Mr. Petric

Stephen Petric

Mini Meteorologists

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Full Sail University – Bachelor of Sciences: Video Game Development

New Jersey City University – Bachelor of Sciences: Computer Science 


K – 6 Elementary Content Knowledge

5 – 8  Elementary Teacher with Mathematics Specialization

Automated External Defibrillator, Lifeguarding, C.P.R, First Aid, Water Safety Instructor

Awards and Honors

Nominated for Advanced Achiever

Magna Cum Laude

International Golden Key Honour Society Member 


As a product of the Union City school system myself I decided to give back to the community and impart my knowledge onto future generations. I have been a full time teacher for the past 9 years now. Prior to that I was a substitute teacher for an additional 2 years. Aside from teaching I am also the Assistant Coach for the UCHS Girls Swim Team, since I began coaching the girls swim team has become county champions 6 times in the last 7 years. 

Conference Times

To schedule a meeting please speak with Nancy Francisco. 201-348-5960 ext. 3111


Classroom Procedures and Policies

Students in 1st grade and upwards are required to have a separate science notebook. Also, all my classes are registered on Classdojo. If you have not received an invitation please email me and I will send one to you.


With the addition of the new science lab comes the addition of a few new classroom policies. If any student is being disrespectful and/or not following lab safety precautions that student will be placed in a brief time out. For restroom use only 1 student is allowed out of the room at any given time. 


If you have not already signed up for classdojo please do so. If you need a parental code please email me. I post all assignments and pictures on there. 

1st Marking Period Vocabulary
2nd Grade Vocabulary
Hurricane - A spinning storm that stays in the sky
Tornado - A spinning storm that touches the ground
Mountain - A giant pointy rock
Valley - A gap between mountains
Lava - Melted rock
Wind - Moving air
Water - The most important liquid for life
Ocean - Salt water
Heat - A type of energy
Epicenter - Middle of an Earthquake
3rd Grade Vocabulary Words
Precipitation - water that falls from clouds (rain, snow, hail, sleet)
Condensation - Water vapor turns into a liquid
Evaporation - Liquid turns to gas
Magma - Slow moving melted rocks
Lava - Fast moving melted rocks
Cyclone - Wind or water that spins
Temperature - How hot or cold something is
Thermometer - Checks temperature
Barometer - Checks air pressure
Weather - What it's like outside
Erosion-Movement of broken objects by wind and/or water
Weathering-Breaking objects with wind and/or water
Climate-The weather in certain area over years
Cleavage-clean/smooth break, has straight lines
Fracture-rough break, has bumps
Atmosphere-Protective layer around planet
Hardness-Strength of rock
Streak-Powder of rock
Mineral-Build blocks of rocks, about 3,000
2nd Marking Period Vocabulary
2nd Grade
Force - anything that requires energy or work
Push - a force that moves away from you
Pull - a force that moves towards you
Gravity - a downward force
Buoyancy - Does it float? The property of floating
Mass - weight
Change - transformation
Energy - The ability to do work
Motion - movement
Friction - when 2 objects rub against each other
3rd Grade
Matter - Anything and everything
Property - Anything you can see, hear, taste, touch or smell
Atoms - Building Blocks of Matter
Solid - Anything that you can't pass through, Food ooo
Liquid - Anything that flows, Oil, water, paint o o o
Gas- Anything you can smell, Smoke, Air o o o
Protons - Positive part of an atom, +
Neutrons - Neutral part of an atom
Electron - Negative part of an atom, -
Element - A type of Atom, 118 total
4th Grade
Aerodynamics - movement of wind around an object
Hydrodynamics - movement of water around an object
Acceleration - Speeding Up
Velocity - Gaining speed in a certain direction
Plasma - 4th State of Matter, Sun and Electricity
Resistance - An opposite force
Reflection - Light Bouncing
Refraction - Light Bending
Impact - a collision
Molecule - 2 or more elements together, H2O


3rd Marking Period Vocabulary
2nd Grade

Shelter – A safe place

Living – Something that eats, drinks, grows and reproduces

Nonliving – Something that does not eat, drink, grow or reproduce

Animal – A living thing that gets energy from food

Plant – A living thing that gets energy from the sun

Food Chain – The flow of energy from the sun to plants to animals

Predator – an animal that eats another animal

Prey – the animal that gets eaten

Food Web – Multiple food chains together

Transpiration – Water that evaporates from plants, dew


3rd Grade

Habitat – Home

Classification – Putting things in like groups

Mammals – Warm blooded animals that breathe air and give live birth, except for Platypus

Insects – Cold blooded animals with 3 body parts and 6 or more legs

Reptiles – Cold blooded animals that lay eggs and have rough skin

Birds – Warm blooded animals that have wings and feathers

Amphibians – Cold blooded animals that are born in water and live on land

Fish – Cold blooded animals that breathe water and have fins

Mollusks – Cold blooded animals that breathe with their skin

Germinate – to make a seed grow


4th Grade

Ecosystem – The balance in nature between plants, animals and all living and non-living things

Kingdom – A layer of classification, there are 6 kingdoms of life (Animals, Plants, Bacteria, Archaea, Fungi, Protist)

Calorie – The energy inside food

Coniferous – An ever-green forest

Deciduous – A forest that losses its leaves

Deforestation – The shrinking and disappearance of a forest

Flood – When water builds up where it normally is not

Drought – When water is lacking

Protista – A kingdom of life, example Plankton

Archaea – Oldest living kingdom, ancient bacteria do not have brains

If you have not already please sign up for to see how your child is behaving during science. If you need a parental code please email me and I will send you one.