CINCO de MAYO!!
We celebrated Cinco de Mayo by learning about the Battle of Puebla, doing some "spicy" math, eating chips and salsa, listening to mariachi music, and making pinatas and maracas! ole!
50 STATES REPORTS and SHOEBOX FLOATS
In Social Studies and language arts, each of us wrote a report, gave an oral presentation, and constructed a "Float" from a shoebox depicting our state.
MAGNETIC FIELD INVESTIGATION
For science, we used an assortment of magnets and sprinkled iron filings on paper to see how their magnetic fields compared and contrasted.
STEM ELECTRIC CAR
"TEST AND TUNE" CHALLENGE
To finish our science unit on electricity, we constructed electric cars (no small task) and then went to the gym and had a "Test and Tune" to test our cars and troubleshoot any problems we may have had. It was a blast!
We kicked off our science unit on electricity by getting out all of the electricity materials and exploring. We used wires, batteries, and other components to complete circuits to make lights, sounds, running motors, and heat.
We learned how to block print and mass produced our own Christmas Cards! We each sent a Christmas Card to a veteran or a soldier serving overseas.
We know that matter is all around us- even in the air. The particles in the air can cause friction and uplift. We designed our own paper airplanes to experiment with aerodynamics, drag, thrust, lift, and gravity.
GREEK MYTHOLOGY MASKS
As we finished our Greek Mythology unit, each student wrote an essay about the God, Goddess, creature, or character of their choice, and then created a mask out of paper mache. We learned about theme, allusions, character traits, antagonists, protagonists, and wrote and opinion essay entitled "Medusa vs. Athena" and an informative essay.
"ALL BAGGED UP!"
We learned that certain indicators tell us that a chemical reaction has occurred; color change, temperature (energy) change, or when fizzing or bubbling occurs, it means a new gas has been released. We saw all of this happen when we mixed calcium chloride, baking soda, and phenol red today. We even had a few explosions! Science is awesome!!
VETERAN'S DAY PROGRAM
Fiddler's Elementary 5th grade was invited to perform "God Bless the USA" at the Veteran's Day Program. They were amazing! We loved getting to observe the moment of silence and see the gun salute. We are so grateful to the Veterans who have served and sacrificed for each of us!
States of Matter
As part of our matter unit, we caused some physical changes to occur. We made some gigantic Ivory soap, and used three different types of Potassium Polyacrylate to see how much water it could absorb.
We had a blast on Halloween. We studied "Why Zombies Love Brains" and engineered zombie fingers that really moved. We also read about werewolves, witches, and ghosts. SpOoKy...
RED RIBBON WEEK
Red Ribbon Week was a blast! We got to dress up each day, whether it was crazy hair, wearing red, or dressing up like we were 100 years old, while pledging to stay away from drugs. Halle and Tyler were awarded the Model Mustangs for the quarter.
Weathering and Erosion
In this investigation, we used sugar cubes to simulate rocks, as they weather and erode when exposed to the elements. We took turns shaking the cubes in a container and collected data by drawing pictures and describing our results over time.
FALL FIELD TRIP
We had a fun (and wet) day hiking Cascade Falls. The walk through the lava field got rained out but we still had a good time at Park Discovery. Thank you parent volunteers for making the day run so smoothly! We didn't lose one kid!!
STEM JeLLo EaRtHqUaKe Challenge
As part of our unit on Earth Science, we study earthquakes. We got to design and engineer "earthquake proof" buildings and test them out on Jello!
OREO Tectonic Plates
We know that there are 3 types of Tectonic Plates and we learned that:
& TRANSFORM SLIDE
We had a test today on the different types of Tectonic Plates. We created models of these plates with OREO Cookies to show what we know.
WILL IT FLOAT?
For the "Experimenting" Science Process Skill, we investigated the effects of salt water vs. fresh water while floating (or sinking) golf balls. We discovered that a golf ball sinks in fresh water but will float if salt is added and dissolved into the water. We discussed how the addition of salt must make the water "heavier" somehow. We will learn more about this phenomenon when we begin our MATTER unit in October and November.
HULA HOOP OBSERVATIONS
As part of our unit learning Science Process Skills, we conducted an investigation on Observing. We used hula hoops to "Narrow our Focus" and recorded everything we found in our hoop, collected specimens, and then observed our specimens under the microscopes. Good scientists know to observe the world and phenomenon all around them, ask questions, and find way to answer their questions.
