Snow Day Assignment for Class 1/17/18 (Due 1/24/17)

Happy Snow Day! As you may have heard, we will not be meeting for WEB tomorrow because of the snow. We would like to try and preserve the one snow day that we have built into the year in case we have an additional snow day in February. For that reason, I will be giving you an assignment to work on at home this week.

Please click on the link below and read and complete Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 (you do not have to do Lesson 5). You can write your answers on a piece of paper and bring them to the next class so that we can discuss.

If you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to email me ( I do not want anyone to become overly stressed about this assignment. My hope is that you will gain a better understanding of animal taxonomy and classification through this lesson. We will go over these ideas again in class. Just try the lessons and do your best.

Enjoy the snow!

Homework from 1/10/18 (Due 1/17/18)

It was great to see everyone back today! We talked more about hibernation and migration. I loved all of your wonderful comments in class. You showed that you are really thinking about these topics and are demonstrating an ability to think more like scientists. Great job!

We will begin talking about animal classification next week. Please read pp. 340-343 in your book. Make sure you have included 'What Changes in an Animal's Body When it Hibernates?", "How do I Adapt to Changes in Seasons", and your Monarch Butterfly Migration map in your Science Notebook. Also be sure that your Table of Contents is updated as well.

Table of Contents  -  1/10/18   Hibernation and Migration   page #

Have a great week!


Homework from 11/29/17 (Due 1/10/18)

You did an excellent job on your Food Chain Collages today! We will continue to talk about hibernation and migration when we return from break. Please read pp. 328-329 in your Usborne Science Encyclopedia.

For students who want an additional challenge over the break, you can try the worksheet below. Try to figure out if each animal migrates, hibernates, or adapts to seasonal changes. This is optional. This is not assigned homework. This is only for students who want an additional challenge. If you are really wanting a challenge, pick one animal and write about its hibernation, migration, or adaptation. If it hibernates, see if you can find out what its body temperature, heart rate, and respiration drops to during hibernation. If it migrates, find out where it migrates from and to and the distance it journeys. If it adapts, find out what specific adaptations it has that help it during seasonal changes. Bring what you find to class and tell us about it.  Again, this is not an assignment. It is an activity for students who want to explore more about the topics we are studying during the break. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Have a wonderful break!! 

Hibernation Worksheet

Homework from 11/15/17 (Due 11/29/17)


****Reminder- We do not meet next week. It is Thanksgiving break.*******

Today we met a rabbit and learned about Rabbit Island. We continued talking about habitats, food chains, and food webs. Please make sure that you have added these elements in your notebook.

Your habitats look amazing! Great Job! If you forgot to bring yours today, please bring it next time.

We updated our Table of Contents in class today:

11/15/17     Animal Habitats and Food Chains    page #'s

For after break, please read pp. 330-333 in your Usborne Science Encyclopedia. This should be a good review of the things we have discussed in class for the last 2 weeks. We will work on the Food Chain Collage I talked to you about in class when we return from break.

Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!



Homework from 11/8/17 (Due 11/15/17)

Today we met a bearded dragon and starting talking about habitats and food chains. We will continue discussing these topics next week.

For next week, work on your habitats that you brought home from class. Look in your notebooks to find features specific to the habitat of the animals you received. I am sorry that I forgot to bring the aquarium rocks for the bottom of your habitats. Feel free to fill it with anything you find at home (rocks, gravel, sand, etc.). If you don't find anything for the ground cover, I will bring the aquarium rocks next week. Add elements to your habitat and be creative. You can use anything you find to make it look similar to the way the animals' habitats would look in the wild.



Finish the Food Chain foldable handout. Be sure you have filled in all of the blanks and color it. We will fold them together in class and add them to your notebooks next week. In addition, try to fill out as much as you can of the Food Web handout. Try to draw arrows to show the path of energy through the Web. Add labels to as many of the animals as you can (e.g. consumer, carnivore, herbivore, omnivore...).  Remember that a Food Web is a connection of food chains with many food energy paths in an ecosystem. Lots of food chains make up a food web. The source of all the energy is the sun. We will add this to our notebook as well and update our Table of Contents in class. The pages may vary but here are the latest updates to the Table of Contents:

11/1/17   Animal Adaptations   22-23

11/8/17   Animal Habitats   24-28

There is no reading assignment this week. 

ave a great week!


Homework From 11/1/17  (Due 11/8/17)

Today we finished up learning about animal adaptations. We discussed camouflage as well as learned some specific adaptations of guinea pigs. I loved everyone's chameleons!

We will add a new entry for our Table of Contents together next week in class.

I did not receive everyone's Adaptation Vocabulary Worksheet today. If you forgot to bring it, be sure to bring it next week.

