We explored the properties of magnetic materials when we made slime with iron filings and used a neodymium magnet to watch it "jump" up to meet the magnet. It was awesome!!
We learned about temporary magnets and permanent magnets as we constructed our own electromagnets. We also discovered that the more times you wrap the iron core with wire, the stronger the magnet becomes.
We investigated the invisible fields of magnets by sprinkling iron fillings onto a paper that had a magnet underneath it. We tried 6 different types of magnets and drew our observations in our science journals.
MAGNETS ARE WEIRD!
We have been studying magnetism in science and one of our investigations entailed getting out all the magnet "goodies" and seeing what we could do with them. We could make magnets levitate paper clips and each other. We observed the effects of magnets on iron filings, and learned that magnets will still work through our hands and ears!
STEM Electric Car Challenge
To celebrate the end of our science unit on electricity, we built electric cars and had a "Test and Tune" in the gym. We knew that if we didn't have good connection between the components to create a closed circuit, our cars did not run.
GREEK MYTHOLOGY MASKS
To end our language arts unit based on Greek Mythology, we wrote 2 essays; an opinion essay (Medusa vs. Athena) and an informative essay based on the god or goddess of our choice. Then we constructed paper mache masks based on our essay subject.
We kicked off our current electricity unit today by playing with all kinds of components like motors, buzzers, light bulbs, wires, connectors, and batteries. We learned that a circuit is a path that electricity flows along and if we do not complete that circuit, our load will not work.
As part of our language arts unit on Greek Mythology, we learned several myths while practicing fluent reading, observing punctuation when reading, projecting our voices when reading, and then we made our own puppets and performed for our classmates.
We kicked off our unit on ELECTRICITY today by conducting an investigation with static electricity. We used a variety of materials, then tried to move or pick them up with a charged balloon. We are learning that static electricity is the accumulation of electric charges on a substance.
As part of our Matter unit in science, we learned about buoyancy and density using raisins placed in Club Soda. We observed the raisins sinking to the bottom but then repeatedly surfacing, only to sink again. We discovered that as the CO2 bubbles gathered in the crinkly parts of the raisins, the bubbles would lift the raisin to the top of the soda. The gas bubbles would then be released into the air at the top of the cup and the raisin would sink again.
Our 5th grade Colonial Day was soo fun! I didn't get many pictures because we were so busy moving from one activity to another. The kids went to 8 different stations throughout the day. They churned butter and used it on fresh rolls, dipped, candles, practiced calligraphy with feather pens, made medicine bags, played Native
American games, learned about Revolutionary War spies and wrote with invisible ink and made cyphers, learned some square dancing and played giant Jenga.
AMERICA IS LOST!
We read King Henry III famous letter entitled "America is Lost!" using our magnifying loupes to help us decode the text, (we discovered this is why we practice cursive.) This famous document was penned at the end of the Revolutionary War by the King of England after Britain lost the American Colonies as they became an independent and sovereign nation.
In this investigation we learned that when a solid changes to a gas without passing through the liquid phase, it is called sublimation. We observed this phenomenon using dry ice. We also created dry ice bubbles and observed the results. We drew models of what we observed.
We experimented with different ways to measure matter in these stations. We used pan scales, electronic scales, created density columns, used thermometers, used liquid to measure the volume of a solid, and used estimation. We even got to create a solution of hot chocolate and add some solids (marshmallows) and we consumed the matter :)
SALT WATER MATTER INVESTIGATION
We explored the properties of Solutions vs. Mixtures when we dissolved salt in water. We talked about saturation, (when the water molecules cannot hold any more salt) and what will happen if all the water is evaporated. We also investigated the concept of Conservation of Matter. We weighed the water and salt separately, then created a solution by dissolving the salt in the water and weighed it again to discover that, even though the salt "disappeared" the water weighed more because the salt was still there. We will be growing crystals from our investigation.
WHITE RIBBON WEEK AND HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF MATTER
We had a great time dressing up for White Ribbon Week as we learned about how to be safe on the internet. On Halloween, we kicked off our science unit on matter with Hogwarts School of Matter. We were sorted into houses and experimented with physical changes and chemical reactions. We also played some math games.
SOUTHERN UTAH MUSEUM OF ART AND THE FREHNER MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
We enjoyed our field trip to SUMA. We learned about pollinators and got to go inside the greenhouse at SUU. We also got to create an art project.
WEATHERING AND EROSION SUGAR SHAKE
We simulated the weathering of rocks by using sugar cubes. We marked the edges and then shook them in a container and collected data every 40 shakes. We noticed that the longer we shook them, the more rounded they became, just like rocks!
We got to go to SUU to attend the STEAM Festival (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math.)
We saw animals, fossils, learned about geology and astronomy, Native American artifacts, Slime, Tesla Currents, Aerospace Engineering, and tons of other STEAM activities. We even got to play the drums and play with a Hologram Topographical Table!
Fiddler's PTA is amazing! We had another awesome COLOR RUN earning our school $19,000. We love our parents, PTA, all our supporters that made this possible!
CEDAR MOUNTAIN FIELD TRIP
As the culmination of our science unit on changes to the Earth's surface, we got to go look for evidence of volcanic activity on Cedar Mountain. We stopped at Navajo Lake and walked on a Lava Bed, then went to Mammoth Cave. At Mammoth Cave we took a tour through a lava tube, played a weathering, erosion, and deposition relay race, and used magnifying loupes on a scavenger hunt looking for native plants and collecting specimens to view under a microscope. Finally, we made a quick stop to look for lava bombs!
In this investigation, we were trying to answer the question, " What type of lava creates an explosive volcano?" We experimented with two types of "lava", one that was thick and one that was thin. We originally thought that the thin lava would create explosive volcanoes, but after we experimented, we discovered that the thick lava explodes because the hot air and gases get trapped until the pressure builds up and becomes too great and explodes!
DICHOTOMOUS KEYS? WE KNOW ABOUT THESE...
We learned how to use dichotomous keys in science by first classifying students in our class by certain characteristics. Then, we practiced classifying candy, and finally, we classified animals using this scientific tool.
STEM JELLO EARTHQUAKE CHALLENGE
As part of our unit on Earth Science, we are studying earthquakes. We created blueprints and then constructed our own 2 story building using toothpicks and marshmallows and then tested them out on a Jello Earthquake. We then tweaked our building designs to see if we could improve the construction of our buildings to withstand the effects of earthquakes.
We brought out the hand boilers as a model of what is happening below the surface of the earth's crust when magma is super heated and pushes through the surface, creating a volcano! The heat from our hands heated up the liquid in the boilers, causing the liquid to rise and "boil" in the glass tube.
WILL IT FLOAT?
As part of our unit on Science Process Skills, we learned about experimenting. We placed golf balls in both fresh and salt water to see what would happen. We discovered that the golf balls floated in the salt water. We learned about density and how when we dissolved salt in the water, we made it more dense than the golf ball so it would float!
HOW OLD IS THIS TREE COOKIE?
For our lesson on the Science Process Skill of MEASURING, we learned about standard and non-standard units of measure. For example: in non-standard units, our classroom is 7 students long. We measured the circumference of tree cookies to estimate the age of the tree and then counted rings to see if our data matched. Then, we went outside and measured the circumference of live trees to estimate their age.
HULA HOOP OBSERVATIONS
We kicked off science this year by learning about Science Process Skills. One of these skills is OBSERVATION. We practiced this skill by using hula hoops to narrow our focus, and placing them in the wooded area on our playground. We sketched everything in our hoop, collected specimens, and then brought them inside to examine them under a microscope.
A little bit about me...
My name is LeAnne Jones and I am so excited to
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