SNOW CANYON FIELD TRIP
To finish off our social studies/language arts unit on the American Civil War, we sang slave songs while we ginned cotton. We integrate this activity with math by weighing a pair of pants to see how much cotton we would have to gin to make a pair of jeans. Then we heard a true story about a slave who, after working in the fields all day, would not be able to go to bed for the night until he had ginned enough cotton to fill one of his shoes with the seeds. We calculated that it would take 7 hours and 56 minutes to gin enough cotton to make a pair of jeans. It would also take us 2 hours and 20 minutes to gin enough cotton seeds to fill a mans shoe.
INHERITED TRAITS VS. LEARNED BEHAVIORS
We are learning about traits and genes in science! We are learning about the differences between an inherited trait and a learned or acquired trait. As part of this, we learned about inherited traits of plants and animals, like a hedgehog and a hissing cockroach, and then did a research project on the organism of our choice!
As part of our Magnetism unit, we used neodymium magnets to observe their effect on magnetic slime. It was MAGNETIC!!
VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY
For Valentine's Day, we played some "Minute to Win It" games, played Valentine "BUMP", watched Charlie Brown's Valentine, decorated cookies, and delivered our Valentines.
We kicked off our science unit focusing on Magnetism by pulling out tons of different types of magnets and magnetic objects to see what we noticed about them. We even got to play with magnetic rocks!
STATIC ELECTRICITY INVESTIGATION
We explored the properties of static electricity by adding electrons to a balloon and making salt and pepper jump like fleas, making a soda can move without touching it, and making a string lay horizontally in the air.
We learned that Sublimation is when a substance, such as dry ice, changes from a solid to a gas without passing through the liquid phase. We also made some super cool dry ice bubbles.
We mixed two different liquids to create a chemical reaction. We saw a phase change, a temperature change, a color change, and saw gas released as fizzing and bubbles.
As part of our matter unit in science, we learn about buoyancy and density. We did an investigation using club soda and raisins. We had to construct an explanation of the behavior of the raisins when we added them to club soda. We determined that the raisins sink to the bottom because they are more dense than the club soda, but as the carbon dioxide bubbles gather in the "wrinkly" parts of the raisins, they rise to the top, only to sink again as the gas is released into the air.
Well, not really, but it looks like it! We saw a chemical reaction today when we mixed some cool chemicals in a bottle and then STOOD BACK!!!
PROPERTIES OF MATTER
We investigated the properties of liquid matter using Substance A (water) and Substance B (denatured alcohol.) We planned and conducted our own investigations to compare and contrast their properties.
As part of our month-long unit on Greek Mythology, each student performed in 2 puppet shows based on Greek Myths. We made some quick puppets and practiced our parts, working on fluency.
We got to go to SUU to learn more about science, technology, engineering, art, and math and participate in hands-on activities.
Our COLOR RUN fundraiser was a huge success, thanks to our amazing PTA and countless parents an businesses! Thanks for your support!
As part of our science unit on the Earth's surface, each of us constructed a model of an agent that changes the surface of the Earth. We had earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, sinkholes, and even a tornado!
As part of our science unit on Volcanoes, we conducted an investigation using "lava." Our goal was to try to figure out why some volcano's exploded, while others just oozed lava slowly. We blew bubbles into the two types of lava to help us decide which type was more "explosive." We also learned which type of lava creates shield volcanoes, and which type creates stratovolcanoes and cinder cone volcanoes.
We wrote a fall haiku and water-colored fall leaves to brighten up our hallway.
WE KNOW ABOUT THESE!
For our final Science Process Skill lesson, we learned how to classify like a scientist using a dichotomous key. First, we classified our class, then we classified candy, and finally we used our mad skills to classify organisms like plants and animals.
HOW OLD IS THIS TREE?
One of the Science Process Skills scientists use is MEASURING. Scientists may use both standard units of measure and non-standard units of measure. We found out that in non-standard units, our classroom is about 7 kids in length. We counted the rings of TREE COOKIES, and then took measurements of the circumference to see if there was a correlation. We also learned that we can get a good estimate of the age of a tree without counting the rings after it is chopped down. We used what we learned to measure the circumference of the trunks of some living trees.
TEST TUBE PREDICTIONS
A little bit about me...
My name is LeAnne Jones and I am so excited to
have your child in my class! I am an outdoor
enthusiast. I love to hike, camp, bike, fish,
play softball, and especially run. I am a REAL Salt Lake soccer fan.
I love to spend time with my family; I have a cute husband and 3 amazing kids.
I also love to read, garden, travel, and to learn
about our natural world.
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