate an experiment that you did at home.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ms. Cathy!

Science 1:  We have had a great time discovering the different aspects of weather.  We are learning about air and how it can be a great resource of power.  We are building balloon cars at this time and hope to demonstrate air power real soon with our cars.

Science 2:  We had students build simple machines this month.  This was a fun project for all!  We had some really fun inventions and had a great time displaying our inventions in class.

Science 3:  For the month of March this group will be studying and building bridges.  We will be testing our bridges for strength and durability.  This will be a challenging project but one your students will enjoy.

Science Mysteries:  We have had a great time learning about fraud and how to detect if a check is real or fake.  We will continue to learn about investigations and will be doing finger printing this month.

Cultures:  We studied some fun and important cultures in Europe.  We are now heading to Asia where we will learn some fun facts about people and place there.

Spanish:  We have been studying the names of some of our favorite foods.  We will be learning how to put these words into complete sentences and the different uses of feminine and masculine words.




February Happy Heart Month!

Science 1:  We have completed our study on our teeth, bones, and nutrition this month.  Next week we will be doing some experiments dealing with matter, temperature and weather. 

Science 2:  Students will be studying simple machines.  How simple machines are used every day to make our lives easier.  If time allows we will build our very own simple machine.

Science 3:  This group of great Scientists will be learning the basics of how electricity works.  We will have many experiments to test this month. 

Science Mysteries:  We have learned how to be good investigators this month.  We will be doing more observations and taking finger prints very soon.

Cultures of the World:  We will be continuing our studies in Europe and will be traveling to Asia very shortly in the month of February.

Spanish:  I am proud of this group of students!  They amaze me how quickly they can learn.  We have already learned forty words and some phrases.  We will be learning foods and the proper names of utensils used while eating at our local Mexican Restaurants!  



January   Happy New Year HSC Families!

Science 1:  We will be learning about our wonderful teeth, digestive system and skeletal system this month!  We will be doing some fun experiments and projects as well. 

Science 2:  We will be studying the eye, ear, brain, nervous system and how our muscles help us move!  This will be a fun unit with experiments and activities. 

Science 3: Students will begin with studying the cells and all they do to keep us alive.  We will then move on to the circulatory system. 

Science Mysteries:  We will learn how to be good investigators and how being a good observer helps in solving mysteries.   Students will learn to listen well and use good critical thinking skills this month!  I can’t wait to get started!

Cultures of the World:  We will begin our studies in Europe and move around the globe.  Our first stop will be Sweden! 

Spanish:  This course is immersion taught!  Each week we will be learning several new words and practicing them through games and actions.  Attached here is a website for you to use to help your students.  Also I’ve attached the program I will be using. I will not be using this program in order as it is presented. 

 Spanish Institute: http://curious.com/foreignlanguagesforkids

 Instant Immersion Spanish: http://www.amazon.com/Topics-Entertainment-81122-Instant-Immersion/dp/B004M39SN6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376627857&sr=8-1&keywords=spanish+immersion

 

December:  This is a magical time of the year!  In Science we will defiantly be creating magic, as well as in Cultures, and Spanish.

Science 1:  Will be studying the stars!  How do they shine?  What happens to a dying star?  Students will be creating their very own constellations.

Science 2:  Is finishing up our study on planets.  Ask your students what planet is the sleepy planet.  We will be discussing and researching facts about Pluto and making ice-cream.  Mmm, find out what ice-cream has to do with Pluto.

Science 3:  We will continue our Oceanography study and projects.  Students are discovering that the sea has more information to offer then they knew. 

Science Mysteries:  We have solved our last mystery and have cracked the code of our classmates.  Students will work in teams to create their own staged mystery to be solved by other students. 

World Cultures:  We are finishing up South America and will spend a short time in Canada this month.  Students have done a great job hopping around the globe!  We have traveled to many areas and studied many cultures.  Students have kept a travel log that they are taking home with them this month.

Spanish:  Students have done exceptionally well in learning this language!  I’m proud of them.  Our last project is making a game using only Spanish words.  Students have begun to work on these already.  Be sure and stop by at Open House to check out the hard work your student has put into this project.  

November is a great time of the year!  With some exciting Science waiting to be discovered! 

