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!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

And... that's a wrap!

This post may come as a surprise to you, as I haven't been blogging recently.  I just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this class!  They have grown so much not only academically, but socially and emotionally as well.  In the words of Samuel Johnson... "Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."  I have seen a great deal of perseverance in this class.  My best wishes as you move on to middle school.  Be well and enjoy every moment!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

March 2018

Three highlights from March were following the Iditarod Dog Sled Race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska; monologue readings for Esperanza Rising in ELA; and having a little fun with a leprechaun challenge in math.  Read our student blog posts below to see how much fun we had!


The Devil Dogs

 Tracking of the Iditarod was fun but my team lost by a lot. The best team, Team Paw-Some got 205 points, the second best team, PATA Huskies had 137 points,  the 4 mushkateers had 120 points, Snow Cloud had 100 points, Snow Paws had 71 points and my team, the Devil dogs had 57 points.                   - Cavan
The Four Mushkateers

The Iditarod was super interesting because you got to see how your team did and watch them come into a checkpoint. Also it was fun to watch people get their prizes. MY team came in third but I thought we would come in fourth. -Liam

The iditarod was awesome.  The person who won was Joar Leifseth Ulsom.  Some of the other awards he won was Northrim Bank Achieve More Award (A $2,500 check and a one of a kind print by Anchorage artist Marianne Wieland.)  --Andre’a

Snow Paws

The Iditarod was lots of fun. The best part was when we were choosing our mushers and seeing how many points we would get. The worst part was when 2 of our main mushers didn’t race. It was also nice to keep track of my musher who was in 5th place for almost all of the Iditarod. --Janabeth

The iditarod was fun on the last day for the final points given because someone across from me was very stressed out. Our teams final points were 70. Owen’s rookie got 2nd rookie. - Adrian

The Iditarod is a very interesting subject.  We learned about all the prizes and who won. We all studied different mushers.  I studied Michi Konno. It was fun and my musher ended up doing really good he came in 23rd. Owen
PATA Huskies

Snow Cloud

Esperanza Rising Monologue Reading

When we did the monologue reading we did it in front of a shower curtain that looked like a brick wall.
We were split into two groups so one group was in one room and the other group in the other room.
We rotated through the monologue groups so everyone got a chance to read their monologue.

Yarn Dolls - like Esperanza's!

Leprechaun on the Loose!

The Leprechaun on the loose was so cool. It was really frustrating because you’re like “This is impossible” it took me five minutes to even try again. But when I got it, it was awesome.  I felt like I did something. Then we had to get the penny on the string back on the Leprechaun. Now that was frustrating. But then I got that and was really happy.               - Harper

The Leprechaun on the Loose was an activity/excruciating challenge that we did in math. There was a piece of paper that looked like a leprechaun and there was a string that went through 3 holes in the leprechaun’s body. On the end of the string there was a coin. The objective was to get the coin out without harming the paper or string.  It was not easy for me but other people got it out in a snap. But eventually I got it and it gave me a sense of accomplishment.

The Leprechaun  on the Loose activity was really cool because it was hard. At first I was all like, “HOW DO YOU DO THIS?!” but then after a while I did it and I thought, ‘why was I so mad before?’ honesty I really loved this activity for the level of difficulty this activity possessed. Out of 1-10, 1 being lowest, 10 being highest I’d give it a 9! - Brookelyn
On the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day we did this leprechaun challenge with a string and a penny.  We put the string through the holes that we hole punched in the leprechaun and after we taped the penny on then string.  Then we tried to pull the string out without cutting and without taking the penny off. ~~Maya

My mom could do the leprechaun activity better than I could. -Bryan

 The Leprechaun on the Loose is an activity where you have a leprechaun and you hole punch three holes in it, and then you put in a string in a particular way, after you put the string in you tape a penny on the end.  It’s pretty hard to get the string out of the hole punches but once you get through the challenge it is pretty easy and you feel accomplished. ~~Maura

In math we tried a puzzle where we had a leprechaun. We hole punched three different spots. Two were on his arms and one was on his leg. We had to pull the strings through the holes and at last, we taped a penny onto the string hanging from the bottom.Then, we had to try to get the penny through the holes. The whole time I felt like screaming and ripping it apart. By the time I had finished my brain was working so hard and then it was time to go crazy again at recess.    -Galadriel

The Leprechaun on the loose was a very fun challenge. First, we had to get a string with a penny on the end out of a paper with a leprechaun on it. Then after we got the string out we had to get it back in. This was very challenging to get right the first time! I liked this challenge.  ~~Ashley