Carbon Cycle and Greenhouse Effect

Today, the fifth graders learned about the Arctic and Antarctica by comparing both of the regions using cards. They learned about the carbon cycle by traveling to and from different stations that represented the atmosphere, geosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere. A lot of scholars got stuck in the geosphere. They also learned about the greenhouse effect by observing the effect of light on two jars, one with a closed lid and one without.

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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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Egg Bungee

Today, the 5th graders learned about the decimal system and place values. They participated in activities that strengthened their knowledge of decimals and their values. During science, they conducted an experiment that included eggs, ziploc bags, and rubber bands. They had many trials and tests. They added more rubber bands each time to see how that would affect the distance the egg would travel downwards.

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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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