In Science during Trimester 3 we will be doing 2 things:
First, students will be learning about waves and amplitude and engaging in a variety of hands on learning experiences over the course of 4 weeks including:
- exploring waves through jump ropes
- creating a structure in a small group that will withstand an earthquake
- evaluating whether a tsunami can be as tall as a skyscraper
- applying their knowledge of waves and amplitude to evaluate different situations involving waves and predict an outcome
Then we will finish off the school year learning about magnetism and electricity. Here is how FOSS lays out this unit:
The Magnetism and Electricity Module consists of five sequential investigations, each designed to introduce or reinforce concepts in physical science. Students experience magnetism and electricity as related effects and learn useful applications of magnetism and electricity in everyday life.
FOSS EXPECTS STUDENTS TO
- Observe the interaction of permanent magnets with a variety of common materials.
- Discover that magnets have two different poles, called north and south poles; like poles repel and opposite poles attract.
- Build a compass and use it to detect magnetic fields, including Earths magnetic field.
- Measure the change in force between two magnets as the distance between them changes.
- Create static charge and determine that electrically charged objects attract or repel each other.
- Understand, design, and build simple open, closed, parallel, and series circuits.
- Observe that electric current flowing in a wire produces a magnetic field.
- Learn how to build an electromagnet.
- Experience the relationship between the number of winds of wire around a core and the strength of the magnetism.
- Use their knowledge of electromagnets to make a simple device, a telegraph, and understand how electromagnets are used in other devices such as motors and generators.
- Learn that electric energy can be converted to heat, light, and motion.
- Develop questions and perform scientific investigations to test predictions and draw conclusions.