• Eventually, the ISN will be graded with a rubric. Students are expected to have every entry.  This should be a very easy supplemental grade in power school. As long as the student HAS the entries and attempted them, she/he will get credit.


    Students should have in the ISN:

    • Blue ISN rules
    • Yellow Student Confidentiality Contract
    • Salmon colored Noise Level Scale
    • Green CER  sheet
    • Science Inquiry Notes
    • Growth Mindset Coloring pages (there will be 10 all together at completion)

    #1 9-5-17

    Draw and/or write about a time you faced a challenge while learning something new.  How did you feel? Were you able to succeed? 



     #2 9-6-17

    Draw and/or write about the last time you failed.  Did you learn from it?  Explain.



     #3 9-8-17

    Work together in your group to define




    (Mrs. Colligan's definitions:

    Procedure:  routine/ something you do a certain way

    Expectation: something anticipated or known

    Rule: boundaries- limits to obey for your own good


    #4 Scientist vs. Engineer


    Make a bulleted list under each- what do they do?


    Scientists study the natural world.

    Engineers design, build things to help the scientists.


    Scientific Inquiry






    Make a claim:  What is this creature?  I am observing a _______________________

    Collect evidence:  Be careful to not make additional claims. Look at color, size, texture, shape, etc.

    Reasoning: I know this is a _______________________________________ because _______________________________________________.


    #5 9-12-17

    polluted pond


    Draw a model of the following 3 images/ jars


    JAR #1= polluted water

    JAR #2= clean water

    JAR #3= Ask a question

                  Make a claim

                  Gather evidence using senses

                  Reason: It's ___________(CLAIM)_____________________  because_____________(evidence)_____________________________.


    #6 9-18 & 9-19

    Spaghetti tower response.


    What did you learn? Draw and/or write


    What would you like to learn in the future? draw and/or write.


    #7 9-20-17 - Please get a parent/ guardian signature for this right on the ISN page!!

    Hi Families!!

    I’m so excited about our new curriculum!  We’ve adopted National Geographic Exploring Science.  It’s a GREAT series and completely compliant with the Next Generation Science Standards which are now New Jersey Student Learning Standards for science.  The text book is colorful and written simply for students.  We have supplemental reading material called Ladders as well for additional reading support.  You’ll find lots of student performance expectations activities such as investigations and engineering tasks.  I am also really excited to share that you have student access from home through the internet.  The log in information is below.  Each student is expected to have this in his/her assignment book as well. 

    Go to: www.myngconnect.com

    Log In:

    Username: Science5th

    Password: password 

    Thank you for your continued support!


    Mrs. Colligan, Mrs. Alcavage, & Mr. Murray

    5th Grade Science Teacher

    Hurffville Elementary School


    # 8  9-22-17 

    Each student was given a piece of paper and instructed to tear the paper into tiny pieces.

    Claim:  It is a _________________________________.

    Evidence: List your observations before and after tearing

    REASONING: I know it is  _________________________ because.  Whe we tear the paper, it is still paper (the same matter) and has the same mass even though it looks different.

    WRAP IT UP! (Pink sheet in ISN)

    #9 9-25-17

    Reading View. Press Alt Shift A for accessibility help.

    Wrap It Up!  Page 7      Entry #______

    1. LIST: What are three physical states of matter.

    2. Classify: Find examples of solids, liquids, and gases in your classroom.  Explain how you classified each of the objects as a solid, liquid, or gas. (one of each is fine)

    3. APPLY: Is honey a solid, liquid, or gas? How do you know?


    We also did "Science in a Snap" on page 7. 


    #10 9-26 & 9-26

    Investigation from page 9 in text. If students are absent they can access from the online version of the text.

    Write a claim.

    List evidence in the given table in ISN

    Write a conclusion

    Wrapt It Up! page 9 in ISN (green half sheet in ISN)


    Wrap It Up! Page 9 Entry #10

    1. Describe: What did you observe on the paper after the water evaporated?
    2. Explain: How do your results provide evidence that matter is made of particles too small to see?

    ***The ISN check was up to this point. There were 26 items students had to have.  I was relatively lenient this time as far as headings, numbers, and dates.  Next time, points will be deducted for not having dates.  If students did not complete an entry, they did not get credit otherwise.  The next check will begin at entry 11. 

