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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Crew News February 12, 2013

As you know, we have started our second Expedition. It is called, Down to Earth, and has two main case studies. The first case study looks at the interconnectedness of living things and their habitats and the second case study takes a close look at one of the Earth's natural resources, soil.

The big ideas for this Expedition are:
  • Plants and animals depend on each other.
  • All living things depend on the resources of Earth.
  • Earth's resources are limited.
  • Scientists have a special way of doing things.
The guiding questions for the Expedition are:
  • How do plants and animals depend on each other?
  • Why is dirt important?
  • Who owns the Earth's resources?
  • How do we take care of the Earth's resources?
  • What do living things have or do that helps them survive?
  • How do scientists work?
We have already started to dig in and develop our thinking about these topics.

Last Thursday, after our interest was aroused by digging in a soil sample and finding worms, we created a chart of all of the things we wanted to learn about worms and how they live. We have so much that we want to learn.

Last Friday, we worked on charting our learning. We began with filling in the inner circle of a large concentric circle chart with what we already know about our first topic, worms. We will continue to add to our chart as we learn more throughout the study.

This week we have made predictions about how worms affect the soil and set up an experiment to test our ideas. We also began reading and researching about worms so we can find some of the answers to the questions on the chart above.

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 6.10 Time at 5-Minute Intervals

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