Mr. Taggart's Class
Science This Week
We had our second session from our unit on rocks and minerals this week. The focus was on identifying and comparing the rock and mineral samples. In particular we looked at their color. While it's easy to observe, we realized that color alone is not a useful property for identification as many different minerals are the same color. Instead, we scratched the samples on black and white porcelain plates. The color of the streak left behind is a characteristic property as it remains constant. Students recorded their observations of the streak test as well as a luster test where rocks were categorized as metallic or non-metallic. And then those that were non-metallic were further categorized as glassy, waxy or dull. Next week we'll focus on the the hardness of the samples as well as an acid test to observe chemical reactions (don't worry...it's vinegar!) With the data compiled from these four tests, students will work with partners to identify the names of their mineral samples.
New Weekly Homework OPTION
New Weekly Option for Homework
Our Poetry Unit Mentor Text
New Read Aloud
Our class will visit the Book Fair on Tuesday, April 12 at 2:30. See the flyer that came home on Tuesday for information about online ordering, gift certificates, and the full book fair schedule.
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi & Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
We're using Love That Dog as a mentor text during our new writing unit on poetry. It's clever and engaging, even for the more reluctant poets among us.