Sunday, May 13, 2018

Video links to watch during testing days



If you do not have headphones or ear buds, you will have to put the closed captioned option on and will have to read it as the video plays.

You must highlight the URL address and copy and paste it into the search bar in youtube  (study jams)  do all vidoes  (crash course kids)  do all videos\     (Bill Nye the Science guy)  all videos

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Week of April 30 through May 4, 2018

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Hello everyone!

     Summer is rapidly approaching and the kids and teachers can feel the excitement!  I sure will miss these kids though when they go on to Middle School.  They were a good class.

Here are the vocabulary words for our quiz on Friday, May 4, 2018:

Please help your child study.

1.circuitAn electrical device that allows electricity to flow through
2.conductorA substance that allows electricity to travel through it
3.currentThe flow of electricity
4.forcea push or pull
5.frictiona force that works against motion
6.insulatorA substance that does not allow electricity to travel through it
7.lighta form of energy that travels in waves and can move through empty space
8.reflectionthe bouncing back of light waves
9.refractionthe bending of light through a substance
10.sounda form of energy created by vibrations

Thank you so much for your help!
Miss Mertink

Thursday, April 19, 2018

WEEK OF APRIL 23 through APRIL 27, 2017

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Hello everyone,

     As the school year 2017-2018 is winding down, we are focusing on a review of the Science TEKS that we have covered that will be tested on May 16, 2017.  These are the words that will be on our quiz on April 27, 2018.  Please help your child study.

1. boiling point: 100 degrees Celsius for water
2. condensation: when water vapor becomes liquid water
3. dissolve: to form a solution
4. evaporation: when liquid water becomes water vapor
5. melting point: 0 degrees Celsius for water
6. mixture: a combination of two or more substances
7. solubility: whether a substance dissolves in water
8. solution: a mixture in which a new substance is formed

Thank you for your help!
Miss Mertink

Friday, April 6, 2018

April 9 through April 16, 2018

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Due to the Math STAAR test on Tuesday, April 10 and the Reading STAAR test on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, there will be no vocabulary test in Science.  I know the kids will be crushed!  Science STAAR is on May 16, 2018.

Thank you,

Miss Mertink

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Week of April 2 through April 6, 2018

Hello everyone!

     It is so good to see spring again!  Seems like winter just started and now the Earth is in full bloom, just in time for Easter.  I would like to wish you all a blessed Easter and I hope that your holiday is happy!

     Here are the words for our vocabulary quiz for Thursday, April 5

  carbon dioxidegas taken in by a plant

2.chloroplastsgive leaves their green color
3.glucosesugar created inside a plant during photosynthesis
4.oxygengas released by a plant
5.photosynthesisprocess through which a plant gets energy
6.stomatasmall openings in leaves that allow gases to enter and exit the plant

We will be studying about plants and their life cycles this week.  Spend some time in the outdoors showing your child all about plants!

Thank you for your help!
Miss Mertink

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Week of March 26 through March 30, 2018

Hello all!

     Changes are happening rapidly as we head for the end of school year 2017-2018.  Not only is the weather being unpredictable, cold one day and air conditioning weather the next, but the kids are also feeling the change.  STAAR tests loom on the horizon and also visits to the middle school this week to see what is in store for them there!  You should have received a paper from your fifth grader from the Middle School telling about "Sneak Peek" next Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27 & 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 in the evening.  You may choose one of those days to come and be introduced to the Sixth grade teachers and have a tour of the Middle School.  

     Since we will be having a holiday for Good Friday, March 30, our vocabulary test will be held on Thursday, March 29.  Here are the words for our test:

VOCABULARY QUIZ, Thursday, March 29, 2018

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1.complete metamorphosisa change insects go through with four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult
2.incomplete metamorphosisa change insects go through with three stages: egg, nymph and adult spanlength of time from birth to death
4.moltingshedding skin
5.reproduceto make offspring
6.speciesa group of organisms that are able to reproduce and share the same characteristics

Please help your child study so that they may be prepared for the test on Thursday!

Thank you for your help!

Have a blessed week!
Miss Mertink

Friday, March 16, 2018

Week of March 19 through March 23, 2018

Hello everyone!

      Just like the picture above, my peach trees are in bloom.  It was so good to have a nice weather week for Spring Break so I could get some garden chores done around the house.  We are back to work and ready to go on our field trip on Monday, March 19 and then tackle those STAAR tests that are coming up.

The vocabulary words for this Friday, March 23, 2018 will be a repeat performance.  It will be a refresher quiz!

Please help your child study the following words:

1. adaptation: a body part or behavior that helps an animal survive in its environment

2. camouflage: body covering that helps an animal blend in with its environment
3. dormancy: a period of inactivity for a plant
4. extinct: species no longer living on Earth
5. hibernation: an inactive state of the body for an extended period of time
6. inherited traits: characteristics offspring gets from its parents
7. instinct: a behavior that an animal knows how to do from birth that helps it survive
8. migration: movement of animals from one place to another

9. mimicry: resembling another species to protect an animal from predators

Thank you for your help and have a blessed week!
Miss Mertink