Monday, December 31, 2018

Colonial Trade Fair

I am so proud of my students!  They worked very hard over the past month to prepare for our Colonial Trade Fair.  It was a great success.  Here are some pictures of the trades-people in action!

What I liked about the colonial trade fair was to tell people about the glassmaker.  One thing I think I could improve on is to work on making more props. I did best at telling the customers where in my report things are.

At the trade fair, I was proud of my props because they were very creative, I even used black licorice as leeches. I think that the best part about being a colonial apothecary would be pounding ingredients into medicine. ~~Gavin

I liked the colonial trade fair because a lot of people didn't know what a shipwright is so I told them about what the shipwright does and how the job works and they seemed very interested. I am very proud of my work because after they read my report they didn't have many questions about my trade. I am also proud of my model of my ship because I got a lot of comments on my ship for how cool it looked.      
Max M.

I am proud of my hard work.  My hard work was my brochure, all the facts I  found researching, and all the props I found. The customers asked a lot of the questions that I had put on my suggestion list which was to be expected, however there were some other questions.  The biggest ones that were not on the list being “who was the milliner” and “what was the best part about being the milliner” or some variation of those. I saw a lot of people there but there were no classes that came.  If I had to rate the colonial trade fair from a scale of 1-10, ten being the best I would choose a nine because there were a couple hiccups but it went really well.

-Madison R. ;):)

I thought being a brickmaker was kinda fun because I had to talk to a ton of people who were parents. I also think that the fourth graders should do this project when they are in fifth grade. I think if we ever do a project like this again we could have partners that are from our class.

I liked the colonial trade fair because I got to tell people about what I learned about the peddler. I learned that the peddler also fixed stuff that broke. One thing I am proud of is how many customers I had. I had nine customers!  ~~Owen

I think that the colonial trade fair went pretty good although we did do a lot of rinse and repeat. Like when we had to keep going back and forth with the websites. One thing I did like is being able to tell people what I have done, and making all of props.

My customers asked a lot of questions, but the most asked question was “what are wigs made of?” A couple of the questions stumped me a little but one of those questions was “how long does it take to make wigs?” I was proud of myself because I worked so hard on making my two wigs:  a cotton ball and a paper wig. The teachers loved my cotton ball wig that I donated to the school. What I learned was that you have to have a fun intro to your stand to get more customers. I wish I could do it again because it was so fun.

I was proud that I knew every question that people asked me. The experience was weird because I have never done it before. It was hard because I got distracted a lot. Nicholas   

Sophia, the Hatter!

What I learned while presenting is colonial jobs are much different from today. One of my customers asked me what inspired me to be the doctor and I said just learning about it. It must have been hard to be a doctor in the colonial times because of everything you had to learn.

I think that the colonial trade fair was really fun and cool because we got to dress up as a colonial person and I was a colonial stonemason. My parents came to see my presentation and saw my friends at the colonial trade fair.  I loved the colonial trade fair it was so fun. THE END,

The colonial trade fair was a good experience for me because it will help me know what to do in middle school. I think that the colonial trade fair because is important because you will do a lot of presentations in middle school. I  t was hard because there were a lot of people there and you would not stop talking. Reed

Charlotte, The Saddler

    I loved the colonial trade fair a lot. Sharing my work by presenting and kind of pretending that I was a colonist was lots of fun. I also liked being tested by the teachers to see how much I really know.  Having to make props and to create a costume to bring in was fun too. I am really proud of my work and really happy with it too. If I rated the colonial trade fair from 1-10 I would rate it a ten because it was so much fun.  Thank You to Ms. Rhoades and Mrs.Burke, my fifth-grade teachers!!!!!!!!!!! :) :)
Madison M.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving from 5R!

Parent/Teacher Conferences were great!  I appreciated meeting with so many of you!  Your children did an excellent job sharing their learning with you.  I enjoyed the presentations as much as you did!

Math Update!

We just finished a unit in math, so we celebrated with some fun math on this short, 2-day week!  Today, we did Mayflower Math.  For those of you who were interviewed last night by your child (that was their homework!) They can share their math from today with you and let you know the correct answers!  Have fun.

