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May 22, 2019
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Top 15 Highlights of 2018-2019!

We can hardly believe our 5th grade year is coming to an end! After today, we will be on our way to 6th grade! We shared our favorites with Mrs. Moore, and these are the top 15 highlights of our 2018-2019 year.

  1. Improving Our World Solar Summit: We were prepping for this event before we even knew it was coming! You can see all about it in our Investing Different Energy Sources post. Our favorite part was designing and constructing solar lanterns.
  2. Field Trips: We had two field trips this year, Biz Town and Williams Field Airport. They were both great, but we loved Biz Town!
  3. Escape Rooms: We needed perseverance, teamwork, and critical thinking skills to conquer a variety of rooms using our math, science, ELA, and even growth mindset skills!
  4. Tiny Houses: It started with a blueprint, then using our visual spatial awareness, area and perimeter, we built and furnished our own tiny house.
  5. VR Headsets: The Virtual Reality headsets were a blast! We went underwater in the ocean, viewed the human body, saw the start of the Iditarod, and even ventured into the cockpit of the Concorde!
  6. 2019 Ocean Challenge: We raised $94 for Students Rebuild! This money will go towards ocean conservatory groups to help the oceans. You can see our individual art pieces here. Just scroll to the bottom of the page to view the gallery of our submitted art pieces!
  7. Morning Meeting: Our favorite way to start the day! We share something we did well yesterday and something we’ll do better today, and a statement about how we are feeling. We think every class should start their day this way.
  8. Gummy Bear Experiment: This was at the beginning of the year, but we still remember dropping those gummy bears into an assortment of liquids to observe the reactions.
  9. School Garden: We planted everything from radishes, cantaloupes, beans, and cucumbers to Tulips! Our Tulip Test Garden was a huge success!
  10. Skypes:  Skypes are fantastic way to learn from experts outside the classroom and from other students around the world. We have a love of Mystery Skypes and a deeper understanding of the United States geography thanks to Ms. Brokaw. She also introduced us to Geo Shows. In science, Skyped with Miranda, a skin scientist, and a Park Ranger from Denali National Park and Preserve.
  11. Mystery Class: Ten mystery classes around the world, and we were challenged to figure out the locations using photoperiods and weekly clues found at Journey North.
  12. O.R.E.O Challenge: This is Our Really Exciting Online Project! The challenge, to stack the highest Oreo tower! We competed against each other, Mrs. Hamman’s class, and Mrs. Fraher’s class via Skype. Don’t worry parents, there was math involved.
  13. Lunar Bases: Could We Live on the Moon? In prep for this, we also created spacecrafts that would get us to the moon!
  14. Don’t Lose Your Marbles Challenge: The challenge, create a ramp to carry a marble into a small cup using only given materials. This was fun, and a little tougher than it looked.
  15. Gingerbread Houses: Right before Winter Break, we used our engineering skills to construct sturdy gingerbread houses!

Watch this video to see our top 15 highlights and more from our year!

If you are curious to see our almost daily pictures, take a look at our class Instagram (@mooreclass).

What was your favorite memory of 5th grade? 

May 21, 2019
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Ocean Challenge 2019

Did you know the ocean is in trouble? Mrs. Moore showed us this video and it really started to make us think, what can we do to help?!

We started by looking at this page to start our research. Next, it was time to share our new awareness with the world! Our projects included brochures, PSA, and Power Points. But we didn’t stop there! We created original 3D art to share with Students Rebuild. For each piece of art we donated, we raised $2! We raised a total of $94 to help save the ocean and the marine wildlife that inhabits it. You can view the gallery of art here (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Here are a few of our projects:

Here is a Power Point titled “Ocean Challenge” created by Ellie and Rayann.

Here is one, Plastics Effect Our Ocean, created by Delaney.

Emma Z. and Kenana shared with us Save the Ocean.

Amaya and Reagan shared Problems with Our Ocean.

Sean shared Save Our Ocean!

Bryan and Isaiah also shared Save the Ocean.

Lila shared Saving Our Ocean.

The Ocean is Dirty by Mason and Sam.

Save Marine Life by Myles and Zach.

Save the Ocean! by Michael

Caden and Chelsea present “Save Our Ocean!”

Ella, Emma K., and Saira present “Attention!”

Brochures:

Great job class!

How will you commit to helping save our ocean?

April 28, 2019
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Improving Our World Summit: Solar Energy

Have you ever considered different sources of energy as a way to improve the world? During science we started looking into different energy resources. You can read our post all about what we learned here. We also completed this fun activity. It really showed us how amazing wind and solar are as a source of energy!

