Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Where has the month gone??

I can't believe March is already over! We have two big tests down and one more to go! The science STAAR is right around the corner. Today we spent the majority of science reviewing the water cycle. By fifth grade, you know what the water cycle is, but some of the terminology (words) can be confusing! Do you remember this one?

Yes! Transpiration or "plant sweat"

Here is the link to the Water Cycle Music Video we watched in class. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to actually upload the video, but you can follow the link. This guy is funny! I am glad you got such a kick out of him. :) 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Measurement in our garden

The weather lately has been absolutely gorgeous! We just had to take advantage of it!  Yesterday we went outside to our lovely garden provided by, "Real School Garden" and reviewed how to find the perimter, base area, and volume of our plant beds. Students worked together to measure the length, width, and height. After that, they calculated the total. It is a lot of fun to see how math in the classroom is useful outdoors!

Our own conversion story problems!

Peter, Stewie, and Meg have an ice cream party. They need enough ice cream for ten people. Ten people will eat one gallon of ice cream. Peter says they need one gallon, Stewie says they need eight pints, and Meg says they need sixteen cups. Who is correct?      -Leslye M.

Cleveland has 144 ounces of juice. How many cups does he have? How many pints does he have? -Elijah M.

Stan and Stewie were walking two miles on the track. Stewie said they walked 1,760 yards. Stan said they walked 10,560 feet. Who is correct? -Antoney R.

Quagmire has six gallons of water. His best friend Peter drank twelve pints of Quagmire's water. How much is left over? -Pedro G.

Shanene drank 24 gallons of water in a month. How many cups did she drink in a year? -Adrion. T.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I knew it!

Last night I looked up at the sky and noticed a huge bright "star" right underneath the waxing moon! Turns out it was Venus! You'll be able to see Venus and Jupiter for the next month or so. The video below has a great explanation why.

Here is another website that has a break down of what to look out for!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Need to work on your division facts?

You guys have worked so hard this year to memorize your multiplication facts and I couldn't be happier! Problem solving is much easier when you don't have to worry about counting by multiples on your fingers! Next up is knowing your division facts! Here is a fun website that allows you to practice your division facts as you compete against other kids. Have fun!

Find other fun games here

Brain Pop!

One of my favorite websites to use in the classroom is Brain Pop. They hilarious, yet informative, videos are full of information pertaining to what is taught in class. Many of you have inquired about getting on Brain Pop at home and you can! The username is our school (one word) and the password is brainpop. Here is the video we watched in class about the moon's affect on the Earth's tides. Don't forget the cool "extra information" section!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mnemonic devices for the solar system- Ms. Cooper's Class

Martians' vandelism entertains martian's joy satisfaction under Neptune (Felix & Jaime)

Mary's very educated mouse just sat up nicely (Samantha & Quiosha)

Mom vacuums everywhere, man just stop us now! (Adrion)

My valentine every Monday just served us nachos (Elijah, Leslye, Ana, & Antoney)

Mikey's volcanoes erupted my junkyard sale until now! (Jordan & Arvani)

My van eats macaroni just sitting under Neptune (Destiny)


This week in math we are learning about different transformations. A transformation is a change in position. The three examples we are studying are rotations, translations, and reflections. Here is a video to refresh your memory about what those are!

Rotation- turn

Translation- slide

Reflection- flip

Where can you find these outside of the classroom?

Monday, February 20, 2012

New Solar System Song

This is too cute to not share. It also mentions the lack of pluto. Pretty funny!

Planet Song

In science we are studying the solar system. One of the most difficult parts is memorizing the order of the planets. Here is a catchy song that might help!

Planets Song
Mercury is the closest planet to the sun Venus comes next it's the hottest one
Earth comes third the only life that we know Mars has the largest canyon and volcano

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
The gassy planet Jupiter, the largest you will find Saturn has rings around the outside
Uranus is funny ‘cause it spins on its side Neptune looks blue, the coldest of its kind

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
Okay get ready
We're gonna say all the planets really, really, really fast Can you keep up?
We're gonna say all the planets from the first to the last

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune