Weather, Force and Motion, and a new partnership for 6th and 7th Grade Scientists

Sixth grade science is having a good time studying weather with all the recent snowstorms. Topics of water vapor and dew point have been tackled of late as we try to understand condensation, evaporation and the ever-present precipitation that has been occurring on a weekly basis in the form of . . ., well let’s not talk about it as I’m sure you’ve shoveled enough of it by now. What is amazing about all this snow however is that it reminds me of the power of nature. We often get so busy in our daily lives running here and there, checking our emails, dropping off our children, picking them up, getting dinner ready, getting them to bed and doing it all again the next day, not to mention time for ourselves somewhere in there. The snow forces us to slow down, as we have no choice but to stay put. I hope that you were able to enjoy some quality time with your family during some of the recent storms and that the hardships of dealing with the snow were not too overwhelming. Next we will be tackling the water cycle in greater depth than they already learned in elementary school as we then prepare to end our unit on weather with an examination of global warming, also known more accurately as ‘climate change’. 

In 7th grade we recently began a unit entitled Force and Motion. This is a fun unit of study on physics where scholars apply math equations to determine speed, time, and distance equations to various moving objects. We will be using many physical models as well to see how things move and determine the forces acting on these objects. As a part of this study we will take a look at the idea of a system and how it works. For example, a car is a system with many complex parts in order to make it run. We will then take this new found concept and apply it to the idea of our trash system. 

Starting the week of February 7th we will be partnering with the K2 scholars to take a close look at our trash and recycling system. Please see the K2 article by Jerry Pisani to learn more about this partnership. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful February. If you want to put your 7th grader’s new knowledge of force and motion to work, get them shoveling snow to see how much they can move in a certain unit of time. Let me know how it goes . . . 


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