BRCVPA 5th Grade Science and Social Studies

Study Island assignments for the third 9 weeks Period:

  • SS - European Exploration (due Jan 18)
  • Sci - Organisms: Food and Energy (due Jan 25)
  • Sci - Recycling of Matter in Ecosystems (due Jan 25)
  • SS - Trade and Interdependence (due Feb 1)
  • SS - Map Skills (Due Feb 8)
  • SS - Slavery in the Colonies (due Feb 15)
  • Sci - Patterns and Movement of the Earth and Stars (due Feb 22)
  • SS - Human/Environmental Interactions (due Mar 1)
  • Sci - Earth's Spheres (due Mar 8)

Fifth Grade will have a Formal Assessment next week in PE. Since we have divided the 5th grade into crews, the crews and their test dates are listed below:

Tuesday 2/26

Performers

Thursday 2/28

Makeup, Orchestra, Set Design, Costume, Publicity

Happy Valentine's Day. Students may bring Valentine cards to share with the class. We will not have a party, so please do not send snacks that must be consumed at school. Candy or treats attached to Valentine cards are fine.

Who is our fastest and most accurate Fifth Grade typist? TypingClub.com knows. Win a prize if you are the fastest Fifth Grade typist on Friday, Feb 8 at 3:00. All judging is based on TypingClub.com results.


Congrats to Malia, the Typing Queen!

Congratulations to all of the Science Fair winners!

The judges were from the community, so the results were impartial. I received extremely positive feedback about individual projects. Every student turned in a project!

Congratulations to the Overall winners

First place - Jack Roy

Second Place - Ben Daniel

Third Place - Jace Capers

Projects will remain at school until they are graded.


Science and Social Studies Fair Award Winners 2018-19

SCIENCE FAIR WEEK IS HERE! Students must bring their boards and written reports by Friday, Feb 1. Click here for the instructional packet.


Many thanks to Selah C for bringing her Science Fair project early. It gave everyone a sense of relief to see a finished product.



This outline is a suggestion for how to layout a Science Fair board. Procedures may or may not fit on the left. Middle placement is fine for procedures. Images may be placed wherever they make sense for the specific project.


The written report is to be placed on the table in front of the display board. Artifacts from the experiment may be placed on the board. Do not include identifying information, such as photos of the student's face, on the board. The judges should not be able to identify the student scientist while judging the project.

Congratulations to Paris C, our January Student of the Month!

WELCOME MISS JACKSON! Our new LSU student teacher started last week. She is a senior at LSU, completing her last semester with her student teaching experience with us. Please make her welcome when you see her.


Just before the break, the new Science program, STEMscopes, came in. Students will log in to STEMscopes for the first time on Monday. There are several assignments ready and waiting for students once they log in. Log in information is the same as the students' Google log in.

If you know someone who would be interested in judging the 5th grade Science Fair who does not have a child in 5th grade at BRCVPA, please email their contact information to me! Thank you.


Thank you to everyone who responded. We are set with Science Fair judges, but third grade could use a few more Social Studies Fair judges.

Science Fair is coming! Click here for a copy of the 2018-19 Science Fair packet. The rubric is in the packet.

Science Fair is Feb 1, 2019. If students want their steps checked, then they must have the step completed by a series of due dates. The entire project is due at once (Feb 1). The check-ins are optional.

2018-19 Science Fair Suggested Timeline

(Topic selection, question, and hypothesis check-in dates were last semester.)

  • Collect materials, perform experiments, collect data - Jan 11, 2019 ** Amended to Jan 18
  • Analyze data - prepare your titles, charts, graphs, drawings, and diagrams. Begin to write your report - Jan 18, 2019 - check-in date for charts, graphs, drawings, and diagrams *** Amended to Jan 25
  • Finish writing your report. Construct your Science Fair display - Jan 25, 2019
  • Prepare and practice your presentation - at home, all week from Jan 25 through Jan 31, 2019
  • Science Fair - Feb 1


WELCOME BACK! In the first week of 2019, we will focus on Social Studies, but we will give attention to the plants we planted in water only before the break. They have grown! Geaux Hydroponics!