For next week, complete the Adaptations of My Pet/Favorite Animal Worksheet. You may choose either a pet or a favorite animal for this project. In addition, read pp. 310-315 in the Usborne Science Encyclopedia. 

Next week we will begin discussing animal habitats. Have a great week!



Homework From 10/25/17 (Due 11/1/17)

I hope you enjoyed learning about and meeting some chinchillas today. Today we learned about physical and behavioral adaptations as well as instinctive and learned behaviors. Please make sure you add these elements to your notebook if you did not finish in class.

Be sure to add a new entry into your Table of Contents:

10/25/17    Animal Adaptations    pp. (whatever pages you added in your book)

For next week, please complete the Adaptation Vocabulary Worksheet. You may use the definition sheet to help you if you need it or you may study the definitions and try to complete the worksheet without looking back at the definitions.

In addition, please read pp. 304-309 in your Usborne Science Encyclopedia.

Have a great week and perhaps we will have another animal visitor next week!


Homework  from 10/18/17 (Due 10/25/17)

Today we finished up talking about cells. You all did a great job with your animal cell models and on the cell relay races. 

There is nothing new to put in your notebooks this week so there is nothing to add to your Table of Contents.

Next week we will dive into our Animal Unit! I am very excited about this unit and could tell that you all are too by our discussion today. Please write down anything you were hoping we would cover or talk about and we will try to make sure we can squeeze everything in.

For next week, please read pp. 300-303 in the Usborne Science Encyclopedia as well as the handout on adaptations that I gave you in class today.

Have a good week!


Homework from 10/4/17 (Due 10/18/17)

Today we talked about cells and cell theory. We labeled a plant cell diagram, an animal cell diagram, and then compared plant and animal cells. We used stickers to make a timeline of events that contributed to cell theory and we talked about the important components of cell theory. Please make sure that you have filled in the information and glued these things into your Science Notebook. Please add an entry in your Table of Contents. Here is an example:

10/4/17     Cells and Cell Theory     pp 15-18

Please make sure your Science Notebooks are up-to-date. Don't forget, there is no WEB next week. Have a fun Fall Break! 


Homework from 9/27/17 (Due 10/4/17)

Today we finished up our Botany Unit. We learned more about germination and plant and flower lifestyles as well as reviewed the methods of seed dispersal. I had a lot of fun playing Botany Bingo with you.

Make sure you got all of the elements added to your Science Notebook. Add the following entry to your Table of Contents:

9/27/17 Botany VI: Plant Lifestyles and Seed Dispersal   pages 13-14

(Remember that we did not have an entry last week for Botany V).

You received your take home Botany Unit Quizzes today. You may use your Science Notebooks to complete these but NOT your Usborne Science Encyclopedias. Please take the quiz using one of these strategies:

1. Use your Science Notebook and fill in the answers as you go.

2. Try to complete the quiz without your notebook and only use it when you get stuck.

3. Study the information in your notebook and then try to take the quiz without using your notebook. You may use the notebook to check your answers when you are done.

ou may use whichever strategy you are most comfortable with. I just ask that you make a note on your quiz telling me which strategy you used.

e will begin our unit on Animal Study soon. We will start next week by talking about animal cells.

Read pp. 298-299 in your Usborne Science Encyclopedia to prepare for class.

Have a great week!


Homework from 9/20/17 (Due 9/27/17)

You all did such a great job with your seed dispersal projects! I am so impressed with how creative everyone was! We had a great water dispersal model with multiple kinds of seeds as well as an imaginative animal model complete with an animal who digested and "deposited" the seeds into the ground. We also had a great model of attachment using hooked paperclips. In addition we had a wonderful gravity dispersal model that was complete with tissue paper leaves and a clever wind dispersal model made out of pipe cleaners. The grand finale was an explosion model where the students popped a balloon and seeds exploded everywhere. It was very exciting. You all did a truly fantastic job!

As a result of the time we spent on our seed dispersal project, we ran short on time to get our seed germination project going. I understand that not everyone got their glove set up properly with seeds in each finger and labels. Please do not worry if you didn't get a chance to get it done before you left class. If you managed to get any seeds in it, try taping it up in a sunny window at home or hang it from a clothesline in the window. Observe and see if anything germinates. Check your glove at least 4 times before next class. I handed out the Garden in a Glove Observation Journal Booklets. Draw a picture of what is happening in your glove on each of 4 different days. You can use the data sheet with a table (on the second page) to record what, if anything significant, happened during the week. If you are confused by this project or your glove did not make it home from class in one piece, do not worry about it. We will continue talking about germination next week.

