Let the Science Lab Take you to the Highest Heights!
"Open different doors. You might find a you there that you didn't know was yours."
-Bert (Mary Poppins)
I am very excited about this wonderful addition to our school. Students will visit the science lab every 8 days as part of their activity rotation. Each 9 week term will focus on a specific branch of science while incorporating inquiry skills. Each session will be grade specific according to objectives in the Mississippi Curriculum Frameworks.
Upcoming topics include: potential and kinetic energy; light and sound; insulators and conductors; energy; and features of the Earth's surface.
This Week in the Lab
This week in the lab we are studying Earth's materials. Third graders will recall what components make up our soil. They will list specific parts of living things that can become fossilized and will create their own fossil models using clay. Students will examine, describe, and illustrate different types of rocks. Fourth graders will categorize rocks as igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. They will determine and list physical properties of rocks such as color, luster, texture, cleavage, and crystal pattern. Students will also examine rocks from across the country and will describe and illustrate thier favorite specimen. Fifth graders will determine physical properties of rocks and minerals such as type, color, luster, crystal pattern, and cleavage. They will use streak plates to test streak color and will use pennies and nails to test for hardness on the Mohs scale.
Science club is for fifth grade students only. View the Science Club page for further information and updates.
We had a fabulous Science Fair. Thank you to all the students who participated in this event. Your enthusiasm and knowledge was truly impressive. I appreciate your teachers and parents who helped and encouraged you to do your best. Winners have been announced and will qualify for the regional fair in March.
Science Websites for Kids
Animals Characteristics Game
Food Chain Game
Food Web Game
Build Your Own Animal
MCT II Science Practice Tests
Please click the link at the top of this page to access the State Science Practice tests for 5th grade. Three different tests are included as well as answer keys.