Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Learning about Ecosystems

Right now in science we've got our own little ecosystems going on. Four teams each had their own mini-ecosystem that included biotic and abiotic parts. Sadly, some of our fish have passed away due to a parasite called ick. We made the interesting observation that our gold colored goldfish are all doing fine, but the white colored goldfish did not make it. Our class is wondering if the color of the fish made them more likely to get ick. While we are sad that three of our fish died, it helped us understand food chains and the effects parasites can have on other living beings.

There are a lot of fun activities and movies about food webs  and food chains that we're trying out in class and you can try out at home. Check out:

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The United States

Our last two marking periods are going to be made up of a study of the United States, specifically we're going to look at the regions and what makes each one unique. As we learn about the regions we're also going to take a closer look at each state. Here's a little preview! Do you think YOU can learn the states and capitols as well as Wakko?

Do you think you can sing The Fifty, Nifty United States?