• FINAL SCIENCE LESSON: Week of 5/26: Making Observations and Asking Questions

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 5/26/2020

    This will be our FINAL science lesson for this year!  This week's lesson was inpired from my daily walks.  Two essentail science skills, making observations and asking questions often time lead a scienctist to further investigations.  This week I encourage you to go outside and explore the nature around you.  Here are three different pictures from various walks that gave me pause.  While making my observations of what I was seeing, it prompted questions that could lead to further investigations.  This week you are going to do the same thing!  Here is what you are going to do:

    1. Find three different things in nature to observe.  Take a picture of 3 different things.  

    2. FOR EACH PICTURE: Write 3 things that you observe.  Describe details using complete sentences.

    3. FOR EACH PICTURE: Write 3 questions about what you observed.  Write in complete sentences.

    4. Last, what could you do to learn more about it?  Where could this simple obervation and question lead you to further investigations?



    Below is an example of one of my pictures, with my observations, questions, and next steps:




    1. I see a squirrel in the tree holding a nut.

    2. The squirrel is mostly brown with spots of gray and black.

    3. The squirrel is being very still and not moving.



    1. What kind of nut is the squirrel eating?

    2. Does the squirrel live in the tree?

    3. Does the squirrel live in a group or on it's own?


    Next steps:

    I could research squirrels on the internet to learn more about what they eat, where they live, and if they live in groups.  I could also go back to the same area and do field research and observe the squirrels in this area. 


    Here are the other 2 pictures I took.  What observations do you see?  What questions do you have?





    I would love to see your work!  Please email me at rfabionar@pittsburg.k12.ca.us

    Include your name, room number, and observation lesson in the email heading

    Have a GREAT week!  Please get outside and enjoy nature!  Its a great way to get some exercise and complete your science lesson for the week. 

    Wishing you all a WONDERFUL summer and I look forward to seeing you all in the fall.  I have MISSED you ALL these last few months and I have ENJOYED all the work students have submitted. I hope you have enjoyed the lessons. To the 5th graders, I have enjoyed teaching you science the last 5 years, and I wish you all the BEST and SUCCESS in your next chapter of middle school.  Stay safe and healthy :) 

    Best wishes to all,

    Ms. Fabionar

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  • Week of 5/18 - Rocks and Minerals

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 5/17/2020 5:00:00 PM

    This week's lesson is from Scholastic, week 4, Day 19 - Earth Science - Rocks and Minerals.


    Read the 2 books and watch the video to answer the following Focus Questions:

    What are rocks made of?

    What are some of the ways we use minerals in our every day lives?

    Do the Activity: Start a rock collection

    Collect a minimum of 3 rocks.  Write and draw about your 3 rocks.  Include the date you found it and where you found it (see example in the activity).  Also describe the rock.  Include shape, size, color, texture (how it feels) and hardness level.  Why did you pick this rock for your collection?  You can include more rocks in your collection, but you only need to wirte about 3.

    Email me your work at rfabionar@pittsburg.k12.ca.us

    Please include in the email your first and last name, room number, and rock lesson

    Photos are easier for me to share in the horizontal format.





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  • Week of 5/11 Lesson - Rainbows

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 5/10/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Scholastic - Week 3, Day 12, Physical Science - Rainbows


    Focus Questions: What is a rainbow? What does a rainbow need?

    Read the two stories and watch the video.  Once you have completed the stories and video, on a piece of paper answer the two focus questions.   What is a rainbow? What does a rainbow need?  Include a drawing of a rainbow (using all the colors) and write about a time you saw a rainbow.  Please email me your completed work. Dont forget first and last name, grade, and room number.

    As an extention, (optional) you can complete the online drawing activity (shape and rainbow).   

    * Are you using a notebook to keep all your work in during our learning at home?

    * Weather Journals - are you still keeping track of the weather? 

    * Night sky journals - did you notice anything that changes/stays the same in the night sky?



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  • Week of 5/4 Lesson - How old is the Earth? How can we re-purpose plastics?

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 5/3/2020 5:00:00 PM

    This week's lesson is an extention of Earth day.  There are two parts.

    Start by watching the video "How old is the Earth?" (5 minutes)

    Answer these two questions:

    1. How old is the Earth?

    2. What did this lesson make you curious about?  What other questions do you have about the Earth? (come up with at least 3 questions.


    After watching the part about how old the earth is, watch the second part about how to re-purpose plastic.  As you watch the video, take notes about how you can re-purpose plastics (there are 5 ways). 

    Activity: After watching the video about how to re-purpose plastics, answer the question, what idea did you think was the most interesting and why?

    Now it's your turn!  Create a new way to re-purpose plastic using bottles, straws, bags - anything made of plastic!  You can use an idea from the video, make a boat, a mini house, art project, sculpture, etc - or come up with your own idea!  Be creative and have fun!

    Please submit your work to rfabionar@pittsburg.k12.ca.us - include name, room number, and let me know if I can share.

    Please let me know if I can share your work.  I look forward to seeing what you all come up with!

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  • Week of 4/27 Lesson - In celebration of Earth Day (4/22)

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 4/26/2020 5:00:00 PM

    This week we are going to celebrate the Earth.  Last Wednesday (4/22) was Earth Day.  We are going to celebrate the Earth this week and think of ways we can help and protect our planet.

    Start by reading and watching the videos on this article all about ways to celebrate the Earth.

    There are 5 things you can do to celebrate Earth Day and take action to protect our planet

    *Plant a tree

    *Take a walk in Nature

    *Learn how to recycle

    *Learn about plastics in the oceans

    *Go campling



    Actvity: Now that you have learned about ways to celebrate the Earth, let's take action!

    1. Write down ways you are going to celebrate and protect the Earth. Write about what you did this week to celebrate the Earth.  Can you think of other ways to help our planet?

    2. Create a Take Action Earth Day Poster all about how to protect and celebrate the Earth.  

    Please submit your work to my email address: rfabionar@pittsburg.k12/ca/us 

    Make sure to include your name, grade, room number.

    Enjoy the beautiful weather and get outside and enjoy nature.  











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  • Week of 4/20 Lesson - The Night Sky

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 4/20/2020

    Complete the lesson in Scholastic - Day 8 Earth Science Stars


    Read the two stories, watch the video, and complete the activity.

    Focus Question: What is in the Night Sky?

    As an extention to the activity, how does the night sky change over time?  Observe the night sky over the next week.  How does the night sky change? How does it stay the same?  Observations should include a written response and pictures, along with the date.  

    Please submit your work to my email, I would love to see your work!  You can scan or take a picture of your work.  When you submit your work, please include your first and last name with your room number so I can give your credit.   



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  • 1st and 2nd Grade Week of April 6th

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 4/6/2020

    Complete the Weather Lesson in Scholastic, under week 1, Day 2.

    There are two stories, a video, and other online activities to complete all abour weather you can explore.

    After you have completed the online lessons, go outside and answer the focus question "What is the weather today?"  Draw and write your observations.  What do you see?  Feel? 

    Make a prediction of the weather tomorrow. Create a daily weather log of observations to track the weather the next couple weeks.  

    If you have a notebook at home, create a new science notebook like we have done in class to keep all your science learning and observations together.

    I would love to see your work!  Please take a picture or scan in one of your weather observations and email it to me at rfabionar@pittsburg.k12.ca.us

    I miss you all and hope everyone is doing well.

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