• 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 - Volcanoes

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

    This week's lessons is all about volcanoes from Mystery Science.


    Start by watching the video and answering the focus question.

    Could a volcano pop up where you live?

    For your activity for the week you have two options to chose from.  Pick one (You can do both of course).

    Option 1: If you can print out the worksheets, you can complete the mapping volcanoes activity. You will need to print out both. If you can not print out the worksheets, you must complete option 2.

    Option 2: if you can't print out the worksheets, complete a mini report about your favorite volcano.  Under "Extentions", the activity tab has 3 links for you to read about different volcanoes and write about your favorite.  There are many volcanoes to read about and chose from.

    Your report should answer these 5 questions (you can always add more) and include a picture. 

    • What is the name of your volcano?
    • Where is this volcano?
    • When did it last erupt?
    • What are 5 interesting facts about this volcano?
    • Why did you chose this volcano?

    Please submit your written work to rfabionar@pittsburg.k12.ca.us

    Include your first and last name, grade, and room number please.  Also, indiate if I have permission to share your work.


    Additional extentions.  There are two additional videos on volcanoes I believe you will enjoy.  

    Can you make lava? (4 minutes)


    Could a mountain turn into a volcano (4 minutes)



    There are two additional videos under "Extentions" - Paricutin (4 minutes) and Salton Sea (7 minutes).















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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 - Landslides

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 4/20/2020

    Mystery Science - How could you survive a landslide?


    First watch the video and answer the questions.  Then complete the Slide City activity.  If you don't have stickys, you can brainstorm your ideas on a piece of paper.  After you have completed your brainstorm, pick one of your ideas and design a way to protect your home.  You can download the paper from Mystery Science or you can complete your final design on a notebook paper.  After you have completed your design, present your project to your family.  There are additional extention activities, readings, and videos that I encourage you to explore.  

    Please submit your brainstorming ideas and your final project to my email.  Please include your first and last name with your classroom number.



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  • 4th Grade Week of April 6th

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 4/6/2020

    I found a great interactive video on Energy that ties in nicely with the unit we were doing before we left.

    First, watch the video and answer the focus question. "Where does energy come from"  You should have pencil and paper ready and answer the questions during the interactive video as well as the questions I have provided.

    Questions from the video
    1. What are the difference sources of energy shown in the video?
    2. Why do we need energy?
    3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using coal?
    4. What are "burnables"?  What is the disadvantages of using burnables?
    5. What are some examples of alternative sources of energy?

    After the video there is an activity to go along with what you learned in the video. This may be difficult to complete if you don't have access to printing out worksheets.  This activity is optional.  Instead, create a poster about alternative energy sources.

    Poster Activity:  Continue with the reading and videos (click on the tabs to find additional resources) to learn more about alternative sources of energy and why they are important in the expansion resources.  Create a poster about alternative sources of energy.  The poster should include the different sources of energy and promoting their importance.  There should be pictures illustrating the different sources of energy.  You can use any size paper, including the standard size.  Poster should be colorful.  Please turn completed work into me by taking a picture or scanning  and emailing it to me at rfabionar@pittsburg.k12.ca.us  This is a great way for us to stay connected during this time.  Also, please email me if you have questions about the lesson, I will be happy to help you.  I miss you all and hope everyone is well.

    If you have a notebook, I encourage you to create a science notebook to keep all of our online learning and science exploration together.


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