Welcome from Ms. Steplight! I'm so glad you found me in the Wiki World of Washington Latin! Here's where you'll also find information and resources to help you have a successful year in 5th grade science. And if you need to contact me, email is best.Send it to csteplight@latinpcs.org

THE 3-STRIKES RULE: Effective Tuesday, Oct. 10th, students will receive 2 warnings prior to a demerit being issued (unless it is a serious or egregious offense).

HOMEWORK REVISITED...

NOTE: All homework is due the following school day after it is assigned unless otherwise noted.




Date
Assignment
Special Notes

Monday
1/15
Happy MLK Day!!!

Tuesday
1/16
Complete the Newton's Laws of Motion Word Search
puzzle

Email me should you need a copy.

Wednesday
1/17
Finish Newton's Laws of Motion Questionnaire started in class.


Email me should you need a copy.
Final Lab Reports for the Science Fair
are due on 1/19.




Date
Assignment
Special Notes

Monday
1/8/18
Read and sign the Science Safety Contract, along
with your parent/s.



Tuesday
1/9/19
Finish working on Lab Report started in class.


The Science Fair Timeline
was amended to add a final
draft of the Lab Report.


Wednesday
1/10/18
NONE - Use this time to work on your Experiment Results,
which are due tomorrow.
It is ok if you have not completed the entire experiment.
Just create a table or graph from the data that you've
collected so far.
Thursday
1/11/18
Using an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper in landscape position,
fold both sides into the center to look like your display board.
Create a draft layout using the notes taken in class.

References:
Science Buddies Science Fair Project Display Boards

Sample Display Boards Viewed in Class:
Popping Corn
How Does Tee Height Affect Driving Distance?
Lemon Battery

Friday
1/12/18
Complete Newton's # Laws of Motion Doodle Notes

Email me should you need a copy.



Date
Assignment
Special Notes
Tuesday
1/2
Make corrections to your Scientific Method test.

Wednesday
1/3
Read and highlight the Forces on a Baseball article.
Answer the questions.

Email me should you need a copy.
Please bring colored
pencils or crayons to class
tomorrow if you have them.
Thursday
1/4
YIPPPPEEEEEE!!! SNOW DAY!

Friday
1/5
Read and highlight A Salute to the Common Wheel.
Answer the questions.

Email me should you need a copy.
Display boards have arrived.
They will be distributed on
Monday.

Note: The next Science
Fair assignment (Experimental
Results) is due on
January 11th.


Date
Assignment
Special Notes
Monday
12/18
Continue working on your Science Fair Projects. Now is a good
time to get any questions answered that you may have.

Tuesday
12/19
Homework Amnesty Day!

Students may submit one missing homework assignment (at Ms. Steplight's
discretion) from 2nd quarter. This applies to assignments that received a
grade of "zero".

Wednesday
12/20
Have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year! See you in 2018!!!



Date
Assignment
Special Notes
Monday
12/11
NONE...
Use this time to continue working on your science fair projects

Tuesday
12/12
NONE...Use this time to continue working on your science fair projects

Wednesday
12/13
NONE - We did not get far enough in the daily lesson to complete the
assignment. It will be given tomorrow.

Thursday
12/14
Complete the Flow of Energy Activity worksheet.

Email me should you need a copy.

Friday
12/15
Complete your Science Fair Project Experimental Design Draft which
includes an introduction, hypothesis, variables, materials, and procedure.
Please be prepared to share your design with the class.

I created the attachment below just as a template to demonstrate including
the required topics as headings. Should you chose to print it out, do be limited
by the space provided.


NOTE: Please make the following
change on your timeline. We will
discuss data tables the week of
January 2nd and not the week
of 12/18.


Date
Assignment
Special Notes
Monday
12/4
Find the "treasure words" in the What are independent and dependent
variables? hand-out.
NOTE: The test has been rescheduled for
Monday, December 11th.
Tuesday
12/5
Find your 2nd and 3rd sources for the science fair. Bring them in for
approval. Write them on a piece of loose leaf paper. Include the website
title, author, and URL.
This will assist you in writing your background
research paragraph, which is due on Monday,
December 11th (see timeline).
Wednesday
12/6
Continue working on your science fair project and preparing for the
scientific method test.

Thursday
12/7
Complete the Practice Writing Hypotheses worksheet.

Email me should you need a copy.

Friday
12/8
  • Study for the Scientific Method test

  • Complete Science Fair Background Research paragraph.
REMINDER: Work on the Science Fair project
is on-going and should take place in addition to
your regular homework.



Date
Assignment
Special Notes
Monday
11/27
Write the information contained in the Science Fair Timeline into
your planner. I recommend putting it in both the monthly and
weekly views.

Tuesday
11/28
NONE...
Use this time to work on your science project background research.

