(It was not easy to find leaves that were still green at the end of November, but we managed!) We observed the different pigments present in leaves that outwardly only appeared green. We concluded the activity with a discussion about what we might see if we tried this activity at a different time of the year, using leaves from a tree known to turn colors in the fall.
Here, you can see them using play dough and sequins to get an idea of how intense pressure can change the arrangement of grains within a rock (metamorphism), and then using different colors of legos to model how rocks can get weathered into sediment and then compacted into a sedimentary rock.
6th grade got in to the Halloween spirit this past FLEX Day with a little dry ice fun! Add a bit of colored water, place it in a flask (makes it look extra science-y!), and you’ve created a spooky ambiance that made our normal work a lot more fun. And to top it off, we got to enjoy some carbonated apple cider with our lunch!
To add some fun to our lesson on minerals, 6th grade grew some salt crystals! We learned about different properties of a mineral and how minerals form. One way minerals form is through the evaporation of water. Any dissolved minerals in the water crystallize into a solid as the water evaporates. We saw that first hand last week, when we made a salt water solution and left it to evaporate over the weekend. We got the chance to observe some beautiful cubic crystals!!
Want to try “crystal” formation at home? Make some rock candy! Though sugar is not a mineral, the process of the sugar crystallizing out of the hot water solution models another method of mineral formation!
In order to get an idea of why scientists (ever heard of Dmitri Mendeleev? Ask a 7th grader how to pronounce that one!) felt the need to organize the elements into a table, the 7th grade tried their hand at finding some specific pieces of paper. Lo and behold, it was much easier to find what we were looking for when there was some rhyme or reason to how they were arranged!
The 6th grade put some scientific claims to the test this week. After reading about the importance of skepticism, and making some info-mercials of our own, we decided to test an actual product's claims. We took four different brands of paper towels, and tested their strength by placing marbles on a soaked sheet of paper towel until it tore. We graphed our data, and then finished off the activity with a great discussion on our scientific process, and what sort of claims we reasonably could (or could not) make from the data we collected.
The 8th grade got on their feet this week to practice graphing! They timed their teammates walking a measured distance, used that information to calculate their walking speed, and then graphed those beautiful numbers.
Welcome back! 6th grade has some exciting things to look forward to this year!!
For starters - check out these new chairs! They have been thoroughly tested by several staff members and 100% of users agree that they are more comfortable than our previous seating arrangement. This year, we will be working with a mix of online assignments and good old-fashioned worksheets, returning to attending specials as a full class, and switching classrooms/teachers throughout the day. And finally, we are working on finalizing our overnight trip to Camp Christopher this fall, and our trip to Washington DC this spring! It's going to be a great year!
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