Let us pause now for a moment of . . .

  
Welcome to our Science Page!  
Please use this site as a resource for periodically checking for updates and happenings within our Science Program, by grade.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Parent-Teacher Conferences for Science will be held VIRTUALLY using the Science Google Classroom ZOOM link next month...please check back here for the Sign Up Link!

Welcome to Science for the 2020-21 School Year!
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DEAR FAMILIES:  Due to the recent Pandemic - related Blended Learning / Remote model that has gone into effect, please find your child's 2020-2021 Google Classroom Access Code for Science below or through your child's teacher-updates.  Remember, it is important that your child has an NYC Email Account, in order to access multiple "classrooms" on Google Classrooms.  Please see the steps below to set up your child's individual NYC Email Account:

Below please find the SCIENCE - Google Classroom Codes, by Grade:
Kindergarten:  vchhgtg

First Grade: fcwz6cu

Second Grade:  vh2ek62

Third Grade:  7cjiaox

Fourth Grade:  6dsjfcf

Fifth Grade:  qpaf4zw

See the NYC DOE ZOOM LINK provided through the Science Google Classroom to view your schedule and join the meetings!
Here's a breakdown of the LOG IN directions to sign up for using MULTIPLE Google Classrooms:

1.  Please make sure that you first go to this website (https://idm.nycenet.edu/students/start.form) to find your child's student username. This username is not the 9 digit student number/OSIS #. The student username should be the student username followed by @nycstudents.net
ex.) HeidiB123@nycstudents.net

2.  When you have found your child's student username, go to https://classroom.google.com(Open external link) to sign in.
When signing in, enter the FULL student username: HeidiB123@nycstudents.net
After, it will lead you to a DOE website to sign in again. Only use the student username: HeidiB123 (without @nycstudents.net).

And.......If you need a quick course in accessing your child's Google Classroom account(s), please click the video link below:

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FYI - State Science Testing Calendar:
Spring 2020:  Grade 4 Science Exam (aligned to the 1996 standards):  TEST WAS SUSPENDED
Spring of 2021:  Common Core - Aligned State Science Exam for Grade 4 Students 
*The school year 2020-21 administration dates are May 25th to June 4th for the Performance Test (our school will select a date and communicate to families) and June 7th is the designated date for the Written Portion of the Test. 
Spring of 2022:  No Elementary State Science Test
Spring of 2023:  First year that Grade 5 will take the new test (aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards / NY State Science Learning Standards)  *These are our current 3rd Graders in 2020-21.

*Note to ParentsFor these upcoming tests, children will need to be well versed in the use of Science Vocabulary.  This is why there is a lot of Science discourse that goes on in our class times, in addition to the practical hands-on work that we do.  Please review the Vocabulary listed below with your child, as words they should be able to use when explaining concepts.  Just asking them what the words mean or if they can use them in a sentence to teach you something, would be a great start!  Thank you for all your support on the home-front!

**Materials for in-class investigations that can be donated by families can also be returned upon request (if they are non-consumable).  We will adjust experiments, based upon what is available.  Thank you in advance for checking at home to see what you may already have laying around, that might be useful to us at school!  
Please check with Mrs. Bateman for more information on how you can support us through the donation of materials :).

What are some topics we will be exploring this month in 
KINDERGARTEN?

Kindergarten—Pushes & Pulls

  • Engineers Use Models to Answer Questions about the Real World through Scientific Explanations  
  • Exploring Shorter and Longer Distances by Designing a Pinball Machine Launcher  
  • Forces have both STRENGTH and DIRECTION: Setting up targets in the Box Models.  

Science Vocabulary We are Learning this Month:

design / direction / distance / engineer / exert / force / object / solution / visualize

Here are our past Kindergarteners in action...learning about the needs of plants:

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We also practiced recording data about samples (using Garlic Cloves) into our Scientist Notebooks, we observed the texture and what happened to the garlic over the course of many days when we placed it in water vs. a cup with no water:

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We used Sunflower models and real stalks of celery to investigate the role of stems, roots and leaves:

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During our Autumn Leaf study, we collected samples of leaves, then used them to create Leaf rubbings with our crayons!

