Tuesday, September 29, 2015

~ September 2015 ~

Welcome to 
P.S. 154 Science Stem Lab
Units of Study 1st Session

           What are some changes we see in trees during the year?                                                

  •  Identify the basic needs of organisms to live and thrive:
  • Observe and compare different structures that enable each plant to live and thrive
  • Plants respond to changes in the environment including seasonal changes


  • What are some properties of solids, liquids, and gases?
  • Observe and describe the three states of matter:
  • Liquids take the shape of the containers they are in.
  • Air does not have a definite shape.
  • Solids have a definite shape.
  • Observe that the material(s) of which an object is made determines some specific properties of the object (shrinking/floatation, solubility).
  • Predict, observe, and examine different substances to determine their ability to mix with water (e. oil, water. sugar, water; sand, water).
  • Test object to determine weather they sink or float.
  • Observe, and describe the changes of objects when placed in different environments.

SECOND GRADE:                         FORCES AND MOTION

  • What causes objects to move?
  • Observe and describe the position of an object relative to another object.
  • Demonstrate how the position or direction of an object can be changed by pushing or pulling.
  • Identify gravity as a force that pulls objects down.
  • Observe and describe how the force of gravity can affect objects through air liquids and solids.

THIRD GRADE:                                           MATTER

What are some properties of matter?

  • Measure compare and record physical properties of objects using:standard and nonstandard units.
  • Appropriate tools e.g., rulers, thermometers, pan balances, springs, scales graduated cylinders.
  • Describe and compare the properties of matter size shape mass/weight volume color text.

          What roles do plants and animals play in their environments?

  • Classify populations of organisms as producers consumers decomposers by the role they serve in the ecosystem food chains and food webs).
  • Explore how plants manufacture food by utilizing air water and energy from the sun.
  • Identify polulations within a community that are in competition with one another for resources.
  • Describe how the health growth and development of organisms are affected by environmental conditions.
  • Describe the way humans depend on their natural and constructed environment and how they change their environment over time.
  • Identify examples where human activity has been beneficial or harmful effect on other organisms.(e.g.,) deforestation

FIFTH GRADE:                               THE NATURE OF SCIENCE

 How do scientists gather and share information?

  • Formulate questions for scientific inquiry.
  • Identify questions and formulate hypothesis. Design and conduct scientific investigations to answer those questions. 
  • Employ tools to gather analyze and interpret data. 
  • Use mathematics in scientific inquiry.
  • Use data to construct reasonable explanations. 
  • Develop and communicate explanations using evidence.
  • Identify dependent and independent variables.