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Welcome to 5th Grade SCIENCE


Hello there, future SCIENTISTS! I am so thrilled that YOU are reading this, because that probably means we (or me + your precious baby) get to spend the next 9ish months together at school! There is so much “potential energy” to be discovered! I have over 11 years of teaching experience with the government and I am super excited to start my second public-school year here at COCISD, where we are Creating Opportunities! What a privilege it is to have YOU (or that adorable child of yours) as my student!! WOW!

I am a Texas Native and have been married to my handsome prince charming for 11 years.  We decided to make Coldspring our HOME 3 years ago!  Not only am I a wife, but I am a momma to some fascinating cuties, and get this: I am a BONUS MOM too!!! SCORE!!! I graduated from Sam Houston State University (Eat 'Em Up Kats) in 2003. 

I have a strong passion for educating, leading, motivating and inspiring any beautiful mind out there! I am a certified aerobics instructor/personal trainer, degreed nutritionist, photographer (say cheeseburger) and most importantly: a SCIENCE TEACHER.

I enjoy all things sparkly, vintage, hand-made, Italian, books of inspiration, farm life, camping, nature, flowers, swimming, decorating, organizing, shopping, pedicures, “redbox’n” with my family, volunteering at my church, baseball, public speaking… plus a gazillion more fun things.  

I am extremely HONORED to be a TROJAN and to SERVE YOU this school year!!!  I can’t wait to see you (or that excitingly sweet-hearted person you claim) in the classroom! Let the most scientific fun you can ever imagine begin,

Mrs. Coker

Please visit the 5th grade Level Team Page under "Academics" on the CIS website.
MAKE SURE TO SIGN UP FOR 5th grade Science "REMIND"!!! Please use this link: 5th Grade Science Class REMIND
October 15th
CFA's went home with students today! Please make sure to look over it with them to show them how to break those questions down.  We practice this EVERY day as a warm up! Don't forget Open House is tomorrow from 5-6:30pm. We start circuits today! We are still using FORMS OF ENERGY vocabulary this six weeks! Great opportunity to go over those circuit related words! Other reminders: BOOK FAIR THIS WEEK 10/15-19 and... 

