Science Weekly #14

Sharing excellence in science from Horn! 2015-16

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Week of December 14-18

Kinder Properties of Objects 4 weeks

The student knows that objects have properties and patterns. The student is expected to:

℗K.5A observe and record properties of objects, including relative size and mass, such as bigger or smaller and heavier or lighter, shape, color, and texture

Notes to Teacher:

*Give students opportunities to compare the properties of objects.

*Students might think that all properties can be observed, but some properties are discovered by touch or measurement.


1st Classifying Matter 4 weeks

The student knows that objects have properties and patterns. The student is expected to:

℗1.5A classify objects by observable properties of the materials from which they are made such as larger and smaller, heavier and lighter, shape, color, and texture

Notes to Teacher:

*Give students opportunities to observe materials that objects are made of.

*Students see that each object has unique properties that can be compared to the properties of other objects.

*Students are not responsible for the concepts of states of matter.


2nd Changes from Heat 2 weeks

The student knows that matter has physical properties and those properties determine how it is described, classified, changed, and used. The student is expected to:

℗2.5 B compare changes in materials caused by heating and cooling

Notes to Teacher:

*Give students opportunities to observe and compare the changes that happen to objects when they are heated and cooled.

*Students might think that objects never change states and they need to understand that objects change states when they are heated or cooled.


3rd Changes from Heat 2 weeks

The student knows that matter has measurable physical properties and those properties determine how matter is classified, changed, and used. The student is expected to:

℗ 3.5C predict, observe, and record changes in the state of matter caused by heating or cooling

Notes to Teacher:

*The activities described to cover this concept not only address the characteristics of different states of matter, but also the changes in matter caused by heat.


* Make sure students understand that heat is added or removed from


4th Changes from Heat 2 weeks

The student knows that matter has measurable physical properties and those properties determine how matter is classified, changed, and used. The student is expected to:

4.5B predict the changes caused by heating and cooling such as ice becoming liquid water and condensation forming on the outside of a glass of ice water

Notes to Teacher:

*Give students opportunities to observe and explore multiple items affected by heat.

*Heat is transferred from one object to another. Heat moves from the warmer object to the cooler object.

*Students might think that condensation on a glass comes from inside the glass, rather than the outside air, be sure to clarify that water vapor in the air condenses on the glass.

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JASON Learning resource

The district has purchased JASON Learning for Grades K-12. You can now log-in to JASON using your Alief Google Account. The following PPTs are available to guide you and your teachers in accessing JASON Learning online.

· JASON Learning Log-in Instructions for Teachers

· JASON Learning Log-in Instructions for Students


Here’s the link: https://goo.gl/KuAjm5


JASON Learning is embedded in the Curriculum Guides for Grades 6 and up. However, this resource is available for students in kindergarten all the way up to 12th grade!!

Introduction to Interactive Science Notebooks

Per every Alief curriculum guide

It is a district expectation that Alief classrooms will implement with fidelity the use of:

*inquiry-based approach to hands on science and literacy

*quality questioning grounded on Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK)

*formative assessments to monitor understanding and ensure students are on-track to master grade-level TEKS

*language objectives and ELPS strategies that are aligned to science TEKS

*collaborative strategies to promote structured student conversations and scientific argumentation

*academic vocabulary development strategies such as Thinking Maps, vocabulary games, and interactive science word walls

*technology integration to prepare 21st century students for a global society

Horn's Science Lead Teachers 2015-16

K- Marsh

1- Goodman

2- Oldmixon

3- Adams

4- Vega

STEM Science Block-Shipley

What are the 5Es?? How do I use them for science?!

More resources are also in the common and Google in a folder under "Grade Level Resources".

Important Links

Quick links to sign in to
STEMscopes and National Geographic:


STEMscopes
username: T your ID number
password: same as username
http://n11060d41180.acceleratelearning.com/login

National Geographic
username: hornscience@aliefisd.net
password: password DO NOT CHANGE!!
http://www.myngconnect.com/login/chooseMainUI.spr
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