Wednesday
11/29
Complete the Scientific Method Sort handout given to you during class.
Email me should you need a copy.
Next TEST: Thursday, December 7th
Thursday
11/30
Write research notes from at least one approved source.

Friday
12/1
Write study notes using the Scientific Method Study Guide. You may
make flashcards or write your notes on loose leaf paper.



Date
Assignment
Special Notes
Monday
11/20
NONE

Tuesday
11/21
Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Use this time to read, rest, and
gear up for the end of the year.


Date
Assignment
Special Notes
Monday
11/13
Water Planet Assessment #4
In order to complete Monday's class lesson,
binder check will take place on Wednesday,
Nov. 15th.
Tuesday
11/14
NONE

Wednesday
11/15
1. Read the article on the scientific method.
2. Highlight important facts and key pieces of information.
3. Answer the multiple choice questions.

Thursday
11/16
Work on your science fair proposal. Use the Topic Selection Wizard for help with finding a project.


Remember the Science Fair Sources information
shared in class by Ms. Hamm. You should only
consider reputable sources.
Friday
11/17
Work on your science fair proposal. Use the Topic Selection Wizard for help with finding a project.
Proposal due Monday, Nov. 20th.


Date
Assignment
Special Notes

Monday
11/6
1. Read the article on pumping water.
2. Highlight important facts and key pieces of information.
3. Answer the multiple choice questions.

Tuesday
11/7
NONE

Wednesday
11/8
1. Read What is a hurricane?.
2. Highlight important facts and key pieces of information.
3. Answer the multiple choice questions.

Thursday
11/9
Water Planet Assessment #2
Students in C Period does not have to
complete this assignment.

REMINDER: Binder check on Monday
11/13

Date
Assignment
Special Notes
Monday
10/30
There is no homework in science. We will continue viewing and taking notes
on Hidden Figures.

Tuesday
10/31
Have a safe Halloween evening. IF you go trick-or-treating, bring Mrs. Steplight
1 piece of candy. NOTE: This assignment is not required. ;-)

Wednesday
11/1
Complete the Hidden Figures hand-out.

Thursday
11/2
Complete the Hidden Figures Assessment sheet. You may use your viewing guide to
answer the questions. Put a ? next to any question that you are unsure how to
answer.


Date
Assignment
Special Notes

Monday
10/23
Complete test corrections for Saturn, Uranus, & Neptune test. Remember,
all corrections should be done on loose-leaf paper. Do NOT write on the
original test.

Today we learned how to write Academic Paragraphs in science. If you got
them wrong, correct #'s 3, 4, and 27 using the notes discussed today. Do the
best that you can to rework your responses.

Tuesday
10/24
Write an academic paragraph answering the following question - Why is
"toilet to tap" a bad idea? Remember, your response should be based upon
the article read today in class.

Wednesday
10/25
If you did not finish your test corrections, please finish them for homework.

Thurday
10/26
If you did not finish your Pluto test corrections in class, please finish them
for homework.

Friday
10/27
NONE - Unless you still have test corrections to complete. ALL test corrections
are due on Monday, 10/30.



Date
Assignment
Special Notes
Monday
10/16
None - Trip to Calleva
If you did not finish your flashcards from Friday, 10/13
you should do so.
Tuesday
10/17
Spend time working on your Study Guide. Please keep in mind the following:

1. You will probably NOT complete it all tonight. Do your best and bring your work
with you to class tomorrow.

2. Remember, you are creating notes to study from using the Study Guide as a
reference. You may write your notes on loose leaf paper or 3x5 cards.

4. The Study Guide may not contain actual questions. It includes topics that we
have discussed in class and that you should have knowledge about.

5. Answers to questions 10-13 can be found beginning on page 3.
If you are missing any of the handouts referenced
in the Study Guide, please see me in class and I will provide you with a copy.
Wednesday
10/18
Finish writing notes from your Study Guide. If you are finished, continue studying for Friday's test.

Thursday
10/19
Study for tomorrow's test.

Friday
10/20
Have a great weekend.



Date
Assignment
Special Notes
Monday
10/9
NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day Holiday

Tuesday
10/10
Tell parents about the 3-Strikes Rule

Wednesday
10/11
Finish reading the two articles from class and answer the questions.

Thursday
10/12
Finish counting the squares for Salt Water, Frozen Fresh Water, and Fresh
Water on your portion of the world map. Complete #'s 1-3.
Each student was given a different portion of the map
to complete.
Friday
10/13
Make the following flashcards:

Pluto - 15 cards
Telescopes (Hubble & Webb) - 10

TOTAL - 25 cards minimum

Students are encouraged to make as many as needed to study.
NEXT TEST - Friday, Oct. 20th


Date
Assignment
Special Notes
Monday
10/2
None
Students were tested on Saturn,
Uranus, & Neptune
Tuesday
10/3
None

Wednesday
10/4
Complete the "Is Pluto a Planet? worksheet. If you did not finish filling in the
bullet points on the Webb/Hubble Telescopes venn diagram, complete that as well.

