Can you give the perfect directions to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? That is what the fifth graders tried to accomplish this week. Working in teams, the students created and wrote explicit directions step-by-step to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The teachers then read the directions and followed them… literally. At the end of the activity we compared the sandwiches to see which group gave the best directions.
It was such a pleasure to meet all of you this past week at parent teacher conferences. Last week, 5th grade wrapped up Chapter 2, and this week we will begin Chapter 3, which focuses on fractions. Some things to look forward in this chapter are adjusting recipes, a lot of pizza talk, building a dog house, and running a lemonade stand. It’s going to be a blast! I love fractions, and by the end of this chapter, your children will too!
This week, the 5th graders have continued to learn about air resistance through an online simulation on Explorelearning.com. On this simulation, students were dropping different objects (a ping pong ball, a golf ball, a watermelon, and a soccer ball) off the leaning tower of Pisa to see the speed at which the object falls. They are also able to see what happens when the same objects are dropped with a parachute and they are able to see what happens in a vacuum. With so much to explore, the 5th graders are discovering that air resistance depends on many factors. Finally, they are learning new vocabulary words such as acceleration and terminal velocity.
This week we began a research project to further study the seven elements of civilization in Mesopotamia. Each student has been assigned an element of civilization that they will study in-depth and ultimately produce a research essay and a physical rendering. We discussed how to collect research and take notes. Once the notes are collected, we will go through each step of the process to write an informational essay. We look forward to presenting our work to you on December 10 at the fifth grade Conference on Civilizations.
We started to learn about the most antique Synagogue in the North of America. The students were introduced to new vocabulary and grammar rules, based on their previous knowledge.