Students sketched, labeled,  and fully colored hands – on examples of Erosion, Deposition, Weathering,  and Human Activity observed around the White Oak ISD campus this week.   Along with Earthquakes and Volcanoes,  these create landforms such as mountains,  valleys,  sand dunes,  rolling hills,  deltas, and canyons.   5th graders began lab experiments today and will continue next week in which they model the creation of many of these features of Earth’s surface.   Grade #8 – Unit 12: Landforms,  will cover these concepts,  and should be entered on the grade sheet mid – week.   We will then examine soil characteristics and types later in the week.

Earth Science Study Continues

5th graders are examining and comparing Earth/Sun/Moon characteristics.  We are focusing on Earth’s atmosphere, the water cycle, weather,  and how these affect the planet.  Students recently constructed an H2O cycle model in a jar,  and are completing Grade #7: Unit 22-Water Cycle  questions over this concept,  (completed and added to grade sheet by Thursday).  The study will begin to focus on how water movement,  as well as wind and ice, change Earth’s surface (Erosion, Deposition,  Weathering).    We will be exploring areas on the W. O. I. S. D. campus to observe these features.

Earth Science Study

5th graders have begun studying the Earth Sciences.  Order of the planets going outward from the Sun can be learned using  My  Very  Excellent  Mother  Just   Served   Us   Nachos.

(Mercury,  Venus,  Earth,  Mars,  Jupiter,  Saturn,  Uranus,  Neptune).  

We will also examine the SUN-EARTH-MOON System,  and how each affects life on our planet.  This week focuses on the 24-hour day – night cycle (Rotation),  and our orbit (Revolution) around the Sun which gives us a year.  Along with Earth’s tilt on its axis,  this causes the Seasons.  Upcoming Hands – on labs will demonstrate these concepts.

Students will compare characteristics of the Earth and Moon next week by comparing and dropping “asteroids”.  Measurement and Science lab procedure / safety skills will also be covered.


ASSIGNMENT                                          GRADE

  1.  Mixtures
  2. Solutions
  3. Physical Science Quotes
  4. Physical Science Common Assess.
  5. Earth S. – Sun/Earth/Moon
  6. Unit 17:  Earth’s Rotation (in progress)


Students will take the Physical Science Common Assessment on Monday, 1/23/17, and Tuesday, 1/24/17.  5th graders have been advised of this,  and recorded the information in their planners at the beginning of this past week.  We have conducted hands – on review this week,  and it is suggested that a 20-30 minute review this weekend would be helpful.  Students were told to bring lab folders home for this reason.

We will begin studying the Earth Sciences, starting with the Solar System and Earth/Sun/Moon relationships, on Thursday, 1/26/17.


5th Graders examined characteristics of mixtures this past week, and will compare those to special mixtures called solutions the week of January 9th-13th.  Hands – on labs are allowing students to observe and work with the physical qualities of mixtures,  and then compare those characteristics to solutions.


As in Reading and Math,  5th graders will take a Benchmark Science Assessment this coming Tuesday.   Every effort should be made to have students at school and on time to show the best of what they know on this assessment.  Students may bring a library book for reading after the test,  room temperature water, mints,  or small candy to use during the exam.

Gradesheets in lab folders should have the following entries by next Friday, 1/13/17:

ASSIGNMENT                                  GRADE

  1.  Mixtures                                               ______
  2. Solutions                                               ______
  3. Physical Science Quotes                      ______

(Grade #3 may not be completed by 1/13/17).

Mechanical Energy, Forces, Motion

5th graders have been studying the Physical Sciences,  including matter and its properties/abilities/states,  forms of energy, including mechanical,  and motion/movement of objects.

We will conduct hands – on lab investigations the week of December 5th-9th, 2016,  which will allow students to investigate gravity, friction,  laws of motion,  and mechanical (potential and kinetic) energy.  These concepts are listed in the Physical Science section of the student lab folders,  and can also be found on experiment sheets and assignments filed in this folder.  Graded assignments will cover this information.

