Welcome to an exciting year of science at The Rhoades School! Third graders will be studying elementary chemistry through a wide variety of hands-on experiments while learning about the periodic table. Fourth graders begin the year with a unit on light and the eye that integrates physics, biology and intriguing lab experiences. Fifth graders will be immersed in experiments relating to topics in geology, the study of the Earth. Fifth graders will begin with a unit investigating the structure and composition of the Earth. Sixth graders will launch into a year of physics and astronomy.Our educational experiments in the classroom will help prepare the students for a memorable time at Astrocamp in November. The students in seventh grade will dive into biology, the study of life. Our first unit of emphasis will be marine biology. This will enhance our scientific knowledge as we get ready for our week-long class trip to Catalina Island in September. Eighth graders will be engaged in a full year of chemistry. The eighth graders will participate in a diversity of labs and learn many problem-solving skills they can apply to master equations.
Grades 3-5: Students will need a science folder or a 1/2″, 3-ring notebook or a section of a 3-ring binder for science notes and hand-outs. Spiral notebooks usually do not have enough room for handouts. Students will need to bring lined paper and several sharpened pencils to class, no mechanical pencils for my class, please.
Grades 6-8: Students will need a section of a 3-ring notebook for science or a 1″, 3-ring notebook for science notes and hand-outs. Spiral notebooks usually do not have enough room for handouts. Students will need to bring lined paper and pencils to class. A scientific calculator, such as the TI-30XA, or other calculator able to find square roots, squares of numbers and cubes of numbers is also recommended.