• 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

  • March 30, 2020 -  I hope you are all like protons, staying positive!  My family and I are fine.  The cat is getting spoiled.  

    Fresh Air Science, one square foot has been included with the email from homeroom teachers.  Have some fun with it. You can find the document in the School Closing Resources section to the left.  I'm here if you need me.  Email "Jean Squire-Gefell" <jean_squire-gefell@pittsford.monroe.edu> 


     March 20, 2020 -from a former student: Q: “What do molecules say to eachother in the morning?”
    A: “Up and ATOM!”

    from a current student: What did the ice cube do when it was sad: It had a meltdown!


    What do you call an acid with an attitude: A-mean-oh-acid!


    March 17, 2020- This is a picture of Mrs. Squire-Gefell holding some vacation fish feeders.    At both buildings the fish tanks are all set with vacation feeders and fresh filters.  Mr. Phil, Mr. Leo, and Mr. Kong will take good care of our fish just like they do over the summer.


    March 9, 2020 - 4th has investigated glaciers and weathering.  Ask about freezing the water in the plasitc cup.

    5th has been practicing the engineering design process while trying out recipes for bouncing putty balls (chemical change).  Ask about how their "product" turned out.  At JRE look for information about preparing for an open notes quiz.


    February 11, 2020 - 4th has vocabulary to study.  We have been learning about how sedimentary rocks form and how we can learn about the past environments based on the materials that make up sedimantary rocks.  We are now modelling how sediments move.  Ask about the model of erosion, deposition and a river delta.

    5th has been learning about physical and chemical properties and changes.  Look for vocabulary to study.  Ask about the experiment that used calcium chloride that got hot!


    January 10, 2020 - 4th has started a new unit called Processes that shape the Earth.  Ask about the mystery bone.

    5th has learned to use a triple beam balance to measure mass.  We are working on writing the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning format to prove a claim.  Ask about CER.


    December 3 - 4th is finishing the Ecosystems unit, look for a test date announcement and study guide coming home soon.

    5th has been working on the big idea that even though some things are too small to be seen, we can prove they are there.  Ask about the syringes and tubes.  We are also looking at the properties of the states or phases of matter and connecting them back to toys.  Ask about the Alkaseltzer experiment.


    November 21 - 4th has connected the water ecosystem to the land ecosystem and will be discussing how the living and non-living things interact as well as how the living things fufill their needs.

    5th has begun the new Toys Matter Unit.  Ask about secret sand.


    November 5th - 4th is continuing with ecosystems, focus is currently on food chains.

    5th has finished our owl unit.  Yesterday the JRE 5th enjoyed the Wild Wings presentation.  ACE is working on rescheduling.  Next up is a new unit called "Toys Matter" which focuses on the porperties of matter and materials engineering.


    October 25 - 4th is creating a model of land and water ecosystems.  We are working on understanding how matter and energy change within the system.  We are also working on developing questionning skills.

    5th is completing the owl unit.  We will have a special presentation from Wild Wings 11-1-19 at ACE 10:30 and 11-4-19 at JRE 9:40.  Next topic is Matter.


    October 17 - 4th grade is moving into looking at the energy, matter and systems in our natural world.  Ask about planting seeds.

    5th is finishing prey posters and reviewing food chains and webs.  Test dates have been announced for 5th.

    October 3 - 4th grade has reviewed matter and is working on understanding that energy changes forms.

    5th grade is working on a model of a prey skeleton found in the owl pellet.  


    September 24 - 4th grade has reviewed matter and states of matter.  Now we are beginning to explore energy transformation.  Look for the first set of vocabulary with a paper attached that suggests one way to study.

    5th is beginning to dissect owl pellets.


    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)