Mosquito fish, elodea, and rye grass… Oh, My! We have been quite busy in science class these past few weeks. The aquarium and terrarium parts to our ecocolumns have been assembled and are ready for us to add live organisms this week. The terrariums contain rye grass, alfalfa, and mustard seed plants that we have been monitoring growth and recording observations on every other day. In our aquariums, we have added elodea and algae and thus far we have recorded no growth. The learners have noticed roots beginning to grow out of one end of the elodea. Since understanding vocabulary is so important to our success to understanding science content, the learners have been building to our vocabulary logs everyday. Having deep understanding for the content we are learning is important, too! You will find a content guide posted on my Weebly under the Science EOG tab. Check out Study Jams:This free resource provided by Scholastic offers slide shows with notes and video clips about science topics. The learners are encouraged to check Edmodo frequently to interact with my posts and use the resources I post to
This week in social studies we were working on our econmy project. We made our prezis. Prezis are online presentations that are kind of like powerpoints. We would also like to welcome our new student, Tongyu from China. Science Olymiad applications are available now and Due October 5th.
Our first week in social studies went quite smoothly. We brainstormed what ideas and perspectives we had about budgeting and spending money. The classes worked in groups for the first time this year learning that listening and equal participation is the key to having a smoothly running group. On Friday, all of the learners signed in on Edmodo, chose an icon, and some learners posted on their group's wall. We discussed the expectations for posting personalized icons and the content they may post on the walls. Although Edmodo is a safe, Wake county approved site and only learners, parents with access codes, and I can access, icons need to not be photos of the learners or copyrighted photos. All posts need to be school related and not of a personal or inappropriate nature. Although it looks and appears to be structured a bit like Facebook, this site is for academic networking only. As a teacher, I am able to access resources from educators all over the world, while learners, for safety reasons, may only network with other learners in their class. They may share useful research sites and files. Parents may access with their personal codes that I will send home with or email to them. You will be able to monitor your student's assignments, quiz responses, and grades that are given. Learners will receive online badges similar to the one above once they complete their assignments in their content area and for many other achievements. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.