Lab Report K-12 Science Newsletter | Vol. 1 Issue 1I
Matter and Its Interactions
School Forest Will Provide Unique Opportunities
The K-12 Science Curriculum Writing Team is working to make sure students have multiple opportunities to understand key area of science and to delve deeper into the subject matter. In this issue, we are featuring the physical science topic “Matter and Its Interactions.”
The Whitnall School District is the recipient of a $5,000 Wisconsin Environmental Education Board grant that will be used to develop a K-12 curriculum plan. The plan will be the framework upon which instruction through experiential outdoor environmental education at the school forest can be successfully implemented across the K-12 curriculum. It will document the value of the school forest as an educational resource and provide teachers with the basis for determining what and how they should teach at the school forest, including science, math, language arts, citizenship, physical education, art, and technical education. The plan will provide the District’s roadmap to fully utilize the Whitnall School Forest and provide all the Whitnall students with meaningful outdoor environmental education opportunities. Sue Sabre (HCE), Susan
Rosenberg (EES), Scott Jaekel (WMS) Jessie Hoida (WHS), Laura Cerletty (WHS), and Tony Brazouski (DO), forest task force members, will attend a workshop sponsored by LEAF K-12 Forestry Education Program in Plover on July 10, where they will meet with nine other schools in the state working toward the same goal.
In second grade, students recognize different substances have different observable properties. They learn to group substances by their properties and investigate how properties determine function. In fifth grade, students begin to observe chemical reactions resulting in substances with different properties. As students progress to the middle school they model the molecular structure of substances and determine how the molecular rearrangement of atoms results in different molecules. Continued on page 2
Students in Mr. Thompson's eighth grade physical science class describe the physical properties of two substances, predict what will happen if they are mixed together, and analyze the chemical change which occurs upon combination.
MATTER, from page 1
High school students identify patterns in the periodic table and predict the structure and interactions of matter based on sub-atomic particles. Energy is a key concept. Remember, no matter the age group or the science topic, our students are always being exposed to the content (disciplinary core ideas), science skills (science and engineering practices), and key scientific concepts (crosscutting concepts) expected of well-prepared scientists.
Second graders in Ms. Burns’ and Ms. Schnoor's classes observe and record the properties of matter.
After identifying the characteristics of acids a and bases (content), students in Ms. Doyle's advanced chemistry class learn the technique of titration (science and engineering practices) to identify patterns (crosscutting concepts) of hydrogen and hydroxide ion concentrations related to acids and bases.
Thank You: Mrs. Mary M. Miller is retiring after 20 years of service to the Whitnall School District. She has taught earth science, biology and Advanced Placement biology. She is known for her high expectations. As one former student said, “We need more Mrs. Millers in our life. She always expected us to work hard and never give up.” We will miss you.
Visit a Park
Take a break from a game at Shoetz Park and visit the pond. Look for frogs, turtles and aquatic birds. Take a water sample home in an empty bottle and use a strong magnifying glass or microscope to look for small aquatic organisms. Can’t find any? Try again from a different area. Did you include aquatic plants, mud, or sticks in your sample? Explore Grant Park located in South Milwaukee and hike the Seven Bridges Trail. Discuss how water has formed the river valley which leads to the lake. Research the geological history of Lake Michigan. Skip smooth stones you find on the beach along the waters surface. Can you skip a stone that is not smooth?
Make Your Own Sports Drink Participating in summer activities that involve rigorous exercise? The anatomy and physiology students have researched homemade sports drinks to quench your thirst and save you money. Gatorade was used as a model drink because it has been extensively researched and proven to provide the correct balance of water, carbohydrates and electrolytes. Here are a few taste-tested recipes:
Kaitlyn and Joe’s Sports Juanita and Kendall’s Sweet Drink Sports Drink 16 oz. water 56 g sugar
16 oz. water
0.56 g salt ½ of packet of your
220 mg salt ¼ cup chopped peaches
favorite Kool-Aid flavor
¼ cup chopped strawberries
28 g sugar