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Brigitte Bürgler
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Recent Letters to Parents

Third Grade Units:
  • Measurement: How do we measure the properties of matter?
  • Physics of Sound: What causes sound and how does it travel?
  • Force and Motion: How do simple machines help us move objects?
  • Structures of Life: How are plants and animals suited to live in their environments?

Fourth Grade Units:
  • Water: What are the properties of water?
  • Food Chains and Webs: What roles do plants and animals play in their environments?
  • Magnetism and Electricity: What are the properties of magnetism and electricity?
  • Landforms: Which processes shape land?

Fifth Grade Units:
  • Variables: How do scientists design and conduct controlled experiments?
  • Food and Nutrition: How does nutrition affect our health?
  • Environments: How are plants and animals connected in an ecosystem?
  • Science Fair: How do we design and conduct our own controlled experiments?

A few highlights from our hands-on curriculum:

3rd Grade:
  • Visiting the garden as part of the measurement and structures of life units.external image stock-footage-sunflowers-on-a-white-background.jpg
  • Building model cars and inclined planes (including rollercoasters) to learn about force and motion.external image thrill_ride.gif

  • Handling animals such as snails, bess beetles, crayfish, worms, and more to learn about adaptive structures and their functions.
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  • Testing out instruments to learn about vibrations and sounds.

4th Grade:

  • Testing out water wheels to learn about hydro-power.
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  • Building electromagnets with varying strengths.
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  • Exploring alternative energy sources through trying out model cars with solar panels, for example.
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  • Building stream tables with sand to see how water carves canyons, valleys and other landforms.
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  • Creating mini-ecosystems with terrariums to appreciate the relationships between consumers and producers.

5th Grade:
  • Conducting controlled experiments on model airplanes, boats, and catapults.
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  • Learning about causes and effects of climate change through investigations on cool roofs, CO2’s role in the acidification of water, and plants’ effects on terrariums’ temperatures.
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  • Students design their own experiments for the 5th grade science fair and the city-wide science exposition.
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  • Testing out the fat, sugar, and acid content in everyday foods.