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FOSS is the science company we currently use for our science curriculum.  Recently, changes were made to the FOSSWEB website that will restrict access.  In order to access the audio stories and other supplemental materials, you will now have to enter a username and password.  There is no need to sign up for anything or give up personal information.  You can go to the FOSSWEB page by clicking 

Once there click on the tab that says "Class Login" and enter the following:


Creekview Ranch 4th graders-

username: cvr4thscience


Creekview Ranch 5th graders-

username: cvr5thscience


Heritage Oak 5th graders-

username: hoscience


The password for ALL CLASSES is the same: sciencerocks


For a review of what we are discussing in class, 5th grade students should choose LIVING SYSTEMS> STUDENT EBOOKS> Vascular Plants and Sugar and Cells(either Audio Stories or EBooks)


For a review of what we are discussing in class, 4th grade students should choose Environments> STUDENT EBOOKS> Range of Tolerance and Terrestrial Environments


Elizabeth Knebel

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It's the final countdown!

Fourth grade is looking more closely at how living things interact with and adapt to the environment around them.


Fifth grade has finished studying human body systems and have moved on to plants and how their cells get the resources they need.


When students bring home their worksheets please rest assured that we not only do hands on labs to support their learning, we also go over the answers to the questions and I write, project and say the correct answers numerous times while giving them the chance to copy my writing. Their worksheet packets, by the time they get home to you, should be accurate and full of helpful information to share with others and study. My goal is not to "give them the answers" or turn them into robots by simply having them copy my words- we formulate the answers together and I want them to have them written correctly so that they can be a good conversation starter and resource for you to have interesting discussions about what we have learned and done in school once they get home to you.


As always, students have access to the class text on the Foss website (see the left margin of my website here for login instructions) and will be bringing home class work to study, as well. Students will always get a printed study guide of information that will be on their test to bring home and go over with you. In my opinion the BEST way to "study" something is simply to explain it to someone else- their parents, a dog, a neighbor, a teddy bear, anyone and everyone willing to listen. The more times they repeat the information aloud the better the chance that it will stick in their brain for test day (and beyond)! Plus, they will be learning some cool things that are interesting to share. If you do not know where to start to study for tests, ALWAYS start with the printed study guide I send home with them. I will also be putting flash cards on my website that you can print, cut and study together BUT nothing is as effective as mastering the information on the study guide. Last but not least, I am split between two spectacular schools this year so please keep that in mind when contacting me. Email is always your best bet and I do my best to reply within 24 hours on school days. I will upload my schedule here so you can know when your student is with me and where I am, when. Thank you for trusting me with your child(ren)- I am enjoying them so very much. 

Elizabeth Knebel


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Your 4th grade student is done with science tests for the year! Hooray! We will continue working on how organisms adapt to and interact with their environment, humans included. We will be doing in class projects to support that learning and there will be grades involved with that but no more tests.


Your 5th grade student is currently scheduled to have their next and last test in the next two weeks- varied due to SBAC testing dates at different sites. At Creekview Ranch students will bring their packet home Wednesday, 5/16 and have their test Friday, 5/18**. At Heritage Oak students will bring their packet home their second session next week and take the test their second session of the following week, 5/21**.


5th flash cards quiz 3


5th study guide quiz 3 living system



** Dates subject to change


If you need a copy of the student contract here is a link to print another: beginning of year contract.docx

My wacky schedule

Green type shows Heritage Oak, blue type shows Creekview Ranch


Knebel Science Schedule 17-18 (clickable link)