    #11 9-27 due on 10-3

    PURPLE directions for published investigation

    Publish Investigation Directions


    #12 9-29

    Rubric is in the ISN on SALMON paper for student planning and building

    GRADING rubric is on PINK paper in ISN for teacher grading

    There are two questions as well.  

    1. How can you build a model to show that matter is made of particles too small to be seen?

    2. How can you collect and record your data?

    Build a model to show that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.  This is done in teams.

    Students also must have their tally chart/ table from presenting to other students.


    Tally Table

    #13 10/2/17

    GREEN paper on using Evidence and Elaboration STEMS and identifying THEME in a passage about Michael Jordan.

    THEME: Perseverance

    *I cannot upload this paper.  Students need to obtain it from me; there are extras in class.

    #14 Properties of matter

    WRAP it UP! page 13

    1. LIST: Name six physical properties that can be used to identify matter.

    2. APPLY: Choose an object in your surroundings.  Describe its phyiscial properties.

    #15 Science in a snap! Page 15

    Students should have drawn a chart like this in the ISN:

    6 physical properties

    If he/she was absent, any 6 items comparable will work. ;)




    LIST the materials from SOFTEST to HARDEST in your ISN

    Wrap It UP! 

    Wrap It Up!  Page 15  Date:   10-10-17             Entry #________

    1. Explain: How can the property of hardness be tested?  Explain how the test works.


          2. Apply: Your fingernail is harder than chalk. Would chalk scratch your fingernail, or would your fingernail scratch chalk. 


    1. In your ISN, draw the tools you used for today’s Science in a Snap!

     10-11-17 #16

    Students were given a table to put in their ISN.  If they were absent the must get it from me as I do not have a digital copy.  

    They will carry out the HARDNESS INVESTIGATION on page 16-17 of the text.  If they are absent they may borrow a kit. 

    Box #____

    CLAIM: What are you testing? What is it you will prove. 

    EVIDENCE: Fill in the data table

    LIST MATERIALS: you may bullet, number, letter or separate with commas.

    REASONING: What did you learn?  Use the following STEMS.

    Science Evidence Stems

    1. In the data table it shows…
    2. The evidence shows…
    3. According to the data…
    4. Based on my investigation, I know that…
    5. Based on what I observed…
    6. For example…
    7. The data/ evidence suggests…
    8. One example from my investigation is…
    9. The evidence/ data shows…
    10. Column… in the data table states…
    11. Based on the information in the investigation…


    Elaboration Stems

    A.This means that…

    B.This shows that…

    C.This is important because…

    D.This supports what I mentioned earlier because…

    E.This evidence indicates…

    F. Therefore we can see...

    G. This provides evidence to support…

    H. This corroborates (supports) my claim…

    I. This supports my claim because…

    J. This is relevant since…

    Students will put this into their ISNs Evidence & Elaboration stems

    If students work well, they will be able to test 5 more minerals. 


    What is a mineral?  

    A mineral is an inorganic naturally occuring solid.  That means it is NOT manmade, had NEVER been living- has not had organs and is not liquid or gas.

    #17 10-16-17

    Wrap It Up!  Page 19   Date:          Entry #

    Identify:  Give an example of an item that is magnetic. What type of metal does it likely contain? (RESTATE the question in your answer and you may use your evidence and elaboration stems.)


    Explain: How can the property of magnetism be tested? (RESTATE and use your stems)

    #18    10-18-17

    Wrap It Up! Page 21                        Date:                     Entry #

    Make sure you restate your question and use your evidence and elaboration stems when answering.

    1. Contrast: What is the DIFFERENCE between an electrical conductor and an electrical insulator?


    1. Recall: From what you’ve learned, what are two different properties of iron?


    1. Apply: Explain why electrical gloves are made of rubber.

    #19   10-19-17 & 10-20-17

    This will be in conjunction with the investigation on page 22-23. Use the evidence and elaboration stems and always restate when answering.

    Wrap it Up!         Page 23                Date:                     Entry #___


    Explain:  Did your results support your predictions? Explain?


    Classify: Identify each material as an electrical conductor or electrical insulator.

    Electrical Conductor

    Electrical Insulator



     Published Investigation: Flip Grid!!!  Students have directions in their ISNs

    Each class has their own Grid.

