The Civil War

In social studies, we have been discussing the causes of the American Civil War. While slavery is generally cited as the main cause for the war, other political and cultural differences between the North and the South certainly contributed as well; namely States Rights, Industry and Farming, Expansion and Secession. Social Studies and Science is often the subjects where students practice their note-taking skills. In the following photos, 5th grade take notes for their upcoming Civil War quiz…

Final Project

For our final project, I stated in my letter that went out in Thursday folders last week that it will be a science experiment, please refer to the letter. Students were given a Science Experiment packet to be completed periodically so all the work is not done at once. Students will have class time to work on these as well. Tomorrow is our first due date and that is the student’s question. I’ve told students that a science experiment is not to create or make something but to form a question that you need to test in order to find the answer. Students must go over their questions with you first and then me. Here is the packet:

Junior Achievement

Each year we have local entrepreneurs visit our classroom to talk about the business world with our students. Our 5th grade Junior Achievement team focused on how our nation provides practical information about businesses’ need for individual who can meet the demands of the job market. They introduced the concept of globalization as it relates to resources and careers, and the need for students to be entrepreneurial in their thinking to meet the requirements of the business world.

“Show, Don’t Tell”

We are learning to become more descriptive writers. Novelist often use the “show, don’t tell” rule, which means, don’t tell the story, show it! As a class we discussed what that would look like using a simple phrase, “My room is messy,” and created an image that would elicit readers to imagine the messy room without seeing it.

During our writing time we work quietly and independently while listening to classical music. Here students create their stories listening to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata

Scholastic News

Students receive a weekly subscription of Scholastic News Magazine. This magazine keeps students up to date with current events and is a wonderful source of informational texts. Each issue comes with close reading questions, debates and writing activities. It also tests students comprehension skills as well. After reading the entire issue throughout the week, students complete the comprehension questions on the back. These questions are very helpful for assessments because it requires students to refer back to the text (a strategy that is crucial to succeed on the Aspire test.)

Here students use the interactive guide to use process of elimination to check their answers:

Rainforest Cafe Field Trip

We had an awesome time on our field trip to the Rainforest Cafe. Not only did we get to experience what it would be like to visit a real rain forest, but we also got to eat lots of delicious food!

Next on our service learning project agenda, we will discover ways to help preserve our rain forests…

The Volume of Willis Tower

In math students are investigating strategies to find the volume of a particular object. Since our 5th graders our extremely skillful mathematicians, we took it up a level and measured the volume of Willis/Sears Tower!

We discovered that the Sears tower is divided into 9 modules with each base measuring 75ft x 75ft, and each module a different height. Students found the volume of each module and added them all together. We also have the benefit of a view of the Willis Tower from our classroom! We calculated that the Willis Tower is approximately 53,000,000 square feet.



Rainforest Projects

The 5th graders did an awesome job on their rainforest animal projects! Students chose an animal from the rainforest to research and created a google slideshow to present their animal to the class. During presentations, students took notes on what they learned using exit slips. Great job 5th Grade!

Reading A-Z

Every week students should be reading for at least 30 minutes a night and logging it into their reading logs. beginning today, students all have Raz accounts where they can read online. Students will still complete their reading logs by paper but we want students to become accustomed to reading stories online. Aspire testing will be completed online and they will need to read stories and answer questions based on a text. I have assigned several stories for students to choose from and I will keep adding more. Raz can be completed on a desktop PC and tablets as well.

Happy Reading!