Friday, November 3, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Students and Parents,

In order to help give students a voice to their learning this year, we're going to be using a free blogging service called "".

Kidblog is private, safe blogging service for students to share their learning with their teachers and classmates.

Students, you can JOIN Kidblog by clicking this link:  and join by typing in the class code.

The class code is written on the board in Mr. Piercey's room.

From then on you can login to Kidblog with your school Google account by going to

Thanks, and happy blogging.

~Mr Piercey
Eminence Independent Schools
Follow Me on Twitter @MrPiercey

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Fall Break Social Studies Challenge

Students and Parents,

I have a fun little challenge for you all to complete over Fall Break this year:

See these two songs?

See if you can get them memorized before we return.  Special prize if you can sing along!

Have a fun, safe, and relaxing break.

~Mr Piercey
Eminence Independent Schools
Follow Me on Twitter @MrPiercey

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Paper Airplane Contest

5th Grade Science Project
A Paper Airplane Contest
Due Thursday, September 28, 2017
Part 1 (The Designing, Testing, and Creating Part)
Design and Create a Paper Airplane using ONLY the following materials:
  • 1 piece of standard sized construction, copy, or lined paper (any color)
  • Scotch OR Masking Tape
  • Markers/Crayons/Colored Pencils (for designing/coloring it)
Research Questions to Think About When Designing Your Plane
  • What makes paper airplanes fly?
  • Does changing the way a paper airplane is folded have an affect on the distance it flies?
I recommend testing out several different prototypes for your airplane before bringing your final design to class next Thursday.  During the testing and design process, try your best to control any variables which may affect your airplane’s performance.  
We’ll have a “guest tosser” in class on September 28th to throw our planes for us to see whose can go the furthest.  Completed airplanes must be brought to class that day.  I recommend testing a few designs at home (maybe do a little research?) before coming to school that day with your final product. In class that day we’ll be charting and graphing the distances our airplanes travel.  
Part 2 (The Written Part)
Please answer these questions on a separate sheet of paper OR on a Google Doc attached onto your assignment.
A. Four forces are at work during the flight of an airplane: gravity, lift, thrust, and drag. The same concepts that allow a commercial airplane to fly, cause a paper airplane to fly.Write a legible, student-friendly TWO sentence definition for the following terms:
B. If gravity is continually pulling objects down, how are airplanes able to fly?  

C. You were asked to prototype your airplane before creating its final design.  What is a prototype?

D. Explain the process you used to control “variables” to test your paper airplane’s design. Do you think this had an effect on its final performance?

~Mr Piercey
Eminence Independent Schools
Follow Me on Twitter @MrPiercey

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Rube Goldberg Machine

Students and Parents,

It's time for my favorite project of the year.  It's time for you all to construct your Rube Goldberg Machines!  If you have no idea what one is, I've created a Youtube playlist of some amazing ones below:

I've also copied and pasted the assignment I sent home today below:

Rube Goldberg Assignment
Final Presentation/Assignment DUE Friday, September 15th
Introduction: Every time something in the Universe moves, heats, cools, or explodes, some form of energy is transferred (sent) from one piece of matter to another. Since there are many different forms of energy, there are also a large number of ways to transfer it. This project is designed to let you demonstrate your understandings of those transfers by creating some of your own.
Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a cartoonist who is famous for his drawings of marvelous inventions that did simple things. You are going to create a marvelous invention that uses many transfers of energy to do one simple thing.
Task: Your task is to design and construct a Rube Goldberg machine using everyday objects/simple machines (which may include pulley, lever, wedge, screw, wheel and axle, and inclined plane) and at least 2 energy transfers to successfully complete an “end task.” For example, your machine can:
• Pour water into a cup;
• Shut off an alarm clock;
• Put toothpaste on a toothbrush;
• Put coins into a bank;
• Ring a bell; or
• Any number of things you could think of on your own.
You will be working in self-selected groups to complete this machine. You can choose to work on your own if you wish.
Rube Goldberg Machine “Rules”:
A. The machine must complete a task.
B. Your machine must have a title.
C. The machine must contain at least 2 energy transfers.
D. No live animals or hazardous materials may be used by the machine.

If you need to see some examples of a Rube Goldberg Machine in action, there are some fun examples on

Final Presentation: Your group will be presenting your final Rube Goldberg machine to the class.  You can do this by...
  1. Film your Rube Goldberg Machine in action, showing the different energy transfers.  This can be shared by either uploading it to Youtube/Google Drive or your parents can email the video to Mr. Piercey (
  2. Set it up live in class for your classmates to watch it in action.  If you choose this option, make sure that you know how to set it up before coming to school that day.    
Individual Task: Each student will also complete a written assignment as a conclusion to the project. Written assignment should include:
  1. A drawing/sketch of your Rube Goldberg machine, identifying the different places where the energy transfers took place.  This can be done either digitally or on a piece of paper.
  2. A short paragraph explaining the difference between POTENTIAL and KINETIC energy (you may have to do some research on this part).

~Mr Piercey
Eminence Independent Schools
Follow Me on Twitter @MrPiercey