Ecosystem Project and Science Notes printable

May 10, 2011

Ecosystem Project and Science Notes printable

May 10, 2011
Soooo…we still have 28 days left of school and I always save one of the best projects ’til last. I think this might be the only thing that can keep my soon-to-graduate 5th graders focused…

Ecocolumns! A wonderful parent shared this unit with me last year and it was the BEST project of the year.


I had taught about ecosystems for years, but nothing really brought the concept home in the same way as these columns.

There’s a terrarium (the part we worked on today) with grass and mustard seed…

as well as some “leaf matter” we collected outside today (is anyone else experiencing an unnaturally cold spring?!?).

The grass should grow in within a week and then comes the fun part: The aquarium with mosquito fish.

We will also be getting snails and crickets (ok, I am less than thrilled about that cricket part, but all in the name of science, right??).

The cool thing is the project comes with a bunch of great articles and side experiments. And, once you connect the terrarium and aquarium the whole thing becomes a self-sufficient ecosystem. My old students from last year still stop by to tell me their ecosystems are alive a year later!! This particular unit comes from Carolina Curriculum: The STC Program. There’s a sample lesson on this link if you are interested. I know if you search for ecocolumns there are many different versions out there as well…like this one.

Since we’ll be taking a lot of notes/observations (but the year is winding down) I thought I would make a small science notebook (same format as the Word Detectives and Spelling Books–the kids love those smaller notebooks!).

I kept the notebook open-ended, since I know we all teach different topics across the various grade levels. I do print it out in grayscale to save my poor, overused ink and it looks great.

I staple about 10 of these sheets inside the book, stapling along the spine with my oh-so-cool long arm stapler.

Are you guys doing any fun science projects, or is your year too close to being finished?

The file is below…



Science Notes

3 Comments

  • Amanda K. May 10, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    This sounds like so much fun! A friend of mine is doing the "Moldy Oldy" experiment, but without success. Aparently bread now a days has too many preservatives. We are writing our own nonfiction science books. The kiddos are researching an animal or topic of their choice. Thanks for sharing!

    Amanda
    Third Grade Experience

  • The Horton's May 11, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Hey! Thanks for sharing this-I am doing a life cycle unit and need a cute science journal to record observations. Googledocs couldn't retrieve the document 🙁

  • Anonymous August 15, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Amanda–
    After a bread experiment one of my 6th graders did last year, I agree that most store bought bread will not mold as quickly as needed (kinda scary that we eat the stuff!!).

    Instead I recommend that if a teacher needs to use bread that they make it by hand. That in itself would be a neat experiment– students can observe how the materials change through the process of putting them together, learn about yeast, etc. That should work a lot better than any store bought brand of bread.

    Mrs. G
    http://sciencetrailstricks.blogspot.com/

  • Leave a Reply

    Instagram

    • Ok, this is nothing major but it has really sped up my planning time in @planbookcom!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Did you know you can navigate from lesson to lesson with arrows on the right and left? It is SO much faster than double-clicking in and out of lesson boxes!!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This is probably one of those things everyone knows except me...but I wanted to share just in case!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#lessonplans #planbookcom #classroommanagement #iteachfourth #iteach4th #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram
    • Three days of school, three books read for #classroombookaday!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This has already become a highlight of our day and I love this bonding time with my new sweet fourth graders ❤️
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Next week, we will start discussing the themes and character traits we encounter during our daily reads, thanks to the brilliant @headoverheelsforteaching‘s resources!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Have you started #classroombookaday again this year? If you are new to the concept you must check out @heisereads classroombookaday.com who developed this...she has tons of book recs and ideas!!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#classroombookaday #picturebooks #readersgonnaread #iteachfourth #iteach4th #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram
    • Three days of school and I STILL have a couple of unfinished areas. This whiteboard isn’t hung on the wall, my drawers are only partially labeled, and I have piles of things on the floor to put away BUT...
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The first days of school have been absolutely awesome with my new students!!!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I really think it’s SO hard for a type A teacher to learn to let things go...to take more time in the summer away from the classroom. I have been working at it for a few years now and I think I’m finally making some progress.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My room isn’t completely ready for the new year but I definitely am ❤️
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#movingawayfromtypea #teacherselfcare #iteachfourth #iteach4th #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram
    • Year 18, day two!! It was too busy to post a first day of school picture yesterday 😅
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Who else started this week?? I hope it’s been great!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#backtoschool #year18 #wheredoesthetimego #iteachfourth #iteach4th #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram
    • Sharing a quick Google Sheets tip!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you are using the checkbox feature and working with a large list, there is an easy way to uncheck all your boxes AT ONCE when you are done with your list!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Click at the top of the column where your check boxes are located (swipe to see). This will select the whole column.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Then click your space bar...this will automatically uncheck all of your boxes at once! You can also check off large groups of checkboxes using this same tip.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I used this feature while printing off the covers for our read alouds today...it saved me a ton of time!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you’d like to see more about this digital read aloud tracker, please click the link in my profile or type bit.ly/DigitalReadAloudTracker ✅
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#googledrive #googlesheets #technologyintheclassroom #iteachfourth #iteach4th #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram
    • How many days do you get for classroom setup?
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We have our one day coming up on Tuesday...and I have a zillion things to finish. Most parts are almost done, but there are stacks of things on the floor everywhere (swipe to see) 😬
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#classroomorganization #kindof #andstacksofsupplieseverywhere #teachertired #iteachfourth #iteach4th #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram

    Follow @ladybugsteacherfiles

    ×