Ms. Hammons Webpage for Science and
Texas History 2018-2019
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This is my 4th Year at ACA and my 16th Year teaching Science.
Science is what makes me TICK!!!! I hope you and your child will enjoy the Journey with me! I will post lesson plans on Sunday night so you will know what we will be doing the following week.
Feb 18-22, 2019: 4.8A Weather (Test over Weather is changed to Friday, Feb 22 to allow for one more activity); Review tools that meteorologists use; Analyze weather maps - cold and warm fronts;
Tuesday: Chromebooks to finish China Dynasty Google Slides with partner (45 minutes); Review tools that meteorologists use; Analyze weather maps/cold and warm fronts;
Wednesday: Weather Match Up Card game; Start Google Slide China Presenatations
Thursday: Students create weather maps on whiteboards for review; Googel Slide China Presentations
Friday: Test over Weather; 4.8B Sun & Water Cycle Pre-Assessment; Read Yellow Book Sun & Water Cycle
Feb 11-15, 2019: 4.8A Weather (Test over Weather is Thursday, Feb 21)
Monday:Daily Weather Recording; Add vocab to journal; Writing Science - Edit & Review; Discovery Ed Video: Understanding the Weather
Tuesday: Daily weather recording; Discuss High and Low Air Pressure Systems and how they affect the weather; Students work with their partner on their Google Slide Presenation on Ancient China/Dynasty
Wednesday: Daily weather recording; Earth Science: What makes the weather change activity; What are the types of clouds and what kind of weather do they bring?; Google Slides Presentations
Thursday: Daily weather recording; Watch a couple live weather forecasts; analyze sets of 3 or 4 weather maps; Google Slide Presentations
Friday: Student holiday/Parent Conferences
Feb 4-8, 2019: Resources/Weather
Monday: Review for test tomorrow; begin Core Knowledge Unit on China
Tuesday: 4.7C Resouces Test; pre-assessment Weather
Wednesday: Engage Activity!!!! Start looking at weather maps and identifying symbols using the Key.; Add vocabulary to journal and watch STEMScopes Picture Vocabulary; Start daily weather recordings.
Thursday: Analyze weather maps with groups - watch weather forecasts and identify symbols; Discovery Ed Vidceo - Rain or Shine. Study clouds and what different types mean.
Friday: With a partner, Students will analyze a set of 4 weather maps (4 days in a row) and predict/share with the class what the forecast is. Then they will use dry erase boards showing the map of the US and I tell them the type of weather that is forecast- and they draw in the symbols.
Jan 28-Feb 1, 2019 - 4.7C Resources (Test over this Unit is Tuesday, Feb 5)
STEMScopes: Virtual Investigation & Concept Review Game were assigned Friday
Monday: SCIENCE MAP TESTING
Tuesday: Who Am I? resource identification game/lab report
Texas History: Presentations over Week 15 newspaper
Wednesday: Complete lab report from Explore Card Sort from last Friday; Progress Monitoring-Concept Attainment Quiz; Mr. TrashWheel Activity/Videol: Texas Histort: Week 16 Review
Thursday: Students will create a Brochure proclaiming their Resource the Best and Why!
TX History: finish Week 16 Review
Friday: Students finish their Resource Brochure.
Jan 22-25, 2019 - start 4.7C Resources
Tuesday: Pre-Assessment; Picture Vocabulary; Starters Game; Engage Activity - card sort.
Wednesday: Read Yellow Book aloud pg 45-51; Read Energy Story; Venn Diagram-Renewable/nonrewable
Thursday: "Who Am I" game - students will identify objects in a grab bag as renewable or nonrewable
Friday: Explore Card Game - students will complete the lab report answering questions about the game
Texas History: Week 15 Unrest in TX - to learn the content this week, students will be in small groups and each group will present a section of the newspaper to the class on Thursday and Friday.
Jan. 14-17, 2019
Monday: TX History Quiz over Week 12/13 Newspapers - Students may use Review Notes on test. Frayer Model is due; Watch STEMScopes Content Connections Videos #1 and 2.
