Week of February 27th

This week’s learning targets in science:

  • Describe the components of soil and other factors that influence soil texture, fertility, and resistance to erosion
  • Describe how weathering agents and erosional processes (i.e. force of water as it freezes or flows, expansion/contraction due to temperature, force of wind, force of plant roots, action of gravity, chemical decomposition) slowly cause changes that create and/or change landforms

Have a great week!

~Mrs. Rasco

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Week of February 6th

This week’s learning targets in science:

  • Classify rocks as sedimentary, igneous, or metamorphic
  • Explain how the formation of sedimentary rocks depends on weathering and erosion
  • Explain how heating and cooling in the mantle layer leads to the formation of metamorphic rock and some igneous rocks

Have a great week!

~Mrs. Rasco

Week of January 30th

This week’s learning targets in science:

  • Explain and diagram the external and internal processes of the rock cycle (e.g. weathering and erosion, sedimentation, compaction, heating, re-crystallization, resurfacing due to forces that drive plate motion.
  • Explain how the formation of sedimentary rocks depends on weathering and erosion.
  • Explain how heating and cooling in the mantle layer leads to the formation of metamorphic rock and some igneous rocks
  • Explain that the amount of matter remains constant while being recycled through the rock cycle

Have a great week!

~Mrs. Rasco

Week of January 23rd

  • Our first snow day will be made up on Monday, February 2oth. No announcement has been made about our make-up day for the second snow day.
  • This Friday is a $1 PJ day. Money raised is for spring field trips.
  • Students have two upcoming opportunities to showcase their talents and passions:
    • Talent Night is March 9th. Students interested in performing should pick up a permission slip from Mrs. Morris in the music room.
    • Innovation Day is May 5th. Students may sign up to present to their peers on any topic they are passionate about. Proposals must be turned in by January 31st. Forms may be picked up from the library.

Have a great week!

Week of January 23rd

This week’s learning targets in science:

  • Differentiate between minerals and rocks (which are composed of different kinds of minerals)
  • Explain and diagram the external and internal processes of the rock cycle (e.g. weathering and erosion, sedimentation, compaction, heating, re-crystallization, resurfacing due to forces that drive plate motion
  • Explain that the amount of matter remains constant while being recycled through the rock cycle

Have a great week!

~Mrs. Rasco

Week of January 16th

This week’s learning targets in science:

  • Differentiate between minerals and rocks (which are composed of different kinds of minerals
  • Describe the distinguishing properties that can be used to classify minerals (i.e. luster, hardness, crystal shape, streak, reaction to magnets, and acids
  • Explain and diagram the external and internal processes of the rock cycle (e.g. weathering and erosion, sedimentation, compaction, heating, re-crystallization, resurfacing due to forces that drive plate motion

Have a great week!

~Mrs. Rasco

Week of January 9th

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful break. In science, we will be working in small groups on remediations from Unit 4 on fossils. We will also begin Unit 5 on minerals and rocks. When looking at the first semester report, please remember that there is still work to be done on Unit 4. Look for the End-of-Unit report in a couple of weeks for updated information on that unit.

I also want to take a moment to say thank you to all the generous donors who helped to fully fund the project I had posted on DonorsChoose.org. In this project, I requested some really exciting materials that will encourage students to develop several 21st century skills including critical thinking, coding, and digital creation. The materials should all be here by the end of the week so I will start getting them into the hands of our kiddos next week. Thanks again to the amazing donors who helped out with this project!

This week’s learning targets in science:

  • Differentiate between minerals and rocks (which are composed of different kinds of minerals
  • Describe the distinguishing properties that can be used to classify minerals (i.e. luster, hardness, crystal shape, streak, reaction to magnets, and acids)
  • Describe the methods used to identify the distinguishing properties of minerals

Have a great week!

~Mrs. Rasco 🙂