4th and 5th Grade STEM

with Mr. Horak (October 17-21)


Conversation Starters

Mr. Horak's 4th and 5th grade gifted classes (Math and STEM) are beginning a new communication system to help parents start academic conversations with their children. We will begin sending home our learning goals for the week, to help parents talk about what we did for the day and week. This means no more “What did you do today?” with the response of “nothing much” or “I don’t remember.”

Math Grade 4: (Monday-Friday)

1. L3.5 Multiply with Regrouping

2. L3.6 Choose A Method of Multiplication

3. PROBLEM SOLVING: L3.7 Multiply Using 2-Digit Numbers

4. End of Chapter 3 Review

Skill Sets:

1. Number and Operations in Base Ten

2. Regrouping

3. Compare and Contrast

4. Comm. Property/ Assoc. Property

5. Partial Products

Science Grade 4: (Monday-Friday)

1. How Do Organisms Obtain and Use Food?

2. How Do Organisms Affect their Environment?

3. How Do People Affect their Environment?

Skill sets: (Monday-Friday)

1. The Practice of Science

2. Characteristics of Scientific Knowledge

3. The Role of Theories, Laws, Hypotheses, and Models

4. Adaptations, Life Cycle, and the Ecosystem

Math Grade 5: (Monday-Friday)

1. INVESTIGATE: L4.6 Decimal Multiplication

2. L4.7 Multiply Decimals

3. L4.8 Zeros in the Product

4. End of Chapter 4 Review

Skill Sets:

1. Number and Operations in Base Ten

2. Benchmarks

3. Compare and Contrast

4. Distributive Property

5. Round

6. Place Value Patterns

Science Grade 5: (Monday-Friday)

1. The Solar System and Beyond

2. Students Prep for Planet 3000

3. What Objects are Part of the Solar System?

4. How Do We Observe Objects in the Solar System?

5. What Are Stars and Galaxies?

Skills Sets:

1. Scientific Method Review

2. Analyze/ Classify Changes

3. Energy and Energy Transfer

4. Draw Conclusions

5. Humans and Ecosystems

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Spooky Treats!

This week our SPOOKY treats are quick and easy to make.

What is needed?

1 Bag of Double Stuff Oreos

1 bag of Pretzel Sticks

1 tube of chocolate frosting

1 bag of (M&Ms)


First, lay the double Stuff Oreos flat.

Next, insert 4 pretzel sticks to each side of the cookie (Total of 8)

Continuing Along, lay 2 beads of chocolate frosting at the head of the spider, and apply the M&Ms to the chocolate beads.


Finally, share with friends and family! YUM-YUM!