Mrs. Moore's Class

Math and Science

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. 

December 5, 2018
by ambermoore74
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Multiplication Strategies

Did you know there is more than one strategy to solve multiplication problems? If you are curious about these strategies or need more help, Ellie and Kyra are here the help you!

Other credits: Mya – Videographer and Ellie – Video Editor

What are other math concepts would you like to see students model? 

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! 

October 27, 2018
by ambermoore74

Introducing Our Wild Selves!

Week 1, Task 1: Avatars

Our class is participating in the Student Blogging Challenge! This challenge will give us the information to discover more about blogging, digital citizenship, and help us make global connections. The first week’s challenges included writing an About Us page. We had already completed that task at the start of our school year, so we moved on to the next task, creating avatars! We had a blast using the website Build Your Wild Self. Then we wrote descriptions about the choices we made during our building. We hope you enjoy our avatars.

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 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!

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!

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