Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
This picture shows what we had for our annual fifth grade breakfast. Muffins, Krispy Kreme donutes, and various juices were on the menu.
Gavin is enjoying candy I gave to the students for Christmas.
Teachers are trying to get the grades in the online gradebook. The end of the semester is almost nigh!
Traditional Christmas stories for the students to enjoy. Can you compare the movie to the original Dr. Seuss story?
Spongebob Christmaspants wishes the students Happy Hollidays!
Here the students are creating snowflakes. Every snowflake they create is different, just like the snowflakes we find floating through the skies.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Here is Alec explaining the Triangular Trade Route. This was an important way for people to import and export during the United States colonial period. Here are some pictures of students working on their poster projects.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
As the students looked on, I slowly took out the items that had been sent. First was a stuffed kiwi. Next, two magnets, one that showed a picture of a kiwi. Then I pulled out a very neat lanyard (which I am now wearing). I then pulled out a huge textile map that had the country of New Zealand with some interesting information on it. At the bottom of the package was a paper weight that has New Zealand etched in it. The last thing I pulled out was a card from Mr. Webb thanking the class for our support.
As soon as my students had time, they were up and looking (rather loudly) at the items. They really enjoyed the map. The information on it was very interesting to them. One of my students noticed there were opossums in New Zealand and he asked me if they were the same kind that we have. Obviously, they will be looking that up when they have a few minutes. They also thought it was neat that there are penguins on the map. We have to go to a zoo to see penguins!
Finally, the students started asking me if we were goinng to send some items back to Mr. Webb. I told them I was planning on it, but the problem with that is the Tamaki school will be out for their "summer break" next week. Now, we have already studied about the seasons and their relationship to the tilt of the Earth. They knew that when we had winter, they southern hemisphere was having summer, but they didn't internalize it. The light bulb of understanding shone as they began to really realize that it soon will be summer in New Zealand.
My point is this: Learning takes place when learning is meaningful!
Can the power of negative thinking really cause someone to shrink? My class decided to imagine Gavin getting shorter. Before we went to PE I marked his height on the door jam with a permanent marker. The class concentrated on him shrinking the entire time they were at PE and when we came back, Gavin stood against the door jam again. As you can see it looks like he shrunk an inch!
We (really me) felt bad about his losing so much height. This was a bad time for him to get shorter, with basketball tryouts going on. I decided we needed to think positive and imagine Gavin getting taller. We will measure him again tomorrow and see if our positive thinking worked.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
BubbleShare: Share photos - Find great Clip Art Images.
Here is a picture from the top down taken before I poured the water on the model. The soil was created using four substances: humus, sand, gravel, and clay. I added water to make the soil more realistic. The water I mixed in also helped keep all the water I poured on the model from being absorbed into the soil. Although you may not be able to see from this angle, I also slightly sloped the soil so the water would be able to run-off.
Here is the video of the water being poured on the soil. Notice the path the water takes. When the water is done moving, can you tell where the water was?
Here is a top down view. Compare it to the original picture taken before the water was poured onto the model. Can you see a difference? How is it different?
This is a side view of the model. Notice the water under the surface of the soil. How did that water get there? What is that water called? Do you think the water stayed there, or did it move later?
Here is a picture of the bottom of the model where the soil ended. Describe what you see. How is it different than before the water ran over it? In the top part of the picture is where the water ran off. Why is it so dirty? What do you think is in the water that makes it so dirty? Does this help illustrate the watershed concept?
This is a close-up picture of the soil after the water ran off it. What do you see? Is the soil still mixed up or has it separated? Does this look like a stream bed?
Now that the experiment has been completed, what could we change to create a new experiment? Does this model help you with the part of the water cycle that takes place on the surface of the Earth?
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
What words do you think the students emphasized the most?
This picture was created at: Wordle.net
Monday, December 08, 2008
Whenever there is an opportunity to combine two of our disciplines together, the fifth grade teachers jump at the chance. While art is easily combined with both science and social studies, it is often harder to integrate into math. Here is an excellent activity that can be used to tie the two together. Each picture is created by polygons. The student identifies the correct polygon, then they use the polygons to create a piece of art.
