To culminate our desert unit, the students will complete desert projects.
All students will complete research and a visual aid on a desert plant--a cactus.
Primary students (grades 1-2) will choose to complete
1) a PowerPoint on a Desert Dweller OR
2) a Nature Scrapbook on a hot/cold desert
Intermediate students (grades 3-5) will choose to complete
1) a PowerPoint on a Desert Dweller and the Nature Scrapbook on a hot/cold desert OR
2) a Desert Game which includes a hot desert's animals, plants, climate, and food chain.
More information will be given to students in class. The description of each project is located on the Links tab. I hope to complete these projects over the next couple of weeks in class. However, some parts of the projects MAY need to be done at home. Students may certainly bring items from home for the Desert Game or even the Nature Scrapbook if needed.
*If you have shoe boxes that can be donated, please send them in. Primary students may create shoe box dioramas if time allows.
We studied some facts about Emperor penguins who are super awesome! We created postcards with drawings of Emperor penguins and wrote facts on the back. I will send the postcards in an envelope to a U.S. Research Center in Antarctica. A researcher named Jean Pennycook who studies the Emperor penguin colony and leopard seals will return the self-addressed postcards back to us at the school. This will be REALLY cool because they will come back with the Antarctica postmark. The postcards will be displayed on the Showcase tab before they go and after they come back. Students have a special page in their Science Journal where they will keep the postcard.
If you would like to send a postcard from home, please follow the instructions below. No commercial postcards will be accepted. All postcards must be postmarked before December 31, 2014. Postcards should be self-addressed with a stamp. Send the postcard in an envelope and Jean Pennycook will return it with the Antarctica postmark. More information can be found at http://www.penguinscience.com/education/src/Penguin%20postcard_2014.pdf
We entered our first assignments into our Science Journals this week. We will begin with background information on deserts - hot and cold. Because our research projects begin this fall, I will do introductions to each of the biomes for a couple of weeks. After the introductions, the students will decide on a research topic. At that time, we will go back to each of the biomes more in depth. No need to worry about the topics yet.
Please review your student's journal entries from this week. We will continue next week.
Student's MUST have their journals weekly.
Here are examples of journals by real scientists - Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Leonardo Di Vinci
Ms. Longoria is a GT/Enrichment specialist at Braun Station Elementary and Bonnie Ellison Elementary