Tuesday: Explore Activity: Weathering Limestone Lab; students will answer Essential Questions after their lab report is completed. TX History: Start reading Week 14 Newspaper - Stephen F Austin
Wednesday: Analyze results from lab yesterday; Progress Monitoring Assessment; Discovery Ed video: the Formation of the Hawaiian Islands (4 minutes); Finish reading Week 14 Newspaper and start crossword puzzle.
Friday: 4.7B Changes to Land Test; Finish Crossword Puzzle for Week 14 and begin writing assignment.
Jan. 7-12, 2019 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Monday: no school for students
Tuesday: Begin 47B Changes to Land; Pre-Assessment, STEMScopes assignments on Chromebooks - along with reading Week 13 TX History Newspaper
Wednesday: Discovery Education Video: Forces of Nature, Dynamic Earth
Thursday: Weathering and Erosion Activities - complete lab report. Answer Essential Questions with group.
Friday: Complete lab report from yesterday; Quick Write; Texas History Week 14 discussion.
TEXAS HISTORY: We will continue with Newspapers Weeks 13-16: Missions in TX, Stephen F Austin, Unrest in TX - students will be creating a Google Slide Presentation about what they have learned during this time.
Dec. 17-21, 2018 (Week 17) 4.7A Properties of SOIL
***TEXAS HISTORY CROSSWORD PUZZLES Weeks 11 and 12 are due Monday. Students had the whole class period on Thursday to complete these online/Chromebooks - but several students did not finish. Remind your child to have those ready to turn in Monday.
Also: Concept Attainment Quiz is due today - many finished and turned it in Friday, just a reminder to those that did not.
ALSO: The Density Bottle that your child brought home Friday, has the cap GLUED SHUT! Hope your child was able to explain to you how it works!!! :)
Monday: Review Games for the Soil test tomorrow; TX History: start Exploration Cause and Effect Activity
Tuesday: Soil Test; Finish Cause and Effect Acitivity, if time
Wednesday: Watch "Kileaua - Volcano of Fire" to introduce next unit Changes to Land - and complete a Science Video Report.
Thursday: EXTENSION: Rock and Mineral Lab - students will identify proerties of rocks and minerals.
Friday: Parties and Sing Along. Students are welcome to sign out/leave with parents after the sing along.
Have a fabulous Winter Break!
Dec 10-14, 2018 (Week 16) 4.7A Properties of Soil - No New STEMScopes; but students can get online and complete any of the Learning Resources or other Assignments for Properties of Soil
Test over this unit will be Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Monday: Exploring Properties of Sand
Tuesday: Intervention/Extension; TX History - Read Aloud Week 11/La Salle and do crossword puzzle
Wednesday: Watch Bill Nye: Atoms and make a foldable about the Periodic Table of Elements
Thursday: Chromebooks: Week 12 TX History /First Missions in TX; complete the Exploration and Timeline for weeks 11 and 12
Friday: I Notice/I Wonder Activity; Periodic Table Activity
Dec 3-7, 2018 (Week 15) 4.7A Properties of Soil
THANKS to everyone who brought soil samples! We're using it tomorrow!
No new STEMScopes - STEMScopedia was assigned last Sunday and should be done by tonight to be ready for the Soil Labs on Monday and Tuesday.
Monday: Engage Activity - Investigating Soil Lab; Essential Questions
Tuesday: Explore Activity - Soil Porosity lab
Wednesday: Complete lab report from yesterday and analyze results. Picture Vocabulary - add vocab to Journal; Discovery Ed video: Properties of Soil
Thursday: Science Today-Watch It! Composting
Friday: All Tx History- Week 10 - student may read it/have it read to them online. We will start reading it in class on Wednesday/Thursday. Everyone has their login info on their Password Keeper Page in their planner.
Username: first initial last name 4G: example chammons4G
If your child needs/lost their answer key you can print one from this link:
Nov. 26-30, 2018 (Week 14) 4.7A Properties of Soil :
STEMScopes assignment: STEMScopedia (yellow book) online.
