Science Updates Archive

February 2019

Students at Rohan Woods School have been very busy in the science lab lately...

JK

  • Read Quirkles books Mary Motion, Nosy Nina, and Ollie Oxygen
  • experimented with ramps to find out if a bigger ramp will make a marble roll farther
  • tested our sense of smell and experimented to see how smell affects taste
  • observed fire and learned that fire eats oxygen

SK

  • experimented with thermometers to learn how they work
  • investigated motion and how things move
  • observed pushes and pulls in our building
  • started researching planets

 

1st

  • created our own geodes
  • experimented with finding fossils in rock and extracting them from rock
  • learned about and created models of the Earth's four layers
  • investigated what the crust is made of and what is in the different layers of Earth's crust

2nd

  • completed states of matter unit with a quiz
  • started biome unit
  • investigated six of Earth's main biomes
  • researching animals that live at our zoo and in the biomes on Earth
  • field trip to zoo to observe our researched animals

3rd/4th

  • continued study of land and water interactions
  • experimented with building damns, how rocks and hills change the direction and flow of water, slope, and plants
  • visited Litzsinger Road Ecology Center to observe land and water interactions

5th

  • completed unit on Earth's resources with a quiz
  • conducted dissection of an Earthworm
  • observed and experimented with kinetic and potential energy, law of conservation of energy, energy transfer, and friction

 

6th

  • built electromagnets and simple motors
  • took quiz on magnetism unit
  • studied matter and atoms
  • made atomic models

5th Health

  • continued study of nutrition

6th Health

  • completed study of the nervous system
  • started study of the cardiovascular system

 

December 2018

Students at Rohan Woods School have been very busy in the science lab lately...

JK

  • read Kitchen Chemistry Kal and Lindy Light from the Quirkles book series
  • used chemistry to make homemade ice cream
  • learned about light and created shadow puppets
  • experimented with beeswax and made beeswax lip balm

SK

  • observed plant adaptations and compared and contrasted different plant
  • learned how to use a double pan balance to find the mass of an object
  • experimented with the concept of objects have the same mass whether in one piece or in many
  • estimated mass
  • created bar graphs and analyzed data
  • experimented with beeswax and made beeswax lip balm

1st

  • started unit on rocks and minerals
  • identified properties of minerals and classified them based on similar properties
  • experimented with the concept that rocks are made of minerals, but minerals are not made of rock
  • identified rocks on the RWS campus
  • experimented with beeswax and made beeswax lip balm

2nd

  • took quiz over plant unit
  • started unit on states of matter
  • identified the properties of the different states of matter
  • experimented with different items to determine whether they are solid, liquid, or gas

3rd/4th

  • experimented with beeswax and made beeswax lip balm​
  • continued study of land and water interactions, specifically looking at erosion and depositions, tributaries, and water flow

5th

  • continued to study Earth's resources
  • experimented with oil spills and best practices to clean them
  • examined parts of soil and what their properties are
  • hypothesized about how plants/grasses help soil and experimented with their relationship to demonstrate that plants help with stopping erosion
  • experimented with beeswax and made beeswax lip balm

6th

  • started unit on magnets
  • learned about the properties of magnets
  • explored geographic vs. magnetic north
  • created compasses and used them as guides on a scavenger hunt
  • experimented with beeswax and made beeswax lip balm

5th Health

  • continued study of nutrition

6th Health

  • ​started unit on the nervous system

 

 

December 2018

Students at Rohan Woods School have been very busy in the science lab lately...

JK

  • Read Quirkles books Inquisitive Inman and Jazzy Jet
  • Experimented with how things fly 
  • Used chemistry to create secret messages

SK

  • Continued study of animal adaptations
  • Created own animals with special adaptations
  • Created an animal that camouflaged into their "environment"


1st

  • Carried out tests to figure out the components (clay, sand, and humus in different combinations) of their "Mystery Soil"
  • Collected soil from RWS and analyzed it to find its components

2nd

  • Dissected flowers
  • Investigated seed dispersal
  • Dissected fruit to observe that fruit is a "suitcase" for seeds

3rd/4th

  • Continued to work with land and water interactions
  • Investigated streams, examined Earth's materials, studied where water goes (groundwater and runoff), and pore space

5th

  • Studied for cell test and took test
  • Started unit on Earth's resources
  • Learned about the availability of fresh water on Earth, what happens to water when it freezes, and what causes water pollution

6th

  • Continued to work on designing own experiment project
  • Carried out experiments and collected data
  • Started first draft of their multi-draft lab report

5th Health

  • Continued study of nutrition

6th Health

  • Started study of the muscular system

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October 2018

Students at Rohan Woods School have been very busy in the science lab lately...

