Books of the month- (Unit #3 Marie Curie & Chemistry)

Harry Potter by: J.K. Rowling

harry potter book

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by: Richard & Florence Atwater

mr. poppers penguins

The Lemonade War by: Jacqueline Davies

the lemonade war

Alvin Ho- Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things by: Lenore Look

Alvin Ho

11 Experiments That Failed by: Jenny Offill & Nancy Carpenter

11 experiments that failed

Ada Twist, Scientist by: Andrea Beaty

ada twist scientist


Science in the community- (Unit #3 Marie Curie)


Curie Bonus: Attend Steam Scream @ SUU Ballroom with your family

October 16th: 5:00-8:00 pm (Open to public during evening hours)

This is a great opportunity for the students to get hands on stem education at our very own Southern Utah University.




Find one way you use chemistry in your everyday life. Ask your parent to help you figure out one way, (acid/base reactions, digestion, exercise, cooking, combustion, soaps, plants, elements in your body, etc.) experiment with adult supervision if needed and then tell me about it when you turn in your science in the community ticket.

Mrs. Westwood’s Wizarding School of Witchcraft (Unit #3 Marie Curie)


“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”~Marie Curie

Scientist Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person to win the award in two different fields — physics and chemistry. Curie’s efforts, with her husband Pierre Curie, led to the discovery of polonium and radium and, after Pierre’s death, the further development of X-rays. She is the known as the grandfather of radioactivity and it is because of this discovery that people today are able to cure cancer and other illnesses. She also pushed the boundaries for female scientific and academic achievements.

In class we will be learning about cause and effect. We will be making chemical reactions, learning how to make slime, different potions, snow, blowing up balloons with carbon dioxide and making elephant toothpaste. All of these fun activities will be mixed with a Harry Potter theme and spells. ~Expecto Patronum!


Monarch Butterflies

I just recently went on a caterpillar hunt in Circleville, UT and now we have 6 monarch caterpillars that are starting to go through metamorphosis and turn into chrysalises in our science classroom. If your kids want to drop by the downstairs science classroom, the little fellas will be in a clear tupperware over by the window if they want to get a peek. When they emerge as butterflies, we will let their wings dry out and then set them free. I don’t know which day or class it will happen. I hope you will come watch this amazing transformation.



Fun facts about Monarch Butterflies

  1. A Monarch’s bright colors tell predators “Warning- don’t eat me! I’m poisonous”
  2. They undertake one of the largest migrations for their size in the animal kingdom – around 2000 miles down to Central Mexico
  3. The females come all the way back to lay their eggs in the North
  4. They only eat milkweed
  5. The entire metamorphoses takes about one month. From egg- to caterpillar- to chrysalis- to Butterfly
  6. The butterflies fly about 22 miles a day
  7. Because of logging in Mexico and pesticide use, the monarch butterfly’s population is shrinking.
  8. You can help by planting milkweed in your yard and growing your own monarch butterfly farm and protect them from predators.

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Science in the community-(Unit #2 Isaac Newton)

Newton BONUS: Visit the Aquatic Center or a local park and find somewhere that uses Newton’s laws of motion.

cedar city park

The students are learning all about Newton’s laws of motion and gravity, and also about mass and weight. Mass is how much matter is in an object. Weight is how much gravity is pulling on an object. Gravity pulls harder on the thing that has the greatest mass (or is the heaviest). They will be using all of this information when building their angry birds marshmallow catapults and roller coasters. Have fun making a splash and diving into physics!!

Angry Birds Are Mad About Physics- (Unit #2 Isaac Newton)

“To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.”

In this unit we will be highlighting Isaac Newton and working with gravity, physics, engineering and mathematics. He taught the law on gravitation, the theory of gravity and invented calculus to explain it. He also came up with the theory on ocean tides which explained high and low tides because of the moon’s gravitational pull and he’s known for the reflecting telescope.

Example of Newton’s laws of motion: 1st law: The law of inertia. E.g. -A soccer ball will not move until a player kicks it. 2nd law: F=MA (Force = Mass X Acceleration). E.g. – You have to push a heavy ball harder to get it to move as fast as a small one. 3rd law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite re-action E.g.- A fireman turns on his hose and is knocked backwards.

In class we will be making angry birds marshmallow catapults. We will talk about the angles in math and how you have to aim to knock over the pigs. Also, how if you pull back further, the birds will go farther.

Science in the community- (Unit #1 Albert Einstein & Physics )

EINSTEIN BONUS: Go Geo-caching around Cedar City.

In our unit on Einstein and relativity, we are learning how modern day GPS uses the theory of relativity because gravity curves space and time which results in orbiting clocks ticking slightly faster on Earth.

“General relativity predicts that time will appear to run slow under stronger gravitational pull which means the clocks on board the satellites will therefore seem to run faster than a clock on Earth. Furthermore, special relativity predicts that because the satellites’ clocks are moving relative to a clock on Earth, they will appear to run slower. The whole GPS network has to make allowances for these effects.”

Yay for cool science! So go with your family and teach them about all you are learning in class.

You can learn more about it here GPS & Relativitynavigation-1048294_1920

Where in the world is Mrs. Westwood’s Science Class? (Unit #1 Albert Einstein)

“The important thing is to never stop questioning.”

During our first unit, we will be highlighting Albert Einstein and working in the fields of physics, energy, and technology. Albert Einstein is the father of modern physics. He came up with the world’s most famous equation E=mc2 (Energy = mass X the speed of light squared) which gave birth to the atomic bomb. He provided evidence that molecules and atoms exist through Brownian motion.

He basically re-wrote the law of gravity, which had been unchallenged since Isaac Newton. His theory of relativity has changed the way we think about space and time. He showed that matter causes space to curve, which produces gravity.

Example of the theory of relativity used today: GPS

In class we will be learning about how to use coordinates and GPS. We will also used Google Earth in class and pin-point our exact location.