I believe that they could be considered part of the Dada movement. What art movement would you consider these pieces to be part of?
After a few days of discussion and watching a good video from Missouri Botanical Gardens, "The Case of the Mysterious Neighbor", I asked you to create a list of ways you could help conserve water. From your list pick the three best and post them on the Compendium with an explanation for each one.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Our story in reading this week is about Mahalia Jackson and the music genre known as the blues. If you would like to listen to some of Ms. Jackson's singing and some other gospel and blues music go to Pandora.com and create a station with the name Mahalia Jackson.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
The Colonial House times were difficult.Some reasons why they they were difficult was because they came at the wrong time of year.The women had to stay on the ship 1 month after the men went to set up the houses for the village.The women had break downs from time to time because they suffered.
The women had to deal with more things than the men.They had to make food, milk the goats,make the bread,take care of the garden,and clean the house.But some men had almost the same job as the women because they were indentured servants.They had to work for other family's for a certain amount of time like two or more years.
The Colonial House people had to work together in order to survive this hard time.There were children who were in risk to death because they got very sick sometimes.The governor had a death in the family so he had to go back.But he came back to the village.The things that they did were stressful but they made it .
Once there was a little girl named July. She was picky and spoiled.Her and her mom went to a store to get a pumpkin to make a pie. When they got to the store July said there`s a ton of pumpkins to pick from! after 30 minutes they had picked a pumpkin and went home. were making the pie. as July`s mom lowered the knife and the pumpkin started to glow but when she lowered the knife lowered the knife more the pumpkin just kept getting brighter but as the knife punchered the pumpkin it stopped glowing.
The next day they woke up to glass breaking, it was their neighbors. They had went to the same store as July and her mom. They were screaming.
July had found out that they were pranks the store had put out.
Congratulations, Nathan for winning the Blogging Tiger Award for Writing. This story was based on The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
Friday, November 21, 2008
After you have tried to out-think the original colonists, print out your conclusion and put it in your folder.
Leave a comment about what you learned.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
In class we had a demonstration of evaporation. The problem was to determine what happens to something that is mixed with water when the water evaporates. Does the stuff mixed in the water evaporate too?
I took water and added food coloring in one container and salt in the other. I heated the water and evaporated it out of the container. The students looked at the containers and noticed something was left behind. What does this mean? What was left behind?
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Although I just discovered this blog in the last couple months, I am amazed by the volume and quality of videos created by the students of Room Six from Tamaki Intermediate School in Auckland, New Zealand. The students use this blog to not only inform the community about what is taking place, but also as a way to educate others about the culture, customs, and language of New Zealand.
My class was very fortunate to learn from the blog how to Sasa, a Samoan Slap Dance. We created our own Sasa for them to use in a video they are presenting. This is the first international project my class has been involved in.
I would really like for Tamaki Today to receive the attention they deserve and that is why I am nominating them.
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD This is a picture of him.
BTW the orginazation Veterans of Foreign Wars uses the poppy as their symbol. Here is a link to the page that explains the history of their use of the poppy.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Chemical Symbols (Basic)
Chemical Symbols (Full List)
Identify Countries on the Map
FreePoverty.com is a geography game site that allows students to test geography skills while
raising funds to donate water. The actual donation mechanism seems to be spotty. Here is a post explaining why. Here is a link to the about page to get more information.
If the donations never go through, it is still a fun geography game to have students play.
Monday, November 03, 2008
This year the fifth grade participated in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. UNICEF uses the money to help children around the world get immunizations and education. We live in a country where we are blessed and we decided we should try to help out children who aren't.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
The second contest was singing karaoke during lunch period. We had one student drop out when he couldn't keep up with MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This".
Our last contest was to see who could eat a jar of frozen broccoli and chicken baby food. Yengshi was declared the winner! Congratulations!
