Ooey, Gooey, Sticky Science

Exploring the states of matter and making a mess

Weekly Update

Hello Fifth Grade Friends!


We may have had another short week, but for the fifth graders it was jam packed! We started learning about Day of the Dead, continued our work with the states of matter, and had a few quizzes along the way. Next week is going to be even busier- we are doing another experiment in science, learning about a new science career, and having our first lab practical (hands on assessment). We will also be decorating our room and bulletin board for Day of the Dead in homeroom, and continuing our study of this important celebration. On top of all that, we have our second window for STAR testing. Whew!


Read on for more information, and for pictures from our messy science experiment!


Have a great weekend,


Ms. Mata

Ooey Gooey Science Fun

Our class has been studying the states of matter and getting familiar with the properties of solids, liquids, and gases. But not everything fits nicely into one of those three boxes- some things seem to defy the laws of our universe!


Today we experimented with some of those things: Oobleck and Slime. These are messy concoctions made with household materials that have a huge fun factor and lots of learning potential. Our class made each of the "goops" and designed three tests to see if they were more like a solid or a liquid....and we found out they are something else altogether!


We are finishing the discussion on Monday, but soon your kids will learn that they are considered Non-Newtonian Fluids. This means that they are liquids with a high viscosity, which have properties of a solid.


If you are interested in making some with your child at home, the recipes are written in their science notebooks.


******Note: Many students brought oobleck and slime home in ziplock bags. They need to be refrigerated and can only be kept for a few days*****

Calling all chaperones!

Are you interested in being a chaperone for the science camp trip in January? If so, email me to enter the lottery! We can take one male and one female chaperone. You must have completed your Virtus training and fingerprinting to be considered.


If you are selected, you will be assisting for the full 3 days and 2 nights. There will be chaperone meetings to discuss all of the protocol and important information, but be ready for long hours and amazing memories!

Need Service Hours?

Help with our recycling program!


We need drivers to come take the water bottles and paper from school and drop them off at the recycling center. The bottles act as a fundraiser, and the paper is a great way to be a steward for the planet.


If you would like to get involved and earn some service hours, let me know!

One person's trash is a science classroom's treasure

Every week I search for different materials to use in class projects. The list changes slightly every week, so please keep checking it!


This week we are looking for donations of the following:


  • Legos- just loose pieces, not sets
  • Used plastic containers with lids (yogurt, sour cream, etc)
  • Used Books!
  • Box Tops
  • Any recyclable with a CR-V designation- it raises money for the school :)


If you have any of these items to spare, please send them to school with your child!


I am also in the process of starting a gardening program. If you have any used gardening tools or large spoons to donate, it would be much appreciated!

Upcoming Events

PTO Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 19th, 6:30pm

18626 Clarkdale Avenue

Artesia, CA

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