Fifth Grade

Champion Learners

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? 

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

September 29, 2018
by ambermoore74

O.R.E.O. Challenge

We participated in a Project by Jen called Our Really Exciting Online Project (O.R.E.O). Our challenge was to stack the highest Oreo tower. Then, we took our data and found the mean, median, and mode for our classroom stacks.

Here’s what we found:

  • Mean 16
  • Median 15
  • Mode 12, 18 and 20

We shared out results for our class average. Here is the current information. So far out of the 73 classrooms that have participated, we are one cookie above the average!

The highest tower was achieved by Sam with 21 cookies! This is what he had to say about his strategy.

“Start off with going straight up. Then when it starts to wiggle, then start putting it towards the side that’s not leaning. When it falls over, count it by two’s to see your final stacking number!”

Here are a few of our crashing towers!

Finally, the morning block had the opportunity to do a Stacking Google Hangouts Challenge with Mrs. Fraher’s Class! We did two rounds, unfortunately losing the first, but we did tie the second!

Great job to all the stackers!

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