Here is a Sasa made by Rubecca, Slendy, and Megan. They used the Macarena for inspiration.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Follow this link to The History Channel's Hidden Spirits Site. Follow the instructions to play the game. Since this is science class, make sure to read the directions carefully so that you can use the instruments to record and collect data. If it is fun, keep it to yourself, 'cause school isn't supposed to be fun!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
AR day was last Wednesday. We planned to spend all day reading books. The students were allowed to bring snacks, wear pajamas, and bring pillows and blankets to get comfortable with. We had a great morning with students reading like crazy. It was awesome to see them reading so intently. Unfortunately, the afternoon was interrupted by an anti-drug assembly. We didn't get to read all day long like we planned.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Congratulations Emily on winning the Blogging Tiger Award for Writing! Here is the story Emily wrote. You can also find it on the Creative Writing Blog.
The House on Maple Street
"Oh no!" Bell says, "Stay away!" she was very scared as a robber is in Bell's house. The robber grabbed Bell and ran to the creepiest house on Maple Street.
"Ms. Bell? Ms. Bell?"
"Huh?" Bell says yawning, waking up in math class.
"What does h equal in 4 times h equals 16?" she looked at Bell doubtfully
"4 times h equals 16 oh, um h equals 3?" she said trying to remember. She heard giggling from the class mates behind her.
"Incorrect. To be correct h=4. Were you sleeping again? If you weren't you would know that I just told you what h equals." Mrs. Patron asked already knowing the answer. Bell heard some whispers across the room. Great Isabella she thought
"Yes, Mrs. Patron…….."
They heard the bell ring that cut off Bell.
She walked down the hallway; Bell heard some snoring, then giggling. She felt miserable. She got out the door realizing there was some snow on the ground. She passed the house she was dreaming about, which were 2 houses away from hers. When she got home she heard some screaming upstairs. She threw my bag on the couch and ran upstairs to find her little brother Simon's hand stuck in a mouse trap.
"What are you doing?" Bell said yelling. Simon's face was wet from tears. He was still whimpering. She carefully took the mouse trap, untangling his fingers.
"Don't ever touch this again ok? I thought you broke a leg or something!" she exclaimed.
6 hours later it was time to go to bed. she have to share a bunk bed with Simon. Luckily she gets top bunk.
"No put me down!" she screamed the bandit got to the house and the house shot from the ground like a rocket ship. It was a perfect lift-off. "I'm in space oh, no." The robber put some rope around her face so she could not talk. She hummed something trying to get something out. He just pulled more tightly. A tear fell from my eye. I cannot believe I am crying. She thought to herself. I need to get home before mom thinks I'm off wondering somewhere.
She saw all the planets. But she did not even try to look at the sun, although it might hurt her eyes anyway. How am I breathing? She thought again.
"Just another dream phew." She said under her breath.
In the morning she woke up and ran downstairs. She turned on the TV, It said there was no school due to snow.
"Yes!" I yelled so loudly that I woke up my brother and he came downstairs. He went over to the window, looked out and gave me a smile.
"Sissy, can we go play in the snow?" Simon asked
"Sure go get your winter clothes on and I will too." As soon as they got downstairs they went outside and had lots of fun.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Congratulations, Vanessa on your Blog Action Day post on poverty. You receive the coveted, and rarely awarded Blogging Tiger Award for Social Studies. Here is the link to her post. Go there and congratulate Vanessa on her award.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Update: Check out the students' posts on poverty at Compendium.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Chris Van Allsburg's excellent children's book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick has been a source of writing inspiration for my students for years. I honestly have never had more success getting my students to write than using this book as a story starter.
So, my question to you is, "Will you join us?" I want you to write a story based on one of Van Allsburg's pictures from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. There are two rules to this assignment:
1. You must use the line that goes with the picture somewhere in your story.
2. The story must have something to do with the picture.
If you don't have a copy this link will take you to Google Book Search of the story.
Write your story on your blog, or use Google docs, or some other on-line publishing and send me the link so my class can read it and so I can link to it. If you can't publish it on-line, email it to me at email@example.com and I will post it here on the blog. You can even record audio or video of you reading your story!
There is no reward except for the joy of writing and sharing with others and perhaps the coveted Blogging Tiger Award for Writing to place on your blog or website.