6th Grade Science Owl Pellet Dissection Lab:
To conclude our unit on the food chain, students were challenged to dissect an owl pellet. Owl pellets are the undigested remains of prey eaten by an owl. The owl, a top predator of the food chain, usually swallows its prey whole. The hard, non-digestible parts of the prey – bones, teeth, fur, feathers, and remains of insects are compressed in the gizzard (stomach) of the owl and then expelled through the mouth. Students used toothpicks and probes to separate the bones from the fur and/or feathers and then sort the bones into piles of the same kind. Students then placed the skull, jaws, and backbones into separate piles. Once the pellet was completely dissected, students were challenged to reconstruct the skeleton of the eaten prey.
6th Grade Social Studies Metropolitan Museum:
In order to enhance our studies on ancient civilizations, our sixth grade students visited the Metropolitan Museum. They enjoyed various exhibits but found the Egyptians ruins to be spectacular. As they traveled back in time, the tour guide explained the artifacts and provided very interesting stories. Our students found that they were well prepared for this adventure and that the exhibits enhanced their classroom experience.
7th Grade Science Cow’s Eye Dissection:
The seventh grade Science students were learning about the eye and the process of vision as part of a unit about body systems. After learning about the structure and function of the eye, the students had an opportunity to dissect a real cow’s eye! Each pair of students was able to cut apart an eye and identify the structures within. Our “scientists” successfully took the knowledge they gained during class and applied it to the dissection. It was amazing to discover that the cow’s eye is exactly the same as the human eye except for one structure–that structure is the tapetum lucidium!
7th Grade Social Studies Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts:
The 7th grade Social Studies curriculum focuses on early America. In order to experience life in the years, 1790 to 1840, 7th graders visited a rural town in New England. They engaged in various activities as they did during colonial America; some of these activities included woodworking, decorative arts, cooking, textile production, leisure pastimes and other fun activities. It was a great way of making Social Studies comes alive!
8th Grade Science The eight grades is currently covering the “Energy Unit” Objectives:
- Demonstrate how carbon dioxide affects Bromothymol blue when added to the indicator solutions.
- Describe the effect of temperature on carbon dioxide production by yeast.
Math: Hands-on Learning:
As a school that places a strong emphasis on Mathematics, our students are encouraged to experience mathematics through hands-on activities. In this particular lesson, students were learning how to find the volume of cylinders and rectangular prisms. After a series of experiments, students were able to derive the formulas for both shapes and apply this knowledge to a series of other problems.