PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

Science: Grades 6-8 January 2020

This month the 6th grade has been investigating our Solar System. We discussed how ancient people recognized planets as being different from stars. We learned how to measure the diameter of the moon and created a scale model of the solar system. We solved the mystery of “retrograde motion” (why the planets sometimes seem to move backwards) and created a Travel Guide to the Planets, hopefully, to be used one future day. At the end of the month we will be taking a simulated mission to Mars at the NY Center for Applied Aeronautics and Mathematics.

The 7th grade has finally completed our long unit on Chemistry. The classes shared some of their knowledge by putting on a Magical Chemistry Show for some of the 4th and 6th grade classes. Exploding soap bubbles, liquids that change color, and getting water to flow along a string were just a few of their presentations. Up next- PHYSICS!

The 8th grade is almost at the end of their long unit on Human Anatomy & Physiology. They will be presenting BSI’s, first ever, HEALTH EXPO to parents, friends and younger grades on Feb. 4. All parents are invited to attend (8:45-9:45 in the cafeteria). See you there.