***Please have students bring their soil sample by Tuesday, if one was collected over Thanksgiving Break! Thanks!
This is my tentative plan for the week - day may change depending on length of time to complete each activity.
Monday: Starters question; Nutrients for Life Unit: Soil/Rock Unit "What do you know now?"; Soil and Rocks Video (10 min); STEMScopes Pre-Assessment
Tuesday: "What have you learned now?"; Yellow Book pg 39-43 and complete table pg 42; Continue Nutrients for Life; STEMScopes Engage: Observe/label soil samples that students brought fromThanksgiving break.
Wednesday: Observe samples under stereoscope (put them on an index card); Complete the lab report; Put vocab in Journal and watch Picture Vocabulary
Thursday: Discovery Ed video "Properties of Soil"; Science-Current Events STEMScopes; observe sand samples - compare/contrast with a Venn Diagram
Friday: Entire class will be dedicated to students Google Slide Presentation on their civilization in Africa.
Nov. 12-16, 2018 (Week 13) 4.6D Investigating Forces
Monday: Explore Lab - design an experiment to test forces
Tuesday: Graph data from yesterday's lab, Mouse Trap Game!; Newton's Laws of Motion videos and students will complete a Foldable illustrating the Three Laws of Motion
Wednesday: Extension/Intervention activities
Thursday: Expert Line Game; This Game Reminds Me Of..... Stand Up, Hand Up, Pair Up - games to review the unit for test tomorrow
Friday: Test over Investigating Forces
Core Knowledge: We are studying Africa for a couple weeks. We learned about the geographical areas last week and will study ancient civilizations this week. Students will create a Google Slide Presentation Thursday to share after Thanksgiving Break. Mrs. Kempken is teaching them to use this app this week!
Nov 5-9, 2018 (Week 12): 4.6D Investigating Forces
THESE PLANS MAY CHANGE AS WE GO DAY TO DAY, BUT CONTENT WILL BE COVERED.
STEMScopes assigned: STEMScopedia
Monday: Pre-Assessment; Starters: Fast Friction and Playground Science (if weather is good, we'll go out to the Playground to conduct this investigation); students will make a T-chart in their journal to record their findings.
Tuesday: Engage Activity: Student groups will investigate a "toy", make a prediction on how it works, then write down their prediction. They will test it, then present their findings to the class. Students will then use a Sentence Stem to answer a question about the investigation. If time, we will watch a couple Chain Reaction Videos to watch for "forces".
Wednesday: CER (Claim-Evidence-Reasoning) about Bowing; watch Picture Vocabulary and add vocab to journal; Play "Would You Rather?" game.
Thursday: Zoo Field Trip
Friday: Newton's Laws videos and students will create a foldable to show their understanding of each law.
Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2018 (Week 11) Bat Week Ends on Wed. Thursday: Test over 4.6BC Electricity and TEXAS History Weeks 4-7 Newspapers (students may use their notes, journals, newspapers, data collection sheet, etc. on both tests.
Thanks to all the parents/students that cut out bats, bat masks, and donated glitter!! Much appreciation!
Monday: Students will decorate and Glitter their Bat Masks!
Tuesday: Students will have about 20 mintues to go over their presentation before we start Presentations of Bat Projects! Each student will get 3-5 minutes and should not just read everything directly from their work.
Wednesday: Finish Presentations. Last 15 minutes we will review for the tests tomorrow
Thursday: 4.6BC Electricity Test and Texas History Test over Weeks 4-7.
Friday: Texas History Project - Students have chosen 1 of 4 projects and they will have the whole time to do this. It should be finished during this class.
Oct 22-26, 2018 (Week 10) Bat Week runs Wed., Oct 24-Tues. Oct 30, If you have volunteered, with me, to help with Bat Masks - that is Monday, Oct 29. And THANK YOU! If you volunteered to send Glitter or Cut Out Masks - please send those to me by Wed. of this week so I can get everything organized!
Monday: Concept Attainment Quiz; Explore Part III-Electromagnets-students will draw and label and we build a demo; How does an OPERATION Game work?