Yesterday we used various formulas to create an 18 point circle piece of artwork.  Below are pictures of the students with their artwork.  They have typed their thoughts about the project below their picture.

This is our blank slate!
Working with formulas to create some artwork!

My design was kind of random, all I did was pick a number, than close my eyes and pick a color out of my pencil case. But maybe I looked once. (Or maybe twice) But the math activity was so much fun.We found different number patterns, and turned them into color patterns.

Maddie M.

In math we did a project, so to do it we had five formulas with different colors for each one. To figure out where to make the colorful lines we picked a number 2 through 9, then we had a line of numbers 1 through 18. I started with the number I choose and put it on 1 and added that number until 18 and then if we were not there yet we would start again. To draw the lines say there was 1 to 3 then you would draw a line from those to numbers and that's how I did it.    

We made patterns in math only using only straight lines.  I named my design Star kaleidoscope. We used a formula using the numbers 2-9 and 1-10.  First we would choose a number 2-9, let’s say we choose 2. Then we would add our number to 1 and get three, then to two and get 4 and so on and so on until we get to 18.  When we get to 18 we would do the same thing but subtract 18 after. After all of this we would choose a color. After that we would connect the number on the top, like 1, and connect it with a straight line to the three And so on.  And that is how you would get this kind of design.

Madison R.

The 18 circle formula table is how we formed our shape. We chose a number from 1-18. So there is a B that stands for body, and F stands for frame. B is what color you choose my first one is green , F is the numbers, so if you, + anything with F you add 1 to the number you, +. And if you, +F and 9,  see where it takes you.
    From Nara

My favorite part of my 18 point circle was that the colors that I chose reminded me of the holidays and Christmas. It also reminded me of the circle of life. I like my circle because in the middle is my favorite color (green).


I made this picture by connecting dots, first, I connected every dot to the dot 7 dots to its right with a red line, then, I connected every dot to the dot 2 dots to its right with a blue line, then, I connected every dot to the dot 4 dots to its right with a green line, then, I connected every dot to the dot 8 dots to its right with a purple line, finally, I connected every dot to the dot 9 dots to its right with an orange line. If I were to name this picture, I would call it, “a rubber band ball.”


So what I did for my 18 point circle was a red, orange and yellow pattern and when I finished it looked like a sun.  It looked so cool and it actually looked like the actual sun. This math art was really fun and awesome and cool. And I think that we should do more than just 18 dots maybe 30 dots or more than that many, maybe forty dots.  I hope that we can do this again.


I think that Math Art was fun because you got to draw. I first added 6 then I did 5 then I did 4 then I did 2. That is how I made my circle.

I used 5 numbers to create my spindle. I used 4, 6, 8, 2, and 5. The colors l used are orange, purple, red, blue, and light blue.


This was a really fun activity because it combined art with math. I enjoyed seeing the patterns, and how no two were alike. It was really interesting while making it, because you didn’t know the outcome. It was fun connecting the numbers and again, seeing the outcome. I think it was fun for mostly everybody, and really entertaining to watch. Being able to connect math, with art was a really fun experiment. Personally I thought everybody's color choices and patterns were beautiful. Who knew that you could make art with math?!


It was very fun to do my Math Art because you got to combine numbers  and colors to make a cool design. I did not get to finish with mine and my 5 colores but it ended amazing. The first  number I did was the number 9, it turned out to have straight lines going down to each number. Then I chose different numbers like 4,8 and 7 and they each had a different design than each other. I used different colors like Violet,Blue,Light Blue and Red. I was going to use the number 3 and use the color yellow but I did not have enough time to do so. It was very fun and I hope we do it again.

             -Lia H.

The math art is very fun and I think that at least 3rd graders and up can do it and it is very simple.  All you need is 5 colors if not more and a ruler. What you do is your formula can be plus 5 and you get  6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 1 2 3 4 5.

We have some wonderful mathematicians and artists in 5R!

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!