If your child needs others to participate in their Science Fair experiment, then your child will have the week of Jan 14-18 to experiment on classmates. Next week, we will have Science Fair experiments as a station. Any willing student will have the OPTION to participate in a study of another student. The student running the experiment will need to have a printed instructions sheet, survey, and/or other experiment prepared by Monday, Jan 14. The wording and instructions are the students' responsibilities. The teacher (and student teacher!) will be running other centers, so be sure sure your child explains instructions fully in writing and has a data log for recording outcomes. What we provide is access and opportunity. It is up to the students to participate and have a data log for recording. The dates on the Science Fair check-in are extended by a week for collecting data and analyzing data. Science Fair is Feb 1. THE COMPLETE PROJECT IS DUE FEB 1 FOR A 120 POINT GRADE.

Revisions for the Native American project will be accepted until Tuesday, Dec 17 at noon. At that point, the grade entered will become final if no revisions are submitted.


The deadline for citations will be extended in to the 9 weeks.

AR POINTS - Students must meet their AR goal this week for the 2nd 9-week period. Please have your child sign into his/her AR account so that you can check their progress. We will soon be "making time" for students to meet their goals (while other students do preferred activities. No one wants to miss the fun!

Needed: 4 parents for the LSU Basketball game - Nov 11. Please email me if you would like to attend. selston@ebrschools.org

Science Test is firmly set for Thursday. (The tentative part was Wednesday or Thursday.)

Quizizz at home code: https://join.quizizz.com 401964 (all topics - full review for Matter and Energy/Scientific Method Test)

Quizizz at home code https://join.quizizz.com 030250 (only Matter and Energy section about plants)

Kahoot Challenge https://kahoot.it/challenge/0435932 0435932 (Science Fair/Scientific Method)

Quizlet: You may study the Quizlet, but it is vocabulary only. The questions are not in test format. This vocabulary is included in the Kahoot and Quizizz games. See Google Classroom for codes.



Congratulations to Kethan, our December Student of the Month!

Science Test - Matter and Energy and Scientific Method - tentatively Thursday, Dec 6.

All content is currently available for study in Google Slides on Google Classroom (Matter and Energy). A Quizlet has been posted for several weeks with vocabulary (link and code on Google Classroom). Also, study the NearPod activity and Study Island Plant Growth. Students played a Scientific Method Kahoot! last week and will play it again next week.

Example of an independent variable: amount of study and effort put into studying

Example of a dependent variable: grade on test (dependent variable depends on the independent variable)

Example of a constant: everyone will have the same questions on the test

Unfinished work assigned so far for the 9-weeks will be accepted until this Friday, Dec 7, for partial credit, unless prior arrangements are made by Wednesday.

Field trip forms for the December MOH reward, a women's basketball game at LSU, went home last week. Students with an A or B in conduct for the month of December are eligible to attend.

December is a busy month. Please carefully check the BRCVPA Calendar for events added after this post.

6th - Winter Luncheon (3rd-5th Grade)

7th - Southdowns Field Trip (All Performance Groups), December Student of the Month Ice Cream Social - 2:15-3:00

10th - 2nd 9 Weeks Box Tops for Education Submission Deadline, Limo Ride to Curbside for Top Fundraiser Sellers, Southside Gardens Field Trip (Ms. Campbell's Class) 9:00 am.

11th - Tasty Tuesday: Frozen Treat from the Ice Cream Freezer ($2.00), School-wide MOH field trip to the LSU Women's BBall Game

12th - Work Packets & Data Binders go home, 4th grade Opera 1:30 Performance (Audience: K, 2nd, 5th)

13th - Nutcracker Field Trip (5th Grade & K Buddies) 8:30-12:00

​14th - 2nd 9 Weeks Box Tops for Education Contest Pizza Party, Class Christmas/Holiday Parties 11:15-12:30, Early Dismissal 12:45 pm

Hurray for our November Student of the Month - Skylar D! You deserve it, Skylar!

Congratulations to our 3 class Spelling Bee champions, Amelia W, Eriq W, and Gabrielle C.! You represented us well at the School Bee today. Another big congratulations to Brandon Y., the School Champion! We are proud of all of our spellers!

Classroom Spelling Bee - Monday, November 26. Study the word lists for 4th and 5th graders. The class top 3 winners should study the School Bee List to prepare for the School Bee on Thursday.

004-2019_Fourth_Grade_NSB_List.pdf
005-2019_Fifth_Grade_NSB_List.pdf
010-2019_School_Spelling_Bee_List_2-pager.pdf

Science Fair is Feb 1, 2019. If students want their steps checked, then they must have the step completed by a series of due dates. The entire project is due at once (Feb 1). The check-ins are optional.

