Science

St. Albert the Great Science and Innovation Center homework is OPTIONAL but accumulates points that can be spent at the School Science Store on science-related items.  These activities are listed chronologically, with most recent lessons in bold. They also augment the investigations we’ve been conducting at school.  Mrs. Winkler loves to hear from you.

I miss you and I am grateful for each of you! St. Albert the Great, pray for us. 

Peace, Mrs. Winkler 

Newton’s Road is an organization in Traverse City dedicated to providing quality science and engineering activities to families. Check out their calendar of super-fun daily investigations to design a trampoline, engineer a parachute, build a space lander for alien marshmallows, and much more!  https://newtonsroad.org/calendar/


Grades K-2  

  • Make a water filter using these video directions. Draw and write about your filter. (10 points)
  • Check out this video lesson which shows Mrs. Winkler teaching about how scientists graph time and temperature data. Listen for a fact about bunnies, too! Respond by creating a graph on the printable science worksheet or another piece of paper. You can use an app on your computer to create your graph if you prefer. Graph the jelly beans from the video or choose your own data to graph at home. OPTIONAL: E-mail a picture of your graph to jwinkler@gtacs.org with your full name and classroom teacher’s name in the e-mail. (10 points)
  • Watch this new homemade video from Mrs. Winkler and learn how to create a bar graph online. OPTIONAL: Make your own bar graph online with your parent or sibling at https://www.mathsisfun.com/data/data-graph.php and e-mail it to jwinkler@gtacs.org with your full name and classroom teacher’s name in the e-mail, or use the response form.
  • Choose an activity from this collection of fun and easy at-home science ideas. If your family participates, please send me an e-mail about it at jwinkler@gtacs.org. (10 points)
  • Follow these instructions to build a tower from recycled materials. Is your tower three feet tall? Can it hold up a tennis ball? Take a picture of yourself with your “Recycled Tower” and e-mail it to jwinkler@gtacs.org with your full name and classroom teacher’s name in the e-mail, or use the response form at this link.
  • Set up this amazing activity using items you (hopefully) have at home.  See how water can “walk” from one cup to the next. Take a picture at the end of your experiment and send it in an e-mail with your first and last name and your teacher’s name or upload it at this link.
  • Scientists rely on measurement tools to collect data. You’re a scientist, so invent your own measurement tool! Jump, roll, twist and skip as you collect data by playing this inventive measurement game with your family!   Take a picture of your measurement enjoyment and send it in an e-mail with your first and last name and your teacher’s name or upload it at this link.
  • Since we couldn’t hatch baby chicks in the classroom this year as planned, join these incredibly interesting and informative Michigan State University 4-H sessions on hatching and raising them. https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/from-egg-to-coop
  • Observe wildlife of Africa on a virtual safari http://schoolbookings.wildearth.tv/ or visit zoos and aquaria from one end of the United States to the other https://a2zhomeschooling.com/trips/virtual-field-trips-for-kids/ on a rainy day this summer.

