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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!

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12/4 Newsletter

Hello families, happy Friday!

I hope you had a safe, restful, and delicious Thanksgiving break.

We continue to work hard on division, and we are still practicing division with decimals. We have a math test coming up next week, please encourage your child to study.

Please monitor your child’s Google Classroom account and help them turn in all assignments on time. Learning time management and staying on top of their work is an important life skill. Directions on how to check your child’s Google Classroom can be found here:

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10/16 Weekly Newsletter

Our Video Newsletter has all the information you need:


Wednesday, October 21st: Materials Pickup Day. Encourage your child to dress up and come to Columbus to get their supplies for November. It is very important that all families come and pick up materials on this day!

Friday, October 23rd: No School! Sleep in and take a Zoom holiday.

How to check your child’s progress and grades in Google Classroom, click here.

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9/18 Weekly Newsletter

Hello Families!

Next week, we will be starting working on multiplication in math. Memorization of math facts is very important for student success in fifth grade and in middle school.

Students who leave fifth grade without memorizing their math facts are more likely to struggle in middle school and be slowed down by all of the computations in their math class.

Starting next week, I highly suggest spending 5-10 minutes a few nights per week with your child helping them work on their multiplication math facts.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

The video message is below – have a great weekend!