JK

  • read the Quirkles books Friction FredGilbert Gas, and Hallie Heat
  • experimented with the effect of friction on rolling balls when using different surfaces
  • observed chemical reactions that create gas
  • participated in weekly beehive checks

SK

  • observed mealworm anatomy and experimented to find mealworm animal adaptations
  • studied and discussed animal adaptations and how they help animals to survive and thrive
  • observed Young, a canine police officer with the SLMPD's explosive's unit, and how his adaptations make him suited for his job
  • participated in weekly beehive checks

1st

  • continued to study the three main parts of soil (clay, sand, and humus)
  • conducted experiments on these soil parts to determine how they feel, look, change when wet, change when shaken and left in water, and what happens if you try to roll them into a ball
  • participated in weekly beehive checks

2nd

  • observed plant parts in the garden
  • studied and acted out the path water takes as it travels in a plant
  • learned about photosynthesis
  • observed flowers and their job
  • participated in weekly beehive checks

3rd/4th

  • started land and water interactions unit
  • used stream tables to experiment with modeling the water cycle and modeling rain on land
  • participated in weekly beehive checks

5th

  • studied the main organelles found in plant and animal cells
  • observed plant and animal cells in the microscope and created detailed drawings of the cells
  • started work on 3-D cell models
  • participated in weekly beehive checks

6th

  • reviewed graphing in preparation for analyzing lab work
  • experimented with the importance of accounting for variables and controls in an experiment
  • started designing their own experiments to allow them to practice the scientific method
  • participated in weekly beehive checks

5th Health

  • ​continued their study of nutrition

6th Health

  • continued study of the skeletal system

October 2018

Students at Rohan Woods School have been very busy in the science lab lately...

JK:

  • ​​Read "Quirkles" books Colorful CarolineDensity Dan, and Ellie Electricity
  • experimented with primary and secondary colors
  • observed and experimented with the concept that different liquids can have different density
  • experimented with static electricity
  • planted seeds in the winter garden
  • participated in bee hive checks

SK:

  • discussed what a life cycle is and observed/studied the honeybee life cycle
  • identified the needs of plants
  • conducted an experiment to find the optimal spot for a seed to grow (in the dark, light, outside, or in the freezer)
  • observed the main parts of a plant and what they do
  • planted seeds in the winter garden
  • participated in bee hive checks

1st:

  • learned what a mixture is and experimented with ways to separate them
  • observed soil to determine that it is a mixture
  • experimented with the main parts of soil
  • planted seeds in the winter garden
  • participated in bee hive checks

2nd:

  • examined seeds to understand the parts
  • compared and contrasted different seeds
  • learned about and experimented with seed germination
  • observed seeds in different stages of growth
  • planted seeds in the winter garden
  • participated in bee hive checks

3rd/4th:

  • learned the difference between mixtures and solutions
  • experimented with separating mixtures and solutions
  • completed review of metric, mixtures, and solutions unit
  • planted seeds in the winter garden
  • participated in bee hive checks

5th:

  • completed presentations on the trip to Canada
  • learned the differences between living and non living things
  • observed plant and animal cells
  • planted seeds in the winter garden
  • participated in bee hive checks

6th:

  • completed presentations on the trip to Canada
  • re-visited the steps of the scientific method
  • practiced writing "if-then" hypothesis statements
  • planted seeds in the winter garden
  • participated in bee hive checks

5th Health:

  • started their study of nutrition

6th:

  • started study of the skeletal system

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August 2018

Students at Rohan Woods School have been very busy in the science lab lately...

JK:  

  • read Andy Acid and Botanist Bert from the "Quirkels" book series
  • explored acids and bases
  • made hypotheses about whether or not white flowers will turn color in different colored water

SK:

  • explored the needs of an animal
  • learned about the concepts of "wants" vs. "needs"

1st:

  • explored and experimented with different scientific tools
  • worked collaboratively
  • learned what the term "property" means in science and identified properties of different items

2nd:

  • learned about what a native plant is
  • explored the native prairie habitat in our garden
  • prepared for a field trip to Litzsinger Road Ecology Center to tour their native prairies

 

3rd/4th:

  • learned the three main units of metric measurement
  • took notes
  • worked with a triple beam balance to find the mass of different items in grams
  • estimated the mass of items before actually finding the mass

Middle School:

  • prepared for their trip to the Huntsman Marine Science Center in New Brunswick, Canada
  • took part in a week long, hands-on, intensive study on marine biology
  • have started preparing a presentation about their trip, what they learned, and how they used their leadership skills while in Canada

 

Bees:

  • Our bees absconded in early August
  • We were able to get new bees a few days before school started, so the bees started the new year at the same time we did
  • Our new queen is out and laying eggs
  • So far, the bees seem to like their new home

Welcome

Welcome back to Science class at Rohan Woods!  I am excited to observe, explore, create, and learn with you all this year. 

