- Sat. Mar. 25 Cardboard Challenge-Make your cardboard game at home and bring it to the challenge so you can teach others how to play. There will be food for sell as well as games and prizes. Look for more information in the newsletter.
- Exhibition: Apr. 3 & 4 from 5-6:30 Look for a signupgenius link soon! Exhibition attire required.
- WJ 4 due: Apr. 4 by 4:15pm. Please DO NOT turn it in during Exhibition!
- Writing Standards: Use these standards to conduct one research. Turn in the notes and Bibliography of your sources for 3.7/4.7 and turn in your informational piece about that same research for 3.2/4.2
- Spring Break: Apr. 10-14
- WJ 5: Begins Apr. 3-Jun 2 (This is the LAST WJ!)
- The white clouds are water vapor-steam, not chemicals.
- Before using a flare, the chemicals are separated. The flares are a safety mechanism that helps release the pressure from the tower.
- Chevron makes three main products: gasoline, diesel, jet fuel.
- The employees use bikes to get around the refinery.
- Chevron follows the strict regulations of the EPA.
- Chevron supports the community and our school with scholarships and grants.
- It was over 100 years old and still working. It was first built in 1911.
- They don't put a lot of pollution into the air like we thought they did.
- They keep their pipes above ground so they can inspect them often for leaks.
- They have many inspectors checking the plant 24/7.
- It is opened 24/7, 365 days a year.
- It has a Blue Butterfly Reserve to protect the Blue Butterflies and they also protect the foxes.
- This refinery has had explosions before.
- Chevron makes around 26 billion dollars.
- They painted the tanks specific colors to blend in with their surrounding environment.
- They have their own fire department.
- The employees work 12 hour shifts.
- Some employees who work there have degrees and others don't.
- We were surprised that only 1200 employees worked there.
- They had trenches around each tank for extra protection.
- "I thought Chevron was just a gas station, but it is a factory."
- I wonder why they built it near the beach.
- I wonder if refineries still pollute.
- Why do they need to count the butterflies?
- I wonder if it is hard to work at the refinery.
- I wonder what would happen if the harnesses break.
- I wonder when they will stop polluting.
- Why do we need refineries?
- How big were the explosions?
During Writing, students are reading short biographies from Heroes of the Environment. There are 12 kids who worked hard to help their communities. Students are highlighting important details from each paragraph and sorting the words in a chart: Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs. I noticed that students need more practice identifying the parts of speech of words. This week, students will use their chart to write an "I Am" poem about their hero assigned. These poems will be displayed during Exhibition.
During Reading, students are learning more about climate change. They are learning that there are both the proposition and opposition arguments by scientists, politicians, environmentalists, and media. S
Students are also learning how to calculate their "Carbon Footprint" based on their knowledge of their lifestyle. Students are using fractions or percentages to show their predictions of how much their family creates waste, recycles, uses gas, electricity, fuel, driving, and emissions into the air. We are beginning to use this website: meetthegreens.pbskids.org/features/carbon-calculator.html
During Project time, students are working in pollution groups to create an infomercial, experiment, and take action based on the facts they've learned about their specific pollution.
During Makerspace, we are learning about specific molecules that affect climate change: water, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, nitrous oxide, and methane. Students learned how to create the molecule using colored marshmallows and toothpicks. We watched a Brainpop video on how chemical reactions look in a chemical equation.
Have a fun week of learning!