February 18 – 21

Wednesday, February 19

What we did in class today: We watched a film about biodiversity from Bill Nye.

What to do if you missed class today: Copy and complete the answers for the questions below in your notebook under “Biodiversity.” Find the answers in the film below. Show Mr. Jamsa for points.

A healthy ecosystem must have

2 examples of ecosystems:

All living things depend__________

3 Facts about biodiversity:

The things in ecosystems_________

An ecosystem is made up of ______________.

Non living things in an ecosystem:

If you take one thing away, you will affect_______.

Tuesday, February 18

What we did in class today: We learned about how Life Webs through a jar of Smuckers Jam.

What to do if you missed class today: Obtain a map from Mr. Jamsa. Tape it into your notebook under the title “Smuckers” Copy the notes from a classmate. The maps they made are a bit messy, so it will make it challenging, but do your best. Show Mr. Jamsa.

February 10 – February 14


Friday, February 14 – Golden Key Day

What we did in class today: The quiz was postponed. We defined and described the importance of biodiversity today.

What to do if you missed class: (Golden Keyers) – click on the Desert Island link on my web page and follow instructions. This is graded. Bring it Tuesday.

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Thursday, February 13

What we did in class today: We learned about the concept of interdependence as we participated in various activities.

What to do if you missed class today: There is no way to make up the assignment.

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Tuesday, February 11 – Wednesday, February 12

What we did in class today: We read from Dr. Art’s Guide to Science about Life Webs.

What to do if you missed class: This is a graded assignment and necessary for the test. You need to get a copy of the chapter and read this as soon as you return to class.

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Early Release, February 10

What we did in class today: We learned about how our personal power can help with large societal issues like climate change.

What to do if you missed class today: Watch the film below and write down three questions you have and show Mr. Jamsa.

February 3 – 7


Friday, February 7th

What we did in class today: Mr. Jamsa was gone today. The class watched the first part of a great science film – Apollo 13.

What to do if you missed class today: Ask Mr. Jamsa. He can give you an alternate assignment to make up for the missed points for today.

Image result for apollo 13

Thursday, February 6th

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We finished the DRAGONFLY POND activity.

What to do if you missed class today: See Mr. Jamsa or e-mail Mr. Jamsa and he can give you an alternate activity to make up for today’s points.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We looked at 15 criteria people can use when deciding on the perfect food to eat.

What to do if you missed class today: Talk to Mr. Jamsa. He can give you a copy of the criteria list for your notebook. This is a pre-test of sorts, so it is important that you are given a copy of it.

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Wednesday, February 5

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We started an interdependence activity called Dragonfly Pond.

What to do if you missed class today: You can’t make this activity up at home. If you are here on Wednesday, you can salvage your grade for this two-day activity.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We finished the DRAGONFLY POND activity.

What to do if you missed class today: Ask Mr. Jamsa or e-mail him and he can give you an alternate assignment if you missed today.

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Tuesday, February 4

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We reviewed 15 criteria that people can use when deciding on the perfect food.

What to do if you missed class today: Talk to Mr. Jamsa. He can give you a copy of the criteria list for your notebook. This is a pre-test of sorts, so it is important that you are given a copy of it.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We started an interdependence activity called Dragonfly Pond.

What to do if you missed class today: You can’t make this activity up at home. If you are here on Wednesday, you can salvage your grade for this two-day activity.

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Monday, February 3

What we did in class today: We introduced the concept of Interdependence with a simple activity.

If you missed class: There is nothing specific you have to make up for today.

January 20 – January 30

Monday January 20 – Friday January 24

These last two weeks in class, we are either

a) Working on our science fair projects or

b) Teaming up with partners and doing a human body project to assess for the last time the three skills – What did I do?, What Happened?, and What did I Learn?

This last lab cannot lower the semester grade. However, for those with low grades in the three skills, it is possible too dramatically raise the science grade if the project is done well.

What to do if you missed significant class time over these past two weeks?

Click on the “THREE SCIENCE SKILLS HOME OPTION” link on this web page. Follow instructions. Learn from your past errors and show improvement. Turn in by Thursday, January 30th

January 13 – 17

Thursday/ Friday January 16-17

What we did in class these days: We did a two-day human body analogy project.

What to do if you missed class today: Follow the directions below or see Mr. Jamsa so you can make up this graded assignment

Choose an analogy to compare the human body with – like a store.

For each of the seven body systems below which we have studied, compare your analogy to the human body. An example follows.

7 systems to include: respiratory; circulatory; muscular; skeletal; digestive; nervous; urinary

EXAMPLE (using the analogy of a car): The nervous system is like the steering wheel of the car because the steering wheel controls where the car goes like the brain controls where the human body goes.

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Wednesday, January 15

What we did in class today: We did more research for next week’s human body project by watching Bill Nye.

What to do if you missed class today: Watch the film clip below and take notes. It will help you with next week.

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Tuesday, January 14

What we did in class today: We did human body research by circulating through the room and learning from each other’s poster projects.

What to do if you missed class today: See Mr. Jamsa after school and he can summarize the research you need for the later project.

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Monday, January 13

What we did in class today: Mr. Jamsa was gone today. The non-science fair students did human body research with Bill Nye.

What to do if you missed class today: Watch the film clip below and take notes. You can use them for your last project next week.

