Cat Tien Parent Info Meeting

Dear fifth grade parents,

We are excited to share information about our upcoming field trip to Cat Tien National Park on March 11th – 13th, 2015. Overnight trips are often a highlight of students’ fifth grade year. Our trip to Cat Tien National Park will be no exception. We will meet with animal researchers, observe animals in rescue and research centers, observe ecosystems closely as scientists, and hike through them. The trip will be the cornerstone of our ecosystem unit as scientists. A minimum of eight SSIS teachers will join the fifth grade on this trip.

We would like to invite you to an informational meeting about our trip to Cat Tien on Monday, February 9th at 8:15 in room B410. This meeting is for parents and family and will go no longer than 9:00 a.m. The meeting will provide you with an opportunity to get much more information about the trip, and to ask any questions you may have.


Ms. Gabbert

Change Agent Reflection Post

Dear students,

You did an excellent job presenting yesterday. Please answer these questions in your reflective blog post:

  1. Why did you choose your change agent to study?
  2. What lessons can we learn from your change agent?
  3. What would you do differently next time? Why?
  4. What was your favorite part of the experience? Why?

You can put in any other information you choose. Make sure to include at least one picture. Categorize it as Social Studies.

Happy Blogging!

Ms. Gabbert

Morning Work for October 21

Dear students,

Yesterday you started a blog post about quarter one. Please continue that blog post. Be sure to answer these questions.

1. What were some things that we did or learned in quarter one? Please describe them.

2. What did you like the most, and why?

3. What are you looking forward to next semester?

4. What goal did you identify for the next quarter?

  • Next quarter, I will work on…
  • I will achieve this by…
  • I chose this because…

5. Please include 4-6 pictures, and categorize it as Balance in Life.

Blog Post About Chemical Reaction

Dear students,

You are writing a blog post about your experiment on Friday or your experiment today.


  1. What were your materials?
  2. What was your procedure?
  3. What reactants did you use?
  4. What observations did you have?
  5. Embed a video from your group. What was it? What does it show? Why is it important?


  1. What was your question you were investigating?
  2. What were your materials?
  3. What was your procedure?
  4. What reactants did you use?
  5. What observations did you make?
  6. Embed your video from Friday. What was it? What does it show? Why is it important?


Genius Hour

Hi students! Today we’re going to be looking a little closer at examples of Genius Hour projects. Then, we’re going to finalize our own project ideas!

This kid created his own radio!

This student studied the history of bowties!

This student presented about the process of her Genius Hour Project: Sewing a Bunny


Here’s your Genius Hour elevator pitch planning document. You can make a copy and save it in your own GDrive.

Mixtures and Solutions Lab Experience

Dear students,

Today you will be blogging about your lab experiences so far. You’re going to be so descriptive and detailed about what you’ve been doing in the laboratory.

  1. Describe your first time in the laboratory. What did you do? (Below are some sentence stems to help you. I’d like a detailed sequence of your experience!)

This week, my lab group and I ___________________.

First, my group  ______________.

We used words like ________________ so that we could describe the _____________.

Then, we _____________. We found that _____________.

Finally, we __________________. It was interesting because___________.


2. Talk about your experience weighing water, salt water, and finding the weight of the salt.

My class and I _____________________________.

First, my class ____________________.

Then, we ______________________.

We discovered that _____________________.

3. Describe the difference between a mixture and a solution.

4. Finally, add at least 3-4 pictures in with your answers. If you have a picture of you weighing the saltwater, add it!

5. Categorize it as “Science.”