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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> (either Audio Stories or EBooks)


For a review of what we are discussing in class, 4th grade students should choose ENVIRONMENTS> STUDENT EBOOKS> (either Audio Stories or EBooks)


Elizabeth Knebel

Shameless requests!!!!

I have added a wish list on Amazon, link below, and any and all purchases would be very appreciated and used for the benefit of your student in my science class! The process is simple- click the link, browse, add anything that you would like to contribute and when you are done shopping the items from my wish list will ship directly to me while the rest of your order will ship to you! I never see your payment information or have any access to YOUR account, this just lets the Amazon warehouse folks know you are buying your child's science teacher a gift and to send it to me. Easy peasy! Happy browsing and thank you for even considering donating to our classroom! 

Amazon link ------->

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The home stretch!

Hello and congratulations- we have entered the final trimester of the school year! Both fourth and fifth grade are shifting their focus to the living world around them. Fourth graders will look at more broad concepts about food chains, food webs and environments while fifth graders are going to get more in depth with cells and the systems that keep living cells functioning properly. We will look closely at the human body in terms of body systems that keep all of our cells living and healthy.


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.


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

Support Materials


Your 4th grade student will have their first test about food chains the week of March 25. **


Environments Quiz 1 Flash Cards


Environments Quiz 1 Study Guide



Your 5th grade student will have their first test about the respiratory and circulatory systems the week of March 25th. **


Living Systems Flash Cards Quiz 1


Living Systems Study Guide Quiz 1



** 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



18/19 Heritage Oak and Creekview Ranch 4/5 science schedule