The World is full of Wonder! Go exploring, turn over a rock, look closely in the creek and don't forget to look under the light for interesting animals and critters that live there or come out at night! Make a list of interesting critters you discover!
A New School Year!Science
5th Graders need to bring in their thoroughbred pillbugs for the next two Fridays for Pillbug Derby. This week we will make close observations of the pillbugs to see what makes them so fast (or slow)! Next week we will collect data of the race! Students should either take good care of their pillbug or collect and release to insure healthy pillbugs! Students should continue to be “Moon Chasers” and record their data on their handout. When it is cloudy or they are unable to observe the night sky they will fill in the days missed when they are able to do so. So far 5th Grade Moon Chasers should have noticed how the moon has waxed over the last two weeks. It will start waning next week. They should have found the Big Dipper and drawn how the constellation is found on their handout with your signature near their drawing. They should have found the planet in the early evening sky and identified it. (First star out in the western sky which will set in a couple hours.) The moon phases, the Big Dipper, North Star, and the planet are the required finds this month.)
Here is the schedule of the student's 5th grade science experience!
September- Review and MEAP preparations
October/ November/ December- Classification of animal (weather throughout the year)
January- Body systems (after classification of animals is complete)
February/ March- Solar system
March- Outdoor Education
April/ May - Simple machines and Human Growth
Mrs. Hojnacki has spent a lot of time working on reinforcement web sites. Parents and students, you will want to check out them out at:
April/ MAY We are working on simple machines and forces this month! Lego kits are used to reinforce the concepts of how they work. The students are having fun as they learn about the forces involved with simple machines.
MARCH We are looking into outer space! We are covering our solar system and the nine planet! (I know I am a little bit old fashion, but I like to keep Pluto as one of the planets! It still orbits the sun!) The phases of the moon will also be covered! We visited the Adrian College to veiw the stars as well. An assignment for the month is to find various constellations. Use the star link to help you view the stars. We will also be setting up a WOW Planetarium for the class after camp.
Check out the results of our Cockroach Pull!!!! Almost as exciting as summer tractor pulls! Who will will, the girl cockroaches or the boy cockroaches? We will be learning how to tell a boy cockroach from a girl cockroach. Hint: One makes a sound! Ask to see their drawings! Did you know that the cockroach carries a guest around with them? Ask your child about it and what the guest does!
Check our the "Pill Bug Derby" races. Students collected either pillbugs or sowbugs. It is a lesson I use to help students to learn about classification of animals. They are to bring to school their fastest isopod. Students will learn that there is a difference and will quickly learn to identify which are faster! Come back to see some pictures of our Derby Race!