Fifth Grade

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May 6, 2021
by ambermoore74

Virtual Field Trip: Animal Anatomy

BY: Mia and Kali

Did you know that there are beetles that eat animal flesh? It is probably not what you think, they just eat the muscle it is left on an animal that has been dissected.

To begin, when animals are being dissected the scientist takes out the eyes and most of the organs. Then, they take the skin and stuff it with cotton to get it ready to go on display for open house. When they are dissecting the animal, they will keep some of the organs like the heart and liver, they also keep the parasites that they find inside of the animal.

Here are some cool facts about animal anatomy.

Fact 1: These scientists have dissected a bird from the 1970’s.

Fact 2: Some of the biggest animals they have dissected are big cats such as pumas and lions.

Fact 3: These scientists do an experiment called isotope analysis which is where they take a part of an animal from years ago and compare it to the same part of the animal form one today to see how they have changed over time.

Question and Answer:

Q: What do they do with the eyes?

A: Most will be tossed but if they are special or rare them, they will keep them and put them into the collection.

Q: How do the animals get into the collections?

A: When animals get hurt and don’t survive, then they are taken to the museum, they get put into the freezer, then they get tags, and finally they get put into the collection.

Q: What is the purpose of the tags?

A: They tags have important information, like the gender of the animal and where/when they were found.

Now, you know about animal anatomy. We hope you have a great rest of your day.

February 16, 2021
by ambermoore74

 Digital Earth Academy: Ice

By: Kali and Mia

Did you know that the tallest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro, is actually a volcano? Yes, it is a volcano, but it is not an active volcano. This volcano is covered in ice. When the ice/glaciers melt, they form a small river about the size of a school bus, that flows into the ocean.

There are many mountains covered in glaciers, such as the caterpillar and the taffy. These mountains are not only covered in glaciers but they were also formed by glaciers. A lot of mountains were formed by glaciers. Glaciers move from about 10 to 15 feet a year, but even though they move so slow, if you stand on one you can feel them moving.

Here are some fun facts about water/ice:

  • Water expands when it turns into ice
  • If ice is cold enough it can break iron
  • Most of the water on earth has turned into ice/ only 1/3 of the water on earth is fresh and the other 2/3 of the water is ice
  • People use a lake to store battery, electricity, and energy
  • Pools that were formed on Mount Everest, the layers of ice on top can break and cause catastrophic floods

Question and Answer

Q: What animals can live in places with glaciers?

A: Animals like snow leopards, bears, and pikas which are animals that are about the size of your fist.

Q: Where is the biggest glacier?

A: One of the biggest glaciers is in Antarctica.

Q: Why is snow soft even though it is still ice but any other kind of ice is hard?

A: Snow can get hard if it gets cold enough.




November 23, 2020
by ambermoore74

T-Rex to Turkeys

By: Alicia and Kaylee

Did you know that there are still dinosaurs living among us? Yes, but they might not be what you thought, the dinosaurs living among us are birds! Here are some facts we learned from a Zoom call with the Denver museum of Nature and Science.

Fact 1) Did you know that the smallest dinosaur is the bee
Fact 2) Even though dinosaurs are related to birds, they did not
sound even close to birds.
Fact 3) Some dinosaurs were feathered dinosaurs but most of them
could not fly like some of the birds we know today because their
feathers were used for insulation.
Fact 4) One of the biggest dinosaurs was the Elephant bird and it was
4 meters tall and weighed about a ton.
Fact 5) Usually the rarest dinosaur were the ones with feathers,
hollow bones, and were closest to birds.
Fact 6) A rare dinosaur were the tiny birds because they went extinct
in 1940.
Fact 7) They’re not turkeys but there was a bird that was half
chicken and half duck that was alive with the dinosaurs.
Fact 8) Birds and some dinosaurs are/were the only animals that had a
furcula (wish bone).
Fact 9) Dinosaurs did not have a snood (which is flesh that hangs of a
turkey) even though they are related to birds.
Fact 10) Another rare dinosaur is the dome headed dinosaur.
Fact 11) A way that scientists at the Denver Museum of Nature and science
collect DNA is that they collect their fossilized poop.
Fact 12) Overtime you can find ocean fossils in a big grass land because the
area may have used to be water.

