Mrs. Nixon's Class

Fifth Grade Learning Explorations

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Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!


I am so excited to have your child in my class this year. Please refer to this blog for updates and published projects from our class. Parents please complete the student information form HERE.

Please be sure to include an email address because that will be how I communicate with you weekly. I know this is going to be a great year!

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Discovery Probe: Multiplying and Dividing Decimals


Here is the probe for your homework this week, but can also be used to help study for your test! Do your best!!! Fractions

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Discovery Probe on Tested Grammar Skills


Here is the link to the Discovery Assessment for homework this week:Grammar
Do your best, these are T-CAP skills!

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Science Test Review


Be sure to know the following things before the Science test next week:

-What are geological features on the Earth’s surface?
-The layers of the atmosphere and their location. What part of the atmosphere does all weather occur?
-Layers of the Earth
-What is a fault? What are the different types of plate boundaries?
-How earthquakes and tsunamis occur? How volcanoes and islands are formed? How mountains are formed?
-The device used to detect and measure earthquakes.
-The climate on the leeward and windward sides of a mountain.
-Be able to explain sea breeze and land breeze.
-A comparison between the climate of coastal areas and inland areas at the same latitude.
-What is air pressure?
-How do currents affect climate? What is El Nino and how does it affect climate?

Hope this helps!!!

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Plate Tectonics Webquest


Use the website links provided, and answer the the following questions. Each group of questions has a recommended website link to search for the answers. Once you have found an answer, record that answer in your journal using complete sentences.
1. What evidence did Alfred Wegener use to support his theory of continental drift? Alfred Wegener supported his theory of continental drift with the following evidence:
2. Why do you think people didn’t believe continental drift theory when Wegener first explained it? People didn’t believe his theory of continental drift at first because…
3. Who were the two scientist that brought forth supporting evidence to Wegener’s theory, and what was their evidence?
(Recommended link for questions 1-3) Alfred Wegener
(cool animation) Continental Drift
4. What are the three different types of plate boundaries, describe each type?
5. Give an example of a location on Earth where each type of plate boundary is present.
6. What are the three different types of convergent plate boundaries?
7. Give an example of a location on Earth where each type of convergent plate boundaries occur.
8. Explain what plate tectonics and ocean trenches have in common?
(Recommended link for questions 4-8) Plate boundaries
9. How old are the rocks off the east coast of North America relative to the rocks right along the Mid Atlantic Ridge, why do you think this is the case?
(Recommended link for question 9) Sea-floor spreading
10. What is a convection current or cell, describe how it works (use a picture if you want)?
11. What are the two main sources of heat inside the Earth?
(Recommended link for questions 10-11) Convection
12. What types of mountains are formed through tectonic movement? Describe each type. Mountain building
13. What are horsts and grabens, and where can they be found? Horsts and Grabens
14. What are two bad things that can happen as a result of plate tectonics, how did plate tectonics cause these events?
15. What are three good things that plate tectonics provide for humans, how do plate tectonics provide these things?
(Recommended link for questions 14-15) Humans and Plate Tectonics
How will knowing about plate tectonics help you to understand the world around you?
(at least one paragraph)

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JABiztown 2013-2014


Biztown 2013!! on PhotoPeach

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T-CAP Writing Practice Tests


Complete the first prompt under 5th grade writing assessment practice tests on this website: this week. We will continue to complete these tests to practice taking an assessment on the computer and for exposure to the types of prompts that will be given on the test this year.

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It’s the Fever!


As we read both Fever 1793 and An American Plague, we will be completing several activities surrounding the text and the epidemic itself. I would like for you to log in to and complete the reading activity assigned Epidemic. This will help us to better understand how infectious diseases are spread and precautions we can take against them. Based on the historical fiction Fever 1793 what do you believe were some causes of the mass spread of this illness? What would you have done if you lived in Philadelphia at that time?

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