Monday, September 22, 2014

3rd Grade-Week 6 Solar and Lunar Eclipses

6th Lab Session Week
This week we will be learning about how solar and lunar eclipses happen. We will also be reviewing how the four season occur on Earth.

When is the next solar and lunar eclipse in Los Angeles? Click here

Concept: The Sun and the Moon-Eclipses
Investigation: How do solar and lunar eclipses happen?
Homework: Crossword Puzzle study guide for the Vocabulary Quiz

·      Vocabulary
1.    Eclipse
2.    Orbit
3.    Lunar Eclipse
4.    Solar Eclipse
·      Brain Pop- “How Eclipses Happen

lunar eclipse
solar eclipse
Partial solar eclipse from Venice, CA on May 20, 2012.
Partial solar eclipse from Beijing, China on July 22, 2009.
4d. Students know that Earth is one of several planets that orbit the Sun and that the Moon orbits Earth.
5d. Students will predict the outcome of a simple investigation and compare the result with the prediction.

Kindergarten-Week 6 Seasons of the Year

6th Lab Week

Concept: Seasons of the Year

Objective: Students will learn the four seasons of the year and their characteristics.


Questions of the Week: 
What are the four seasons? 
What are the characteristics of each season? Video of the Week: Seasons

Can you name the season in each picture?

What color are the leaves in Fall/Autumn?
Where do we need to go to see snow near Los Angeles?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Brentwood Science Magnet 2014-2015 Calendar

August 12: First Day of Instruction
August 19: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
August 26: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
August 29: No School (Admissions Day)
September 1: No School (Labor Day)
September 2: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal 
September 3: FBSME Meeting
September 9: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
September 16: ELAC Meeting/Master Plan Options Meeting/Back to School Night
September 18: SLC Meeting
September 23: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
September 25: Unassigned Day-no school
September 30: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
October 1: FBSME Meeting
October 7: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
October 8: Family Science & Math Night
October 14: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
October 15: Picture Day
October 16: GATE Night
October 21: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
October 28: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
October 31: Halloween Parade
November 4: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
November 5: FBSME Meeting
November 7: End of 1st Reporting Period
November 10-17: 1st Reporting Period Parent Conference Week-2:09 dismissal
November 11: Veterans Day-no school
November 18: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
November 24-28: Thanksgiving Break-no school
December 2: Make Up Picture Day/ Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
December 3: FBSME Meeting
December 9: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
December 16: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
December 20: Winter Orchestra Concert
December 22-January 9: Winter Break-no school
January 13: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
January 14: FBSME Meeting
January 19: MLK Holiday-no school
January 20: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
January 27: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
February 3: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
February 4: FBSME Meeting
February 10: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
February 12: GATE Night
February 16: Presidents’ Day-no school
February 17: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
February 24: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
February 27:  End of 2nd Reporting Period
March 2-6: 2nd Reporting Period Parent Conference Week-2:09 dismissal
March 4: FBSME Meeting
March 10: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
March 17: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
March 24: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
March 30-April 6: Spring Break-no school
April 7: Banked Tuesday-1:44 dismissal
April 8: FBSME Meeting
April 14: Shortened Day-2:09 dismissal
April 21: Shortened Day-2:09 dismissal
April 28: Shortened Day-2:09 dismissal
May 1: 5th Grade Panorama Picture Day
May 5: Shortened Day-2:09 dismissal
May 6: FBSME Meeting
May 7: Open House
May 12: Shortened Day-2:09 dismissal
May 14: GATE Night
May 19: Shortened Day-2:09 dismissal
May 20: Volunteer Tea
May 22: Spring Orchestra Concert
May 25: Memorial Day-no school
June 3: Minimum Day-1:09 dismissal/FBSME Meeting
June 4: Last Day of Instruction/Minimum Day-1:09 dismissal

Friday, September 12, 2014

3rd Grade-Week 5 What Causes Earth's Seasons?

