Since our return from break, students have been studying viruses...and we are now beginning a LONG Unit 4 series over the Levels of Classification of Organisms, including a study of the 6 kingdoms (Archaebacteria, Eubacteria, Protists, Fungi, Plants, Animals). We will be starting with the simplest structures of all living things (Bacteria Kingdoms), and working our way towards the most complex (Animal Kingdom). There will be various times when the students will have hands-on experiences through microscope viewing, projects, flower dissection, and other lab experiments throughout the Unit. I usually take photos of our Lab times…so look forward to additional pics in the mrbakerlifescience.weebly.com website photo gallery in the near future.
The assessments for Unit 4 will be split into 3 sections:
1. There will be a test covering Viruses, Bacteria, Protists & Fungi, which will likely be given in late January or early February.
2. There will also be a test covering the Plant kingdom, to be given sometime in early to mid February.
3. Students will then be studying the individual classes of the Animal Kingdom (Invertebrates: Sponges, Worms, Cnidarians, Echinoderms, Mollusks, & Arthropods)(Vertebrates: Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, & Mammals). There will be an animal project that students will be able to work on with a partner. Then the final Unit 4 test will cover the Animal Kingdom, to be given sometime mid to late February.
I am planning several exciting things for the Spring months. Students will assist in planting a vegetable garden, We will explore the woods & the creek behind the school to collect samples of wildlife to include in a classroom terrarium, and to conduct some scientific research. We will identify various organisms using Dichotomous keys. We will also discuss the importance of environmental conservation and awareness though several on-site environmental experiments with water, soil, plant & animal life.
Unit 5 will be a study of Heredity & Genetics, which will begin some time in March. This is one of my favorite topics to teach, and the students typically find it to be quite interesting.
I’m looking forward to an exciting second half. I have truly enjoyed teaching your child(ren)!
Until the next update…stay well!