Grade 3 


Grade 4 

  • Take the Triple Beam Balance Challenge. At the end of the challenge, you will receive a certificate with your score, time, and date.  Copy the certificate information in the workspace.   (10 points)   
  • Watch this video, then draw and write about “good” and “bad” scales. (10 points) 
  • Check out this video in which astronauts explain and demonstrate the difference between mass and weight. Draw and write a summary of the video.  (10 points) 
  • Interact with this excellent video about measurement with graduated cylinders and write your answers to the questions in the video using the printable science worksheet or another piece of paper. You can use an app on your device to log your answers if you prefer. OPTIONAL: E-mail a picture of your “Graduated Cylinder Practice” answers to jwinkler@gtacs.org with your full name and classroom teacher’s name in the e-mail, or use the response form at this link https://forms.gle/3tD8MHyeTe2RjfK88 (10 points)
  • Now that you have reviewed measurement with the triple-beam balance and graduated cylinder, take this Metric Unit Pre-test https://forms.gle/roK3fEd4peLWRjur6 to show your understanding of metric units. You should receive a score after you press submit. This score is for your reference only. You will be able to take a Post-test after we do additional lessons.
  • Find up to five measuring cups, spoons, or other containers and label their capacity in mL on an index card in front of each container.  Put them in order from least to greatest. OPTIONAL: take a picture of the labeled containers in order and e-mail it to jwinkler@gtacs.org with your full name and your teacher’s name in the e-mail.
  • Make and share your own video games using beginning coding techniques with Mr. Leete of Quarkmine. Parents, sign your child up here https://learn.quarkmine.com/courses/gtacs-introduction-to-hour-of-codeContact Mrs. Winkler at jwinkler@gtacs.org for a discount code (value $39.99) so you pay nothing.
  • Watch this video that introduces our study of ecosystems. Create a Venn Diagram to describe Healthy and Unhealthy ecosystems.  E-mail your “Ecosystem Venn Diagram” to jwinkler@gtacs.org with your full name and classroom teacher’s name in the e-mail, or use the response form at this link. (10 points)
  • Watch the Ecosystem Introduction video with Mrs. Winkler.
  • Enjoy these two “hiking” videos that take you through nine different ecosystems: Crash Course Hike 1 (Mt. Kilmanjaro) and Crash Course Hike 2 (Hydrosphere)
  • Learn about unsung heroes in this bonus video about Decomposers.
  • See how to make your own food chain in this “Food Chain Project” video with Mrs. Winkler—required Food Chain Projects are due Wednesday, May 20.
  • Swim along with Mrs. Winkler as she reads aloud in this bonus video—Trout are Made of Trees, published by Charlesbridge.
  • Enter any video titles that you watched this week at this link.
  • Create a mini-ecosystem of your own by following the instructions at this video.  Take pictures of your experiment and send them in an e-mail with your first and last name and your teacher’s name or upload it at this link
  • Observe wildlife of Africa on a virtual safari http://schoolbookings.wildearth.tv/ or visit zoos and aquaria from one end of the United States to the other https://a2zhomeschooling.com/trips/virtual-field-trips-for-kids/ on a rainy day this summer.

Grade 5 

  • Recall your notes or download the No More Hooks and Peg Legs presentation we looked at in class (slides 1-5) at this website.   Draw, label, and explain your idea for a cardboard transtibial (below the knee) prosthesis.  *Mrs. DiMercurio’s students have not yet seen the presentation but can still design a prosthesis. (10 points) 
  • Watch one or more of the videos below that show different aspects of prosthetic design. Write and illustrate a response, using a separate workspace sheet for each video. (10 points each) 
  • Toot your horn a little! OPTIONAL: After you’ve completed one or more of the fifth grade activities above, send an email to jwinkler@gtacs.org describing what you have learned about prostheses as they relate to the skeletal system and other body systems. Your e-mail may contain a PowerPoint presentation, video, drawing, or other method of sharing your learning, but please include your full name and your classroom teacher’s name with your “What I’ve Learned about Prostheses” project. (10 points)
  • Check out this funny and factual video overview of the metric system. Respond by creating your own comic about the metric system on the printable science workspace or another piece of paper. You can use an app on your device to create the comic if you prefer. OPTIONAL: E-mail a picture of your “Metric System Comic” to jwinkler@gtacs.org with your full name and classroom teacher’s name in the e-mail. (10 points)
  • Take this Metric Unit Pre-test  https://forms.gle/roK3fEd4peLWRjur6 to show your understanding of metric units. You should receive a score after you press submit. This score is for your reference only. You will be able to take a Post-test after we do additional lessons.
  • If you  would like to do a bit more review of Metric Units, read and answer the questions found here https://www.mathsisfun.com/measure/metric-system.html. OPTIONAL: Let me know you completed this “Metric Units” review by submitting the response form at this link https://forms.gle/3tD8MHyeTe2RjfK88
  • Make and share your own video games using beginning coding techniques with Mr. Leete of Quarkmine. Parents, sign your child up here https://learn.quarkmine.com/courses/gtacs-introduction-to-hour-of-codeContact Mrs. Winkler at jwinkler@gtacs.org for a discount code (Value $39.99) so you pay nothing.
  • Create a new funny mnemonic sentence like “King Henry died unexpectedly drinking chocolate milk.” E-mail your “Funny Metric Ladder Sentence” to jwinkler@gtacs.org with your full name and classroom teacher’s name in the e-mail, or use the response form at this link. (10 points).
  • Enjoy all or part of this video compilation which sums up the chapters on Matter from your science text.
  • Plasma is the most prevalent state of matter in the universe! But what IS plasma? Find out more in this amazing video.  Tell me what you think in an e-mail with your first and last name and your teacher’s name or upload your thoughts at this link
  • Observe wildlife of Africa on a virtual safari http://schoolbookings.wildearth.tv/ or visit zoos and aquaria from one end of the United States to the other https://a2zhomeschooling.com/trips/virtual-field-trips-for-kids/ on a rainy day this summer.