Last month we all discovered that Tarantulas do indeed exist in Colorado!

Science 1: We had a wonderful time learning the Life Cycle of living things.  We have started to learn about geology, the study of rocks.  Students have made mock rocks and have observed their rocks to begin our unit on Earth materials.  I will continue this unit in November.

Science 2: We have had a good start to our study on Astronomy.  Students made a model of planets. We will continue this study for a few more weeks exploring what Scientists have discovered on some of our planets!  We will look at their similarities and differences from one planet to the other.    

Science 3:  We will begin our study of Oceans next week.  Students will learn about the enchanting and exotic creatures of both oceans and streams.  *Students will need to bring in a shoe or boot boxes to make an “ocean box” displaying what they have learned at the end of this unit. 

Cultures:  We have visited many places so far this year.  We will complete our study of Asia this week and starting in November we will be studying South America.  I hope to cover Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina. 

Science Mysteries:  We have been learning how to tell the difference in peoples fingerprints and how we compare to each other. Each print is unique and important to detecting one person from another.  Students will continue to learn to look for clues in solving a crime.  We are currently looking for missing jewels!

Spanish:  students had done amazingly well learning colors, numbers, words used to address male and female students as well as adults.  For the month of November students will be learning the names of foods and the names for place settings. 

October
Science 1:  We had a wonderful month studying Botany!  We will be studying the life cycle of animals this month.

 Science 2: We are just finishing up our Botany study and will do one more fascinating experiment with a Rose.  We will then move on to study Astronomy for the rest of the month.

 Science 3:  We will be wrapping up our Chemistry unit and will focus on Biology for the month of October.

Mystery Science:  We have had a great time learning how to be good investigators!  Parents don’t be surprised if your student comes home and asks to look at your checks to see if they are original!  We will continue solving mysteries and will be doing some fingerprinting. 

 Cultures of the world:  We have completed our study on Europe and will now move on to study the continent of Asia!  We will look at Russia, India, the Philippines and possibly Iran.

 Spanish:  your students amaze me at how well they are learning this language!  We will be focusing on titles, colors and foods this month.  


September
Hello!  I am very excited to start a new year.  In this newsletter I will give you a look at what we will be studying in the month of September. I will start with All Science Classes First!   

 Science 1:  We will be studying Botany which will include how to tell the difference between a Vascular and Non-vascular plant.  We will also be planting herbs and making a plant box for them to grow under.  After plants we will be learning the different traits animals inherit from their families.  We will discuss the life cycle of a frog, chicken and butterflies. 

 Science 2:  The students in this class will be classifying animals as well as learning the difference between an animal with a vertebrate and an invertebrate.  We will be discovering the 5 major groups zoologists use to classify animals.  After our study of animals we will be learning some Botany. 

 Science 3:  We will be starting our year off with chemistry!  The students are pretty excited about this unit.  We will spend this coming week learning how and why scientists prefer this method.  We will move on to some fantastic experiments on energy, atoms and molecules. 

 Science Mysteries:  Last but not least of all my science classes is this class.  I’m just as excited to study forensic science as your students are!  The first week we learned how to be good observers and how this makes us a good investigator.  Don’t be surprised if your students come home with stories of solving crimes.  We will be setting up fake crime scenes and catching suspects.  The students will learn how to locate evidence and put together a story of how to solve a mystery.  

 Cultures of the world:  We have already studied Sweden and will be looking at the continent of Europe for the rest of September.  We will learn about the United Kingdom, Spain and the Ukraine before our end of the month project.  We will complete an overview of what we learned and create a brochure telling why we would want to go to Europe and the things we would see. 

 Spanish: Every week students will learn new words.  Those new words will go home on a sheet I will be handing out.  We have learned some greetings and words to use to be polite.  For example: Por favor, Gracias, Comoestas, and Me llamo.  Attached here is a website for you to use to help your students.  Also I’ve attached the program I will be using. I will not be using this program in order as it is presented. 

 Spanish Institute: http://curious.com/foreignlanguagesforkids

 Instant Immersion Spanish: http://www.amazon.com/Topics-Entertainment-81122-Instant-Immersion/dp/B004M39SN6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376627857&sr=8-1&keywords=spanish+immersion