Thursday, December 14, 2017

Preparing for our Winter Open House

Students are excited to prepare for our Winter Open House on Friday. We made a winter mural using cut paper. Students used their imagination and created a wonderful winter scene!

Preparing for BizTown

Students have been preparing for our trip to JA BizTown in St. Louis in January. What prototype can you make? What can you mass produce and earn a profit?

You need to work as a team, use only the resources you have and work quickly! Check out our prototypes!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

What's the Big Idea?

Students will be transitioning to Informational writing in the next trimester.  It is important for them to be able to identify an important idea and the details or evidence from the text that supports that idea.

Working with a graphic organizer from Jim Burke's book Reading Tools, Tips, and Techniques students listened to me read about two famous scientists.  

The first reading was for listening only. The second reading, students had their own text to follow along. They were encouraged to annotate the text as I reread the text.  Using a shorter piece of text helped keep the lesson focused.  This is the book where I focused on two individuals.

Then, students chose their own text and worked to find the most important idea about these groundbreaking people.


These books have great stories about overcoming great odds. Each text highlights an individual who accomplished great things under extraordinary circumstances!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Microbits with Mr. Adams

I thought we were going on to the STEAM bus today but instead, Mr. Adams brought the learning to the media center. And let me tell you, we had some really excited students today! Using Microbits and a laptop, with the guidance of Mr. Adams, students were able to do some basic coding. 

Students tried spelling their name, making ringtones, and explored other projects from the Microbits website.  Mr. Adams has provided a challenge for students to work towards so they can earn their own Microbit!  Who is up for the challenge?

Makerspace Challenge

What a week! Students worked on teamwork, communication, and problem-solving when working on the Makerspace Challenge for October. Each group was tasked with using all 42 cups to build the tallest structure.  We had lots of tumbling cups and starting over but it was a great challenge for room 206!

And the winner is...
at 96 cm!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Learning about Boston Landmarks and the Printing Press with Mrs. Fritsche!

Each week, our classroom gets a visit from Mrs. Fritsche. She is a world traveler who knows a lot about the historical content that we study in fifth grade.  This week, she shared real photos of landmarks that we have been learning about in Boston such as the harbor where the Boston Massacre occurred and the Old North Church signaling Paul Revere's Midnight Ride.


Here, Mrs. Fritsche shows us how a printer's apprentice would learn how to sort all of the letters into the printer's tray.