Specialist Update from Ms. Anna
Monday, December 16, 2019 6:40 AM

Science News from Ms. Anna!
There has been a lot happening in the Science room this year! I have been so impressed with the students here at Armatage: I am in awe of their amazing knowledge of science, teamwork with classmates, and most of all the fantastic questions that they ask! I appreciate the warm welcome from students and families. Here's what has been happening and what is coming up next:
We have explored our five senses and observed plants and animals. We will continue learning about making observations through more hands-on activities of interest to the class.
Our classes have been interacting with some common land and water animals up close. We have established habitats for water animals on our tables in the classroom. Students have been learning how to observe and care for animals including fish (goldfish and guppies), snails (water snails and land snails), and earthworms (red worms and night crawlers). We have been looking for differences in the structures and behavior of similar, but different, animals.
Grades 1/2:
We have just finished our unit on agricultural engineering, in which students designed their own hand pollinator devices to pollinate flowers in our testing garden.
We are beginning a unit of study on solids and liquids. In this physical science unit, we will identify properties of solids and liquids, and observe them in small-group investigations. 
Grade 3:
We are finishing a unit of study on variables -- what is a variable? How can we use knowledge of variables to design a scientific experiment? Many students have mentioned how they look forward to applying this knowledge in their own experiments for the Science Fair.
Our next unit of study will be structures of life. We will classify plants and animals by characteristics and behaviors that are essential for survival, growth, or reproduction.
Grades 4/5:
We have just finished our unit on environmental engineering, in which students worked in teams to design a water filter.
We are beginning a unit of study on microworlds -- what we can see in a microscope.