5th Lab Session Week

This students will have a quiz on the Sun, Earth, Moon and Stars. 

This week students will learn why the Earth has seasons, and it's all because of how the Earth rotates!

The Earth's tilt during winter in the Northern Hemisphere

Concept: Seasons

Investigation: How does the Earth's rotation effect the Earth’s season?

·      Vocabulary
1.    Axis
2.    Rotation
3.    Revolution
4.  Tilt
·      Brain Pop- “Seasons

Kindergarten-Week 5 Weather

5th Lab Week

Concept: Weather

Objective: Students will learn different types of weather like sunny, partly cloudy and overcast.

weather symbols
partly cloudy

Question of the Week: What is the weather like today?

Partly Cloudy
Weather Symbols

Monday, September 8, 2014

Back to School Night - September 16th, 2014

Back to School Night
September 16, 2014

5:00 Pizza Sale

5:00-5:30 Master Plan Program Options Videos in the Auditorium

5:30-5:45 Principal Presentation in the Auditorium

6:00-6:30 Grades K-3 Room Presentations

6:35-7:05 Grades 4/5 Room Presentations

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Kindergarten-Week 4 Landforms on Earth

4th Lab Week
Concept: The Earth has many different landforms on it.

Objective: Students will learn about the different landforms on Earth.


Question of the Week:
•What landforms are on Earth? video of the week: Landforms

Earth Sciences
3. Earth is composed of land, air, and water. As a basis for understanding this concept:
a. Students know characteristics of mountains, rivers, oceans, valleys, deserts, and local landforms.

Kindergarten-Week 3 The Earth

3rd Lab Week
Concept: The Earth is a ball of rock and rocks are used to make many things.

Objective: Students will learn that the Earth is made of rock, rocks are used to make many things, and rocks can be sorted by size, color and texture.


Question of the Week:
•What is the Earth made of?
•How are rocks used? video of the week: Rocks

Earth Science
3. Earth is composed of land, air, and water. As a basis for understanding this concept:
d. Students know how to identify resources from Earth that are used in everyday life and understand that many resources can be conserved.

Investigation and Experimentation
3. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Students will:
a. Observe common objects by using the five senses.
b. Describe the properties of common objects.
d. Compare and sort common objects by one physical attribute (e.g., color, shape, texture, size, weight).


3rd Grade-Week 4 Constellations

4th Lab Session Week

We will learn about constellations and why we can only see certain constellations during the year.

What can you see in tonight's sky? Click here to find out!

Concept: Constellations

Class Reading: Read pgs 201-205 & 213-216.

Investigation: How were constellations created?

Homework: Study for Sun, Earth, Moon, and Stars Quiz next week.

•      What are constellations? How did the constellations get their names?

•      Vocabulary

1.    Stars

2.    Myths

3.    Constellations

•     Myth of Orion and Scorpius

•     Brain Pop- “Constellations

Summer constellations

4a. Students know the patterns of stars stay the same, although they appear to move across the sky nightly, and different stars can be seen in different seasons.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

3rd Grade-Week 3 The Earth's Moon

3rd Lab Session Week
This week we will learn about the phases of the Moon and why the Moon looks different during the 4 week lunar cycle. 

Here's a link to a great website to review the lunar phases.

Here's a link of the daily moon phase.

NASA launched LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, pronounced like "laddie") which is a robot on its way to orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. Video and pictures of the launch can be seen at

Concept: The Moon
Class Reading: Read pgs 185-199.
Investigation: What are the phases of the Moon?

·      Phases of the Moon-waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, waning crescent, new moon
·      Brain Pop- “Moon Phases
·      Phases of the moon worksheets-draw the different types of moons, label the moons
·      Phases of the Moon home guide

What kind of moon is in the sky?

The phases of the Moon
Diagram of why we see different phases of the Moon

4b. Students know the way in which the Moon’s appearance changes during the four-week lunar cycle.