2018-19 Science Fair Suggested Timeline

  • Topic Selection and Question - Nov 30, 2018 - check-in date
  • Research - Dec 7, 2018
  • Hypothesis (with 2-3 sentences telling why you think what you think, based on your research) - Dec 14, 2018 - check-in date
  • Collect materials, perform experiments, collect data - Jan 11, 2019 ** Amended to Jan 18
  • Analyze data - prepare your titles, charts, graphs, drawings, and diagrams. Begin to write your report - Jan 18, 2019 - check-in date for charts, graphs, drawings, and diagrams *** Amended to Jan 25
  • Finish writing your report. Construct your Science Fair display - Jan 25, 2019
  • Prepare and practice your presentation - at home, all week from Jan 25 through Jan 31, 2019
  • Science Fair - Feb 1


Native North American Cultures Research Project - due Wednesday, Nov 28 at the beginning of class (Elston homeroom due on Thursday due to Spelling Bee in class on Monday)

Students have selected a native North American culture to research. The project is not intended to be research on a particular tribe but research on a region. UPDATE: Students may choose to answer 1 question per characteristic with a strong, 3-point answer or to answer 3 questions with short 1-point answers. The final project will be a Google Slides presentation. The document outlining the project requirements links to many websites, including 1 for each specific region. See pages 6 and 7 in the document below for links. The physical book, The First Americans: Prehistory- 1600 by Joy Hakim, is available in the classroom for in-class use. We also have a large selection of books on the various regions and tribes in the classroom.

Native North Americans Project Instructions and Rubric

The Tips for Creating Slides presentation (below) is intended to show some things to do and not to do. We do NOT want our slides to play Where's Waldo with our viewers! (You'll get the joke once you get to Slide 9.) If anyone has a copy of the Where's Waldo book, we'd love to borrow it.

Tips for Creating Slides

Social Studies Test on Inca and Maya - Friday, Nov 9. Click here for study guide.

Because of the plant experiment, we are combining Science and Social Studies for another week.

Study Island, Science, Ed 2, Plant Growth - due Friday, Nov 9. Late work for a 1 point deduction accepted until Wednesday, Nov 14. Points off accumulate beyond.

Water containers - a reminder

Students may bring water to class, but the bottles/containers must be spill proof. Water containers must contain only water, no juice or flavored/colored liquids, due to spill concerns.

Week of Oct 29-Nov 2. Students will not have daily quizzes this week as they will check their plant growth and record data daily during the normal quiz time. The data charts will turned in on Friday for a grade (Google Classroom). Be sure to complete Study Island Mesoamerican and Andean Civilizations by Friday, Nov 2. Study Island Plant growth is due Friday, Nov. 9.

Online Safety Poster Contest Finalists

Congrats to Idgie, Dorothy, Jordan, and Kylie! Your posters were selected as the finalists from BRCVPA!

Are you interested in designing the next Holiday Card for the American Federation of Teachers? If so, here is the criteria for the contest:

  • Art for the card should be two-dimensional on paper that does not exceed 8.5 by 11 inches. The art will be scanned to a file and printed so avoid metallic elements.
  • The Imagery should not be overtly religious and the language used should be "Season's Greetings" or "Happy Holidays" or something similar as their membership comes from a number of religious groups and traditions.
  • The recipient and the recipient's teacher will receive a plaque commemorating the occasion during the organizations annual convention on November 17 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Center.

Please turn in all artwork to the front office by Monday, November 5th.

Thank you for the soil donations. We are now set. Elston homeroom and half of Young homeroom will plant on Monday, Oct 29.

We need sand, clay, top soil, compost, etc. Students will design an experiment that tests one variable. I have the seeds and cups. Students will be responsible for bringing in their own soil. (Digging up the playground dirt is an option.) Any donations will help the students who are unable to bring soil from home. I have a half a bag of potting soil that I will donate. Students will plant on Friday.

Study Island: Social Studies Mesoamerican and Andean Civilizations - due Nov 2.

Online Safety Poster Contest

Entries are due Friday, October 19. Posters are 8.5 by 11" paper, NOT poster board. This assignment is a 5-point homework grade in Social Studies. For full rules, see below.

Digital Citizenship Week.pdf

Science Test has been changed to Monday, October 15.

