5th Grade Science

The Wonderful World of Science

This week in Science

August 31 - September 4


Your students will be reviewing our Safety Rules that will be followed during every lab/inquiry. They will also begin their first inquiry exploring The Swinging Pendulum. They will be focusing on changing one variable during their lab and discovering that repeating an investigation at least 3 times helps their results be more reliable.


I have set up a Weebly website that will house vocabulary, lab information, and more. This is for the parents as well as the students to keep up with what is going on in class. If you are out or missed some information, they can go to this website.

Upcoming Events

Scholastic Book Fair

Sept. 3 - Sept. 11


Speed To Read

Sept. 9 - Oct. 22


Turn 1 Segment

· Scoring period Wednesday, Sept. 9, through Thursday, Oct. 22 / results logged by teachers on Friday, Oct. 23

· In-school assemblies following Turn 1 results being tabulated/trophies distributed by TMS week of Oct. 26 (more information found on my school website)

Science Vocabulary

Safety: not able or likely to be hurt or harmed in any way : not in danger

Hazardous: something will result in dangerous situations

Disposal: how to correctly and safely get rid of chemicals and materials from a science lab.

Precaution: a step you take to remain safe in a science lab.

Waft: to wave fumes towards your nose, not directly smelling them.

Equipment: things you use to conduct an investigation or to figure something out

Hand Lens: a magnifying glass to be held in the hand

Hot Plate: a tool used to heat objects (mostly liquids) that is similar to the burner on a stove

Liter: a metric measurement to measure liquids.

Mass: a usually large amount of a substance that has no particular shape

Meter: a metric unit to measure length.

Microscope: a tool used to look at very small objects so that they can be seen clearly

Ruler: a straight piece of plastic, wood, or metal that has marks on it to show units of length and that is used to measure things

Scale: a tool used to find the weight of an item.

Temperature: a measurement that indicates how hot or cold something is

Thermometer: an instrument used for measuring temperature

Timer: a device that makes a sound when a certain amount of time has passed

Volume: the amount of space that an object takes up

Weight: an object’s relative mass, factoring in the pull of gravity.

Triple Beam Balance: A mechanical balance that has a beam which is supported by a fulcrum and is used to measure mass at a precise level