Mad Science Day is a tradition at our school. Every year on October 31, the fifth grade spends the whole day learning about science and doing science activities. You can see some of our past blog posts about Mad Science Day here: 2012,2014, and 2015.
Here is a short video of some of the things we did this year. Do you have any questions about any of the things we did?
What was your favorite thing we did on Mad Science Day?
If we do another Mad Science Day, what science topics would you like to explore?
Welcome to the first blog post of the 2017-18 school year for Mrs. Hamman’s fifth grade class in Arizona! We wanted to introduce our class for the Student Blogging Challenge. We are getting close to the end of our first quarter, and will be going on Fall Break next week. We’ve had an eventful first nine weeks!
We have studied the geography of the regions of the United States, and memorized where each state is on a map. We each wrote a mini-research report about one of the fifty states.
We have been reading a lot of fun fictional books and stories. Our first class novel was Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.We also each chose a fiction book to read in our book clubs, and we made Flipgrid videos about them.
In writing, we’ve been working on expanding our sentences to make them more interesting. We’ve also been working on responding to text using the RACE strategy. We’ll be posting our emoji stories soon; check our class Instagram and Twitter accounts!
In math, we’ve been working on operations with whole numbers and decimals. We just started fractions this week, and we’ll be working on operations with fractions most of second quarter. Watch out for the brownie lesson…
Our first science unit was on the human body, and we’ve had a lot of fun with it! We’ve made models of cells and of the circulatory, skeletal, respiratory and muscular system, and this week we are working on the nervous system. It’s super interesting to see how all these body systems work together!
Here is a short video showing a few of the things we’ve done in our class.
This year we have shifted our focus with blogging to microblogging sites, so we haven’t written as many posts as in past years. You can check out what we’ve done on a daily basis on our Instagram and Twitter feeds. But at the end of the year, we’ve been reflecting on all we’ve learned, and the class blog is still the best place to do that.
We’ve had a great year and have had lots of fun experiences. We’ve connected with people from all over and have absorbed tons of new ideas! We are much stronger reader, writers, scientists, coders, citizens and mathematicians than we were at the beginning of the year, and we can’t wait to continue our learning in sixth grade!
As always, we take way more pictures than we could ever post! Our end of the year movie is broken into Part 1 and Part 2 below.
What are some of your favorite memories of this school year?
March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and our school joined others in celebrating it as Read Across America Day. We read in class every day, but today we got comfortable and had an extra long read-a-thon. Then we had a Google Hangout and read a Dr. Seuss book aloud to students at Accel. Here are some pictures of our day!
For the past few weeks our class has been learning about natural disasters and their effect on the environment. After we read about some disasters like hurricanes and forest fires as a class, we each chose another type of disaster to research. We wrote five-paragraph essays about what we learned.
After we finished our essays, we made a video to show what these dramatic natural disasters look like. We used the FxGuru iPhone app to create the special effects.
Here are some of the interesting facts we learned about the natural disasters we studied:
Most people know about how Mount Vesuvius erupted in the year 79 A.D. and covered Pompeii, but it has also erupted at least 50 more times.
The Tri-State Tornado on March 18, 1925, was the most destructive in history. It went through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, and its path was over 200 miles long. It killed 695 people and injured over 2,000.
The longest lightning bolt was almost 200 miles long. It happened during a thunderstorm in Oklahoma on June 20, 2007.
Avalanches are a danger on mountains after 12 or more inches of snow have fallen. If an avalanche is triggered, the snow can pour down the mountain at a rate of over 80 miles per hour.
Floods can be deadly, but they also can help the environment. The sediment in flood waters may cause the soil to be more fertile.