Science Weekly #19

Sharing excellence in science from Horn! 2015-16

We are scientists and scholars!

This is a weekly newsletter to highlight exemplary science instruction, student work, writing tips, upcoming TEKS, current science news, and more!

Horn STEAM Night

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 5:30-7pm

10734 Bissonnet Street

Houston, TX

Discover the fun of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) through hands-on activities for the whole family!

Ms. Macedo sharing sound energy with her Kinder students!!

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Friendly STEMscopes reminder!

Students can access STEMscopes on ANY mobile or computer device at school and/or at home. Many students are super excited about it!!! Please assign work to them! Look for the green ASSIGN box on MANY STEMscopes student pages.

Login for students is on the same website for teachers.

username and password is (S and their Student ID#). (Example: S123456)

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Week of February 1-5

Kinder Magnets 1 week

I know that a magnet has energy that interacts with different materials in different ways.

K.6B Explore interactions between magnets and various materials

Clarifications: Students might think that all metals are magnetic. (TEKS §112.11)

Notes to Teacher: Keep magnets away from computer and other electronics.

1st Magnets 1 week

The student knows that force, motion, and energy are related and are a part of everyday life. The student is expected to:

1.6B predict and describe how a magnet can be used to push or pull an object

Notes to Teacher:

*Force is defined as a push or pull that makes something move. However, force is not a vocabulary word in first grade.

*Make sure students do not put magnets anywhere on a computer.

2nd Magnets 1 week

The student knows that forces cause change and energy exists in many forms. The student is expected to:

℗2.6B observe and identify how magnets are used in everyday life

Notes to teacher:

*Give students opportunities to observe and investigate how magnets work.

*Students might think that all metals are attracted to magnets.

*Students should never put a magnet on a computer or television.

*Alief ISD does not allow the use of iron fillings unless it is in a sealed container.

3rd Force & Motion 2 weeks

The student knows that forces cause change and that energy exists in many forms. The student is expected to:

℗ 3.6B demonstrate and observe how position and motion can be changed by pushing and pulling objects to show work being done such as swings, balls, pulleys, and wagons

4th Electricity, Conductors & Insulators 2 weeks

The student knows that energy exists in many forms and can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems. The student is expected to:

℗4.6C demonstrate that electricity travels in a closed path, creating an electrical circuit, and explore an electromagnetic field

4.6B differentiate between conductors and insulators

Notes to Teacher:

*Keep the materials for electrical circuits available for exploration during the conductors and insulators concept that follows.

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:

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!!

Horn's Science Lead Teachers 2015-16

K- Marsh

1- Goodman

2- Oldmixon

3- Adams

4- Vega

STEM Science Block-Shipley

Important Links

Quick links to sign in to
STEMscopes and National Geographic:

username: T your ID number
password: same as username

National Geographic
password: password DO NOT CHANGE!!
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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".

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