Homework Hotline--Fifth Grade Team

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Mr. Murduck’s    Homework/Practice    10/20 – 10/24

Monday – Science – Today we will take a quiz on the microscope.  Homework - 
After students complete the short quiz they will work on their homework by 
reading pages 44 – 50 in their Environmental Science books and completing the 
handout which will be passed out.  The handout involves defining the bold 
print vocabulary words and copying the important bold print sentences on 
pages 45 and 49.  The optional bonus question is included on the handout.  
The answer must be restated in a complete sentence! There will be no grade 
printouts this week due to conferences.  Thanks to the parents who attended!  
I talked with over 2/3rds of the parents. I will be at NASA in Cleveland and 
will return on Tuesday!

Tuesday – Science - Today we will review yesterday’s quiz on microscopes.  We 
will review our previous discussion on habitat, population, community, 
ecosystem, ecology, and limiting factor. Today we also further discuss 
abiotic and biotic factors. Remember ecology is the study of how living 
things interact with each other in their environment and an ecosystem 
includes all living (biotic) and non-living (abiotic) things. Three very 
important abiotic factors in the environment are the availability of 
sunlight, water and air. Sunlight provides the energy needed for plants to go 
through the process of photosynthesis.  By using sunlight, water, and carbon 
dioxide plants create oxygen and food in the form of sugar.  The energy 
stored in sugar of these producers is used by all other living things as 
consumers to survive. The flow of this energy from organism to organism is 
commonly called a food web and are drawn as an energy pyramid.   Homework –  
You will be given a piece of typing paper to do tonight’s homework. Using 
pages 52 and 53 in your textbook, draw or trace the water cycle on ½ of your 
paper and the oxygen/carbon dioxide cycle on the other ½. This can also be 
done on the front and back of your paper if you prefer. Make sure to label 
all parts of these cycles exactly as you see them!  This is due on Thursday!

Wednesday – Science – Today each of you will plant some bean and corn seeds. 
We will watch how these grow by using water, sunlight, and carbon dioxide. 
The energy from the sun is stored as sugars in the seeds. Plants are adapted 
to survive in different ways.  They give off water vapor by transpiration as 
part of the water cycle.  Plants reproduce in different ways.  Angiosperms 
reproduce with flowers, while gymnosperms reproduce using cones  Both have 
male and female parts that require pollination by pollinators or the wind.  
As we noticed at Swine Creek, sometimes plants that live in forests reproduce 
using spores  We will look at examples of each. Homework -  Complete your 
water cycle and oxygen/carbon dioxide cycle drawings that are due tomorrow!
Thursday – Science – Today we will finish discussing plants and their 
lifecycles. We will review the carbon dioxide/oxygen cycle and the water 
cycle from last night’s homework.  The bean plant is a dicot plant and the 
corn seed is a monocot.  Their seeds are dispersed in different ways to 
better assure survival.  We observed dandelion and hitch-hiker seeds under 
the microscope to understand how they are dispersed. This is another example 
of how plants are adapted to survive.  Some produce we eat are fruits, while 
others are vegetables.  We will discuss their differences.   Homework – Have 
a safe and fun extended weekend!!

Friday – Science – No School!! Teacher professional development with the 

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