In this lesson, students develop a model to explain how water cycles from the Earth’s surface to the atmosphere and back again. In the activity, Make It Rain, students create simple models of the ocean and sky to see how these two systems interact. Students compare how the temperature of the ocean and the temperature of the sky affect evaporation and condensation.
Why do some things explode? - March 30 & April 6, 2022
For this lesson, students investigate and model how gases cause explosions. In the activity, Bag of Bubbles, students experiment by combining baking soda and vinegar inside a sealed bag and observe how the gas bubbles produced cause the bag to inflate–and sometimes pop!
Enrich LA - Garden Ranger on Campus - Feb. 24, 2022
Mx. Camille taught our 5th Grade scientists about Soil. She introduce our students to the importance of soil and why it needs to be studied. First, students generate a list of why soils are important. Next, students are asked to describe the five factors that form a unique soil profile and to explore these concepts. Last students are shown a demonstration of how the soil on Earth that is available for human use and organic matter.
"Like An Alchemist" - Feb. 2 & Feb. 9, 2022 Chemistry & Conservation of Matter and Dissolving & Particulate Nature of Matter
5th Grade scientists became alchemists, using “potions” to try to transform materials. Like An Alchemist, students test liquids to see which ones will clean the tarnish off a penny. Then, when one penny changes from dark and dirty to bright and shiny, they’ll have a chance to think about where the tarnish went. Students then went on to investigate the alchemists’ claim of transforming ordinary metals into gold. In the activity, Students use the vinegar, salt, and penny solution that they created in previous lesson to copper plate a steel nail. Students then create a conceptual model of how particles from the pennies are the same ones that eventually coat the nail in copper
Snowman STEAM Challenge - Dec. 15, 2021
LA River Project - Mobile Field Trip
Green School Project.
The students read articles and researched about Eco-Friendly buildings. We discussed how to make a building more eco friendly and talked about ways to save energy. Students then designed a "green school," incorporating some ideas. Some common themes students came up with were the use of solar panels, edible gardens, large windows to let in natural light (and therefore use less electricity), and donating left over lunch food to homeless shelters. After drawing out their designs, students built their ideas into life.
Ms. Ali's 5th Grade Virtual Field Trip to the LA Zoo - Oct. 13, 2021