Grade sheets in the lab folder should have the following entries:

    Assignment                                                   Grade      

  1. Life Science Common Assessment
  2. Unit 1: Physical Properties of Matter
  3. Unit 2: Boiling / Freezing Point
  4. Unit 6:  Energy
  5. Matter/States/Conductors/Insulators
  6. Unit 8:  Light Energy
  7. Forms of Energy

It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to keep the grade sheet current as work is graded and returned.  The assignments are filed in the lab folder behind the grade sheet.



Physical Science Research Continues

5th Graders are studying characteristics of MATTER such as states-(Solid, Liquid, Gas),  relative density,  conductor / insulator,  magnetism, mass, volume,  and the freezing / melting / boiling point of H20.  This week,  students examined the effects of salt on the freezing point of H2O.  Looking closer at conductor / insulator characteristics of matter in relation to Electrical Energy will take place the second half of the week,  and next week.  Sound,  Heat,  Light,  and Solar energy will also be studied.  Three grades should be entered by the end of this week on the grade sheet in the lab folder.  Students are responsible for recording their grades and filing these assignments in the lab folder.

Assignment                                                     Grade

  1.  Life Science Common Assessment               ______
  2.  Unit 1:  Physical Properties of Matter             ______
  3.  Unit 2: Boil / Freeze                                        ______



5th graders will begin studying the Physical Sciences on 10/24/16.  Matter and its properties such as conductor/insulator,  physical state, how to change matter’s physical state, relative density, and the freezing/melting/boiling points of H2O will be examined.  Hands – on labs will be completed to understand these concepts.  The Life Science Common Assessment will be a grade that is counted in the 2nd 9 weeks marking period.  All other grades will cover mostly Physical Science concepts.

Life Science Wraps Up-Physical Science Begins


Students can review concepts in their lab folders including vocabulary,  class labs, observations,  activities,  and graded assignments.  Encourage students not to “CRAM” for the assessment,  simply review about 30 minutes per night next week.  Concepts that WILL be on the exam include:

Comparing Life Cycles,  Inherited Traits/Learned Behaviors,  organism structures,  characteristics,  and adaptations that allow it to live in an Ecosystem,  choosing proper lab equipment,  food chains and energy flow in an ecosystem,  Photosynthesis,  producers and consumers,  plant structures (Roots, stem, leaf, flower),  understanding a graph (math emphasis),   how living / nonliving parts of an ecosystem work together,  Carbon Dioxide-Oxygen Cycle.

The assessment will have 20 questions, and the grade will be the first of the 2nd 9 weeks.

Students will begin studying Physical Science the week of October 24th – 28th.

Inherited Traits / Learned Behaviors / Metamorphosis

5th graders have completed labs / research projects which investigated structures and adaptations  organisms have that make it possible for them to live in certain ecosystems.  Students built a “REEBOP” based on an inherited traits / genetics activity of selecting these traits using a role of the dice.   Only traits that were inherited were used to build the model organism.   They  evaluated how each trait helped REEBOPS survive in an ecosystem.

The week of October 3rd – 7th,  students will finish up a 10 item graded assignment covering Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors.   A quotations activity covering Ecosystems will follow (graded assignment).  Next,  we will look at Life Cycles which include COMPLETE and INCOMPLETE METAMORPHOSIS.   Currently,  our Science lab is home to a large container of tadpoles gathered from the small pond in the Nature Center behind the school.  5th graders have observed the Egg stage,  and now are watching the tadpoles swim as they go through their life cycle.  This,  along with other examples,  will be included in the study next week.

Grade sheets should have these entries by Friday,  October 7th:

            Assignment                                           Grade

1.  Science Lab Equipment/Safety                 _____

2.  Scientific Investigation/Reasoning           _____

3.  Relationships/Systems/Cycles                  _____

4.  Living/Nonliving                                          _____

5.  Unit 30: Characteristics                              _____

6.  Lab: Comparative Investigations               _____

7.  Unit 31:  Traits                                              _____

8:  They Said It! Ecosystem Speaks               _____