Monday, August 20, 2018
Welcome to 5th grade science! I hope everyone had a fantastic summer break and the children return to school excited to learn!
My name is Mrs. Ann Linehan and I am thrilled to return as the 5th grade science teacher this year at St. John of the Cross School. This is my 16th year of teaching and SJC. I am very committed to our parish and school.
My husband and I have been parishioners for over 30 years and I have served on the Parish Council, volunteered at many of the fundraising events, and completed the RCIA program here. All four of our children attended SJC, therefore I have walked in the shoes of room/ grade mother, art volunteer, field trip coordinator and chaperone, hot dog maker, pizza server, fun day helper, attended the faith-filled sacramental events and of course 8th grade graduation year! I can’t leave out the many extra-curricular opportunities including fine arts and sports- All four times over! Thank you to everyone who volunteers; we need and appreciate you!
Clearly I love children and teaching. That is why I am here. Education is cyclical and it seems the “gurus” are now saying that scores on standardized test are most important. However, as an educator I believe students need to be able to relate how what they are learning relates to them personally. Our classroom environment will foster a lifetime of socially adept and well rounded citizens- students will work cooperatively in groups.
Your child will be actively using the iPad for researching and completing projects in science. St. John of the Cross School is prioritizing Digital Citizenship. The importance of knowing proper use and safety will be addressed in technology class. This also includes social media. Knowing how to communicate positively via social media is critical. Please take this seriously, as whatever you or your child writes is out there and can come across as hurtful to others. It is seen by teachers, friends, business associates, neighbors etc. It is a reflection of the author.
I am here to foster a love of learning in 5th grade science. We have a year to discover and follow many scientific interests. Our curriculum is outlined and attached for you. There will be many engineering and math experiences incorporated into the science labs. STEM, STEAM, or STREAM – your 5th grader will be actively involved.
You know your child better than anyone else, and if there is something that I should know to enhance his/her learning or well being please let me know.
I’m looking forward to this school year and hope you and your child are too. If you need to contact me my email is firstname.lastname@example.org . Please give me 24 hours to respond to you. I teach all the way through the afternoon with no breaks, so it will be after school before I get to read it. I promise I will get back to you. Remember, I have been in your shoes and know if you contact me it’s important.
I love this year’s school theme – Faith can move mountains! We are all here to practice the Catholic faith that we love. We are so fortunate!
This is going to be a great year!
Mrs. Ann Linehan
These are the topics that we will cover in science. This is not the order that we will complete them.
- Practice 6 Newton’s Laws (MS-PS2-1)
- Factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces (MS-PS2-2)
- Identification of differences in plant and animal cells (MS-LS1-2)
5PS3-1 Use models to describe animal’s energy from food comes from the sun
5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and environment
5-ESS2-1 Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geo, bio, hydro and atmospheres interact
5-ESS2 Describe and graph the amount and % of water and saltwater in various reservoirs to provide evidence about water on Earth
5-ESS1-2 Represent the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.
5-PS1-1 Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.
5-PS1-2 Measure and graph quantities to provide evidence that regardless of change, weight of matter is conserved.
5-PS1-4 Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of 2 or more substances results in new substances. 5-PS2-1 Support an argument that the gravitational force of Earth is down.
In addition we cover
- A brief introduction of the human body systems- nervous, circulatory, respiratory, skeletal and digestive systems
- The skills handbook portion of the book 2 chapters – The Nature of Science and What is Technology
- Safety in the Science lab
- Red ribbon week – Information about drug misuse and results
- Introduction to genetics – family tree