In our ELA class we read Amal Unbound and A Long Walk to Water. These books showed us there is a global issue connected to poverty and the environment where communities lack energy resources. This is where our research really got started!

We learned about how photovoltaic (PV) cells work, created a paper version, and even designed our own solar lanterns. We also learned about how solar ovens help provide clean water and benefit the environment through reducing wood burning fires. Both solar lanterns and solar ovens can help students in other countries gain access to energy that allows them to be able to read and study when the sun has set.

Watch this amazing video our 5th graders created to help others better understand the benefits of using solar power in villages that otherwise would go without.

We will be sharing this video at our Improve the World Summit on Friday, May 3 along with these amazing brochures!

 

What can you share about solar energy? 

March 11, 2019
by ambermoore74
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Investigating Different Energy Sources

In science, we recently started investigating different energy sources. We started with the Coal Story. This really helped us to understand the long process from mining coal to the electricity we use in our homes. We also saw how short the process is for solar!

Mrs. Moore presented us with this puzzlement:

Today you will think like a scientist, an entrepreneur, an environmentalist, and an economist! What questions do you have about each of these sources of energy? (solar, nuclear, coal, wind, hydro, and natural gas) Come up with at least one question for each using keywords.

She gave us time to come up with the questions, put them on sticky notes, and place them next to the picture.

Then we got into groups of 3 or 4. In our groups, we read 2 or 3 articles about one type of energy. After, we worked with our group to create a list of details we thought were important for the rest of our classmates to know and understand.

Each group presented our findings to the class. We took notes and thought about the trends we saw between different types energy or how they changed over time. Mrs. Moore also asked us to think about pros and cons from at least two different perspectives.

Next, we answered this question.

Individually we completed this task and also wrote 3 unanswered questions we still have about energy sources.

Here are a few unanswered questions!

  • What is the future of energy?
  • Can energy improve over time from fossil fuels to solar and save the earth from becoming a bad place in the universe?
  • What are the consequences of using nonrenewable energy sources?
  • Why do people use so many nonrenewable resources when it is so unhealthy for the environment?
  • Do you think there might be other types of energy sources in the future?
  • In the future, could people ban or make some types of energy illegal?
  • Why is coal cheap?
  • Why do they say nuclear energy is clean?

Most of us feel solar energy should be the number 1 source! We had some strong opinions about coal and nuclear energy as well.

Which energy do you feel should be utilized the majority of the time? 

March 8, 2019
by ambermoore74
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Introducing Vokis!

#STUBC Week 1: Activity 1

This week we made vokis to share during the Student Blogging Challenge! These are a type of avatar to share something about our class. One of these lucky vokis will become a permanent fixture on our blog! Which one do you like best? We will be on break for two weeks, but look forward to future blogging challenges!

March 6, 2019
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Student Blogging Challenge 2019

#STUBC: Week 1 

This week, the 2019 Student Blogging Challenge begins! We are excited to participate again as we have continued to hone our blogging skills over the past months.

During the last challenge, we wrote our ‘About Us’ page and created avatars. You can find the avatar post here. We used the Build Your Wild Self website to create really crazy avatars. Also, we will revisit  our ‘About Us’ page to see if it needs to be updated. Our main focus this week will be visiting other blogs and practicing our commenting skills. We will watch this video created by Ms. Yollis’ class to remind us of correct commenting procedures. We will use the blog roll to connect with other classrooms around the world. If you would like to be added to our blogroll, comment below!

We will also update our avatars and choose one as a class avatar to permanently post on our side bar.  The plan is to use Voki to create and share about ourselves!

We will be on a two week break starting Monday, but look forward to getting caught up when we are back in class!

February 27, 2019
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Skype With A Denali Park Ranger

Today in 5th grade we did a Skype with a National Park Ranger! She was from Denali, Alaska. Julie taught us that Denali is the tallest mountain in North America. She also taught us that Denali was made by cooled lava, which turns into granite, and pushes up increasing the elevation! She also told us there are a lot of Dall Sheep on the mountain and about 300 bears around the park. They also have caribou and wolves too! The mountains can also be hiked during the day. I really liked our Skype to Alaska and learned a lot too!

By Ellie

This week we Skyped with a park ranger and learned all about Denali National Park. We learned  that Denali is a tall, snowy mountain in Alaska and the name means “The High One.” We learned about the base at the mountain, the peak, and the relief. Also, there are different ways to measure mountains and some consider Mt. Everest to be taller than Denali. We also met a geologist that was climbing Denali and made it to the top! We learned about the cone in the mountain and how it heats up and makes the mountain grow. That was what we learned on our Skype with a park ranger.

