This 30 week, 1 ½ hour class will be filled with snaps, crackles, and pops as we navigate our way through the wacky, weird, and wonderful world of science experiments. Students will use hands-on science experiments to master the concepts and the steps of the scientific process, as well as the standard format of basic lab reports. Topics covered will include: astronomy, anatomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics.
Each week, students will conduct a science experiment in class, and use the proper steps of the scientific method. First, they will make an observation. Learning to create a working hypothesis is the next critical step. After that, they will create and conduct a valid experiment using the standard scientific procedure. During and following the experiment, students will record observations or reactions, and then analyze the recoded data. Lastly, students will report their finding and conclusions, as related to the hypothesis, in both oral presentation and written lab report format.
One very exciting component to this class is the science fair project. Students will apply what they have learned in the classroom and use that knowledge to create, execute, and present a science project. The steps will include: observation, research, hypothesis or problem, experiment, procedure method, observe results and analyze data, and then make a conclusion based on their findings. This project will be completed either individually, or in teams. Once complete these projects will then be entered into the MHEA Science Fair in February.
Class homework requirements: There will be no homework for this class. All experiments and projects will be completed in class.
The only item students need to supply is a pencil for writing up lab reports and a readiness to have fun with science.
Grades: 4th – 6th
Class Fee: $300
Books and supply fee: $85
Tutor: Rhonda Clark
Covid Contingency Plan
In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects the ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2020-21 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. The students and I will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. I will supply students with necessary items and proper instruction to complete experiments at home. Assignments will be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. The goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.