What to study:

Quizizz Review - Game Code 752628 or login through Google Classroom (no code needed)

Heat Transfer Flocabulary

Minerals Flocabulary

Study Island, Science Edition2, Matter Changes and Conservation (Remember that previous tests have had questions directly from Study Island.)

Class notes

Capturing Chaos Lab notes (baking soda and vinegar in a bag)

How to identify a chemical change (new substance formed) - bubbles, temperature change, UNEXPECTED color change

Google Classroom - procedure to login at home

  1. Log out of your personal Gmail or Google account.
  2. Type classroom.google.com into the omnibox. (Google calls the search bar box an omnibox). The login will not work if you attempt to login at google.com.
  3. When prompted for a login, use your child's username like this: username@ebrschools.org. (This is not a live email address. It is used only for login purposes.)
  4. Type in your child's password with the first letter capitalized. The password is your child's AR/Study Island password.
  5. All Google Classrooms in which the student is enrolled will appear.
  6. Students received a unique class code in class that allowed them to enroll in that teacher's Google Classroom. Once enrolled, students do not need the code again.
  • Trouble shooting: If you are prompted to enter a code to join the Classroom, please go back to step 1 and log out of your personal Google account. Only students may join the Classroom. Parents who want to see the assignments must login as the student. Parents may request to receive a weekly email summary of the student's Google Classroom assignments by emailing the student's teacher.
  • Video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC241gXI17I



HAPPY FALL BREAK - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS OCT 5 AND OCT 8


Conference times are available on Friday, Oct 5 from 9:30 - 12:00.


BRCVPA Career Fair needs you. Please email Mrs. Hebert if you would like to share your career. http://www.brcvpa.com/uploads/2/9/5/6/29568609/career_fair_invitation_to_participate.pdf


Next Science test is Friday, Oct 12. Quizziz is posted to begin studying.

CONGRATS TO STUDENT OF THE MONTH ERMANYA COLEMAN!

THE DAILY QUIZZES FROM THE WEEK ARE NOW POSTED ON GOOGLE CLASSROOM.

THE CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE QUIZ FOR MONDAY, WITH NOTES, IS ALSO POSTED. Students will have the notes to write the response. Sentences must show cause and effect.

Example of a cause and effect sentence: The Emperor wanted lots of money, so he taxed his subjects.

"So" and "and" have different meanings.

This sentence is NOT a cause and effect sentence: The Emperor wanted lots of money, and he taxed his subjects.

For full credit, students must link the sentences together with cause and effect words.

FOR THE WEEK OF SEPT 24-28, STUDENTS WILL HAVE A DAILY QUIZ. The quizzes will help students get more familiar with test question formats. Knowing the answer is not enough. Students must know why something is the correct answer, and definitions must be applied to answer questions.

CREATE FOUND ART SCULPTURES ON THURSDAY - bring in found items to create an Aztec "artifact" to trade.

CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE QUIZ IN CLASS ON FRIDAY - Questions: a. How did the agricultural innovations feed into the Aztecs’ larger economic systems, including the tribute system and the marketplace? b. How did Tenochtitlán sustain itself? c. What characteristics of civilizations in Tenochtitlán are revealed by the chaînes opératoires?

TRADE "ARTIFACTS" ON FRIDAY - Students will develop a system of trade throughout the week. If anyone would like to donate a bag of cocoa beans, it would be appreciated.

STUDY ISLAND - HISTORICAL THINKING (Graded) DUE ON FRIDAY. Class time will be provided. Students who do not finish the Study Island assignment in class will have to complete it at home.

STUDY ISLAND 9-WEEKS GRADE: Not all Study Island assignments are graded. There will be a Study Island completion grade at the end of the 9-weeks for all Study Island assignments. Completion = blue ribbon. The assigned Study Island topics so far:

Social Studies - Timelines, Pre-Columbian Americas, Historical Thinking Skills (graded)

Science - Matter: Composition and Properties (graded), Matter: Changes and Conservation (graded)

If you would like to sign up for a conference, please use Sign Up Genius. Conferences will be with all 5th grade teachers.