January 6 – 10

Thursday/ Friday January 9 – 10

What we did in class: We did some research on a human body system and made a poster demonstrating our learning.

What to do if you missed class: You will have a zero on this grade unless you see Mr. Jamsa. He can give you the information and you instructions and you can make your own poster at home.

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Wednesday, January 8

What we did in class today: We explored the relationship between cells and ecosystems.

What to do if you missed class today: Get a sheet of graph paper and copy the graphic organizer of a classmate.

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Tuesday, January 7

What we did in class today: Science fair students worked on their projects. Other students watched the film Bill Nye: Respiration.

What to do if you missed class today: You can watch and take notes on the film posted below.

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Early Release Monday, January 6

What we did in class today: We did a 2019 reflection, some review math activities, and gave an overview of the month in science.

What to do if you missed class today: There is nothing to make up for today.

December 16 – 20

Monday through FridayFinal Chemistry Assessment

This week alone or with teams students are developing their final chemistry projects. In short, they are to summarize on a legal-sized piece of paper one of the three chemistry concepts we studied and then develop a model which will help 5th graders understand the concepts.

What to do if you missed class: Click on the Chemistry Final web link for instructions on how to do the assessment. If you have already decided your project, you can work alone on it at home or you can work with your team via social media and google. Projects are due Friday.

E-mail Mr. Jamsa if you have any questions.

December 9 – 13


Thursday, December 12 – Friday December 13th

What we did in class today: Mr. Jamsa was out of town. We watched the last part of Temple Grandin on one day and we were introduced to how to balance chemical equations on the second day.

What to do if you missed class: You don’t have to make up Temple Grandin. For balancing chemical formulas, look at the video below. Mr. Jamsa has practice worksheets you can take home and practice with if you ask.

Wednesday, December 11th

What we did in class today: We continued our studies of chemical reactions with Legos and then modeled with students as the atoms two famous chemical reactions – photosynthesis and respiration.

What to do if you missed class today: Not much you can do to make up the learning. Ask your group for help when working on the final exam next week.

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Tuesday, December 10th

What we did in class today: We used Legos as a model to learn about chemical formulas and reactions.

What to do if you missed class today: The picture below will give you a glimpse of what we worked on in class. See Mr. Jamsa for more details or ask your group questions during your work time next week.

Image result for legos chemical reactions

Monday, December 9

What we did in class today: Today was the last day to work on the Santa Mystery lab in class.

What to do if you missed class today: You can write your CER at home for the lab. The outline is below:

C – The evidence supports the claim that ____ is the correct Santa cookie recipe.

E – List evidence from your chart ONLY. No other information should be here.

R – tie your evidence together with logic to MAKE YOUR CASE. Everything important enough to be listed under E should be explained with R. Which canister, A, B, or C, has the correct mixture of flour, baking soda, and powdered sugar?

December 2 – December 6

Tuesday, December 3 – Friday, December 6

What we did in class: We are assessing science skills with the Santa Mystery Lab. There are three major grades this week for the following skills 1) What did I do? 2) What happened? 3) What did I learn?

What to do if you missed class: If you are not here when we assess one or more of the skills, come see Mr. Jamsa for a way you can take a test at home to show the skill for the day you missed.

Image result for christmas cookie

Monday, December 2

What we did in class today: We compared and contrasted physical and chemical changes with a Venn Diagram.

What to do if you missed class today: Make a Venn Diagram with physical properties on the left and chemical properties on the right. Complete it with information from the film below.

November 18 – 22

Friday, November 22nd

Class A – before lunch

We did the lesson for Class B on Tuesday below.

Class B – after lunch

We did the lesson for Class A on Thursday below.

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Thursday, November 21st

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We learned how to count the number of atoms in a compound from a chemical formula.

What to do if you missed class today: Watch the movie clip below and take notes.

Class B – after lunch

We did the lesson for Class A on Wednesday below.

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Wednesday, November 20th

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We learned about physical properties and chemical properties. We need this information to help us prepare for the chemistry unit like learning the alphabet before we learn to read.

What to do if you missed class today: Write down the following definitions and watch the following movie clip. It should help you get caught up.

Physical Property – describing what IS about matter; what you can observe with sight and touch. (shape, texture, color, etc)

Chemical property – describing what CAN BE about matter – how it CAN turn into something else – like Flammable, can rust, can rot, etc.

Class B – after lunch

Same lesson as written below for Class A on Tuesday.

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Tuesday, November 19th

Class A – before lunch

What we did in class today: We compared and contrasted elements, compounds, and mixtures.

What to do if you missed class today: Mr. Jamsa has a handout for you if you ask. This information will be the cornerstone of the upcoming chemistry unit.

Class B – after lunch

What we did in class today: We practiced using models.

What to do if you missed class today: Copy the information below. We will refer to it often over the next few weeks.

Models:

  1. Represents something else.
  2. Should be able to use to predict a future event.
  3. Should be able to upgrade as new info is added.
  4. You should know its limitations.

The Four Model Questions:

  1. This model represents:
  2. This model could help you predict:
  3. This model could be upgraded by:
  4. Limitations of model:

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Monday, November 18th

What we did in class today: Mr. Jamsa was ill, so the class watched part two of Temple Grandin.

What to do if you missed class today: You can work on your Temple Grandin graphic organizer when he is gone again and we watch part 3.