Tuesday: "What is wrong with this circuit" Activity (identify open/closed circuits); Odd One Out!, Electricity Crossword Puzzle.
Wednesday: BAT WEEK STARTS! Watch the kids podcast from www.batcon.org; Myth or Fact activity about bats; discuss the 3 projects available for students to present what they learn over the next few days-they will be given guidelines and Rubrics
Thursday: Podcast #2. Students will have chromebooks to research a bat they want to focus on (on the batcon.org page - Bat Profiles). Students will submit, in writing, which project they are going to do.
Friday: Podcast #3/4. Continue working on project (using chromebooks for part of the time).
Oct 15-19, 2018 (Week 9) 4.6BC Electricity, Conductorss/Insulators
(STEMScopes STEMScopedia was assigned on Saturday and sent out as a REMIND)
Monday: Quick Write about STEMScopedia Chapter, What makes the "Operation" Game work?; Picture Vocabulary - Engage Activity: Testing various materials of cups for insulating value
Tuesday: Summarize Yellow Book/fill in table; Picture Vocabulary - Frayer Model with 4 words; Content Connections Video
Wednesday: Science Today-Watch It! - and answer questions afterwards. Discovery Ed video about electricity
Thursday: Explore Parts I & II: Building circuits and building a circuit tester for insulators and conductors - students will complete a lab report.
Friday: Field Trip to the FW Zoo.
Oct 1 - 5, 2018 (Week 8) TEST OVER FORMS OF ENERGY 4.6A on FRIDAY
Monday: Return and Discuss Forms of Energy Lab from last week; Energy - Motion Activity with Groups; Content Connections
Tuesday: Steve Spangler "Sound Toy"; Start making Energy Foldable; students use chromebooks to take picture of something in my classroom representing "Energy", then type in all the the types of energy used/produced by that object and "Submit"
Wednesday: Finishing making Energy Foldable; demo: Laser and Baby Powder!!!!; Concept Attainment Quiz and Quintuple Bubble Map for Energy
Thursday: Post Assessment; Odd One out; "Identify types of Energy" - all as review for test tomorrow
Friday: 4.6A test of Forms of Energy and Pre-Assessment over Electricity
Sept. 24-28, 2018 (Wk 7)
Monday: Test over 4.5B Mixtures; Pre-Assessment 4.6A Forms of Energy; discuss Yellow Book reading
Tuesday: Starters; Brainstorm about the object at your table and how it relates to energy;
Wednesday: Picture Vocabulary; Frayer Model-pick 4 words and make a four-square.; Motion Acitivity (on Elmo)
Thursday: Story of the "Frisbee"; EXPLORE Activity: Boxes 1 & 2!!
Friday: Measure/graph salwater jars; Bill Nye ENERGY - Science Video Report
Sept. 17-21, 2018 (Wk 6)
Monday: Quick Write: Where did the condensation on the metal can come from?; Stand Up, Hand Up, Pair Up Game; BrainStew Mixture or Solution Video (Disc Ed); Students will complete a Science Video Report; Picture Vocab (STEMScopes) and glue vocab in journal.
Tuesday: Identify Mixture or Solution with 12 picture cards; Homeogeneous or Heterogeneous Mixtures??? Discuss with group; Messing with Mixtures Gallery Walk (practice with tools)
Wednesday : Mixtures Lab: each group will have materials and tools and must discuss and decide with tools to use for with items. Students will complete a Double Bubble Map comparing/contrasting Mixtures/Solutions
Thursday: Begin collecting data on a data table of our saltwater jars; Mid-Unit Assessment for Mixtures.
Friday: Intervention or Extension
Sept 10-14, 2018 (Wk 5):
Monday: Finish Science MAP Testing
Tuesday: Phase Change Lab, metal cans/ice cubes - Students complete data table and graph data; read "Changes from Heat-I Am an Ice Cube" - Quick Write: I Am an Ice Cube; investigate types of insulators
Wednesday: Read Yellow Book for Mixtures; watch Content Connections on STEMScopes and Picture Vocabulary - put vocab in Journal
Thursday: Trail Mix Lab-students complete a bar graph - "Where is Adreienne Block (Antarctica) " and what is she learning there?
Friday: Parent Conference Day/Student Holiday
Sept. 4-7, 2018 (Wk 4): Hopefully, by now, all students have been able to log in to STEMScopes. They must click "Learning Resources" tab at top to access some assignments (STEMScopedia, CLOZEing in on Science, Concept Builder, Picture Vocabulary, Reading Science B, and Math Connections B). Today, I assigned Reading Science B, which will be under the Learning Resources Tab, PLUS, two games: Concept Review Game and Virtual Investigation. These 2 games are just for Review if your child needs it.
Tuesday: Folder Games for Review
Wednesday: 4.5A Matter Test - OPEN BOOK. Students may use their journal.
Thursday-Friday: Science MAP Testing (If MAP testing is delayed, we will continue on with the next unit 4.5B Mixtures)
TEXAS HISTOTRY: We will discuss Week 2 Newspaper (students were supposed to read it over the weeend) and we will complete the Crossword Puzzle together. Begin using the Online Resouces to analyze how Texas Oil changed Texas and the world.
Aug 27-31, 2018 (Wk 3): Please don't worry if you are having trouble logging in to STEMScopes - we are working on it. I will show the Picture Vocabulary during class Tuesday.
ALSO: Please understand that these plans are "flexible" depending on what happens during the week. Sometimes, we may need to take a little more time and sometimes we may be ready to move ahead. All content will be covered!
Monday: Tools and Measurement Gallery Walk: students will visit all station to read/practice measuring objects on the triple beam balance and read a graduated cylinder. All students will watch a short video on the proper way to do this before the lab.
Tuesday: Discovery Education Video: Matter and Properties; watch STEMScopes Picture Vocabulary; SWAT Vocabulary Game.
Wednesday: Read aloud story in Blue Book and answer 5 questions. Various activities for "Classify Matter".
Thursday: Progress Monitoring Assessment; Intervention/Extension Activities
Friday: Science MAP Testing today and next Tuesday, Sept. 4. OPEN BOOK TEST OVER 4.5A on WED. Sept 5
We will analyze a variety of maps including: population distrubution, energy resources, and geographic data.
Start Week 2 Texas History Newspaper: Where in the World Are We? Geography of Texas.
We will take an "Open Newspaper" test over Week 1 on Wednesday. All notes can be used.
Watch a Video from Tx History Online re: hurricanes. Describe Regions in TX including landforms, climate and vegation, compare geographic regions of TX with regions of the US.
Aug 20-24, 2018 (Wk 2): I have really enjoyed getting to know all our new Grififns! We are starting our first units in science and Texas History this week.
Monday: Pre-Assess 4.5A Classify Matter; Read Yellow Book pg 1-4 and discuss "What is a Chemist?"; Hands-On Acivity "Mystery Matter Box".
Tuesday: Discuss Properties of Matter from Monday; Magnetic Properties Engage Activity-groups will investigate Magnetism; students will complete a Safety Quiz with their shoulder partner/group.
Wednesday: Quick Write from Magnetism Lab; Picture Vocabulary on STEMScopes, then add Vocabulary to Science Journal.
Thursday: Discuss Safety Quiz; watch short videos on how to use triple beam balance, graduated cylinder, and spring scale, along with pictures on Elmo of the tools. Demo of how to use tools with student helpers; Start Tools Foldable.
Friday: Complete Tools Foldable and assign "Reading Science" in Blue book and answer questions 1-5.
TEXAS HISTORY: Week 1 Newspaper-Finding Texas (on a map) and learn to read various types of maps; color in regions of TX and add to Journal; read through the newspaper and complete the Crossword Puzzle. Week 2 Newspaper: Where in the World Are We? How oil changed Texas, discuss maps of regions; label and color in map.
Aug 14-17, 2018 (Wk 1): We will be getting to know each other, organizing supplies, learning Behavior Expectations in all the common areas in the building, and doing a little science! Please check your child's folder for any paperwork that needs to be filled out and returned to school. We appreciate all you do!