Mrs. Moore's Class

Math and Science

November 9, 2019
by ambermoore74

Denali National Park and Preserve: The Science of Sled Dogs

By Serenity, Bri, and Nicholas

Today we did a virtual field trip Skype with Ranger Laura. She was in Alaska. We were learning about adaptations of sled dogs in Denali. A few things we learned about Denali National Park and Preserve is that it is very big! It is 6 million acres, which is the size of Connecticut! It is also very windy and cold. Speaking of cold, the lowest temperature recored there was minus 54 degrees! We mostly learned about the 5 adaptations of sled dogs. The five are bushy tail to keep warm, guard hair that acts like a thin raincoat, panting to cool down, tough toes so they do not get cuts on their paws, and counter current circulation.

The dogs that would run in the pack were the leader, swing dogs, team dogs, and the wheel dogs. The leader dog leads the pack. The swing dogs are team players that make wide turns. Team dogs are strong! Finally, wheel dogs are closest to the sled so they need to be the calmest.

This was really fun because we got to look  at the sled dogs. They were really cute! It was also good because we got to do activities along with learning. I am very interested in the sled dogs. I think you should research more about them.

By Bosten, Evan, and Christian

Today we learned about Denali and sled dogs during a Skype from Ranger Laura. Somethings we learned are that Denali is the tallest mountain in North America, and Denali National Park and Preserve is 6 million acres of Alaskan forest. Something else we learned is that Denali has one road, its coldest temperature was minus 54 degrees Fahrenheit, and when it snows the rangers have to use sled dogs. These dogs have two coats of fur, use panting to make themselves cooler, and have countercurrent circulation. Countercurrent circulation is a way for a dog to keep their blood warm. Each of these dogs need a different personality and characteristics for different places on the sled team. These dogs have adapted to Alaskan snow.

By Carly, Allie, and Cali

Today we went on a fun virtual field trip with Ranger Laura about adaptations of sled dogs in Denali, Alaska. We learned so much fun stuff and interesting facts about adaptations of sled dogs. We had fun activities that came along with the Skype. We also learned about Denali National Park and Preserve and the mountains.

Some other things we learned were sled dogs weigh 50 to 90 pounds. They also have two types of fur that act as warmth and a protector from water. Did you know sled dogs use their big bushy tail to keep them warm? How they do this is curl up and put their big bushy tail over their noses! Another adaptation that sled dogs have are their thick paws that help keep them from getting cuts and rocks embedded in them. These sled dogs run about 7 mph, but race dogs run much faster.

In Denali, there is the tallest mountain in North America! Did you know Denali National Park and Preserve is 6 million acres? If you didn’t know already, Denali is in Alaska. I hope you learned a lot about Denali and their sled dogs! Next time you visit Alaska, make sure to go check out the sled dogs.

Here are a few pictures from our Skype!

Have you been to Alaska? 

What did you learn about sled dogs? 

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? 

May 21, 2019
by ambermoore74

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!”


Great job class!

How will you commit to helping save our ocean?

April 28, 2019
by ambermoore74

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

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? 

February 27, 2019
by ambermoore74
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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
by ambermoore74

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. 

November 25, 2018
by ambermoore74

The Skin Scientist

Week 6, Task 3: Video Prompts and Task 5: Two Truths and One Lie

In preparation for our Skype a Scientist  with Miranda Ridder, we are watching a couple of videos to give us some background knowledge and also to think about questions. She is working in the field of microbiology, specifically with the skin.

Here is where the blogging challenge comes into play. Watch each video and then do one of the following activities:

  1. Write a comment summarizing what you learned from one of the videos and questions you may still have about skin. We will also be sending these questions to our scientist!
  2. Create a short quiz and invite readers to answer your questions in the form of a reply.
  3. Write a riddle to include two truths and one lie. This can be completed in the comments section of this post. Here is the example posted on the blogging challenge:

For example, you might say:

  • The smallest bone in the body is found in the middle ear.
  • An archeologist studies the atmosphere and weather patterns.
  • The blue whale is the largest animal in the world.

       Can you guess which one is not true?

The Science of Skin

Brain Pop – Antibiotic Resistance

Anyone can join in the fun! Please feel free to participate in the comments section even if you are not in our class! 

November 24, 2018
by ambermoore74

A-Z Of Science Words

Week 6: Task 4 

Your task is to make your own A-Z of words relating to science.

We worked on this task as a class using Fact Monster to help us with our list and definitions.

A for asteroid: a giant rock that flies across the sky

B for body: human body is made up of 100 trillion CELLS of different types; B is For BINARY STARS; two stars that are bound together

C is for chemistry: chemistry is a field of science which studies chemicals of the Universe.

D is for decomposition: The process in nature where mushrooms break down living creatures into soil.

E is for electron: a fundamental physical particle with negative charge. A component of atoms; E is for environment: energy and nature. 

F is Fahrenheit: a type of study of temperature. is for Fossils: the remnants or leftovers from the living thing; F is for food: something that we eat and digest

G is for Gravity: what pulls us down to earth; G is for Galaxy Clusters: two groups of galaxies that may contain up to 1,000 smaller galaxies

H for H2O: the science name for water, or H: the heat of the sun, or H: humerus: a body part or H: hydrogen: a type of gas in the air

I is for irregular bones: example, the three bones in your inner ear and the vertebrae in your spine, come in many different shapes; is for immune system: the immune system is our body defensive system,

 J is for Jupiter: the fifth planet from the sun and the first gas giant

K is for kinetic energy: is energy in motion

L is for length: the length of a skeleton or planet; measurement

M is for matter: matter is a thing you can hold, taste, smell is matter. is for mammal: animals and humans that are identified by having hair, being warm bloodied and having live births

N is for nitrogen: the 7th element of the periodic table found in the atmosphere; N is for nebula: a nebula is a cloud in space found after the death of stars.

O is for oxygen: the 8th element on the periodic table that is found in the air; is for orbit: to move around something for a period.


Q is for question: for asking questions in science!

R is for research: looking online or in dictionary for information and data.

S is for science: to learn about different things in the world; S is for space: the solar system and  Saturn: a planet

T is for T-Rex: science related animal of paleontology; is for triceps: a muscle in your body.

U is for Uranium: a radioactive element found in nuclear power plants; U is for ulna: a bone in your arm.

V is for Venus: the 2nd planet in the solar system and hottest planet.

W is for weather: it for climate.  

X is for Xenon: an element in the periodic table usually found in lights.

Z is for zoology: the study of animals and wild life

We left P and Y blank? Can you think of a word that would be a good fit? Leave us a comment with your ideas! 

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