• 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 Lesson - Mosquitoes

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 5/18/2020

    Watch the video from Mystery Science - What's the best way to get rid of mosquitoes?


    Answer the following questions during the video:

    1. How are mosquitoes dangerous?

    2. What region is were most of the mosquitoes are found?  Why?

    3. Why do mosquitoes need water?

    4. What is the life cycle of a mosquito?

    Activity #1 - Bug Off!

    Engineering problem: Ponville's problem: How can you avoid getting bitten?

    1. Brainstorm ideas before going farther. 

    2. Use the problem solvers worksheet.  You can download, print, or use notebook paper to put your answers. What ever works best for you to gather research.

    3. Review all your ideas.

    4. Now chose 1 Bug Off problem (backyard, picnic area, or playground).  You can either download, print, or use notebook paper to put your solutions. Draw and write about your solutions.

    5. Watch the final video - Will your solution work?  If so why?  If not, what could you do to fix your solution?

    Activity #2

    Create a lifecycle of the mosquito.  Include a drawing of each stage, label each stage, and provide 1 fact about each stage.


    Please email me completed work to rfabionar@pittsburg.k12.ca.us

    Include name, classroom, and lesson title - Mosquitoes





















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  • Week of 5/11 Lesson - Wind

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

    This week you will learn about wind and complete an enginnering problem.

    Mystery Science


    Focus Question: How can you keep a house from blowing away in a windstorm?

    Watch the video first, answer the questions as you watch the video.

    After the video, you will complete the activity.  If you are able to print out the handouts, you can follow the directions and complete the activity as it's posted.  If you can not print out the handouts, I have a way to modify the activity. Tape can be used instead of sticker dots. 

    Modify activity

    If you can't print out the worksheet to write up your answers, just use a notebook paper and put your answers and drawings.  Use the worksheet to guide your invesitgation.

    First, create a paper house using just paper. You can use the activity as a guide, use minimal tape.  Make two houses exactly the same (just like the posted activity).

    When you fan the house, does it blow away?  Now you will test out two different designs to support your house from blowing away.  

    You can use the following items to reinfornce your house (use the video as a guide and modify with what you have at home):


    paper clips


    addditional paper

    popscicle sticks

    Can you think of something else to help you modify the home?

    Now modify and create Design #1.  How did this help?  Can you make it better?  Learn from Design #1 to make Design #2.  Which design was better and why?  Use the worksheet to guide your questions and design process.

    Please submit your work!  I would love to see what designs and modifications you used to create your homes.  This is an engineering project.  Remember we build, test, modify!  

    Please email me your written work along with pictures of your two designs.  I am hoping to share out.  When you submit, please include first and last name, grade, and room number.  Please let me know if I have your permission to share out.

    Enjoy and happy building!




















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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 - Animal Groups and Behaviors

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 4/20/2020

    This week's lesson is all about animal behviors.

    Complete the lesson - Why do dogs wag their tails? in Mystery Science 


    First watch the video  - Why do dogs wag their tails? Answer the questions in the video as you watch.  

    Then complete the activity. Focus question: Why do some animals live in groups?  If you can not print out the field journal from Mystery Science, I have created a document you can use to follow along with.  Use the field journal to put your observations in and answer the questions as you watch the video about meerkats, ravens, snow monkeys and bison.  

    Field Journal

    There are additional activities, readings, and videos under the extention tab.  

    For more information on animal behavior, Check out the mini video -  Why do cats purr?



    Please submit your work to my email.  Include your first and last name, along with your classroom number. 





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  • 3rd Grade Week of April 6th

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 4/6/2020


    There are three parts to this week's lesson from Mystery Science: a video, hands on activity, and reading.  This lesson will build upon the skills we have learned prior about bridges and is an engineering lesson that will use materials you should have in the home.

    First, watch the video and answer the focus question "What makes bridges so strong?"

    After the video, apply what you have learned to create a bridge using paper.  There is an instructional video that will guide you and you are encouraged to try out 3 different designs.  After the activity reflect upon your design and answer "Which bridge design is the strongest?"  Why do you think that is.  Draw your best design.

    After the activity read "Galloping Gertie" and answer the 3 comprehension questions.

    1. Why do they call the bridge the Galloping Gertie?
    2. Why does the bridge collapse?
    3. Will the Golden Bridge collapse like the Galloping Gertie? 

    If you have a notebook, I encourage you to create a science notebook like we have done in class to put all of your online science learning and explorations.  Please scan or take a picture of your completed work to my email at rfabionar@pittsburg.k12.ca.us  This will give us a chance to stay connected during this time.  I miss you all and hope you are doing well.  Please email me any questions you have about the lesson and I would be happy to help you.


    Why or why not?

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