G6 Week 13 – S2

Last week in science!

Monday, May 6th

Today in science: Our lesson began with a discussion of electricity “mains” and different types of “power stations,” such as oil- or gas-powered stations, coal-powered stations, water-powered stations, solar- and wind-powered stations, and nuclear power stations. When discussing nuclear power stations, students were told the story of the 1986 Chernobyl accident (in Ukraine) through two short videos, the BBC presentation of a first-hand account by one of the clean-up workers, and Radio Free Europe’s The Chernobyl Disaster: How it Happened.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Tuesday, May 7th

Today in science: Continuing with the topic of “power stations,” students were asked to add a 3-part flow diagram to their Lab Notebook showing the transformation of energy from chemical energy (found in fuels such as coal, oil, gasoline, and wood/paper) to mechanical energy (found in the work done by a generator, a type of motor) to electrical energy (found in the wires leaving power stations). We also discussed how humans are increasingly switching from chemical energy fuel sources to other energy-rich sources such as sun/solar, wind, water/hydro, nuclear, as well as products produced by living organisms (biofuels.)

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Wednesday, May 8th

Today in science: Dr. M used yesterday’s energy diagram (see above) to try and introduce our 6th grade science students to some high-school like study skills. More specifically, Dr. M used a ‘pop’ quiz (but not graded) to help students get a better sense of what some of their future science teachers will likely expect of them after doing something very simple such as taking notes during a lesson. Hopefully, this exercise not only helped students review some important concepts introduced during yesterday’s lesson, but also helped them better understand some of their own  weaknesses and strengths.

Homework: There is no science homework tonight.

Thursday, May 9th

Today in science:

Homework:

Friday, May 10th

Today in science: Unfortunately, A period science does not meet on Fridays. 😦

Homework: —

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