To Group or Not to Group? Animal Survival

How do organisms interact with each other and their environment to survive?

Today we learned that being part of a group can help animals survive by finding food, shelter, water, defending themselves from predators, reproducing and caring for offspring. We read informational texts on ants, ducks, fish, cheetahs, and beavers to understand cause and effect based on how an animal behaves to survive.

Our class took notes after reading each text and we noticed patterns with these animal behaviors.  Now, students will sort the animal groups and categorize them by: shelter, food/water, defense, reproduction, and care of offspring.

Complete the padlet below and sort each animal group.

  • give evidence to why you chose to sort it the way you did
  • Use correct spelling and punctuation
  • Write in complete sentences

Sort Animal Groups

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Here’s the video we watched in class to show different animal group behaviors. Have fun watching it again!

Youtube video on animals


In our science Unit 2, you are learning about relationships in past and present ecosystems. In class we have been analyzing data to interpret the environments in which organisms have lived long ago, and we are exploring the relationships between habitats and the organisms that live in them today.

Our BIG IDEA is: How do organisms interact with each other and their environment to survive?

In addition the past few lessons we have been learning about geologic timelines and fossils. Please read the article below Earth’s Systems:Geologic Time.

A padlet is provided below for you to record something new that you learned from this article.

Earth’s Systems:Geologic Time Article

Padlet on article

After you have read and completed the padlet, you can rewatch the videos below to support your thinking and understanding from class. Enjoy!

Brainpop video on Fossils

Video showing different time eras

Animals Through Time Video  

(The above video may not work at home)


Elections and Voting

Voting is the most important way American citizens participate in politics. Citizens can vote for candidates in national and state elections. On the national level, they can vote for the president and members of Congress. On the state and local level, they can vote for the governor, state representatives, state senators, and people like the mayor and city council. Different candidates have different beliefs. People usually vote for the candidate whose beliefs are closest to their own. Most people want a candidate who will represent them and their beliefs in office. (Readworks “American Government – Get Out the Vote“)

Watch the video below and write three things you learned about voting in our country.

  • Remember to include your name
  • Use correct punctuation and spelling

TrueFlix Video

Padlet on Voting and Elections


Stone Fox and the Author’s Purpose

We just finished reading Stone Fox and we learned a lot about Little Willy and his relationship with his grandfather.  We stopped and discussed many lessons throughout the book to see what John Reynolds Gardiner did as an author. We recently discussed how author’s put certain things in their stories for a reason,  the author’s purpose.

  • How did you feel about the ending of Stone Fox?
  • Why do you think the author chose to end the book this way?

Once you write your reason(s), please give evidence from the text to support your answer and your thinking.

  • You can post your thoughts on the padlet link below.
  • Please include your first name, so we know who wrote each response.
  • As always, please look at your spelling and punctuation before completing your post.

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Padlet for Stone Fox



We have been learning about balanced versus unbalanced forces. Today we learned about friction. We learned through our investigations that friction is a force that affects the motion of objects.

Click on the video link below from Brainpop to learn more about forces. When you finish, click on the padlet and write something you learned from the video. Please put your initials and use correct spelling and punctuation.



padlet on forces

Plant Blog Post #3

Third Blog Post

For your third blog post please tell me about the progress of your plant(s). Please answer in three paragraphs. (No need to go day by day. Just what changed since the last blog post.)

  • Pollination: What did we do? What was the change in your plant after being pollinated?
  • General observations: Describe your plants now. Control and manipulated.
    • Height
    • Color
    • Stem
    • Leaves
    • Buds
    • Flowers
    • Pods
  • What do you think will happen next? Predictions for your plants. What will this week look like for your plants?
  • Include the pictures of your plant(s) in the “Blog #3”  Folder found in your shared with me section of Google Drive.





This week we pollinated our plants and we are on the look out for seed pods! Watch the video below to learn more about the reproductive parts of a flower and the process of pollination.

Then, record your ideas about pollination, pollinators and flower parts on the padlet. Remember to add any pictures that will add to your information . (For ex parts of a flower or pollinators).



Pollination Padlet



Geoboard Activities

It is important to understand shapes in different categories and understand that shapes may share attributes.

Create the following shapes on the Geoboard link below from your  math hand-out. You should include the following shapes:

  • Triangle
  • square
  • rectangle
  • parallelogram
  • rhombus
  • a quadrilateral with 0 right angles
  • a quadrilateral with 1 right angle
  • a quadrilateral with 2 right angles
  • trapezoid

Have Fun!