Wednesday, August 28, 2019

08.28.2019 - Math / Science / STEAM

08.28.2019 – Wednesday –

     Week 2, Day 5

     Hi sixth graders and parents.  We’re five days into the school year and I’ve been trying to arrange to room and plan the curriculum for a year that prepares each student for middle and high school. In math we’re beginning the curriculum with area, perimeter and volume and in science we’ve touched on cells and the scientific method.


I.  Introduction:  A review of perimeter, area, and volume.
     A.  Perimeter: One-dimensional – example – 12 meters
     B.  Area: Two-dimensional – example – 12 meters squared.

     C.  Volume: Like the volume of or classroom from our lab – 324 meters cubed.

II.  Examples of perimeter, area, and volume from construction and building.

III Math lab – We checked out salt – NaCl – and figured that about 20 salt grains fit across one centimeter.
     A.  So, 400 (20 x 20) salt grains would cover one square centimeter.
     B.  And, in once cubic centimeter, you could fit 8000 salt grains. (20 x 20 x 20)

IV. Volume and perimeter homework was collected and, tomorrow, we’ll use the salt math lab to give an example of how we deal with very large numbers in science and math.
No homework in math this evening.


I.  Introduction: Current events. Two notes on weather predictions for the US for this winter.  Notes might include;
     A.  Winter begins on December 21st
     B.  The “Old Farmers Almanac: uses a complicated – and not, particularly scientific, method to predict the weather.

II.  Notes: Elements and living things. We do not get far into the Periodic Table of Elements in sixth grade, but we do need a background on elements to understand some of the concepts in biology. Living things are, mostly, composed of the elements;
     A.  C – Carbon
     B.  H – Hydrogen
     C.  O – Oxygen
     D.  N – Nitrogen
     E.  Ca – Calcium
     F.  P – Phosphorus

III.  Activity:
     A.  Student placed, into their science notebooks, a color-in sheet hat visually represents the percentage of each element in a plant or animal. (By mass, we’re mostly Oxygen!)


I.  In our introduction to engineering we did not add to our paper skyscraper today because of time constraints but we did complete the “Imagineering” video clip and draw a first-draft design of a house. The ultimate goal is to build a small model of a small home. Beginning with plans, estimating costs, and considering materials and aesthetics.

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