Fifth Grade

Champion Learners

October 10, 2019
by ambermoore74

The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum

Welcome back to our class blog! Recently we went on a Virtual Field Trip (Skype) with a very nice man name Mr. Frantz. He works at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The museum has a lot of spacecrafts. The first space shuttle got into the air by riding on a normal airplane. Unfortunately, it did not reach space. We learned a lot more fun facts like the first animal launched into space was a dog. If you sent a balloon into space, it would expand or get bigger. One of the most interesting facts is that the museum is on a ship that is bigger than the Titanic, and you can actually see how they retrieved space capsules from the ocean. Mr. Frantz told us facts about the planets. For example, the distance between the earth and the moon is the same as if you lined up all the planets in between, and if you enter a black hole, you can’t escape. Some of the most funniest facts are that astronauts have to wear diapers, and sandwiches are banned in space.

By Tessa, Alissa, Evan, Ty, and Cruz

In science class we did a fun Skype with The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum. We learned so many fun and interesting facts about the museum. Did you know that the Soviet Union was the first to send a dog into space? It is called The Air Museum because it holds a lot of airplanes from the past, sea because it is a big ship on the sea, and space because they know and talk a lot about space. The next time you go to New York, we highly recommend going to The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum.

By Addison, Carly, Ethan, and Connor

In science class we learned all about what things were used to get to space. I enjoyed learning and listening. I personally love all things space. A couple things we learned was that Russia sent the first satellite, dog, and first woman to space. We also learned that the Russians were against the Americans, and it was called the Cold War. The two countries were in a race to see who could make it to space first. Another thing I learned was astronauts had to eat dehydrated foods. I enjoyed doing this topic. This was fun and a good experience. I think Mrs. Moore is one of the best science teachers ever!

By Joesph

What virtual field trips have you experienced? 

Do you know why sandwiches were banned from being consumed in space? 

October 11, 2018
by ambermoore74

Could We Live on the Moon?

Your Mission: As employees of ADF (Aerospace Design Firm), you have been tasked with the job of creating a lunar base that will serve as a temporary residence for humans. At least four humans will need to be able to live on this base for one year. Your team will need to research how to overcome some of the challenges of living on the moon. Your team will then design a prototype of your lunar base, being careful to use resources efficiently.

As a class, we brainstormed the possible challenges living on the Moon would present.

  • The Moon does not have an atmosphere, so we will need protection from extreme temperatures, meteorites, and radiation from the Sun.
  • The dusty surface could also cause problems with our equipment.
  • Where would we get food and water?
  • The moon does not have air, so how will we get air to survive?
  • The lack of gravity could also be a challenge living on the Moon.

We read the article, “We Could Be Living On The Moon In 10 Years Or Less” and our work began! We worked with partners to discover possibilities to overcome our challenges, and created a rough sketch with the needed materials. Finally, it was time to create a prototype of our design!

We presented our lunar base models to the rest of the class, and put them in this video to share with you!

Would you live on the Moon? 

September 20, 2018
by ambermoore74

Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors!

By Kendall

In fifth grade, we learned about asteroids, comets, and meteors. Here are some facts about them. Asteroids are in between Mars and Jupiter in something called the Asteroid Belt. Asteroids range from 1 meter (3.337 feet) to 1,000 kilometers (591.8 miles) in diameter. Asteroids are usually caught as moons, for example, Mars’ moons Deismos and Phobos. Comets are made from ice and gases from formation of the gas planets. Comets are found in the Oort Cloud. Comets have the most elliptical orbits in the solar system. Meteoroids are large rocks that break off of asteroids during collisions. Meteors are large rocks traveling through Earth’s atmosphere. Meteorites are very small rocks that land on Earth, they usually also have an impact while landing. In conclusion, asteroids, comets, and meteors are all debris. They are all large rocks that eventually will all become few large objects.

By Michella

How much do you know about comets, asteroids, and meteors? Well, I’m going to tell you more about them. Comets are made out of rock, gas, and dust. When it hits the atmosphere, it heats up and makes a tail behind the comet. Asteroids are composed of mostly rock . Like comets, asteroids heat up and it causes a tail to zoom behind the asteroid when it is near or entering an atmosphere. This causes shooting stars. A meteoroid is a rock that wen entering an atmosphere heats up and becomes a meteor. The heat shrinks the meteor and it any of it makes it through the atmosphere it is called a meteorite. I hope you enjoyed learning about comets, asteroids, and meteors. I know I did.

By Reagan and Sairia

Our names are Reagan and Sairia. We will talk to you about asteroids, comets, and meteors. First, asteroids orbit around the sun. Asteroids are leftover from a planet. They are also not equally sized shapes because they come from different planets. Next, comets are made of gas, ice, and rock. When comets are near the sun, they begin to melt. The comets have a trail behind them. The comets trail is blue. Last but not least, when meteors go toward any planet, they slowly start to begin to burn. When meteors hit the Earth or any other planet they turn into meteorites. When meteors hit the atmosphere they begin to burn because of the gases around the atmosphere. Thank you for reading our blog post! We hope you enjoyed it.

Just in case you are wondering what it looks like in our classroom, here’s a peek!

September 19, 2018
by ambermoore74

Spacecrafts to the Moon!

Our challenge…

To use our knowledge about gravity, motion, and the engineering process to design and build a shock absorbing spacecraft to safely land our “astronaut” on the moon.

We were given the following materials to use:

  • A piece of card stock (approximately 4 x 5 in)
  • 1 small paper cup
  • 3 index cards
  • 1 regular marshmallows (aka the astronaut)
  • 10 miniature marshmallows
  • 3 rubber bands
  • 4 plastic straws
  • scissors
  • tape

We worked in partners to design, test, evaluate, and redesign! Here is a video of our presentations and final landings.

Which spacecraft do you think could with stand a two-story drop? 

September 11, 2018
by ambermoore74

Titan, Saturn’s Largest Moon

We have spent the first part of our school year learning about the Solar System. We learned a ton about the phases of our Moon. Here are a few pictures.

Then we decided to look more closely at another planet’s moon, Titan. Here is what we learned about Titan:

  • Titan is the second largest moon in our solar system.
  • It is covered by a dense atmosphere that is mostly nitrogen.
  • It was discovered in 1655 by Dutch astronomer Christian Huygens.
  • Titan is about 759,000 miles from Saturn.
  • Titan takes 15 days and 22 hours to complete a full orbit of Saturn, and about 29 Earth years to orbit the Sun.
  • The surface is approximately minus 290 Fahrenheit.
  • Titan has clouds, rain, rivers, lakes and seas, but they are unlike ours. They are made of liquid gases like methane and ethane.
  • Although it has similarities to a planet, it is not one!

Here are our pictures labeled with lot’s of great facts!

What can you share with us about Titan?

Do you think it is possible there is live on Titan? 

August 10, 2018
by ambermoore74

The Seasons

By Sairia, Ella, and Hayden

Have you ever thought about why we have different seasons? The tilt of the Earth’s axis is the reason we have seasons. We have hot summers and cold winters because of the tilt. It is tilted at 23.5 degrees. The Earth revolves around the Sun for 365 days which equals one year. There is an invisible axis line that goes from the North pole to the South pole.  This movement causes the seasons. If the planet didn’t tilt, the seasons wouldn’t change and depending where you lived, it would always be the same.

We visited our Makers Place with Mrs. Hamman’s class. Here are pictures from our science stations lab where we discovered new information about the seasons.

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