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We also remembered that it can be difficult for Birds to find food in the Winter, so we created Bird Feeders using Paper Towel rolls, honey and Bird Seeds:

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In our new Pushes and Pulls Unit...we learned that Pushes and Pulls are both FORCES...and we used the game of "Bumper Bowling" to explore the ways that the strength and direction of a force can affect where an object goes:

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What are some topics we will be exploring this month in 
FIRST GRADE?

First Grade— LIGHT & SOUND

Making Sense of Light Sources and Surface Brightness  

Exploring Shadows  

 Investigating Light Blockers  

Science Vocabulary We are Learning this Month:
block / engineer / light / material / bright / dark / observe / source / surface

Here are some highlights from last year...our first unit --  "Animal Defenses":

We learned that animals have special Body Structures for survival...we observed the structures used by our peers for eating carrots....
  
We made use of engaging reference books to investigate more about animals we would (later) create actual models of:
  
  

Thankfully, our school's beloved Science Teacher from years past-- Mrs. Franke, managed to collect a REAL Baby Shark for us to examine...doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo.

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SECOND GRADE?

Second Grade— Properties of Materials:

  • Observing Properties of Glue and Supporting Claims with Evidence 

  • Engineers use observation to evaluate evidence collected during tests.

  • Jelly Bean Engineering: Introduction to the Engineer Design Cycle 


Science Vocabulary We are Learning this Month:

design / engineer / evidence / glue / ingredient / material / mixture / observe / property / substance / test

During our first unit, "Plant and Animal Relationships"...we read several different reference books...the first of which was a Science Journal that featured a student visiting a Sample Study Site, like a real Habitat Scientist would do.  We investigated the plants on our own school's beautiful grounds:

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We took the leftover celery stalks we had been using in Kindergarten, cut them up into cross-sections, and studied the tubes going through the stems...which were easy to see because they had been soaking in water with food coloring...the celery pieces looked just like the ones in our reference books, only they were real samples!

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Our Seeds and Roots study was lots of fun...we examined several different types of seeds and realized that some look nothing like the plants they will sprout into.  We also played a "Growing Roots" game to explore the ways roots take interesting "routes" underground in their search for water.  We could have simply used different shades of blue crayon (to model water)...but for this round we used various colors:

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Dear Parents:
As we send home the Unit 1 (Plant & Animal Relationships) Student Notebooks, you will see several pages your child has not been required to complete.  This is because the Amplify Science program has included many optional Lesson extensions that can be continued outside of school, at your family's leisure, to reinforce the key concepts we have learned in school.  Feel free to try out some extra activities with your children at home, as your time may allow.  The workbooks do not need to be brought back to school for Unit 1.
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What are some topics we will be exploring this month in 
THIRD GRADE?

Third GradeInheritance & Traits:

  • Observing Variations within a Species. 

  • Wildlife Biologists ask questions about data and explain their findings about variations.

  • How Genes Provide Instructions About Traits / Home Investigation: Creating Our Own “Inheritance & Traits” Peer Quizzes


Science Vocabulary We are Learning this Month:

data / explanation / genes / inherit / investigate / observe / organism / offspring / reproduce / species / trait / variation

Our Thirds Graders learned so much in the first Amplify Science Unit about the Forces at work all around us.  Ultimately, their goal was to figure out how a Maglev Train actually works...but on the journey toward discovery, we made a few stops of our own:


Here we are using Reference Books to observe evidence of Forces at work:

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We learned that there are several different forces that can be found with a Chain Reaction, and that two objects are involved with forces-- whether they be Touching, Non-Touching, Gravitational or Magnetic:

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PGA Tours, here we come...with a new respect for the challenge behind the game of Golf, here we are exploring the fact that Forces have both Strength AND Direction:

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One of our Unit's Highlight Moments was when a parent (of one of our First Grade friends) volunteered to come in for our lesson on showing that more that one force can be at work on an object at the same time...Mr. Bravo brought in his bicycle and rollers to show us just how many forces are in play when a cyclist rides a bicycle-- as well as the importance of sustained force--we even saw that pedaling involves PUSH and PULL.  Thank you for illustrating our lesson with a live demo, Mr. Bravo!

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Our latest investigation of Sir Isaac Newton's First Law of Motion...these Floating Paper Clips are remaining "at rest" as long as the forces acting upon the paper clip are of equal strength, and in opposite directions...leading to "Balanced Forces"...or in our terms-- a Floating Paper Clip!

