Conductors and Insulators are Hot Stuff

5th graders have completed hands – on labs based on questions such as:

What are characteristics of matter that are conductors?

What are characteristics of matter that are insulators?

What is density and solubility?  How can these be tested / determined?

Students will show knowledge  of these concepts  on GRADE #2:  Properties of Matter.  

Students will begin the “Hot Stuff”  Thermal energy/insulators/conductors lab on Friday,  continuing on Monday and Tuesday of next week.  They will design,  create,  and build an insulator which will trap heat energy,  keeping water hotter for a longer period of time.   Monitoring water temperature over time,  5th graders will determine which insulator invention is the most effective at stopping heat loss.

The S H E L S energy chart will be examined next week.  Students will focus on electrical energy,  circuits,  and matter that is a conductor or insulator for this energy form.       Remember that students may correct DAILY 10 item multiple choice assignments for a higher grade.



Physical Science begins the week of October 5th – 9th,  2020.  After taking the Life Science Common Assessment,  which will be GRADE #1 for the 2nd NINE WEEKS,  students will begin Physical Science with the study of matter and its properties.  Characteristics include Physical State (solid, liquid, gas),  affected by magnetism,  density,  soluble in water,  conductor or insulator.  5th graders will participate in a hands – on whole group lab activity to teach comprehension of these concepts.  Next week (10/12 – 10/16)  will include Grade #2:  Properties of Matter,   as well as hands – on activities showing conductor / insulator qualities of various types of matter.   Examples of matter and its properties can easily be observed around the house or in the neighborhood.   Students are encouraged to observe these concepts.

Reminder:  Common Assessments are NOT correctable for a higher grade.  However,  daily multiple choice graded assignments ARE correctable.  Students must choose to do this work in order to raise their grade.

Life Science Continues / Wraps up

Students have recently investigated Food Chains,  Food Webs,  Weather,  Climate,  Fossils and their ability to provide a history lesson about past ecosystems.    Next week students will review Life Science concepts to prepare for:   LIFE SCIENCE COMMON ASSESSMENT.   This assignment will consist of 12-15 questions covering Life Science concepts we have studied this year.   Student will not be allowed to use lab folders or other resources.   Corrections will also not be allowed as this is to measure student understanding / comprehension of the Life Sciences.

We will begin Physical Science by the end of the week.   Physical properties of matter such as solid, liquid,  gas,  conductor,  insulator,  magnetism,  will be examined.

Remember to regularly check skyward for your child’s grades and current average.  You can also ask your student to  bring their lab folder home,  which contains graded work and the grade sheet with all assignments and their scores listed in order (if your child has been responsible and completing this as directed).

Thanks for your help and support this year.  ALL of your 5th grade teachers appreciate how you have helped to keep students safe,  and our school open for learning.

Life Cycles/Organism Adaptations & Structures/Inherited Trats

Life Science Investigations Continue

Recently,  5th graders researched life cycles of various organisms,  and structures / adaptations on living things (producers and consumers) that allow them to live in a given ecosystem.   These investigations continue as we study the life cycle of a bean plant and answer the question – How does the amount of sunlight affect the growth of a bean plant?    5 bean plants will receive plentiful light and heat energy,  while 5 bean plants will be kept in the dark.  We will study this producer’s life cycle in the process.

Week of 9/14/2020 – 9/18/2020

Students will study Inherited Traits and compare this idea to Learned Behaviors.  Students will construct a “Reebop/Wuzzle”  from inherited traits,  decided by a dice role.  Physical characteristics such as number of legs,  tail color,  body sections,  and other structures will be on the model organism as a result of Inherited Traits.

Please continue to monitor skyward for grades.

Reminder: You may ask your child to bring their lab folder home at any time.  This contains graded work,  a grade sheet,  and other labs / activities we have completed or are working through.  It is the student’s responsibility to keep the grade sheet current  / up to date,  and graded work filed in order.


5th Grade Life Science Continues

Students have observed interactions between living and nonliving things in our local ecosystem.  They recently spent several class days observing,  recording data,  and sketching pictures as information was gathered.  This week,  we have continued these ideas,  and are moving toward an important part of any ecosystem – LIFE CYCLES.

AUGUST 31st – SEPTEMBER 4th:  This week,  students will assemble several life cycle examples showing the Beginning (birth)>>Growth>>Mature (Adult)>>Weakening>>and Death of an organism.  We discuss that all living things have these as parts of their life cycles.   These can easily be observed at home in back yards,  neighborhoods,  and wooded areas.  Graded assignments will include a 10 item – Life Cycles,   and the Nature Center Ecosystem Observation Sheet.  Students are reminded that 10 item daily grades can be corrected for a higher grade.  Full question (the one missed)  and a new answer must fully be written out on notebook paper and turned in by the day indicated on the paper.

Students are doing a great job in following the new rules in place.   We are proud of each and every 5th grader who is doing their part.  It isn’t easy,  but we are hoping these steps help to keep our campus open.  Thanks for all you are doing at home as well.  It is appreciated.

Welcome to 5th Grade Science 2020 – 2021

5th Graders have been learning and using lab equipment,  procedures,  and safety.   This week,  we begin conducting Life Science investigations in the Nature Center (behind the Elementary School).  Observing interactions within Ecosystems and comparing living / nonliving components in an Ecosystem will be the focus for this week (August 17th – 21st).  Students will sketch and record data from these hands – on activities.  Please dress comfortably,  as we will be outside and moving around for much of the class period during the second half of the week.

Good information to know:

*  Grade #1 – Lab Procedures,  Equipment,  Safety – will be completed Tuesday/Wednesday of this week.

Corrections are due the next class day after the graded assignment is returned to students.  3 points per corrected

answer will be earned,  thus raising the student’s grade.   5th graders must CHOOSE to do the corrections – it is

their responsibility to raise their grade.  Most multiple choice daily grades can be corrected.


* Grade #2 – Ecosystem Observations – will be completed Wednesday – Friday of this week (8/17/20 – 8/21/20).