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Invention Report

Report Assigned: February 4th, 2021

Report Due: February 25th, 2021 at 8am

Step 1: Choose an Invention

You will select an invention that you think is one of the most significant inventions ever created. The invention should have been invented before 1960 and should have historical significance. If you need ideas for an invention, use our Benchmark book. Some examples include the lightbulb, the refrigerator, the printing press, the steam engine, the telegraph, or anything else you think is an important invention.

After you have selected your invention, click here to submit it for approval to Mr. Sasse. Do not work on your invention report until your invention has been approved! You should turn this step in before February 10th.

Step 2: Research the Invention

Use the internet, books, and the library to research your invention. Your research should include:

  • Who invented it?
  • What problem did it solve?
  • What was the process like to make it?

You must gather as much research and information about your invention as possible. You will submit a Google Doc answering the “who, what, where, when, why, and how” of your invention. This does not need to be polished, it’s just research.

You will upload your research into Google Classroom here.You should turn this step in before February 16th.

Step 3: Invention Google Slides

You will create a polished Google Slide presentation all about the history of your invention. At a minimum, your Google Slide report should answer these questions (each question should be its own slide)

  1. What does the invention do?
  2. What problem does the invention solve?
  3. When was it invented?
  4. Who invented it?
  5. What other inventions came due to this invention?
  6. Why is this invention important?
  • You can add more details than just the ones above. This is just the minimum. Do not expect a 4 for doing the minimum.
  • Your slides should be neat, easy to read, and include photos and details.
  • Your slides must be your own work, do not copy and paste from the internet. (That’s called plagiarism and it’s cheating).

You will upload your slides into Google Classroom here. You should turn this step in before February 24th.

Step 4: Presentation

You will present your information about your invention to the class over Zoom. Your presentation should be about 1 minute long. Be prepared to explain your invention, who invented it, what makes it important, and answer questions about the invention. Presentations will be February 25th and 26th. You must be ready when you are called to present or you will not get credit for your presentation.

You will have lots of time every day to work on your project. You should be working on your project every day as part of your classwork. Do not wait until the last minute to work on this assignment, it will be a large part of your report card grade. If you want to get a “4” remember that you need to go above and beyond the minimum requirements. If you have any questions, please ask Mr. Sasse for help during homework help or send a message on Clever.

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2020-2021 5th Grade Solar System Project Directions

Project Assigned: 12/17/2020

Project Due: 1/19/2021 at 3pm

Part 1: Create a model of the Solar System

It is entirely up to you how you want to create your model.
If you need inspiration, search online for ideas.
Make sure you follow the directions above to create a model that is accurate in size, color, and details.

Part 2: Label ALL planets in the Solar System

Each part of your solar system must be properly labeled.
Use the labels that we sent home in your December packets, or create your own.
You can re-print some labels here.

Here is an example:

Part 3: Research the basic facts of each planet

Part 3, Step 1: Complete the Solar System Research Guide in Google Classroom
Part 3, Step 2: Choose a “fun fact” about each planet to add to your model.

See the example below to give you an idea:

Part 4: Detailed research on a single planet

Choose ONE planet (NOT EARTH) to research more information about.
Then you will create a presentation in Google Slides (6-8 slides) to share your research with the class.
You should be choosing a planet to research and sharing lots of information about that planet and the history of the planet.
Attach your Google Slides here.

Here are some examples:

Part 5: FlipGrid showing off your project

You will upload a 2 minute FlipGrid video showing off your project and sharing your design with the class.
You can see some examples of this here.
Submit your FlipGrid here.


This is a big project, with a lot of parts, and it is worth a major part of your science grade. Don’t wait until the last minute to work on this project! Get started now and ask for help if you need it. If you have any questions or need help, ask Mr. Sasse during Homework Help on Zoom or send a ClassDojo message.



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12/11 Weekly Newsletter


Next week is a very busy week. We have 3 tests coming up next week and students will have quite a lot to finish before we go on winter break.

Friday, December 18th, from 12:00pm-3:00pm is our materials pickup day. Please make sure that you or a friend/neighbor are able to stop by and pick up the materials that your child will need for January when we return from our break.

More details are in the video – have a great weekend everyone, stay safe!