Red Ribbon Week Oct. 22 - 26

Red Ribbon Week is a drug abuse awareness program in honor of fallen US Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique "KiKi" Camarena, who was killed for his work against illegal drugs. Dress-up themes are celebrated to encourage students to say no to the use of illegal drugs throughout their lives.
Theme Days:
Monday - "Sock-it to Drugs" - Wear crazy socks
Tuesday - "I'm Too Bright for Drugs" - Wear bright-colored clothing
Wednesday - "It's Cool to be Drug-Free" - Wear sunglasses
Thursday - "Don't Get Stuck on Drugs" - Wear band-aides
Friday - "Team Up Against Drugs" - Support our Trojans by wearing red, black or white
October 11th,
Taking our first CFA test (district made test) today! Testing strategies went out yesterday! Please keep these in binders for immediate review techniques all year! Talk with your children on how to break down questions down, circle-underline-highlight very important parts of questions (ie: NOT, most likely, etc).  Check out this link for great STAAR review questions: STAAR TESTS GIVEN and ANSWER KEYS We will start discovering circuits next week.  I have attached links to those sites as well in a previous post below!! :) 
Circuits are very tricky for most students to comprehend, so any and all help at home would be SO AMAZING! :)  Make it a fun time with your child! They will love you even more!!! (So will I- wink wink)! Try some of these at home activities if you would like PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED WHILE USING ELECTRICITY/CIRCUIT EXPERIMENTS, USE CAUTION-AT OWN RISKWhat if there were no electricity?  parallel and series circuits chart  Circuit Chart  Glowing Pickle Experiment  Series Circuit Project
Thank you all who work with your children on their vocabulary words, ask about their learning, involve them in learning at home and for the motivation you provide for your child! YOU ARE AMAZING! Keep it up! Making the best team ever! Success is being delivered!! I can SEE it in your child! What a beautiful thing to watch their face light up when they deliver those deep thought answers to higher thinking questions being asked in class! Literally, ear to ear grins showing every tooth in their mouth, squeals-air jumps and a ton of celebration dances going on ;) PARENTS/GUARDIANS,YOU ROCK! 
Peace Out,
Mrs. Coker
October 1st
Wow, can you believe we just passed our first set of six weeks? Reports cards will go home this Wednesday! With that...comes a whole fun set of new vocabulary words.  Each student received "Investigating Forms of Energy" vocabulary in their binders.  I am attaching it at the bottom of this blog as well.  Hopefully you will notice the "5th grade vocab" stapled packet there too (these are just to be used as a reference when doing homework and getting familiar with science.  The "Investigating Forms of Energy" sheet will be tested this Thursday! Study study study!!! :) 
We will be diving into forms of energy this six weeks.  We will discuss M.E.L.T.S. (mechanical, electrical, light, thermal and sound energy) as well as branching off into circuits!!!  Discuss with your child how an open and closed circuit works!!  Have them point out different types in your home, grocery store and the babysitters.  You can try these links: M.E.L.T.S. and circuits   and  Circuit charts  This week's homework will be on pages 193-194 due this Friday 10/5.  Make sure to check out all the interesting pages before to find the answers! They are there! Don't forget to encourage your child to bring any related show-n-tell, we have had some pretty amazing things so far! 
Here are some awesome questions for them at home:
In what ways is mechanical energy used?
What is light energy?
What are some sources of light energy?
In what ways is light energy used?
What is sound energy?
In what ways is sound energy used?
What is thermal energy?
What are some sources of thermal energy?
In what ways is thermal energy used?
What is electrical energy?
What are some sources of electrical energy?
In what ways is electrical energy used?
What is an electrical circuit?
What is a closed circuit?
What is an open circuit?
In what ways does a closed circuit differ from an open circuit?
How does electricity flow in a circuit?
How could the flow of electricity in a circuit be demonstrated?
How does the arrangement of the parts of an electrical circuit determine whether the circuit is complete (closed) or incomplete (open)?
When there are numerous objects (e.g., bulbs, buzzers, etc.) in a circuit with so many different wires, how can we know which ones will work from ones that will not work?
How can the flow of electricity produce light, heat, or sound?
How could you demonstrate the flow of electricity in a circuit to produce light?
How could you demonstrate the flow of electricity in a circuit to produce heat?
How could you demonstrate the flow of electricity in a circuit to produce sound?
What is reflection?
What causes light to be reflected?
We will have our first CFA  (district test) covering all the content under this blog Thursday October 11th! Don't forget to review previously taught material/vocabulary and eat a really good breakfast with the best pep talk ever ;)
September 24th
It is going to be a super short week! Koodos on those turning in homework! You are a ROCKSTAR!  This week's homework: pages 135-136 due this wednesday....YOU CAN DO IT!!! :)  If you are a go-getter parent and want to review material covered over the six weeks, you can skim through pg 105-141 with your child to check for misunderstandings and reinforce what we have covered the past six weeks! After this Wednesday, we have a new set of of six weeks coming up, and we are not slowing down.  So hang on tight, give it your all, let's get it! Be on the watch out for new vocabulary next week! PLEASE DO NOT throw away anything that goes in your child's binder science section! Great review for our first CFA test coming up in a couple of weeks! 
Don't forget we have school pictures this wednesday here at CIS! 
Please feel free to email any questions or concerns or positive moments you would like to share!
Some fun at home activities to do with your child that will enhance their science learning would be: Make some slime, make a relative density bottle (with water, oil and food color), let them cook with you and have them describe what is a conductor (metal pan) and what is an insulator (wooden spoon).  Make it lively for them at home too! Get them excited about learning and teaching!!! DID YOU KNOW: that if a student can turn around and teach what they have learned, they have got if for life?! ;) 
September 18th
We are grooving to the beat in Science! Just to give you the 411, in case you are finding yourself thinking "what in the world"....All 5th grade students see all fifth grade teachers.  Cool huh?! ;) However, they come to me (Mrs. Coker) for all the science content material and jump across the hall to Mr. Phillips (the other 5th grade science teacher who is fantastic) for LAB ...a.k.a all the really cool hands on everyday stuff!!!   Wish you were there yet?? ;) 
