What an amazing few weeks of learning and community growth! Read on to find out what your fifth graders have been up to in each class:
NO SCHOOL: Rosh Hashana- September 30- October 1
Yom Kippur- October 8-9
Sukkot- October 14-15
Simchat Torah/Shemini Atzeret- October 21-22
Inspired by last week’s Climate Strike, advisory this week focused on learning more about the science behind climate change and what can be done to stop and reverse the effects already being seen. The students wrote letters to their representatives, speeches to congress, created presentations and wrote songs/raps to express their frustration at a lack of action.
We are under way with Wonder! Much excitement filled the room this week as we read the first several chapters of our class novel, Wonder. We met our protagonist, Auggie and used evidence from the text to determine how he identifies himself internally and externally. We also met some of Auggie’s classmates and had a great class discussion about “put-downs” and how others can be unkind in explicit or more subtle ways.
During our writing classes, we began brainstorming ideas for a personal narrative by thinking about powerful moments in our lives. Through the prompts “the first time I…. and ” “the last time I….” we made note of moments in our lives where we learned a lesson or came to realize an important value.
We completed reading the book Seedfolks, which tells the story of a community that comes together around a garden. This week, the class wrote themselves into the Seedfolks community through a new chapter in the book and worked other projects related to the book. We finished our week by working in the school’s garden. The class harvested basil and gave it to our first grade buddies as a gift and also helped to spread compost. This will kick off our work about ancient civilizations and the communities in those civilizations beginning next week.
This week we finished Unit 1. We have learned different ways to represent large numbers, including expanded form and written form. We have rounded and compared large numbers and built numbers based on place value. This week, we also finished our first end of unit project. Our next chapter will on whole number multiplication and division.
Over the last two weeks, the 5th graders have participated in their first engineering challenge of the year. Their task was to design a catapult out of popsicle sticks and rubber bands that would send a cotton ball the furthest distance. The students were very excited as they jumped right into the challenge, wrote a hypothesis, drew a design, and started experimenting with different options. After a full class of building, testing, and modifying, students ran a 10 trial test and found their average distance. Then, in the next class, students continued the engineering design process by drawing a modified or new design, writing a new hypothesis, and building / testing their improved catapults. The 5th grade scientists have been eager and hard working learners so they could accomplish the most with their time.