By Jada, Anastasia, and Michella

Today we had a Skype with a park ranger in Denali, Alaska. So, what did we learn from Julie? She told us that the bottom of the mountain is called the base and in between the base and the peak is called the relief. We also talked about the tectonic plates and that when they crash, some layers go over the other layers and form mountains such as Denali. Denali is 29,316 feet high and part of the Alaska Mountain Range.

By Ethyn and Caden

Today we had a Skype with Julie from Alaska. Our Skype was fantastic! She talked a little about her experience and also got to talk about Sue in Alaska. She was amazing and she had so many great facts. Here are some facts we learned about Denali, Alaska, and Denali National Park. One of the things we learned about Alaska was that Alaska is 1/5 the size of all the other states in the lower 48. We also learned Denali National Park is 6 million acres. The bottom of the mountain is called the base and the top is called the peak. This was an overall great experience for learning.

By Kyra, Reese, and Rayann

 

December 16, 2018
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Learning Through Skype-A-Scientist

Last week, we Skyped with a microbiologist. She specializes in skin, but mostly works with the antibiotic resistant bacteria known as MRSA. Some facts about the skin are over half the bacteria in the world needs oxygen and water just like us! Also, a fact is that bacteria can share genes so other bacteria can become resistant too! A scab has two layers and your skin has three. She also told us she holds experiments on mice. Probably the grossest thing I heard was that once she injected the mice with I don’t know what, but they just started to decompose and then die. If you get a scratch, cover is quickly so it doesn’t get bacteria in it and come infected.

By Ellie & Kyra

Last week we Skyped with Miranda Ridder. She is a microbiologist who studies MRSA. While Skyping, we found out some interesting facts! One of the facts we learned were that if you overuse antibiotics, they will become ineffective. This is because bacterias becomes immune to the antibiotics. The second fact was that MRSA is a superbug. A superbug is a drug-resistant bacteria. The final fact we learned was the structure of the skin with hairs, sweat glands, and blood vessels. Those are a few facts we learned.

By Kendall

For our science Skype, we did it with an amazing skin doctor, or almost doctor. Her name is Miranda Ridder and she taught us a lot about skin. Her job is a microbiologist and she works on MRSA. She told us a lot about what she loves to do at her job. She said she does animal testing on mice. She told us they are cheaper than rats. She said it is mostly gross, but she loves to solve what is wrong and what is right! She works on dissecting animals to find the diseases or what’s causing them to act weird or sick. That Skype was fun, and I learned a lot!

By Reese

Last week we Skyped with Miranda Ridder who is a microbiologist. She studies skin and specifically MRSA. We learned many things about the skin and bacteria and some viruses like the flu. Before the Skype, we watched a video that helped explain about MRSA. Things that were new to me were a microbiologist, and that some people can be born missing skin. This is very unfortunate. This Skype was fun and interesting. I would love to do something like this again in the future.

By Dimitri

BREAKING NEWS! Just in! We heard from a skin scientist name Miranda Ridder. She is a microbiologist and works on MRSA. She grows bacteria and injects it into mice to see how the bacteria spreads. Also, she might dissect the animal too to see what happens and see how the bacteria spreads. She also hopes to find cures.

By Chelsea

We had a Skype with a scientist named Miranda Ridder. She is a microbiologist and works on MRSA specifically. She works in Kansas and lives in Missouri. She answered a lot of questions and we asked a lot. She said she was working on staph. She talked about her job, about herself, and more. She talked about the flu and other sicknesses. She talked about what is in the flu shot, and talked about antibiotics and how they can help you. She also talked about antibiotic resistant bacteria and how it gets to that point.

By Ethyn

December 16, 2018
by ambermoore74
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Air Pollution

Post written by Michella 

What do you know about air pollution? Do you know it can ruin your breathing? You can start wheezing for air because of air pollution. Air pollution is caused by gases that are out in the air. Cars, trucks, and other vehicles can cause air pollution. Gases are not the only thing that cause air pollution and wheezing. Smoking, not only causes air pollution, but it can also clog up your lungs and cause lung disease. It can also effect the people around you as well. So, if you are willing to cause harm to your family and friends because of your addiction, I suggest you stop now. Those are some bad things that can happen to our world if air pollution doesn’t stop right here and right now.

Share in the comments section what you know about air pollution. 

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