Research has proven, students in general NEED to learn vocabulary!!!  The really neat part about science is, this vocabulary doesn't just stop here in 5th is applied at jr high, high school, college, work and any professional field you can think of! So, why not make more wrinkles in those brains and learn some vocab???!!! Plus the TOTAL HANDS ON ACTIVITIES provided by Science LAB is assuring that deeper understanding!  "Tell me and I forget, Teach me I remember, Involve me and I learn".
Both Science classes test on Thursdays. Done deal, know what to expect, no shockers, eat your breakfast...we test on Thursdays!  I test the entire vocabulary content related material over and over each six weeks until the new six weeks starts when students receive new vocabulary words in their binders while Mr. Phillips quizzes over hands on activities done in class that week. So PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE inspire those adorable children to keep anything that goes into their binder to stay there! No dumpster diving for vocab sheets my friends! HA!  You never know when an open note test might pop up!! Being organized is a MUST!! Plus hanging onto those sheets after the 6 weeks pass will be great reference material later.  Tools, tools and more tools, got to have them!
I will be posting test taking strategy documents on here very soon as well as giving them out to students to keep in their binders! Please review these materials with your child! Make sure they "get it". Give them pointers, ideas that worked for you back in those school house days or just words of encouragement to stay focused and become stronger independent learners!! Research also proves, the more positive one on one time they get at home from parents/guardians, can actually increase learning, positive behavior outside the home and success as well!!! Let's guide our babies in the best direction possible! 
Up to date vocabulary words they should understand and know by now are found at the bottom of this blog if you need the print out/save to desktop version....enjoy!
Don't forget to email any time, "remind" back and forth a million times, set up conferences, chase me down in the hall, stop me in Brookshires, sit by me on the 2nd row at church, invite me to your family cookouts (jk jk...maybe)    ;)...whatever floats your boat! WE are a TEAM...we can't do it best without YOU!!!  High five, ya'll are amazing...keep up the GREAT WORK! Thank you for loving your child so much and moving mountains in the learning world for them!
Mrs. Coker <3
p.s. extra credit homework pg 121-122 due Fri 9/21, students must voluntarily turn this in no later than due date to receive extra points (excluding Fri-absent students-due first day of return)
September 3rd
HAPPY LABOR DAY!!! What a FAST and FUN start-of-school week! We mostly spent our week getting to know each other, setting up our science journals, discussing the scientific method and doing an insanely great hands on activity where they got to build hands!!  I'll post pictures and videos soon, make sure to check back often!
This week we will have our science test that will give us an idea of where your child is in science.  This test will not be counted as a grade, however starting NEXT week will be taking a test grade EVERY THURSDAY on material covered.  
PLEASE BE ON THE LOOKOUT for TEXTBOOKS to come home this week.  These need to be kept safely at home and faithfully used.  We will send out in our weekly newsletter, remind and here what homework pages will be due every Friday.  Please work with your child and check for understanding.  We strive to not give a ton of homework but just SOMETHING for you to know what is going on at school and how to work with your child plus the reinforcement needed to help your child be the most successful they can be!
We are getting "wild" about the physical properties of matter the rest of this 6-weeks! Here is some info you can discuss with your child:
 This unit bundles student expectations that examine measurable, testable, and observable physical properties of matter, and how those properties determine how matter is classified, changed, and used. Students use scientific practices and a variety of tools to investigate and classify matter by its physical properties, and explore, compare, and contrast mixtures, including solutions. Conceptually, students should begin to understand that substances do not simply “appear” or “disappear”. Additionally, students communicate and discuss their observations, and record and organize data in their notebooks. Furthermore, students analyze and interpret information to construct reasonable explanations based on evidence from their investigations and communicate valid conclusions (supported by collected data). Students continue to demonstrate safe practices as outlined in Texas Education Agency-approved safety standards, and consider environmentally appropriate practices with resources during investigations.
Here are vocabulary words your child will be receiving this week as well for the remainder of the 6 weeks:
  • Conductor – a substance or object that allows energy to flow through it easily
  • Dissolving – the process by which substances break down into small pieces and spread evenly throughout a liquid (water) 
  • Electrical energy – energy that is absorbed or delivered by an electric circuit
  • Gas – a state of matter in which the substance expands to take both the shape and the volume of its container
  • Insulator – a substance or object that does not allow energy to flow through it easily
  • Liquid – take the shape of their container, filling the bottom of the container first; has the ability to flow
  • Magnetism – a force of attraction that causes a magnetic material to move
  • Mass – the amount of matter in something
  • Matter – anything that has mass and takes up space
  • Melting / freezing point – the temperature at which a substance changes from a liquid to a solid or a solid to a liquid by the loss or addition of heat;  
    for water this temperature is 0°C
  • Metric system – the decimal measuring system based on the meter, liter, and gram as units of length, volume (capacity), and weight or mass
  • Mixture – a combination of two or more substances that can be easily separated in some physical way
  • Physical properties – properties of matter that can be observed, measured, or changed without changing the matter itself
  • Relative density – floating or sinking when compared to water
  • Solid – definite shape and size
  • Solubility – the ability of a substance to dissolve in another substance, such as sugar dissolving in water
  • Solution – a type of mixture in which the particles of one or more substances are dissolved (uniformly dispersed throughout) in another substance
  • States of matter – the forms matter can take, such as solid, liquid, and gas; sometimes called phases of matter
  • Thermal energy – energy related to the temperature of an object or a substance


