Summer Science Sketchbook


Once again summer has arrived.  We find ourselves involved in camps, baseball, traveling, exercising, and improving ourselves in many ways.  I have always found summertime to be a great time to study nature, play outside, read books that I have wanted to read, and reflect on what I am doing in my life (where I have been, where I am going).  I can study anything and have plenty of time to do a thorough job. It is interesting how much you can learn when you have lots of time to complete a project.

The Summer Science Sketchbook can include your thoughts, notes, sketches, photos, drawings, stories, interviews, and newspaper articles about any topic under the sun.  Science is the study of everything, so there is no topic that can’t be studied. A few examples of things you could do are getting an early start on your science fair project research, journaling daily observations of plants or animals, watching the stars or phases of the moon, or reading books and writing a report.  This is an optional assignment.


  1. Select a topic of study and tell Mr. Dittrich what you want to do.  Science classes for 2018-19 school year will include the following:  

ASTRONOMY, METEOROLOGY, CIRCULATORY SYSTEM, RESPIRATORY SYSTEM, DIGETSIVE SYSTEM, EARTH SCIENCE, REQUIRED SCIENCE FAIR FOR 5th and 6th GRADE, OPTIONAL SCIENCE FAIR FOR 4TH GRADE, and whatever may interest the students.  You don't have to choose one of these topics, but it might help you when we start our study of each area.

  1. After telling the teacher, get a notebook, pen or pencil.  Begin your notebook by writing down what you already know about the topic.  Then, make a list of questions you want to answer about your topic.

  1. Set a goal to decide how much you want to do for the summer.  Examples of goals are: a) write one page of notes a week, b) learn two new facts a week, c) read and summarize one book a month, d), make a poster to share with the class.

  1. Include the following things in your notebook:  illustrations, summaries, magazine and newspaper articles, pictures, diagrams, biographical sketches, summaries, Internet research, etc.

  1. Tell me how your summer study is going by sending me an E-mail.  My address is:

Have a great summer.  Happy Sciencing!

EVALUATION:  Share the project the first week of school.  I will add an extra grade into the first period report card.  You will earn 100% for effort.