Monthly Archives: November 2013

Bean Plant Lab — RESULTS!!

After a week of observation, our “little scientists” worked together to answer the investigative question: “Does the position the bean is planted affect the growth and direction of the roots?” As a whole class, it was concluded that no matter what position the bean is planted, the roots will always grow downward. Why is this you ask? GRAVITY is what forces all roots to move downward, despite any other factors at play.

Below you will find students getting up close and personal with their beans!

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Figurative Language!!

This week in writing, our “little writers” learned how to SHOW rather than TELL in their writing. One strategy they were introduced to was the use of figurative language. Throughout the week, the fifth grade read, analyzed, and discussed examples of similes, onomatopoeia, personification, and metaphors in Shiloh. They also had some practice in utilizing these forms of figurative language in short writing assignments.

Below you will find pictures of the anchor charts I used to reel the students into all things figurative language. You will also find a series of comic strips. These particular comic strips were done online, and allowed the students to practice using onomatopoeia in their writing.

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Prefix Foldable

This past week in Spelling, our 5th graders learned about the prefixes re-, un-, and non-. In order to understand how these prefixes change the meaning of base words, students created a foldable. For each spelling word, the students applied the meaning of the prefix to help define the word. Check out some of the foldables below!

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Bean Plant Lab

This past week, our “little scientists” began an investigation to learn whether the position a lima bean is planted will affect the growth and direction of the roots. After planting four beans, in four different positions, our “little scientists” observed the growth of the beans over the course of a week.

This upcoming week, the 5th grade will share-out their lab results and discuss responses to our investigative question! Curious to know the answer? Check in with your child to see if the position of a lima bean does affect the growth and direction of the roots.

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Voki’s (AKA…Science Avatars)

As a way to review for the Ch. 4, Lessons 1 & 2 science test, our fifth graders were divided into groups and assigned a review question. Using the website, www.voki.com, each group created an avatar to present their response to the class. Each group also constructed a diagram to exemplify their voki’s response. Check out the pictures below depicting students’ review presentations. Oh what fun we had!

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