Upper Primary Cottage News
October 2018 Curriculum Newsletter
Level 6 Math and Science
In math, students have continued to work on their independent lessons. This month stations include: calculator computation, tangram and pentomino puzzles, volume, area, perimeter, lines of reflection, fraction representations, and two science based activities! We have also been working hard on double digit multiplication! Students have worked on that skill in class and on their IXL. That skill will continue to spiral throughout the semester in various ways. We are beginning to work on division the month of November and December.
In science, students are becoming quite the chemists. We started by learning how to separate mixtures through various types of filters and evaporation. They observed the effect evaporation has on salt water and citric acid solutions. They learned more about a solutions concentration level and dilution by trying to find the perfect Kool-Aide recipe. Students then created some beautiful crystals and will be able to take them home at the conclusion of this unit. Most recently, we observed some different ways chemical reactions take place. Chemical reactions occur when reactants are mixed together, gas is released (through bubbles), a precipitate appears, and/or if the temperature or color changes. Also, Ben Roy made a special appearance this month to show them some experiments that expanded on our chemistry unit.
For STEM students created scary Halloween mazes. They had a blast incorporating Halloween objects such as spiders, eyeballs, and ghosts. We are beginning out chemistry STEM unit this week. Students will get to see how milk reacts to detergent by observing the effects with food coloring.
Alice Revenig '98
Level 7 Math and Science
We continued to work on individual plans. Most of the chapters have included long division and fractions. In addition to daily individual plans, the Level 7 students completed weekly station assignments. Stations included a variety of activities in which students solved riddles using a calculator, made tessellations with pattern tiles, and explored volume with centimeter cubes. Science stations that were included were a salt story with questions, and each student has been assigned an element to research as we hope to create our own periodic table.
Throughout October we focused on Mixtures and Solutions. We learned the difference between a mixture and a solution as well as making crystals with both. They also learned about concentration and dilution while having fun drinking Kool Aid. Each student made their own crystal using Borax and hot water. It has been fun to see all the different crystal designs hanging around the room. Ben Roy from the Science Zone came and did an incredibly fun chemistry demonstration for all of Upper.
In STEM we made telescopes and 6 constellations to be seen through the telescope. Each student creatively decorated their telescope. We also made Halloween mazes using Popsicle sticks, fun Halloween items, and a ping pong ball that had to make it through the maze!