Science Benchmark April 12, 2011

April 4th, 2011

3rd Nine Weeks Science Benchmark

Information obtained from

  • 5.1 Scientific Method/Investigations

The student will plan and conduct investigations in which

a)      rocks, minerals, and organisms are identified using a classification key;

b)      estimations of length, mass, and volume are made;

c)      appropriate instruments are selected and used for making quantitative observations of length, mass, volume, and elapsed time;

d)      accurate measurements are made using basic tools (thermometer, meter stick, balance, graduated cylinder);

e)      data are collected, recorded, and reported using the appropriate graphical representation (graphs, charts, diagrams);

f)       predictions are made using patterns, and simple graphical data are extrapolated;

g)      manipulated and responding variables are identified; and

an understanding of the nature of science is developed and reinforced

  • 5.5 Five Kingdoms of Living Things-vertebrates/invertebrates, vascular/nonvascular plants

The student will investigate and understand that organisms are made of cells and have distinguishing characteristics. Key concepts include

a)      basic cell structures and functions;

b)      kingdoms of living things;

c)      vascular and nonvascular plants; and

d)      vertebrates and invertebrates.


  • 4.4 Plants

The student will investigate and understand basic plant anatomy and life processes. Key concepts include

a)      the structures of typical plants (leaves, stems, roots, and flowers);

b)      processes and structures involved with reproduction (pollination, stamen, pistil, sepal, embryo, spore, and seed);

c)      photosynthesis (sunlight, chlorophyll, water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, and sugar); and

d)      dormancy.


  • 4.5 Living Systems

The student will investigate and understand how plants and animals in an ecosystem interact with one another and the nonliving environment. Key concepts include

a)      behavioral and structural adaptations;

b)      organization of communities;

c)      flow of energy through food webs;

d)      habitats and niches;

e)      life cycles

Testing Dates

March 28th, 2011

March 29, 2011 Reading Benchmark-covering prefixes/suffixes only

April 5-7, 2011 Math Benchmark

April 12, 2011 Science Benchmark

April 26, 2011 Reading Released Test (SOL released test we will take as a practice SOL-type of test and will grade)

Math Benchmark Coming SOON!!!

March 21st, 2011

In preparation for our Math Benchmark that will be taking place the first week of March I will be posting the objectives that you will see on the test! Study using your math notebook and any review that you do in class.

  • 5.7 Order of Operations/Adding & Subtracting Fractions
  • 5.6 Division of Decimals
  • 5.5 Division
  • 5.11a, b Length, Weight, and Mass
  • 5.3 Solve & Estimate Word Problems/Prime & Composite/Even & Odd
  • 5.8/5.11d Area & Perimeter
  • 5.2 Ordering Decimals & Fractions
  • 5.12 Elapsed Time
  • 5.18 Graphs & Stem/Leaf Plots
  • 5.20 Patterns

Snow Make-up Day

February 17th, 2011

We will be making up our most recent snow day on April 8, 2011. This was previously scheduled to be a teacher work day, but will now be a full day for all students!

Monday, February 21, 2011

February 17th, 2011
Reminder that there will be no school on Monday, February 21, 2011 in observance of President’s Day!

Homework January 31-February 4, 2011

January 31st, 2011

**All homework subject to change….due to life! ♥


  • Reading: Revolutionary War on Wednesday-read chapters 1-2 after doing vocabulary and answer questions following the reading.
  • Math-Graphs Good Enough to Eat WS   &   10 A-Math problems
  • Spelling-write spelling sort into notebook and give explanation using complete sentences.
  • Science-Review for Science benchmark, which is Thursday afternoon. Cells & Matter
  • History- Review packet for benchmark due Thursday morning. Benchmark Friday afternoon covering US1.5 colonies, US1. Rev. War, and US2-4 Review
  • AR read 30 minutes


  • Reading- Revolutionary War on Wednesday ch 3-4 vocab and questions.   Exciting Exact Nouns sheet.
  • Math-Movie Madness (Part 1).   10 A-Math problems.
  • Spelling- Write new/correct sort into notebook with explanation from Mrs. Kirk.
  • Science-STUDY for benchmark. Study review guide due Wednesday.
  • History-review packet and STUDY
  • AR Read 30 min


  • Reading-Revolutionary War on Wednesday ch 5-6 questions and vocabulary.
  • Math- Hold on to Your Hats sheet.   10 A-Math problems.
  • Spelling- write sentences using 15 of your spelling words. Due Friday.
  • Science-review packet and STUDY! Test is TOMORROW!
  • History-review packet and STUDY
  • AR Read


  • Reading-Revolutionary War on Wednesday chapters 7-8 questions and vocabulary. Replace Overused Verbs sheet.
  • Math-A-Math Exercise for a grade.    10 A-Math problems on other work.
  • History-Study for benchmark tomorrow!
  • AR Read


  • Reading-Revolutionary War on Wednesday ch 9-10 questions and vocabulary. Vocabulary quiz Tuesday.
  • Spelling-final sort
  • Math- A-Math
  • AR Read

Upcoming Test Dates

January 13th, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011-2nd Nine Weeks Math Benchmark Test

CONTENT FOR BENCHMARK: SOL’s 5.5/5.6 Division (long and decimals), 5.3 word problems, 5.8/5.11d area & perimeter of squares, rectangles, & triangles, 5.11ab length/weight/mass, 5.10 area& perimeter application, 5.13/5.14 classifying angles & triangles, 5.15 2-dimensional & 3-dimensional shapes.

Thursday, February 3, 2011- Science Benchmark Test

Friday, February 4, 2011- History Benchmark Test

Tuesday, February 8, 2011-Mock Writing Test-Multiple Choice Portion

Wednesday, February 9, 2011-Mock Writing Test-Writing Prompt Portion


June 21st, 2010

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