    We had fun practicing : practice grid for everyone

    Colligan/ alcavage

    Tiger/ Murray




    Entry #20 Pages 24-25

    Science in a Snap

    Materials:  Plastic spoon, metal spoon, foam cup, warm water

    Claim: Make a prediction. Write a sentence:

    The _______________________________________ spoon will be the better thermal conductor.


    Which sense are you using today? ______________________________________________________

    Record your findings:

    Plastic Spoon

     Metal Spoon



    Wrap It Up!                                                        Page 25                                                Entry # 20


    1. CONTRAST: What is the difference between a thermal conductor and a thermal insulator?

    Thermal Conductor

    Thermal Insulator




    1. CLASSIFY: Identify the following materials as thermal conductors or thermal insulators.
    • a wooden spoon, an iron frying pan, a plastic spatula, a steel fork

    Thermal Conductors

    Thermal Insulators




    1. Explain why ceramic cups for drinks such as coffee, tea, or cocoa usually have handles.

    #21 10-26-17

    Reading View. Press Alt Shift A for accessibility help.

    Wrap It Up!   Page 27      Entry #

    1. Predict:   Did your results support your predictions/ Claim?




    2. Classify:  Identify each material used in this investigation as soluble or insoluble.

    Soluble Insoluble









    Entry #22  11/1

    Wrap It Up!      Page 29              Date:                  entry #

    *Get used to restating the question! Use Evidence and Elaboration Stems whenever possible!

    1. Identify: Boiling and melting points are properties of matter. What are the boiling and melting points of water?
    1. Cause and Effect: How does boiling affect water's state of matter?  EXPLAIN the cause and effect.


    Entry #23 11/2/17

    Wrap It Up!        Page 31                Date:                     Entry #

    REMEMBER to use complete sentences and RESTATE; Use evidence and elaboration stems whenever possible or necessary.

    1. Define: What is condensation?


    1. Explain: How can a window that is not wet become covered with frost?



    1. Summarize: Make a diagram to show water’s three states of matter and its change from one to another. Include the labels: ice, water, water vapor, condensation, melting, freezing

    *You may use the NEXT page in your ISN to draw this and use FULL color! 

    This short video can help! : NOAA water cycle

    states of water

    #24 Observe the container on the table

    #25 CHanging STATES of WATER investigation (finishing on 11/21)

    *STUDENTS have a data table and WRAP IT UP in his/her ISN

    Wrap It Up!                        Page 33                                Date                                      Entry #


    1. Predict: Did your results support your predictions? EXPLAIN


    1. Compare AND Contrast: Which properties of water stayed the same after cooling? Which properties changed?

    Properties that stayed the same

    Properties that changed




    1. Infer: Explain the differences in the bags after step 4.



    1. Draw Conclusions: How do your findings demonstrate the conservation of matter?

    ENTRY #26- BILL NYE vocab cards and Safari Montage Quiz

    #27 11-7-17

    Wrap It Up!                       Page 35                                Entry #                                  Date:

    Remember to RESTATE the question in your answer UNLESS there’s a chart. THEN you can bullet.

    1. Compare: How did the mass of the materials before the baking soda and water were mixed compare to the mass of the materials after they were mixed?




    1. Analyze: Why was the empty bag added to the balance in step 4?



    1. DRAW CONCLUSIONS (REASONING) How do your findings demonstrate the conservation of matter?

     #28- Think like a scientist:Provide Evidence fom TEXT.  See edModo


    Wrap It Up!                        Page 39                Date:                     Entry # 29

    1. Restate: What is a chemical reaction?

    A chemical reaction is ________________________________________________________________



    1. Compare & Contrast: How is a chemical change different from a physical change? How is it the same?

    Chemical change              Physical change






    *** Students have a Venn Diagram in their ISNs

    Entry #30 = Bill Nye DIY science

    Entry #31 11-22-17

    Wrap It Up!              Page 41                     Entry #_____                  Date:

    REMEMBER!! Always answer in complete sentences and use evidence and elaboration stems as often as you can unless you are asked to “LIST” or “BULLET”.

    1. Identify: LIST five signs a chemical reaction has occurred.



    1. APPLY: Identify some chemical reactions that you observe regularly at home. (some means more than 1 and you should have multiple sentences)



    Entry #32

    Wrap It Up!            Page 43            Entry #              Date

    • Describe: What did you observe when you added the tablet to the water?


    • INFER: What evidence shows that a new substance formed?