Book List #6 Owls

Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott

Owls- Owl Diaries

Little Hoot by Amy Rosenthal

Owls- Little Hoot

Owls by Gail Gibbons

Owls- Owls

Peek-a-who by Nina Laden

Owls- Peek-a-who

Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne Jones

Owls- Laey Walker

Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood

Owls- Wow said the owl

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Owls- Owl babies

Bone by Bone by Sara Levine

Owls- Bone by bone

What if You Had Animal Ears? by Sandra Markle

Owls- What if you had animal ears


Book List #5 Brain Science

Big Head by Pete Rowan

Brain - Big Head

Singing With Momma Lou by Linda Jacobs Altman

Brain - Singing with mama lou

It’s all in Your Head by Susan L. Barrett

Brain- It's all in your head

The Longest Yawn by Jennifer Dussling

Brain- The Longest Yawn

Lou Gehrig – The Luckiest Man by David A. Adler

Brain- Lou Gehrig

My Little Brain by Baby Professor

Brain- my little brain

You Can’t Use Your Brain If You’re a Jellyfish by Fred Ehrlich, M.D.

Brain- You can't use your brain


2018 Lesson #6 Owls


In science lab we will be learning all about owls. We will be focusing on LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms. LS1.A: Structure and function of a bird’s nest. LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of energy & matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. 

Owls are pretty fascinating birds. Their eyesight alone is amazing and their talons are razor sharp. They can rotate their heads 270 degrees. There are around 200 different species of owls around the world. Most are nocturnal and hunt at night. Their feathers help them blend into their surroundings and they have what is called “silent flight” so they can sneak up on their prey.

In class we will be learning all about these fun creatures and dissecting owl pellets. We will also be building bird nests and playing an owl eye game. It should be a “HOOT!”

2018 Lesson #5 Brain Science


In science class we are learning about the anatomy of a cell (LS1A), Looking at human cells (blood,hair, skin) under a microscope and proscope. We will also be learning about the brain and neuroscience (LS1 B).

The students will learn about the different lobes of the brain and what their functions are. We will play memory games, do some sight puzzles and illusions and learn about the Stroop effect. We will also be building neurons out of pipe cleaners and clay and talking about neurotransmitters. We will play a synapse game that teaches them about how neurons send messages to different parts of the body.

The students will learn all kinds of fun brain facts. Did you know the brain weighs around 3 lbs? We also have around 86 billion neurons. The human brain is protected by the skull (cranium), a protective casing made up of 22 bones that are joined together. The human brain is fascinating and neuroscience is an important medical field of science.

Here is a fun little brain joke for you. {Where are neurons put in jail when they commit a crime?…….in a nerve cell}

Have fun “brain storming” up a bunch of fun ideas to learn more about the brain and how it works.

Books of the Month (Unit #10 Charles Darwin & Biology)

Marty Mcguire Digs Worms by Kate Messner and Brian Floca

Biology- Marty Mcguire Digs worms

The Sun is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch

Biology- The sun is my favorite star

Lucas and His Loco Beans: A Bilingual Tale of the Mexican Jumping bean by Romona Moreno Winner

Biology- Lucas and His Loco Beans

Fraidyzoo by Thyra Heder

Biology- Fraidyzoo

The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner

Biology- The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Biology- James and the giant peach

Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard

Biology- Beetle Boy

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Biology- The Evolution of Calpernia Tate

There’s a Hair in my Dirt by Gary Larson

Biology- There's a Hair in my Dirt

Science in the community (Unit #10 Charles Darwin & Biology)

Lady bug nursery

Darwin Bonus: Go visit Ladybug nursery/greenhouse OR plant something in your garden OR find me an Earthworm and bring it to science class.

In our unit on Biology we will be learning all about plants and how Biology is the study of life and how living things survive and change. We will be dissecting flowers in lab, planting seeds, making plant diaries, observing earthworms and learning all about them by holding them, measuring them, and filling out an observation sheet.

Go get some ladybugs, a flower or a plant or find a worm in your yard and have fun with biology.

We Dig Science (Unit #10 Charles Darwin)

Charles Darwin in 1881

“I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them.”

“Charles Darwin is best known for his work as a naturalist, developing a theory of evolution to explain biological change.”
“Charles Robert Darwin (February 12, 1809 to April 19, 1882) was a naturalist and biologist known for his theory of evolution and the process of natural selection. Born in Shrewsbury, England, in 1831 he embarked on a five-year survey voyage around the world on the HMS Beagle; his studies of specimens led him to formulate his theories. In 1859, he published On the Origin of Species. Darwin’s theory of evolution declared that species survived through a process called “natural selection,” where those that successfully adapted, or evolved, to meet the changing requirements of their natural habitat thrived, while those that failed to evolve and reproduce died off. Through his observations and studies of birds, plants and fossils, Darwin noticed similarities among species all over the globe, along with variations based on specific locations, leading him to believe that the species we know today had gradually evolved from common ancestors. Darwin’s theory of evolution and the process of natural selection later became known simply as “Darwinism.” ~

In Class we will be studying earthworms and planting seeds, growing beans and dissecting plants

Science in the Community (Unit #7 Alexander Fleming)

Fleming bonus: Research a bacteria or a virus and what it does to us and bring it back to me OR visit with a doctor/ nurse

Since we are learning all about germs that come from bacteria and viruses, I thought it would be great if they could research one and bring it back to my desk.

Here are some germ jokes I thought I’d share because I’m nerdy like that.

Two bacteria walk into a restaurant.
The hostess looks at them and says, “Sorry, we don’t serve bacteria.”
The two bacteria reply, “But hey, we’re the STAPH!”

Love is in the air and so are germs! (Unit #7 Alexander Fleming)

Alexander Fleming

“It may be- usually is, in fact- a false alarm that leads to nothing, but it may on the other hand be the clue provided by fate to lead you to some important advance.” ~Alexander Fleming

In this science unit we will be learning all about microorganisms and antibiotics. We will observe germs under a microscope and learn how germs are passed along and how we get sick. We will be creating our own germs in class and watching bacteria grow in the older classes.

alexander fleming2        Alexander Fleming was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, on August 6, 1881, and studied medicine, serving as a physician during World War I. Through research and experimentation, Fleming discovered a bacteria-destroying mold which he would call penicillin in 1928, paving the way for the use of antibiotics in modern healthcare. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1945 and died on March 11, 1955.

In September 1928, Fleming returned to his laboratory after a month away with his family, and noticed that a culture of Staphylococcus aureus he had left out had become contaminated with a mold (later identified as Penicillium notatum). He also discovered that the colonies of staphylococci surrounding this mold had been destroyed.

He later said of the incident, “When I woke up just after dawn on September 28, 1928, I certainly didn’t plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world’s first antibiotic, or bacteria killer. But I suppose that was exactly what I did.” He at first called the substance “mold juice,” and then named it “penicillin,” after the mold that produced it. (