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True team work...and a moment to just look at what we've made and soak it in:




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FOURTH GRADE?

Fourth GradeVision & Light

  • Using the Simulator to Model Ideas and Investigate Sources of Light
  • How Can Some Animals See In the Dark?
  • Home Investigations: Understanding Blindness and the Path of Light through an Interview with Visually Impaired Adults
  • Diagramming the Path of Light 
Science Vocabulary We are Learning this Month:

environment / observe / prey / predator / structure / function / survive / vision

During our first Amplify Unit on Energy Conversions, we were Systems Engineers discussing the best Plan of Action for the (fictitious) town of Ergstown, who kept having lots of Blkackouts.  Here we are at one of our Roundtable "Share-Out" Town Hall Meetings.  All of the engineers standing had a particular job to collect their team's views about the installation of LED lights...then they needed to report back to the larger group what the consensus was...this made us become better listeners of our fellow engineer peers (knowing we would need to share what they had to say):

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We also used the Engineering Design Process to collaboratively create Wind Turbine Prototypes...then hooked them up to an electrical system, that we also linked to a Meter Reader, in order to see how much voltage was generated by the systems we created...it was a healthy competition:

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All throughout our unit, we have gathered data from engaging reference books and noted our findings:
Our Fourth Graders were assessed in all they've learned throughout this unit.  Please encourage your child to continue to review all they have learned in the following areas:
Key Concepts
Vocabulary Terms
Causes of Blackouts
Challenges with various energy sources
Challenges with Source Converters
Challenges with Poor Grid systems
Challenges with Electrical Devices
Evidence for the Best "Back Up" Electrical Systems
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FIFTH GRADE?

Fifth Grade— Modeling Matter

  • Using a Flavor Ingredients Test to create a Scientific Explanation of Dissolving 

  • Making Sense of Solubility: Creating Marshmallow (or Play Dough) Models of Molecules 

  • Assessing Understanding: Using the Food Scientists’ Handbook to create a Salad Dressing Recipe/Peer Quizzes (Explaining Ingredients and their functions)


    Science Vocabulary We Are Learning This Month:

    attract / dissolve / mixture / molecule / substance / soluble

Lessons from the Past...
In past years, prior to our first Amplify Unit...we have begun the year with a Unit on Renewable Vs. Non-Renewable Sources of Energy for a Greener Earth...we will revisit this Unit in coming months!

In the Video Clip below, our Fifth Graders were using Chips Ahoy cookies, and beautiful "Landscape" Drawing Models they made, to play "Cookie Mining"...an activity that allowed us to "dig" for coal (chocolate chips) that was "found" in the habitat we drew.  The goal was to gain understanding for the irreparable damage to habitats when coal is mined.  We also learned that this is no longer practiced in the State of New York:

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Under the direction of our school's very own Mrs. Glus, we took part in P.S. 94's very first Hackathon!  The topic was "Climate Change" and our goal was to teach the world about this topic using the SCRATCH Computer Science software we've learned how to use in classes over the years.  There were several Competition Categories, and all projects were collaborative, and judged by an outside team of hand-picked experts from a real Computer Science company and nearby High School Faculty Members and Students!  What a day it was!  Here is a short clip of our students "in action":

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Also...coming up at the end of the year...

THE SENIOR CHALLENGE!!!

Ø  Collaborative S.T.E.M. Project:  Designing a Landing Module and parachute out of Recyclable goods?

How does a parachute affect the force rate of a falling object?


Our Fifth Graders are also our school's leaders in the City's "Energy Challenge" and "Zero Waste by 2030" Initiative!

Throughout the year, they will:
*Create usable goods out of Recyclable materials

*Perform skits and presentations to educate the public on any of the topics:  Reducing wasted energy/resources, Recycling, Reusing, Landfills and Composting

*Design Posters to rally others in the campaign for a Greener Earth

*Perform a song with original lyrics to promote Sustainability

*Take part in P.S. 94's very first Hackathon using the Scratch Computer Science Program to teach the world about the effects of Climate Change!

Enjoy last year's Video-- put together by our former Fifth Graders (now SIXTH Graders :):

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