Sunday, April 4, 2010
Theme for April/Water Science
Water is our overall monthly theme for April, and we will begin our studies in ernest immediate after spring break. Our sneak preview actually happened this past Friday, April 2nd, as the entire school watched a Bill Nye DVD on the water cycle. I'm hoping to fit in a field trip to the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, in order to participate in one of their excellent science labs about the water cycle. I'll update you as I get the information.
I'm taking an ecological slant to this theme, and will lead the class in a science fair type experiment on the effects of acid rain. Students will gather information, made predictions, and test/analyze results. We will also learn about the great lakes ecosystem, water pollution and invasive species (such as asian carp and zebra mussels). Our previous knowledge of food chains will come in handy as students learn how easily a whole ecosystem can be affected by one seemingly minor change.