Friday, August 28, 2015

Earth Sciences Investigation

Students work in small groups to create a model of a biosphere that interacts with with other earth systems. 

First, students put a layer of gravel at the bottom. Then they added soil and a plant. A cup of water is added into the airtight container.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015


Students finally got to "set up" the iPad. We checked them out from the library and 
set up the new Casper Filter System. This system allows social media to be limited while at the same time, the district can "push" certain apps directly to each device.

We will be learning and practicing how to keep our device running as a learning tool in the next weeks. iPads will not be going home for sometime yet!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Teamwork Activity

Students worked in teams and were challenged with building the longest chain.
Each group was provided with a piece of paper, two pairs of scissors and a glue stick.
In essence, there were more people than there were supplies.

Students had to problem solve and communicate with each other. They had to plan what they were going to do.

Students naturally defined roles. Someone was the "cutter" or the "gluer".

Working quickly, students made the longest chain of paper that they could.
See how we did!

Rolling Sixes

Students worked with a partner to play a math game. One person rolled a die. When they landed on a six, they stopped rolling and switched with their partner. The partner was writing the numbers-- hoping to reach 100 before the partner rolled a six. So fun!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

What have you been reading this summer?

This summer I have read some awesome books! 
While many were published in 2015, some were classics that I 
had not read before.

One of my favorites that I could not put down was  Fish in a Tree. This is the 
Global Read Aloud that we will start in October. I know that students will relate to the powerful characters in this story!

Circus Mirandus really surprised me! I am not one that typically chooses Fantasy. This book reminded me of many other books that I have read. I am interested to hear if you see some of the same patterns!  It was another book that I was glued to. Fantastic fantasy read!

Humor and cheering were abound when reading Flora and Ulysses. Who knew a squirrel could be a superhero? Great fun and a quick read!

I also read many other books this summer and I have many more to go! Here
are some on my TBR (to be read) stack. Start your list fifth grade-- we have so many books to relish!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Get Ready Room 206!

Classroom is ready to go! Just need students to get this year started!  I can't wait to meet the new crew!