Corpus Christi Science

Grades 4-8

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This Week in Science 11/1/18

4th Grade: Fourth graders did not have labs this week due to all of our Halloween and All Saints festivities. We did, however, complete the Investigation 2 test on Ecosystems, and we are now moving on to our new unit on Energy! We will be investigating different types of energy, and have begun watching a video about energy as a kick off to our unit. Our labs will focus on energy from batteries, the sun/light, and electromagnetism.

5th Grade: This week, the students have been reading about how plants get nutrients throughout the entire plant by using tubes (xylem and phloem) and veins in leaves. We have learned about different shapes and edges of leaves and we went outside during lab time to work on an investigation about transpiration. Students found different plants with different types of leaves to cover to look for signs of transpiration. We will collect the bags on Monday and see what has “transpired!”

6th Grade: Students spent most of the week reviewing for the Chapter 8 TEST next Thursday! We have completed the Chapter Review….. which we were supposed to correct today. However, the lovely Dia de los Muertos prayer service lasted a little longer than we expected, so we will be correcting the review on Monday! We will spend Tuesday and Wednesday reviewing and studying in labs. Our test on Earthquakes (ch. 8) will be next Thursday, Nov. 8th! There are many study aides posted on Google Classroom to help study!

7th Grade: Our 7th graders finished exploring cell membranes with bubbles this week in lab. This week we learned how cells let vesicles in and out of the membrane, how smaller cells lived inside larger prokaryotic cells in a mutualistic relationship, and how cells divide (mitosis). Students are also working on the Ch. 3 (Cells, the Basic Unit of Life) Review which I have given an extra day to finish and now we will be correcting it on Monday. Students will have their test on Ch. 3 next Friday, Nov. 9th! The review and several study aides are posted on Google Classroom.

8th Grade: 8th Graders created accelerometers in lab this week to emphasize how acceleration means a change in speed or direction, NOT necessarily motion or just your speed.

What’s up in the Science Lab?

- We will be having our Advanced Screening of a new documentary from National Geographic which will be released in November called “Science Fair” for the 6th -8th graders on Friday, Nov. 9th in the afternoon.

-Our red worms continue making compost in our bin on the patio and we now have 2 working trays of compost.

-Our scorpions have been active and seen out and about in their cage… especially visible with the black light.

-Our garden is doing quite well….. In fact, our kale may be ready to harvest!

-Ecology club continues its plan to go around to classrooms to teach about composting and waste. Our meeting was changed this week due to all of the festivities. We will begin meeting at lunch recess on Thursdays next week so that 5th-8th graders can all be together and we can get more accomplished in the longer time period.

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Meet the Teacher

Mrs. Gialis

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Mrs. Gialis is a Bay Area native who attended St. Mary's College in Moraga, where she studied Biology prior to earning her degree in Diversified Liberal Arts. She went on to also complete her teaching credential at St. Mary's. Mrs. Gialis is a member of the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and The Council for Elementary Science International (CESI).

She has taught at several Schools in the Diocese of Oakland over the past 20 years, taking intermittent time off to start and raise her family. Along the way, she has supplemented her training and curriculum through engagement with Chabot Space and Science Center, the Lawrence Hall of Science's “Marine Activities, Resources, and Education” (MARE) and “Full Option Science System” (FOSS). She participates each year in the “Trout-in-the-Classroom” program through East Bay Regional Parks, and has been involved with Save the Bay's environmental efforts. Look for her previous classes' trout in Lake Temescal next time you visit. Mrs. Gialis has also attended various Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) conferences and workshops, including a National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA) conference in Anaheim where she was invited to take a class inside the Disneyland Parks to study physics! Science in Disneyland? Does it get any better?

Mrs. Gialis grew up camping and fishing every summer. In 6th grade, she attended environmental camp in Pescadero and fell in love with Science. She continues to enjoy nature by traveling, hiking, whale watching, completing ropes courses, and ziplining with her family. She is also a backyard beekeeper, and a member of the Mount Diablo Beekeepers' Association. Some of her other hobbies include yoga, cooking, baking (especially pies), cake decorating, and making jams. She has many pets, including 2 cats, a rat, 2 betta fish, 3 lizards, 2 salamanders, a skink, and a scorpion! You can see many of these in our Science Lab!

Mrs. Gialis is excited to be part of the staff at Corpus Christi School, teaching her favorite subject, Science, in 4th-8th grades.