Specialist Update - Science with Ms Anna
Sunday, March 1, 2020 9:05 PM

KangaNews Update for Science:
Planning for the Science Fair is underway. Thank you to parent volunteers for their help, and to parents who have reached out via email to support students in participating in this fun event! Students in grades Pre-K through 3 received information regarding important dates and a Sign Up Form for projects. Participation for students in Pre-K, K, 1, 2, and 3 is optional.
Students in grades 4/5 will be receiving information from their classroom teachers. It is mandatory for students in grades 4/5 to all do a project. Students in 4/5 do not need to turn in a Sign Up Form to Anna.
The Science Fair is scheduled for Thursday, April 16. If your Pre-K, K, 1, 2, or 3 student wishes to participate, they need to fill out a "Sign Up Form" and return it to the office. The deadline listed is February 28, but I am offering an extension to Friday, March 6. If you have questions please feel free to email me at anna.keyport@mpls.k12.mn.us
Although February is a short month, students have made the most of their time in science class! Here are a few updates:
Pre-K has continued to do many different hands-on exploratory activities. We used BeeBots and have been following a theme of dinosaurs and fossils. We will continue exploring new topics in science and honing our science skills of observation and experimentation with varied activities in the coming month.
Kindergarten has wrapped up our work on BeeBots and coding. We learned about algorithms, problem solving, and debugging code. We will begin a unit on materials and motion that will last from March through April.
Grades 1/2 are finishing up our work on states of matter, and hands-on exploration of solids and liquids. We will be welcoming spring (I hope!) with a unit on air and weather lasting from March through April.
Grade 3 has been learning about structures of life. From seeds and plants to crayfish and skeletons, we have been identifying different structures and their functions for living things. We will continue our structures work for several more weeks, and then begin a unit on matter and energy.
Grades 4/5 have been learning about landforms and investigating changes to the surface of the Earth. We will continue this earth science unit for several more weeks, and then begin work to solve the real-world problem of cleaning oil spills in an engineering unit.