Sept 17-21, 2018 Homework:

  • Study Island, Louisiana Standards, Science, Edition 2 - Matter: Changes and Conservation. Due Friday, Sept 21, 2018. Some class time will be provided. Graded assignment.
  • Quizlet game for test on Friday, Sept 21 - https://quizlet.com/_57twbt (Study list and a crossword puzzle is below for those who prefer not to use Quizlet or want additional practice. Do not turn in the crossword puzzle. It is for fun.)
  • Video to explain solution, solvent, and solute
  • The students created drawings and examples on PearDeck. Many students completed the PearDeck assignment at home, making their partners unable to complete their share of the assignment. Instead of frustrating everyone, the assignment is halted.
  • TEST HINT: It is not enough to only know an answer. You must know why something is the correct answer. All questions are multiple choice, but all questions require you to know why an answer is correct. When sugar dissolves in water, what kind of change does sugar undergo? Sugar undergoes a physical change because when the water evaporates, the sugar remains.
  • Not all Study Island assignments are graded. There will be a Study Island completion grade at the end of the 9-weeks for all Study Island assignments. Completion = blue ribbon. The assigned Study Island topics so far: Timelines, Pre-Columbian Americas, Matter: Composition and Properties (graded), Matter: Changes and Conservation.

Week at a Glance

19th - Early dismissal, 12:45 pm; Work Packets & Data Binders go home

21st - 2nd Grade Mini-Production 9:00 am (3rd grade block 2:15)

Vocabulary - Matter

OPEN NOTES TASKS SIMULATION FRIDAY, SEPT 14 - AZTEC CIVILIZATION

Be prepared to analyze an image of an artifact, create a chaînes opératoires, use a map to answer questions, analyze or create a timeline, pose a relevant question, and /or respond to questions. We will spend the week doing tasks.

You will have access to your notes. Notes include EVERYTHING used in class: the Please Pass the Chocolate article from Studies Weekly, the Aztec Civilization slides, chaînes opératoires created in class, Characteristics of Aztec Civilization handout worked on in class all week, the vocabulary sheet, the digging for clues handout, and all notes.

Essential questions of the week:

1. How did the agricultural innovations feed into the Aztecs’ larger economic systems, including the tribute system and the marketplace?

2. How did Tenochtitlán sustain itself?

3. What characteristics of civilizations in Tenochtitlán are revealed by the chaînes opératoires?


Independent work of the week due by Friday, Sept 14 at 3:00. Unfinished work is homework on Thursday night. The test is Friday, so do not count on class time on Friday to complete your independent work.

Study Island - 1. Timelines 2. Pre-Columbia Americas Blue ribbons are to be earned by Friday. A 10-point grade will be taken for Pre-Columbia Americas. Only your highest score will be recorded, so take the practice test until you make the grade you want.

Studies Weekly - Please Pass the Chocolate - Not graded. However, information from the article will be used in the tasks on Friday. If you have read the article, then you will know the information, or you will at last know where to look for it.

Sketch to Stretch - (started last Social Studies week) - Choose an Aztec word from the list provided in class. Do a Google search for images of the word. Sketch an image to show the meaning of the word. Rubric.


Aztec Civilization

Create a stop motion animation movie showing the 3 states of matter. NEW DUE DATE! Due Friday, Sept 21. All assignments and rubrics are posted in Google Classroom.

Civilizations test - Wednesday, August 29

Click here for Study Guide. Use study guide, notes, and the slide show to study.

Slides

Quizziz review - code 656563

Name the Skeleton - Meet Atom Rib!

Students thought creatively to generate name ideas for the class skeleton. I selected the top 10 names from student input (plus one from a parent on Open House). Students voted for their favorite 2 names. Congrats to Amelia A and Kelly F who came up with the idea of Atom Rib.

Social Studies - Overview of the Year

  • Indigenous Cultures of the Americas
  • European Exploration
  • Settlement of the Present-Day United States
  • Colonial Advancements
  • The French and Indian War

Science - Overview of the Year

  • Matter and Its Interaction
  • Matter and Energy
  • Ecosystems
  • Earth's Systems
  • Earth's Place in the Universe


Elston Homeroom Schedule (click)

Library Monday 1:15

Talented Art Monday/Friday 8:00-9:00

Talented Theater Tuesday 8:00-9:00

Talented Music Wednesday/Friday 8:00-9:00



Welcome to 5th Grade! It has been my pleasure to work with you and your children as a Creative Writing teacher for 2 years. This year, it is my pleasure to teach Science and Social Studies. Let's get ready for a great year! I look forward to seeing you at Open House on Aug 8 and on the first day of school, Aug 9.

Mrs. Elston

selston@ebrschools.org Twitter: @SelstonBRCVPARemind code: @K6b683b