Why dinosaurs and birds are related
One of the reasons why dinosaurs and birds are related is that some dinosaurs and birds have what we call a wish bone (furcula) which is a collar bone which is connected. Also, some dinosaurs and birds have ridges on their bones which is where their feathers attach to. Both dinosaurs and birds have hallow bones with air going through them unlike humans.

How scientists think dinosaurs went extinct
The theory that the scientists had at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is that an asteroid hit and it hit some land and some of the Pacific Ocean. Which sent a huge tidal wave and a huge cloud of dust that covered the sky. Because of this the animals that were herbivores and some omnivores started dying because the plants were dying because the sunlight was blocked from the dust which made the carnivores die because they ate the herbivores and omnivores. The only thing that was living in the dinosaur era that is still around today is the earthworm. They lived because they ate dead plants and most of the plants died due to the sun being blocked by the dust which helped the earthworms survive.

In conclusion, you may not have seen how they are alike in multiple ways but they are!

Alicia and Kaylee hard at work!

November 11, 2020
by ambermoore74

Blue Whale

Written by Mia

An animal I really like is a blue whale. Some facts about the blue whale is that they would not be able to live in Arizona.  Some other facts are that they must live in an ocean to be able to survive, and why they can’t live in Arizona is because it does not have an ocean. Blue whales eat krill and here is a crazy fact about it blue whales. They eat up to 6 tons of krill a day!! Some adaptations of blue whales are their tail, because when it moves up and down it gives tons of power and helps them to move fast. Another adaptation is their skin because it is blubber, that means if the ocean is cold it helps keep them warm.

November 2, 2020
by ambermoore74


Written by Mia, Kali, and Raiya

Did you know that not all mummies are wrapped? If not, this  text is good for you!

Some mummies are formed by the climate. For example, scientists have found frozen mummies on the mountains. Some were also dried out from the heat. Also, the mummies that are buried in caskets, have jewelry and/or valuables buried with them. Scientists found a lady who was covered in soap and was dried out. They have also found animals mummies that are dried out or frozen. Get this, Scientists in Egypt have found fake mummies because they used to be worth a lot of valuables.

The mummies you might be thinking of, are the ones that are wrapped and in caskets. Scientists must do CT scans to find what is inside. For example, the jewels, or organs. The Egyptians stored there organs inside of little containers with animals that guard the organs. The Egyptians used to bury those containers, but they do not anymore. They put them in the casket with the body. Inside of the casket they put many layers on top of the mummy. That is why they must do CT scans to see all these traits. They also find their gender, by their hips and/or pelvis. The women’s have a smaller hip size so they can give birth.

Some mummies can be up to 3,000 years older than other mummies! The ones in Peru are older than the ones in Egypt because of the older civilization. The Egyptians used to have ceremonies of taking apart the mummies. This is where they would bury the organs.

Mummies are just one of the most fascinating things about Science, but there are many more. Mummies are found everywhere; you may even find one in your backyard! (if you dug like 300 ft) We hope you were entertained with this informational text.



April 6, 2020
by ambermoore74


Good Morning! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend, and are ready to tackle another week of remote learning! Good news, this is only a 4 day week! Yes, you heard me right, you have a 3 day weekend ahead. This does mean that your due date for assignments this week is Thursday. You might notice there is a bit more work this week, so please try to do something everyday. Don’t wait until Wednesday to start. Continue Reading →

April 3, 2020
by ambermoore74


Congratulations! You all made it to the end of your first official week of remote learning! I will be emailing you and your parents to let you both know your progress this week. Reminder, all ‘must do’ activities are due today! Give yourself a high five, this was great new learning experience!  Continue Reading →

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