5th Grade Science News
Common Assessment 5 - Next Monday, February 8!
We will have a test next Monday on February 8th. It will cover the following topics:
- Water Cycle - Students need to know that water travels in a cycle between Earth's surface and the atmosphere. The energy from the SUN drives the cycle and causes water to evaporate from Earth's surface (most water evaporates from the ocean). Water vapor cools off in the atmosphere, condenses, and forms clouds. Water falls as precipitation in the form of rain, snow, sleet or hail. Then water can either soak in the ground or runoff downhill and back into rivers, lakes and oceans.
- Weather and Climate - Students need to the know the difference between weather and climate. Weather is the day to day change in the atmosphere and is short term (key words: today, yesterday, last week, currently). Climate is the average or typical weather year to year (over time). Key words for climate include average, usually, typical, and over time.
- Alternative Energy - Students need to know that fossil fuels are nonrenewable (take a very long time to replace) and that there are alternative sources of energy to fossil fuels that are renewable. The five types they should be familiar with are: solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric and biofuels. Solar energy is energy from the sun and is captured using solar panels. Wind energy is captured using wind turbines. Hydroelectric energy comes from moving water which is captured by building dams. Geothermal energy is heat energy inside earth. Biofuels come from living things such as plants and animals.
Please visit the below links and video with your child!
Weather vs. Climate: Crash Course Kids #28.1