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5/6 class, Group A, 11/15/13

Today’s reporters are Janelle and Martin. This week in math we learned about multiplying decimals. Some of us think it’s hard and others think it’s medium. We’re also adding and subtracting decimals. Today we’re learning dividing decimals. In Science we’re learning about the death penalty. We’re talking about whether the death penalty is something we should still have. Yesterday in science we were learning
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Girls’ Eye View, 5/6 classes, 11/8/13

Above: Researching on WorldBookOnline.com Today’s reporters are Assata and Diana. On Tuesday librarian Tawnya came into our class with the Chromebook cart. We used them to go to WorldBookOnline.com to research a non-fiction topic. Assata: I researched Marie Antoinette. Diana: I searched El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, and Nicarauga. In Humanities we’ve been writing a non-fiction narrative about one thing from Ancient Greece.
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5/6 classes, 11/1/13

Today’s reporters are Iasiah and Wilson. In math we are working on fractions- converting from mixed fractions (like 7 1/2) to improper fractions (15/2) and back. We’re sort of in the middle of fractions. In science we are learning about heat and pressure. Heat and pressure are important for the rock cycle. We just finished a test about the rock cycle. We got our
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Heat and Ulysses, 5/6 classes 10/25/13

Today’s reporters are John and Lena. On Wednesday we watched a video of Bill Nye the Science Guy. He was teaching us about heat. He explained the difference between radiation, convection, and conduction. They all have to do with heat. We went on a field trip to the Excelsior Science Workshop. Group A went on Thursday and Group B went today (Friday).  We learned more
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What’s Happening in 5/6, week of 10/14/13

This is the first blog for the 5/6 classes this year. Look for a rotating group of reporters, filling you in on what the 5/6 classes are doing. This week’s reporters are Erika and Samantha. This week we’re learning all about fractions. We’re multiplying, dividing, and simplifying fractions. In science, we’re learning about rocks. What’s the rock cycle, how rocks are formed, what they’re
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class, 5/31/13

Above: Reading a story on climate change (Session 2) Last night was Project Open House! We worked on presentations to show our families what we learned during our project on Climate Change. Theo, Hernan, and Matthew did a poster on How to Lower Greenhouse Emissions. Kevin: My project was about the atmosphere. The cotton is the atmosphere.  Greenhouse gases that make up the atmosphere are
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class, 5/17/13

Today’s reporters are David and Franco. Our science project is about pollution. We did pollution card collectors. Franco: Me and my partner decided to put it by cars. We used cards and covered them with petroleum jelly. We stapled them to a tree outside the front gate to collect pollution from the cars coming by. We left it there for 3 days. David: We
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Bike Day at SFC! plus Bike Field Trip!

Last Saturday, May 4th, the 4/5 classes had a Bike Day down on the big yard at school. Our purpose was to prepare for the upcoming field trips to Golden Gate Park. On Thursday May 9th Ms. Sweeney’s class is going, and on Friday May 10th Ms. Zapata’s class is going. We’re going to split into groups: before lunch, one group will go hiking
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class, 5/3/13

Above: Raimon’s Pop Art painting. Today’s reporters are Philip and Raimon. Greenhouse effect experiment: On our experiment we were trying to see how high and how low the temperature would go. We made a foil cover for a glass jar and brought the jars out into the sun. We wanted to see how it would change. The two-minute one the temperature was low and
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class, 4/26/13

Above: Photosynthesis: The roots of a tree draw the water into the tree and goes up the xylem. And then it goes up into the leaves. The leaves help make the sugar. They need sunlight. The water mixes with something and makes the sugar. The sugar passes back down the tree by the phloem. The other important part of photosynthesis is that it gives
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