Life Science Continues

5th graders have recently studied and compared Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors.  They constructed a “Reebop” using only Inherited Traits passed down from parent to offspring.  This week, students will examine Food Chains and Food Webs as they research how the Sun’s energy moves and flows through an Ecosystem.  Nature Center observations and sketches will be included.  5th graders can always find examples of these concepts around their homes and in neighborhoods.   Grade sheets in lab folders / journals should be as follows:

Assignment                                                                             Grade

  1.  Science Lab safety / Equipment                                             _______
  2.  Unit 23: Ecosystems                                                                _______
  3.  Unit 23: Vocabulary                                                                  _______
  4.  Unit 29 – 30: Life Cycles / Ecosystems                                     _______
  5.  Unit 30: Characteristics                                                            _______
  6.  Comparing Structures / Functions  (work in progress)             _______
  7.  Unit 28: Inherited Traits                                                             _______
  8.  Ecosystem Talkers                                                                    _______
  9.  Unit 24:  Food Webs / Chains (later this week)                         _______

Life Science Study Continues

5th Graders have examined Ecosystems and Life Cycles.  We will soon study characteristics of organisms,  inherited traits,  and learned behaviors.  The week of September 10th – 14th:

Monday:  Grade #4: Unit 29/30 – Life Cycles

Tuesday:  September 11, 2001 review and remember activities / discussion

Wednesday:  Wrap – up Grade #4 if needed.  Spinner activity – Structural / Inherited Traits

Thursday:  Hands – on Lab:  Webbed Feet:  Comparing Structures and Functions

Friday:  Finish Thursday lab.   Introduce Grade #5 – Unit 30: Characteristics

Reminder:  Student lab folders are routinely kept in the classroom to prevent misplacement,  but can be brought home at any time for additional study,  finishing corrections on graded work,  and for parents to view grades and activities.

5th Graders Becoming Scientists

Students have been working through the first hands – on lab this week,  and are completing Graded Assignment #1.

Science expectations, rules,  and procedures have been discussed and modeled.  Working through the Scientific Method,  handling lab equipment,  and working as a team of researchers,  5th graders have hypothesized,  followed through with procedure,  recorded data,  and checked for reasonability.   Next week,  Life Science and the components of Ecosystems will be the focus.   We will observe and record information in the Nature Center located near the back of the Elementary Building / Bus Barn.   Please have students dress comfortably,  but within the dress code on those days,  which will be announced to the classes Monday  / Tuesday.

Reminder:  Lab folders are kept in the classroom unless a parent or the child asks for them to be brought home,  which is not a problem.  Folders contain lab sheets and projects,  vocabulary,  safety rules,  and graded work that is located behind the grade sheet.

Lab Folder Grade Sheets should look like this by Tuesday, 8/28/18:

Assignment                                                                  Grade

  1.   Science Lab Safety,  Equip.,  Procedures                          _________

Earth Science concludes, Science Review for STAAR

5th graders are wrapping up the Earth Sciences,  and reviewing Science concepts taught throughout the year.  With the approaching 5th Grade SCIENCE STAAR on MAY 16th,  it is important for students to stay focused and have good attendance so that they may benefit from every learning opportunity.  Like years past,  other 5th grade teachers are reviewing Science during their class periods as well.  Students have their lab folders,  which can be brought home at any time to help with review and study.   Benchmarks from March will also be used to help with our review.

Grade sheets by the end of this week:

Assignment                                                  Grade

  1.  Unit 22:  Water Cycle                                   ______
  2.  Unit 12:  Landforms                                     ______
  3.  Unit 19:  Soil Types                                      ______
  4.  Learned / Inherited Traits                             ______
  5.  Photosynthesis (reading, 10 q.)                   ______
  6.  Unit 20:  Resources                                      ______
  7.  Matter and its’ Properties                              ______
  8.  Weather/Climate? Movements of Earth         ______

Planet Earth

Students have been examining physical features of Earth such as landforms,  erosion,  deposition,  weathering,  constructive and destructive forces.  Hands – on labs which model these concepts,  observations around the WOISD Campus,  and class discussions have taken place and will continue.   Natural Resources and Conservation will be covered in the near future.

