Welcome to Mrs. Squire-Gefell's fourth and fifth grade science web site. Students at Allen Creek and Jefferson Road participate in a variety of learning experiences while we explore the science curriculum.
Review at home---use the library link to use BookFlix, PebbleGo, Safari montage, and BrainPop to review content at home. Look below for our vocabulary each week. You can use those as keywords to find videos text and games.
Students can use Quizlet for vocabulary, please use the link.
Home Page fourth and fifth grade science
May 7, 2019 - 4th graders are getting some vocabulary and test practice while beginning to look at force and motion. Ask about a balance and the ball and ramp experiment.
5th grade has finished earth movements and is entering the last unit about Rocks and Minerals. Look for a test to sign in the coming days. Don't forget to study vocabulary, there is a test in June!
April 2, 2019 - 4th graders are finishing up the electricity unit. Look for study guides and test dates
5th graders are learning about how the structure of the earth creates some landforms, inculding the ocean floor. We are beginning to buld model volcanoes as well. Unit test will be after spring break.
March 11, 2019 - 4th grade continues learning about electric circuits. By the end of the week all kids should have made a switch.
5th grade is learning about how geologists have gathered evidence to support Plate Tectonic theory. Ask about the Alfred Wegener song.
February 28, 2019 - 4th is exploring series and parallel circuit circuits. Look for a land and water test to sign.
5th graders are finishing fruit and veggie "ads" and them moving on to our new unit Earth Movements. Look for a food chemistry test to sign.
February 11, 2019 - 4th grade is doing some review and beginning our new unit, electricity! Ask about one wire, one bulb, one battery
5th graders are finishing an in class fruit or vegetable ad as a way to learn some details about vitamins and minerals. Ask your child what fruit or vegetable they were assigned.
January 30, 2019 - 4th grade has a land and water test coming up. Look for dates in the homework calendar.
5th grade has an open notes food chemistry test coming up, look for dates in the homework calendar. Anything from my website or quizlet can be printed out and added to student notebooks and folders as a resource for the test. The test is about the content and the skill of using resources.
January 11, 2019 4th graders have modelled weathering and erosion - see the land and water section for some pictures of the lab results, ask your child about the pictures.
5th graders have tested foods for starch using iodine, always amazing. Ask about what the iodine did when start was present.
January 2, 2019 WOW! 4th graders are looking at erosion and weathering. Ask about the sugar cube shaking.
5th graders are learning about reading food labels and then moving on to specific nutrients and what they do in our bodies. Ask about what foods your child compared.
December 14, 2018 4th graders are taking a test before vacation. Look for the test after break, please sign in and send it back.
5th graders are reading about my plate and the nutrients. Ask about playing "food group old maid".
December 6, 2018 4th graders continue review of water cycle, some have modeled erosion and some classes have learned about inhereted traits. Ask Allen creek kids about erosion. Ask Jeff. Rd kids about water cycle.
5th grade is finishing Body System posters and moving on to food groups and nutirents.
November 28, 2018 4th graders are reviewing the water cycle. Look for a test announcement in the next 9 days. Ask your student about modelling the water cycle.
5th is moving into Food Chemistry. Most classes are working on Body System displays during class. Some classes are trying a few lessons from a new unit that may be used as we move towards the new state standards. Ask your student if they are doing a body system poster, if not ask them about mixtures.
November 1, 2018 4th graders are connecting out land and water models soon. Ask about the plants and animals they have observed.
5th grade has a test sometime the week of Nov. 5. please refer to homework calendar for your homeroom's test date.
October 25, 2018 4th graders are learning about food chains. Soon we will be adding animals to our small terrariums and aquariums
5th grade is reviewiing food webs and the vocabulary around food webs. Population change is next. Look for a test announcement coming soon.
October 15, 2018 - 4th graders are beginning to apply concpets of energy and matter to model terrariums. Look for a seed crossword puzzle as homework. You can extend the learning by going outside and looking for seeds on plants. Can you see any structures on the seed or seed pod that help you guess how the seed spreads?
5th graders are finishing up reconstructing the owl prey skeleton. Next up is connecting the owl to concepts learned last year.
Sept. 27, 2018 - 4th graders are finishing up energy transformation and had a pretest. The idea of a system will be introduced. Look for vocabulary to study by the end of next cycle.
5th grade students have begun observing the owl pellet exterior and interior. Ask you student what they found in the owl pellet! By the end of the next cycle all th graders will have homework, a skeleton crossword.
Sept. 19, 2018 - 4th graders have been reviewing matter and are being introduced to energy transformations. Ask about which energy changing toy or activity they used in class.
5th graders used the break out EDU boxes to review content and solve a problem. Ask about the clues used to find the lock codes. 5th graders should begin vocabulary review for the beginning of the year vocab set and owl unit vocabulary.
Sept 7, 2018 - 4th graders will be introduced to the science room, me, and participate in an activity that helps us think about directions.
5th grade is starting up with understanding what an owl pellet is.
ALL STUDENTS - You will need a folder and a notebook.
first days of school - eat nutritious food, drink water (Did you know that research shows that milk is better at replenishing lost electrolytes than Gatorade), and get enough sleep.
4th grade families - this is what the 2 liter bottle looks like that is on the supply list. Do not panic if you do not have one on the first day of school. We do not need them right away. Do not panic if you never get one. Send the bottle in empty.
Summer ideas - Try to include informal science in your summer. Kid-led attempts at building things, ongoing experiments, hikes and time to relax in nature.
Read, read, read, fiction, social studies, science, math and kid friendly news. It is fine for kids to read "below their level" picture books are awesome and some contain extremely complex text (try Time of Wonder). Magazines like National Geographic for Kids, Ask, Muse (anything by Cobblestone publishing), the scouting magazines, and tons more are at the library and sometimes free on-line.
Make a few movie nights documentary nights. Safari Montage is available through your child's school computer account. The library has great non-fiction videos. If you watch the PBS schedule you can find incredible science and social studies documentaries. If you subscribe, Netflix has them too. It is okay to watch below your "age", use a younger kid as an excuse. I recommend Peep and the Big Wide World, Magic School Bus, Bill NYE, Disney Imagineering, National geographic, NOVA, and many more. On line, many Ted Talks are suitable for kids, just preview first. Through the school library you can view BrainPOP, TrueFlix, and many other resources.
Check out the unit topics for 4th and 5th grade to the left under navigation.....maybe you can do some fun activities around those topics this summer. Most of all be curious and interested in your world. Real science doesn't always have an answer; experiences that cause people to think and wonder are very important. Don't turn everyday into a test, just have fun, "take chances, and get messy." (Ms. Frizzle)