There is nothing to add to your Table of Contents this week. I will hand out the fold out on seed dispersal for you to glue into your notebooks next week and we will update our Table of Contents at that time.

For next week, also please read pp. 282-293 in your Usborne Science Encyclopedia. We will finish our unit on Botany next week and I will hand out your take home quiz. Please make sure you have filled in all the elements of your Science Notebook as you will be allowed to use them for the quiz.

Have a good week.


Homework from 9/13/17 (Due 9/20/17)

Great work again today. I really loved watching you work together to figure out which flower your pollinator was attracted to in our imaginary flower garden! 

Next week we will talk about seeds and fruit and seed dispersal. Make sure you have finished adding all the elements we worked on today in your Science Notebook. Now would be a great time to make sure that everything in your notebook is up-to-date as we will be taking a take home quiz on our Botany Unit in 2 weeks. I will hand out the quiz at the end of class on 9/27 and you will need to complete it and bring it back to class on 10/4. You will be allowed to use your Notebook when you take this quiz but not your textbook. This is a great opportunity for you to see whether or not you are putting enough information into your Notebook.

Make sure you complete the Parts of a Flower dice game handout and bring it back to class next week. There are a total of 12 questions on this worksheet. You may use your Parts of a Flower laminated flashcards to help you answer these questions. Once you complete the handout, try rolling the dice and see if you can answer the questions without the flashcards. 

Read pp. 274-281 in the Usborne Science Encyclopedia.

Have a good week!



Homework from 9/6/17 (Due 9/13/17)

We had a great day learning about photosynthesis and I especially enjoyed watching you run in the photosynthesis relay race!  I know we ran out of time at the end, so we will review the elements of the race at the beginning of class next week.

Next week we will talk about parts of a flower and pollination. Make sure you have finished your flower diagram from class today as well as your "How Plants Eat" booklet. Review the leaf cards I handed out today.

In your Usborne Science Encyclopedia, read pp. 268-273. Add any science root words from your reading to your Science Notebook.

ave a good week!



Homework from 8/30/17 (Due 9/6/17)

I am very proud of the job you all did in class today. You did a wonderful job of collecting leaves outside and I was very impressed at how you all worked together and helped your friends find the leaves they needed too.

Next week we will continue talking about plants and how they make their own food by the process of photosynthesis. Make sure you have your leaves taped in to your science notebook. Please feel free to add your own drawings and remember to add some notes so that you remember the differences between the compound leaves we studied. Take time to look at leaves in your yard and pay careful attention to leaf margins, base, arrangement, petiole length, etc. See if you spot any types of leaves that we didn't see outside of WEB.

In your Usborne Science Encyclopedia, read pp. 260-267. Add any science root words you come across from your reading to your Science Notebook.

Have fun playing outside and I hope you see the leaves in your yard in a whole new light!


Homework from 8/23/17 (Due 8/30/17)

You all did a great job again today! I was very impressed with your plant cell models. Make sure that your plant cell diagram is glued in your Science Notebook. Also, make sure you wrote down a definition for Botany and that you drew a picture for each type of root.

Take some time to go out in your yard and pull some weeds. (Please be careful not to pull any of your parents' pretty flowers or plants!) Take a look at their roots. See if you can identify any of the roots we talked about in class. 

Read pp. 254-259 in the Usborne Science Encyclopedia. Add any science root words to your root word glossary in the back of your Science Notebook.

Next week we will be discussing leaves. Feel free to bring any leaves you find this week to class.

Have a great rest of your week and I look forward to seeing you again in class!



Homework from 8/16/17 (Due 8/23/17)

You all did a wonderful job today! I know we covered a lot of material and you added a lot of new elements to your Science Notebook.  For next week, make sure that everything is glued into your notebook. Finish up any elements that you didn't finish in class. Complete the "All about Me" page and glue it on Page 1 of your Notebook.

Read pp. 250-253 in The Usborne Science Encyclopedia. You do not need to follow the Usborne links this week. If I can get a projector set up in the classroom, we will watch the videos together in class and discuss them. Add any words you come across from the reading into your "Root Words" page at the end of your Science Notebook. You might only find one word or none at all. Don't worry, we will talk about roots more next week. I just want you thinking about some of the Science Roots from the list when you read.





Things to bring on the first day of class:

Please be sure to bring your Science Notebook to every class.  Fill out the information on the cover sheet that I handed out at the Open House.  Decorate the cover and make it your own.  Glue the cover sheet to the cover of your notebook.  Please make sure to also write your name on the inside cover of the notebook in case your cover sheet falls off.

Be sure to get a copy of the Usborne Science Encyclopedia.  Please send me an email if you would like me to order you a copy.  I can purchase paperback copies for $20.

I am excited to see you all on the first day of class!