Grade Sheets by Wednesday of next week:

Assignment                          Grade

  1.  Unit 22:  Water Cycle              ______
  2.  Unit 12:  Landforms                ______                      




Earth Science Continues

This week,  students continue comparing physical features of the Sun,  Earth,  and Moon.

The Moon has many more craters than Earth,  and the surface looks very different from that of our own planet.  WHY?

This question will drive the hands – on lab 5th graders will complete.  We also will review order of the planets,  and features of the Sun and Earth.  Nine entries should be entered on student grade sheets,  located in the lab folders,  by the end of this week.  This also marks the end of the grading period.

Assignment                                         Grade

  1.  Unit 10:  Force, Mech Energy                  ______
  2.  Matter and Energy                                   ______
  3.  Unit 3:  Mixtures                                       ______
  4.  Unit 4:  Mixtures                                       ______
  5.  Physical Quotes                                       ______
  6.  Physical Science Common Assessm.      ______
  7.  Sun / Earth / Moon System                       ______
  8.  Unit 17:  Earth’s Rotation                          ______
  9.  Unit 25:  Solar System                              ______

Earth Science study will continue after Spring Break,  with a closer examination of the physical features of Earth.

Earth Science Study

5th Graders are studying the Earth Sciences,  beginning with a comparison / contrast of Weather and Climate.  Observations of local atmospheric conditions,  and how that relates to climate over many years will be examined.  Our Solar System,  and studying the Earth / Moon / Sun relationship will happen during the next few class periods.  Understanding how the unique characteristics and movements of each of these play a part in life on Earth,  including the measurement of time and the Day / Night / Year cycle will be researched.  We will also be reviewing the Physical Science Common Assessment results during class.  Grades cannot be raised through corrections  because it is an Assessment.


ASSIGNMENT                                                 GRADE

  1.  Unit 10: Force,  Mechanical Energy                  _______
  2.  Matter and Energy                                             _______
  3.  Unit 3: Mixtures                                                  _______
  4.  Unit 4: Solutions                                                 _______
  5.  Physical Quotes                                                 _______
  6.  Physical Science Common Assessment           _______

Physical Science Common Assessment Next Week

5th graders are finishing up and reviewing Physical Science concepts taught this year.  Students will cycle through lab stations and revisit activities from late October to now.  We will also use Brainpop and lab folder contents to help with the review.

The Physical Science Common Assessment will be given on Wednesday,  February 14th,  and Thursday,  February 15th,  and will have 27 total questions (25 Physical Science,  2 Life Science).

Students may bring their lab folders home to review Physical Science vocabulary and labs.  Many of the concepts can be easily observed around the home.  Encourage your child to spend about 20 – 30 minutes per night in review.

Grade sheets as of 2/7/18:

Assignment                                                         Grade

  1.  Unit 10: Force,  Mechanical Energy                   _____
  2.  Matter and Energy                                              _____
  3.  Unit 3:  Mixtures                                                  _____
  4.  Unit 4:  Solutions                                                 _____
  5.  Physical Quotes                                                  _____

We will begin studying the Earth Sciences after the Physical Science Common Assessment.

Objects in Motion

5th graders continue in Physical Science with the study of Mechanical Energy, Forces,  and Laws of Motion.  This week,  Gravity,  Friction,  and the force of Air were used to cause movement and to control  objects.  Next Week,  students will complete a graded assignment which reviews Matter and Energy.

Practice Science STAAR to be given Thursday,  January 18, 2018.

All 5th grade Science concepts will be included.  Students have not covered some of the concepts,  and should simply do their best to show what they know.  This will be an important tool to guide instruction and research in the coming weeks.  Earth Science concepts, as well as remaining Physical Science ideas, will be covered in the near future.


Assignment                                                    Grade

  1.  Unit 10: Force, Mech Energy                   ______
  2.  Matter and Energy  (Next Week)              ______

American Century Study Continues

WEEK OF DECEMBER 4th – 8th, 2017.

Students will examine important events and inventions from the mid – 1930’s to the 1960’s.  World War II,  beginnings of the Cold War,  the Space Race,  birth of rock – n – roll,  Cuban Missile Crisis,  JFK assassination,  Civil Rights movement,  Moon landing, and pop culture will be covered.

Grade #8 this week:  AMERICAN CENTURY II.