Wednesday, October 17, 2018

September/October in 5R

It's hard to believe that a month has passed since my first blog post.  We have accomplished too many things to document in this post, so I hope your children have been informing you of the things they have been learning.  Here are some photos of some of the highlights:

Saving Pennies Club - The challenge was to design a boat out of a 1-foot by 1-foot piece of foil, that would hold more pennies than any other.  We found that the largest rectangular design worked best. It held over 200 pennies!

On September 25th we had an all-school celebration after students filled the alpha-bit jar for the 2nd time this year.  We enjoyed decorating the parking lot with chalk!

In math we worked on helping Brad box his baseballs.  Each baseball required 1 cubic unit of space within the packing box.  Brad was shipping 2 dozen baseballs per box.  Students created as many different shaped boxes as they could with a measurement of 24 cubic units.  I'm sure your child could explain more to you about volume, if you ask!

Engineering Design Process
Our first science unit involved learning about the engineering design process.  This high interest unit culminated with each student building a catapult to solve a problem:


Problem:  Two Lego men named Bob and Jack aren’t getting along.  
They are about to go to battle. The town has decided that they may
design a catapult to help them in battle.  The town council agreed
that they may both only use the supplies provided by the town.

The supplies each man will receive are rubber bands,
two sizes of popsicle sticks, mini marshmallows,
one bottle cap

If you were Bob or Jack how would you design your catapult
so you would have the best chance of winning?

The design process:

Let the battles begin!!

Grand Champion:

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Cooperative and Teambuilding Activities

We spent the first two weeks of school getting to know each other.  We also started to build our community of learners, so that we can all be comfortable and grow together this year.    We did several fun cooperative learning activities, as well as team building activities.  The students are working well together and have been very supportive of one another.  I am excited to be working with my new 5th graders!  I am also looking forward to meeting each of you at Open House on September 27th.  


We spent some time talking about what a great classmate is..., does..., says..., and is not...
The students came up with several good qualities that they would like to see in a great classmate.

Paper Towers

In this team building activity, each group received 6 pieces of paper and was challenged with building the tallest tower.

 Saving Sammy!

Pairs of students were charged with Saving Sammy!  Poor Sammy was on his boat, which overturned.  His life preserver was stuck under the boat (plastic cup) and students needed to retrieve the life preserver and get it onto Sammy without letting him fall off the boat.  This was a fun challenge ~~ enjoyed by all!

 Spaghetti Towers

Here's the challenge:  Build the tallest tower that will hold a marshmallow without toppling over!



For our culminating teamwork event of the first two weeks of school, we went into the forest with Mr. Clough.  5R tried (and failed) the spider web challenge.  Thankfully, in math, we have been learning about how important it is to brain development that we try and fail!   With each failure, our brains grow and we learn so much!   We will revisit the spider web challenge later this year and I'm sure we will persevere and succeed!