While you all were on summer break, things in the beehive and garden were busy!  Our gardens grew and our bees were, well, busy!  Unfortunately, the bees decided that our observation hive was not the place for them and about two weeks ago they absconded.  Absconding is different from swarming.  With a swarm, the queen and about half of the bees leave the hive to find another home while the remaining bees create a new queen and continue on in the original hive.  To abscond means that the entire colony leaves the hive to find a new home.  There are many possible reasons why this may have happened, but unfortunately we just don't know why it happened to us.  Fortunately, we were able to obtain a new partial colony of bees and they are very happy in their new home!  Hopefully they are out in our native prairie habitat right now enjoying the yummy pollen and nectar that those plants have to offer.

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Summer

Get outside and get into nature this summer!

While we had a fantastic school year together in the science lab, summer provides a wonderful opportunity for students to get out and get into all kinds of science.  Take the time to visit a park, a museum, or the zoo.  Science is all around us and you never know what you might discover!  While you are out adventuring, our honeybees and gardens will be here growing and waiting to show you their beauty when you return in the fall!  

May

Students at Rohan Woods have been very busy in the science lab...

JK

  • Read Quirkles books Vinnie Volcano and Watery William
  • Experimented with the water cycle and volcanoes
  • Planted sunflower seeds in the garden

SK

  • Went into the "stardome" to find, identify, and draw constellations
  • Started weather unit
  • Learned about and experimented with the water cycle
  • Worked in the garden

1st

  • Learned about and experimented with inclined planes
  • Investigated major simple machines
  • Started study of sound
  • Hypothesized about whether sound travels better in water or through air and experimented to find the answer

2nd/3rd

  • Continued investigation of biomes by learning about plants in each biome
  • Started making biome specific movies using the Splice app on the iPads

4th

  • Continued to work with computer coding using Scratch
  • Created "Orange Square, Purple Circle" program
  • Started study of the intertidal zone in preparation for fall trip to the Bay of Fundy in Canada
  • Had a fabulously successful bake sale to support the fall trip.  Thank you RWS community!

5th

  • Continued to build mousetrap cars
  • Learned how to set mousetrap cars and hypothesized about the distance cars will travel
  • Had a fabulously successful bake sale to support the fall trip.  Thank you RWS community!

6th

  • Continued to investigate chemical reaction indicators (precipitate formation, color change, property change, temperature change, gas production)
  • Investigated acids and bases by testing mystery samples and using the pH scale to figure out what each sample was

5th Health

  • Studied the endocrine system
  • Studied the reproductive system

6th Health

  • Prepared for and completed the sheep heart dissection as part of the cardiovascular system unit

Garden

  • Prepared raised beds by adding new soil
  • Planted squash, green beans, peas, corn, pumpkins, and sunflowers

April

Students at Rohan Woods have been very busy in the science lab...

JK

  • Read Quirkles books Susie SoundTimothy Tornado, and Underwater Utley and experimented with sound, tornadoes, and how salt gets into sea water

SK

  • Learned about celestial objects besides planets
  • introduced to what constellations are
  • prepared to go into "star dome" to observe constellations

1st

  • learned about and experimented with gravity
  • learned about and experimented with friction
  • learned about and experimented with whether weight has an effect on the energy of a moving object

2nd/3rd

  • created biome book detailing the main properties of 6 major Earth biomes
  • started researching to create biome iMovies
  • brainstormed questions to ask the zookeeper about the animal they chose to represent their biome

4th

  • continued to learn computer coding via the Scratch program from MIT
  • coded "10 Blocks" program, "All About Me" program, and a "Build A Band" program
  • worked on trouble shooting and problem solving by debugging computer programs
  • started planning for and advertising for the April 11 bake sale

5th

  • learned about and experimented with what work is and how you calculate it (W=FxD)
  • started construction of mousetrap car
  • started planning for and advertising for the April 11 bake sale

6th

  • introduced to indicators that signal that a chemical reaction has occurred
  • experimented to observe indicators of a chemical reaction

5th Health

  • started nutrition review

6th Health

  • continued to work on learning about blood types

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