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									Welcome to Lab Learner!

You may or may not be familiar with the new science lab recently installed in
Holy Cross School, but it is a beautiful addition! You will have the opportunity to
experience it for yourself on Back-to-School Night, but until then, I wanted to
bring you up to speed on Lab Learner and our expectations for your child will be
this year.

Lab Learner will be a new way of learning science for your child. We invite you
to explore the Lab Learner website at http://lablearner.com. From there, you will
be able to view details about the different programs. My fifth grade students are
part of the elementary school program and my sixth grade students are
considered part of the middle school program. The programs differ slightly.

The school year is broken down into different CELLS that are designed in a
specific order so that concepts build on each other throughout the year. Each of
these CELLs is broken down into a series of INVESTIGATIONS. It is similar to
the way a Science textbook is broken down into chapters and then lessons within
those chapters.

For 5th Grade:
-Each CELL is divided into five INVESTIGATIONS. Each INVESTIGATION
should take roughly a week to complete.
-Each INVESTIGATION will follow a 3 day cycle:
Day 1 = Pre-Lab
Day 2 = LAB
Day 3 = Post-Lab wrap up
*This leaves a fourth day in each week in order to address any additional
questions a student may have, or to give small vocabulary or content quizzes
*We try to schedule INVESTIGATIONS so that they do not extend over a
weekend

For 6th Grade:
-Each CELL is divided into four INVESTIGATIONS. Each INVESTIGATION
should take roughly a week to complete.
-Each INVESTIGATION will follow a 4 day cycle:
Day 1 = Lecture
Day 2 = Pre-Lab
Day 3 = LAB
Day 4 = Post-Lab wrap up.
*We try to schedule INVESTIGATIONS so that they do not extend over a
weekend

As can be seen, your child will be spending at least one day per week in our new
science lab, getting hands-on lab experience using some of the same materials
that can be found in many college-level science labs.

								
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