Helpful Ocean Floor Site

This great website is a helpful study source for all things ocean related.

posted on: February 06, 2006

Ocean Floor Class Project

The Ocean Floor

Referring to the vocabulary and diagram from the textbook, construct a model of the ocean floor using a shoebox, Model Magic™, and/or modeling clay.

The following ocean landforms must be included:

continental shelf
continental slope
guyot
seamout
trench
plain

Write a paragraph describing the ocean floor.

posted on: February 06, 2006

Old Faithful: Geezer or Geyser?

Our study of geysers, springs, and wells brought about an interesting discussion of geyers. Most students had heard about Old Faithful, the most well-known of all geysers. Thanks to the World Wide Web, we here in Mrs. Krodman's science class can hop on a computer and experience Yellowstone National Park's geysers with the click of a mouse.

So, click here and experience the geysers for yourself.

posted on: December 07, 2005

Cumulus Culmination

Have fun playing this Jeopardy type game to study for the weather unit test. Have fun!

posted on: November 10, 2005

Save it for a Rainy Day

Having started our study of weather, we have learned about The Water Cycle, humidity, dewpoint, and most recently precipitation. Today the weather cooperated, and we have our first rainfall in many days. All must be right with the world, because I actually had an empty jar at home. When one has a rainy day and an empty jar, what should one do? Why, make a rain guage of course. Students carefully taped a plastic ruler to the jar, and we placed it outside our door, but only after discussing the variables we might encounter in comparing our measurement of rain for twenty-four hours to the official measurement.

posted on: October 06, 2005

Observing Transpiration

Now that we have studied the Scientific Method, we are ready to do our first experiment.The lab is downloadable for you to see. Over the next three days, students will develop a hypothehsis, help construct the experiment, make and record observations, and draw a conclusion. Our highlighted reading skill is Cause and Effect. After completing the experiment, students will apply the skill to what they have observed. Look for their conclusions and observations in a later post.

posted on: September 06, 2005

Organizing Data Activity

This activity is designed to give students experience with organizing data for scientific experimentation. It will be the last activity we do in our study of the use of science skills and the Scientific Method.

posted on: August 24, 2005

Before We Begin

Before any good scientist can begin, he/she has to understand the scientific method. This week in science, we will begin exploring exactly what that means. Students will brainstorm what steps would be necessary to complete an experiment and, they hopefully will discover the following: Identify and state the problem, gather information, state a hypothesis, design an experiment, make observations and record data, organize and analyze data, and state a conclusion. Initially, students will need to memorize the steps and we will discuss mnemonic devices and develop one to ease memorization. Next, they will examine everyday scenarios they might experience at school and determine which step of the scientific method applies. Then, students will organize three sets of data. Finally, they will perform an easy experiment and write a lab report that includes the use of all the steps.

posted on: August 14, 2005

Science Stats

The Major Concepts/Skills covered in sixth grade Earth Science are:
• Meteorology: Impact of weather and climate on the Earth
• Oceanography
• Earth Materials: Composition and structure of the Earth
• Earth in Space
• Interactions: Human impact on the Earth
• Energy Sources

Instruction in science is done through a variety of methods including informational text, informative websites, and hands-on activities. Students will draw conclusions and write frequently to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts covered.

posted on: August 09, 2005

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