• 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 - Black Holes and Science Fair Project

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


     5/11 Lesson - BLACK HOLES


    There are two parts to this week's lesson.


    Watch the video on blackholes and answer the 2 questions and create a picture of a black hole.

    1. What is a black hole?  

    include a drawing in your explanation

    2. What other questions do you have about black holse?

    (think of at least 3).


    PART 2 - BONUS 

    Watch the bonus video on Doug's top 5 favorite space photos and answer the 2 questions.

    1. What were the top 5 favorite space photos?

    2. Which photo was your favorite?  Why?  Include a drawing.

    PLease email me your completed lesson, include name and room number, and week 5/11 lesson in the email heading.  


    SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS ARE DUE FRIDAY, MAY 15th.  Please turn in your project planner and photos of your project board. 

    What to turn in: 

    * photo of your complete display board (horizontal) 

    * project planner

    permission to share your work or any photos of you.  I will be creating a slideshow of all the projects

    * OPTIONAL: you can include additional photos (horizontal view is best), photos of yourself during the project, or any videos


    Example of what your display board should look like in the horizontal view.

    example of horizontal photo



    How to turn in your project:

    * email projects to rfabionar@pittsburg.k12.ca.us

    * in the email heading include first and last name and room number (VERY IMPORTANT) 


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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

    Please make sure you continue to work on your science fair project.  It is due next Friday, May 15th.

    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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  • Optional Zoom Check in Thursday 4/23

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 4/20/2020

    I am setting up two OPTIONAL zoommeetings for students who have questions about the science fair. Ihave created a time for C1 and C4 together on Thursday 4/23 at11:00 and C3 and C5 together on Thursday 4/23 at 12:00. Here isthe meeting information:

    Meeting 1: Science Fair C1 and C4
    Time: Apr 23, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 967 7525 9455
    Password: 8h6U2U

    Meeting 2: Science Fair C3 and C5
    Time: Apr 23, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 911 0470 7102
    Password: 3fV9gp

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  • Week of 4/20 Lesson - Science Fair update

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 4/20/2020

    Your assignment of the week is to email me the status of your science fair project.  I want you to give me a reflection about your science fair project. 

    Answer the following questions to guide your reflection:

    Where are you in the process?  Describe what you have done so far.  

    What are some challenges you are having?

    What have you learned so far?

    Any surprises?

    What research have you done?  List your sources and give me a brief summary of your research.  You should have 3 resources. 

    Any questions you have for me?   

    Anything else you want to add about the science fair project?

    Please email me your reflection by Friday.  I want you to focus this week on your science fair project and reflect on what you have learned so far.  Please include your first and last name, with your room number.  




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  • 5th Grade Week of April 6th

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 4/6/2020

    Please reach out to me this week and give me an update about your science fair project.  See below for more information.

    This week's lessons, I found two short videos from Mystery Science.

    Start  with a prediction, watch the video, then answer the focus question.  I encourage you to have paper and pencil ready and to take notes during the short video.  Both of these lessons you can do on your own.  Both lessons are 30 minutes or less.

    Day 1 Germs - Focus Question:  How do germs get inside our bodies? 

    First predict, how do germs get inside our bodies?  Watch the video:

    Now answer the focus question. 

    Day 2 Hand Sanitzer - Focus Question: How  does hand sanitizer kills germs?

    First, predict, how does hand sanitizer kill germs?

    Watch video  

    Now answer the focus question.

    Now research and find out how you can make your own hand sanitizer at home.

    Please contact me directly with questions and turn in your work to my email 

    rfabionar@pittsburg.k12.ca.us  You can scan or take a picture of your work.  If you have a notebook, I encourage you to create a science notebook to put all of your online learning and science exploration together.

    This will be a great way for us to keep in contact during this time.  I miss you all and hope everyone is well.



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  • Science Fair Project

    Posted by Rachelle Fabionar on 4/6/2020

    You should be continuing your science fair project.  Please check in with me to let me know how your project is going and if you are still able to complete the project that has been approved.  Please email me your status and let me know how you are doing.  If you don't have an approved project, please email me your project ideas and I can work with you.  I encourage you to pick easy materials you have at home.  The science application and project planners. files are on the science fair page. 

    my email is rfabionar@pittsburg.k12.ca.us


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