Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Air Pressure and Wind

It is time to begin our unit on weather.  Our purpose is to be able to take what we learn and apply it by predicting weather.

We are beginning our weather unit with air pressure and wind.  There are a lot of little weather topics we have to cover in order to be able to predict weather, so be expecting flip videos each week covering at least one (sometimes more) aspect of weather.  I cannot wait to get started!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Our First Assignment... Intro to the Flipped Classroom!

I am beyond thrilled to be the your fifth grade science teacher at Grantham School.  I am also excited about the classroom model we will be using this year: the flipped classroom.  If you are reading this blog, it means you have internet access and can easily access the assigned science content videos.  Do not worry about those students who cannot access the internet at home, they will have the opportunity to view the videos in class or can take home DVD copies to view in their homes.

Please watch the video for an explanation of the flipped classroom.  I look forward to all of the great science explorations we will have thanks to this new classroom model!


I look forward to a great year!  Feel free to access these videos as often as you need to.  Together, we will have a very successful year in science!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Motion and Force

This is our LAST flipped video of the year!! I hope you have enjoyed participating in a flipped class as much as I have! At the conclusion of this unit, we will begin reviewing for the EOG... And this collection of videos will come in handy!! ;)

Grab a piece of paper and a pencil.  Instead of a WSS, there are three questions for you at the end of this lesson.  I will collect them in class tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Energy Transfer

There are only two more science units left!! We are talking about energy transfer! This is a short video, barely enough to make a WSS off of (and how big is my head in this one??!!  hahaha).  But don't let the short length fool you.  We may not spend much time on this unit, but the time will COUNT!  I have a lot of fun things planned!  A lot of exploration and scientific method!  Whew!  Are we becoming scientists or what??

Monday, February 24, 2014

Digestive and Nervous Systems

Time to wrap up our unit on the Human Body Systems.  In fifth grade, our only focus are the six systems we have covered (skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and nervous), their functions, and how they work together to make our bodies work!  Sounds like a little... but it's A LOT! :)  Our test is coming up on March 11th, feel free to review any and all videos on the systems of the human body.

Make sure to watch this video till the end!  The "did you see it?" moment is in the last few moments of the video... and I hope you will all enjoy it!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Circulatory & Respiratory Systems

Can I just say, I love my job and I LOVE teaching these fifth graders!!  Every one of them has stolen my heart and they brighten each and every day.  :)

This video is continuing with our study of the human body systems.  We have already looked at the skeletal system and how it is the framework for our body and helps protect our major organs.  We have also looked at the muscular system and how it works with the skeletal system to move the body.  We have even looked at the three different types of muscles: the skeletal muscles, smooth muscles, and the cardiac muscle.

The cardiac muscle leads us to our discussion of how the circulatory system works.  The heart works to pump blood (filled with oxygen and nutrients) throughout the body.  We make a connection from here to the respiratory system where we are breathing in the much needed oxygen so that it can be carried throughout the body.  The systems of the body work interdependently to keep us healthy and strong... and we aren't even finished yet!

Enjoy this flipped video!  I have a lot of pictures and videos of the fun we are having in class... maybe I will get some free time to get that posted so you can see what we have been up to!  Until then... "Let's get crackin'!" :)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Cells and Human Body Systems

We have been quite busy lately!! Benchmark testing started almost immediately after our Christmas break... and I am proud to report that we have some very impressive scores. So far, we are the highest in the county! I am super proud of these fifth graders!! This week we start our new unit on the human body systems and their functions.  There will be a lot of info to cover over the course of the next 5 weeks!  I will try to condense the information into as few flipped video assignments as possible.

This video is about unicellular and multicellular organisms.  It also introduces the first systems we will be looking at: skeletal and muscular.  I have a lot of different experiences planned to explore these systems.  It is a lot of information to absorb, but I think we are all up to the challenge!!