Thursday
10/5
Complete as much of the Pluto packet that you can. You may leave blank anything that you are
unsure of. Use the resources here. ========================================>
The following websites can help:

Space Facts - Scroll down to Facts About Pluto
Pluto: Basic Facts
Dwarf Planet Pluto
Friday
10/6
Read and highlight the Pluto: Basic Facts hand-out. Use the information to answer any questions
from Thursday night's Pluto Packet that you were not able to answer. If for some reason you do
not have the Pluto:Basic Facts hand-out, visit the links in yesterday's Special Notes. The hand-out
came from those sites.




Date
Assignment
Special Notes
Monday
9/25
If you did not finish making corrections on your test during class, complete
your corrections. Remember: Do NOT write on the test, make all corrections
on a separate sheet of loose-leaf paper. Use blue/black ink or pencil. Include first and last name
and period at the top of your correction sheet/s and your test. You may use all of your notes
and materials from class.

Tuesday
9/26
Complete the Uranus crossword puzzle.

Wednesday
9/27
Complete the Neptune crossword puzzle. If you did not get to finish "Finding Text Evidence" in class, complete that as well.

Thursday
9/28
Finish making flashcards - 10 each for Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune

Please bring scissors and a glue stick to class tomorrow.
Test - Monday, Oct. 2nd: Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
Friday
9/29
Study for Monday's test - Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune



Date
Assignment
Special Notes
Monday
9/18
No homework.

Tuesday
9/19
Read "All About Saturn" and complete the Saturn crossword puzzle.

Wednesday
9/20
Complete the "Finding Text Evidence" handout for Saturn

Thursday
9/21
Organize your science binder. All science papers (planet notes, questions, vocabulary sheets, returned homework, etc.) should be 3-hole punched and placed in the binder rings. Note cards that are not hole-punched should be in a zip-lock bag inside of your folder.
It would be helpful to have a ring to hold flashcards. Attach the ring to the middle binder ring. Otherwise they can be punched and added directly to the binder. One ring is fine. Here's an example:

Notecards with rings picture.jpg
Friday
9/22
Have a nice weekend!



Date
Assignment
Special Notes
Monday
9/11
No homework.

Tuesday
9/12
Complete the Jupiter crossword puzzle. Use the hand-outs from today's class if needed.

Wednesday
9/13
Complete test corrections if you did not complete them in class today. Make 10 flashcards
each for Earth, Mars, and Jupiter. Begin with the suggested topics discussed in class:
vocabulary words, orange highlights, bolded terms, and text evidence questions.
Test Monday, 9/18
Thursday
9/14
Continue studying for the test by going through your flashcards. If you did not finish
them, pleas complete them.
Test Monday, 9/18
Friday
9/15
Study for the test - Monday, 9/18 on the Earth, Mars, and Jupiter
Study all materials including
vocabulary and crossword
puzzles.





Date
Assignment
Special Notes
Tuesday
9/5
Study for tomorrow's test on the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, and Venus.
Re-read ALL hand-outs paying close attention to the highlighted information
and the vocabulary lists. Review all Finding Text Evidence questions and any
flash cards made in class.

Wednesday
9/6
No homework

Thursday
9/7
Complete the Earth crossword puzzle. If you did not finish Finding Text Evidence
complete that as well.

Friday
9/8
Create a Mind Map for both Earth and Mars. Refer to the one done in class
on the Sun. If you did not complete your Mars crossword puzzle in class,
you must complete that as well.


Date
Assignment
Due Date - Special Notes
Wednesday
8/23
Complete Student Inventory


Have parent/guardian complete info. sheet

Thursday
8/24
Review syllabus with parent/guardian, sign and return
8/30 Note that I asked that they be returned on 8/24
but forgot that I put 8/30 on the actual sheet. I apologize
for the confusion.
Friday
8/25
Find 2 additional "Interesting Facts" about Mercury and 2
additional "Interesting Facts" about Venus on The Planets website
(see resources below). Add them to your worksheet.

Monday
8/28
Complete "The Sun" crossword puzzle

Tuesday
8/29
Complete "The Moon" crossword puzzle. NOTE: I will also be collecting
the "Student Information Sheet".

Wednesday
8/30
Complete the Mercury crossword puzzle.

Thursday
8/31
Complete the Venus crossword puzzle.

Friday
9/1
Study for 9/6 TEST: Re-read ALL hand-outs (sun, moon, mercury, venus)
paying close attention to the highlighted information and the vocabulary lists.
Also, review all Finding Text Evidence questions.
First test will be on Wednesday, Sept. 6th.




CLASS MATERIALS...




USEFUL RESOURCES...

The Planets => From the home page click on Planets at the top right and a drop-down menu will appear.