Animal Classification QUIZ moved to Monday!

Here are a few helpful tools for your child to study their animal groups. Remember, vertebrates have backbones and invertebrates do not. The most difficult group for the students have been invertebrates (arthropods and mollusks). Students were allowed to take home their science notebooks.

Students can watch brainpop (userid:schiffes password:brainpop) to help them as well.


Penguin Webcam Link

Yesterday in science we discussed Animal Adaptations. During this discussion we discovered that Penguins are actually birds that can swim.

I was able to show the students a live webcam of penguins that live at Sea World San Diego and they found it very interesting!

Here’s the link for you to view at home.


Science Cumulative Test Review

Today in class we went over the review for tomorrow’s science exam. These are answers that I typed into the review (very quickly might I add so please don’t judge my grammar) with the input of the students.

I figured that some parents might be looking for a little help with some of the answers.

Science 1st 9 weeks Cumulative Test Review


Ecosystem Groups of living things in an environment we live in.

Population A group of the same species living in the same place at the same time.

Experiment When you test something.

Data The information that you found during an experiment.

Fact Something that is true.

Ruler To find out the size or amount of an object.

Observations To use your 5 senses to learn about an object or event.

Hypothesis An educated guess.

Results The solution at end of an experiment, the answer to your hypothesis.

Independent Variable part of the experiment that you change.

Control Variable part of the experiment that does not change.

Responding Variable The part of the experiment that you are testing, the part that changes after the experiment results.

Manipulated Variable (independent variable) part of the experiment that you change.

Closed System A system without inputs and outputs.

Open System A system that gets light and water, lets things out and lets things in, has inputs and outputs.

Food Chain A series of consumers eating other living things.

Short Answer and Fill in the Blank

If the bottom part of the food chain is removed, what will happen to the remainder of the organisms in that chain? They will die.

In a picture of a food chain what do the arrows mean?

The arrows mean that there is a transfer of energy!

The energy that all organisms need to survive comes from the SUN, which helps plants grow.

Trees provide us with OXYGEN which humans breathe and need to live.

In a system, ENERGY flows through it and is transferred when the sun shines on plants and animals consume them or when animals consume each other.

If you roll a marble down a ruler, the HEIGHT of the end of the ruler that you start the marble from will affect the distance the marble travels.

Animal Project Letter

The research must include the following:
A.)  Interesting Facts- Write about the distinguishing features or interesting facts about your animal.
B.)   Habitat- Describe the habitat the animal lives in.
C.)   Food-Describe what food is available to your animal in their habitat and how they get their food.
D.)  Adaptation-Describe different ways your animal has adapted its body or lifestyle to survive in its habitat (Ex: camouflage). Describe whether it is learned or inherited as discuss in the science text and in class.
Second, students will choose from one of the following visual aids to teach us about his/her animal: 
Picture Book
  • Create a short picture book, including illustrations, about your animal. The purpose of your book is to encourage younger students to learn about your animal. Remember to include an eye-catching cover. This must be neat and creative. (If you turn this in a week before it is due, I will get it bound together for you.)
Animal Planet Reporter
  • Pretend you are a reporter from Animal Planet presenting a segment on your animal. Write a short script to help you decide what you will report on. Then, video tape your newscast and bring to share with the class.
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation to outline the information in your report. Make your presentation exciting by adding pictures, animation, and a cool background. (We will be visiting the computer lab some time in the next few weeks to learn how to work with PowerPoint.)
The research outline is due on October 7. The finished visual aid is due on Friday, October 21. Students will present it to the class.