Sunday, March 16, 2014

2013-14 Science project letter

Dear Parents: In third grade we are studying animals and how to classify them into several categories. Your child has been assigned to make a science notebook. Each category should be on a different color of construction paper or typing paper. The students have been given the following format: 1. Cover-It should include the title of the project, the student’s name, and should be decorated. 2. Mammal title page-It may be printed neatly by hand or the student may type it on a computer and print it. It may be decorated. 3. Page of mammal characteristics-These are found in the student’s text in yellow boxes (p.49). The student should copy them neatly on to lined paper and attach it to colored paper. 4. Mammal picture pages-Students are to collect at least five pictures of mammals from magazines, old books, the Internet, or other sources and mount them on colored paper. If pictures are small, several pictures may be placed on the same sheet of paper. Each animal should be labeled. 5. Report about mammals-Students did this report first semester and should be in their binders. Some may need to be recopied so that they are neat. Continue following steps 2-5 for the other classifications-fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and invertebrates. Remember each section should be on a different color of paper. The notebook should be the student’s work, but it is permissible for the parent to help the child gather pictures and assemble the completed project. The child should do his own writing, typing, and coloring. The notebook will be graded on the student’s effort, neatness, and following of instructions. Late projects will lose points. I have some sample notebooks in the classroom if you would like to look at them. Feel free to call me if you have any questions. This can be an enjoyable project and learning experience. We appreciate your help. The due date is March 28. Projects may be turned in early. In His service, Mrs. Escobar Fish p. 50 Amphibians p. 54 Reptiles p. 55 Birds p. 63 Invertebrates p. 68