Related Vocabulary:

  • Attract
  • Chart
  • Classify
  • Data
  • Float
  • Gram
  • Magnet
  • Magnetic
  • Measure
  • Model
  • Nonmagnetic
  • Properties
  • Repel
  • Sink
  • Table
  • Triple beam balance
LASTLY: PLEASE SIGN UP FOR SCIENCE REMIND (Math and Reading have their own accounts too)
click on this link to sign up:
RECAP: Science test tomorrow (not graded, just to see where students are academically), textbooks to come home and kept in safe place-this where all science homework will typically come from, starting next week expect a science test EVERY THURSDAY and vocabulary on this blog needs to be practiced daily (they will be given a vocab sheet to add to their science section of binder), homework for this week is a super quick 2pgs (15-16) in textbooks that is due Friday!
Have a great week! 
August 27th
So excited to have the 2018-2019 school year started off! What a fun year it is going to be! I was ECSTATIC to meet so many of you already! Man it is going to be a great year!!! Can you feel it?! :) Six exciting rotations, free food and whole ton of education...what else could you ask for?! Don't forget school starts at 7:45am #stat.  The first couple of days we will be getting to know each other, going over those expectations/rules and branch off into a fun team building activity.  We will finish up the week with a bang, learning about processes for scientific investigations. Don't forget to stay in the loop with REMIND- a fun way to stay informed of what's actually going on in the science world at school! :) Click on this link to sign up: 5th Grade Science Class .  Make sure to ask your precious baby how their day was and get them to tell you the best thing that happened in Science! :) I plan to update this weekly unless I feel more frequent is truly needed. Feel free to email with any question, concern or just an "atta girl" moment ;)
  • Why is it important to know and understand how the natural world works?
  • How are the properties of systems and their components (parts) organized?
  • How are the components (parts), processes, and patterns of systems connected?
  • Why is it important to be able to trust scientists’ work?
  • How do scientists make and support their claims?
  • What processes help scientists investigate their claim?
  • What are some ways data can be organized?
  • How can data be used to make reasonable explanations?
  • How do patterns help us understand the natural world?
  • How can we know what to believe about a scientific claim?
  • In what ways have scientific explanations affected scientific thinking and people over time?
  • Why is it important to know and understand how things work and why things happen?
Check out the vocabulary connected to what we are talking about:

Key Content Vocabulary: 

  • Change – to become different
  • Classifications – groups of similar things based on characteristics or properties
  • Constancy – staying the same; unchanging
  • Environmentally appropriate practices – to cause no harm to the environment
  • Ethical practices – doing what is right
  • Patterns – repeated sequence; arranged according to a rule or natural phenomenon; a trend in data; used to predict what comes next
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) – equipment, such as goggles and gloves, used for protection in an investigation
  • Properties – characteristics of objects, organisms, or events
  • Science – use of evidence to construct testable explanations and predictions of natural phenomena, as well as the knowledge
  • generated through this process
  • System – a group of parts that work together


Related Vocabulary: 

  • Analyze
  • Collect
  • Communicate
  • Conservation
  • Construct
  • Data
  • Implement
  • Investigation
  • Model
  • Plan
  • Record
  • Represent
  • Safety
  • Scientific
  • practices
  • Tools
 Please work with your baby on these words^^^ they will be that closer to winning at science! Science is everywhere, needed in, cleaning, teaching, medical field, electric and plumbing, animals, cars, engineering etc etc etc....
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