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.
****** New York State is transitioning to new science curriculum. The instruction and assessment your student receives will not be the same as past years. We will be studying ecosystems, Processes that shape Earth, and Waves in 4th grade. 5th grade will study Owl Pellets, Matter (Toys Matter), Earth's water, and rocks and minerals. *******
Home Page fourth and fifth grade science
September 12 - 4th grade will be exploring questions while observing an "ice hand"
5th grade is using text, a small video, and an on-line activity to develop an understanding of what an owl pellet is.
September 6 - 4th grade is starting out with an activity that gets us thinking about giving and recieving directions. Ask your student about how the activity or "game" is done.
5th grade has jumped right in to academic work. We are reading about owl hunting adaptations.
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.
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)