UPDATE: Since this is a short week (and, by now, students know the quality of work expected from them), Mrs. Felix and I will attempt to implement STEMscopes in the form it was meant to be presented in as an online textbook. We will not print the assignments for students and combine them into a packet. Each day, students will be assigned activities in class through their STEMscopes account. As students complete the assignments in class, they will "turn in" the assignments through STEMscopes. We will see how this process works from both the students' perspectives and ours. Please let me know if you have any feedback from a parent's perspective. Thanks!
SCIENCE SUPPLIES NEEDED: If you have any rusty pennies lying around at home, please consider sending them to school with your child. We will be conducting an experiment on rust on Monday (12/18). The more pennies, the merrier! :)
During our investigation of matter, the students will focus on four short Scopes. We will not have our regularly scheduled two week tests; instead, we will have a short quiz after each scope. Since we will only be giving short quizzes for each of the STEMscopes in Physical Science, quiz scores will not be sent home on a cover page. Your child can show you their score through their STEMscopes account online.
Our Matter Scopes will cover the following material:
Matter is made up of particles that are too small to be seen.
Heating, cooling, or mixing substances does not cause the total weight to change.
Materials can be identified by observing and measuring them.
Mixing certain materials can sometimes create a new substance.
Please look below for more information about this Scope :)
You can find the cover letter with more information about the Scope, as well as the Scope packet if you need another copy.
There will be a test and note collection for the Scope tentatively scheduled for 11/16. The test will be 5 multiple choice questions and 3 short answer questions.
The best way for you to prepare is to think of the "Big Ideas" that we have talked about this Scope, and make sure that you can use learned vocabulary, and examples that we have read about and discussed.
For additional enrichment, you may try the "Home Connection," and work on the Web Surfing Science assignment (found by clicking on the "Enrichment" button.)