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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.
*Please note:  Our School will be following the layout set forth within the AMPLIFY Science curriculum, which aligns with New York City's Scope & Sequence for Science instruction.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:
The S.T.E.M. Fair is on Thursday, March 14th!  Be on the lookout for backpack mail with all the details.  
Take a look here for a sample S.T.E.M. Fair project from a past student, Urania Meyers!



**Materials listed below are useful for the experiments conducted.  Any materials donated by families can be returned upon request (if they are non-consumable).  We will adjust experiments, based upon what is available.  Thank you in advance for checking to see what you may already have laying around at home, that might be useful to us at school!  


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

Animal & Plant Defenses

 Ø  Modeling Shells & Armor Structures

Ø  Modeling Spike Structures

Ø  Modeling Camouflage

Ø  Explaining Defenses

  • Defending the Food Supply
We began our unit by studying the structures used by animals to get food, air and water, and stay alive by defending themselves.  Then we turned our focus onto ourselves!  Here we are using our observational skills as we notice all of the structures a human being uses to eat a carrot:

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SECOND GRADE?

PLANT & ANIMAL RELATIONSHIPS

Ø  What are seeds and their needs?

Ø  Exploring Plant parts.

Ø  A plant is a system.

Ø  How roots and leaves grow.

Finding a good place to grow.
Our unit began with a discussion of the Broadleaf Forest Habitat, then we read about all of the habits scientists use to study a habitat.  Next, it was time to try it out with our own sample site (right in front of our building)...

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

Balancing Forces

Ø  Investigating ways magnetic forces move objects.

Ø  Magnets can attract or repel other magnets and some metal objects.

Ø  Magnets can have different shapes and different strengths.

Ø  Tables are a way of organizing data so that patterns are easier to find and they help readers interpret the data they presented.

Recording the results of an investigation in a notebook is a way to remember what happened and share it with others.

Our Third Graders are scientists who will advise the Mayor of Faraday (a fictitious place) on the way a floating train works (not fictitious) for its citizens!  However, first we need to explore the forces of "Push and Pull".  In these investigations, we not only looked for examples of the forces in our "Forces All Around" text...but we also needed evidence that a force had acted on an object (our evidence was that if an object was not moving, then moved, a force was present).  We also tried to employ these forces with examples we creating using a range of materials.  Some of us also tried creating Chain reactions, after watching a video about how a chain reaction works with dominoes.

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

Energy Conversions 
      •   Energy: Past & Present
      • Investigating Energy Sources
      •   Designing Arguments about Electrical Devices
      • Investigating Energy Sources
Our Fourth Grade Scientists are trying to determine why the town of Ergstown (fictitious place) keeps having so many blackouts.  First, however, we need to understand what an Electrical System is.  We began our study by setting up simple electrical systems using Solar energy as a source for getting a fan to spin, hooked up to a motor, using wires.  Then, we explored ways to get the fan to spin more quickly or slowly, clockwise or counter-clockwise.  Finally, we "played" with some of the Amplify unit apps through an Energy Conversion simulation.  

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

Patterns of the Earth & Sky

Ø  Modeling Earth’s distance from other stars besides the Sun.

Ø  Investigating size and distance.

*The varying brightness levels of starlight.


Before our Fifth Graders launched their first Amplify Science Unit on Patterns of the Earth & Sky, they dove deeply into the study of Reducing, Reusing and Recycling...to support our City's "Zero Waste by 2030" Sustainability Initiative!  

They:
*Created usable goods out of Recyclable materials

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

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

*Performed a song with original lyrics to promote Sustainability

*Several students went above and beyond during their lunch periods to put together a Video to boost our school's awareness on the topic (which we will enter into the Citywide Energy Challenge Competition)!

Enjoy our Video:

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Materials Our First Grade Scientists will be using for this unit (please contact Mrs. Bateman regarding when materials are needed and how much is needed-- if you are able to donate any of the following items):

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Materials Our Second Grade Scientists will be using for this unit (please contact Mrs. Bateman regarding when materials are needed and how much is needed-- if you are able to donate any of the following items):


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Materials Our Third Grade Scientists will be using for this unit (please contact Mrs. Bateman regarding when materials are needed and how much is needed-- if you are able to donate any of the following items):
 
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Materials Our Fourth Grade Scientists will be using for this unit (please contact Mrs. Bateman regarding when materials are needed and how much is needed-- if you are able to donate any of the following items):

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Materials Our Fifth Grade Scientists will be using for this unit (please contact Mrs. Bateman regarding when materials are needed and how much is needed-- if you are able to donate any of the following items):

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