5th grade science this trimester was literally out of this world! Our fifth grade scientists explored the cosmos, from planets to black holes to even constellations! SJCS science is all about research and discovery integrated with hands-on learning. Our astronomy studies started with the phases of the moon, using oreos to display each phase. We then moved toward the planets, learning their names, order from the sun, and identifiable characteristics. Students built their own solar systems and then individually researched and built a planet of their choosing.
The unfortunate death of scientist Stephen Hawking allowed us the opportunity to honor him through learning about black holes and then creating a bulletin board in his name. Finally, we explored constellations- what they are, how they are used, and where they are visible from the earth. As you can see from the pictures, creativity, enthusiasm, and higher level thinking abounded throughout this unit, where the sky was certainly NOT the limit!
Morah Beth Schustek, 4th and 5th Grade Science Specialist