First Day Back!

After coming back from winter break, the fifth graders reviewed the decimal system by playing a game involving numbers with decimals. They also played “Name that Number” where they had five cards with numbers on them and a target card. The scholars had to find a strategy that included all of the cards and different operations to reach the number on the target card. They also learned about weather and climate!

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Crime Scene Investigation!

The fifth graders had to investigate the crime scene where Red Riding Hood’s basket was stolen! There were four suspects: the Big Bad Wolf, Huey Pig, Dewey Pig, and Louie Pig. The scholars had to use different methods to analyze and figure out who was responsible for this crime. They examined the fingerprints, shoe prints, handwriting, white powder, and DNA that was found at the scene.

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Simple Machines

The 5th graders learned about wedges and levers through a simulation! They were able to interact with the objects and move them, which showed the different results when a change was made. The students recognized that they use these simple machines in their daily lives, such as a door stopper, which is a wedge.

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Measuring Lab

The fifth graders were introduced to the metric system by completing a measuring lab. The students all used linear measurement to calculate mass and volume. They measured the lengths, widths, and heights of block to be able to compute density as well.

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Mini-Metric Olympics!

The 5th graders reinforced their measuring skills by competing in the Mini-Metric Olympics! The students had to go through six stations and complete an experiment. The six stations were Paper Plate Discus, Paper Straw Javelin, Cotton Ball Shot Put, Right-Handed Marble Grab, Left-Handed Sponge Squeeze, and Big Foot Contest. In each of the experiments, they had a task to do and like scientists, they had to measure using the metric system!

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LED Light Bulbs vs. Regular Light Bulbs

This week, the seventh graders carried out experiments to see whether regular lights or LED lights were more efficient. The students split up into five groups. Each group had a battery pack with two batteries, six wires, three regular bulbs, and three LED bulbs. They had to set up different types of circuits, such as series or parallel, for both of the kinds of lights. They then used multimeters to measure the voltage in volts and current in amperes.

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