Friday, November 30, 2012

Marshmallow Challenge

Fifth Grade students stepped up to the Marshmallow Challenge!
 I heard, "We can just try." "I'm glad we had fun!"

Reflections: Your still a winner cause you tried! I learned to work together. 

Math Thoughts: Trying to balance a marshmallow on time. What angle to use. I wonder what the weight of the spaghetti is? Should we have cut in 1/5, or 1/6's?
You don't have to touch
"I'm glad we had fun!"

It's this tall?

I think this is it!

You can link to the Marshmallow Challenge
and the click on the directions to make it larger. 
"Don't worry how tall it is."

I wonder how it works?
I think it goes this way.        PDF Format

Students shared something we could do better next time:

Work better and stay on task and contribute and use quiet voices.
We can work together which means not 1 or 2 should not be working, all the people should work together. 

Tsunami Stories ~ Five Paragraphs

Akasha page 1

Akasha page 2

Tayen page 1

Continued ~ Tayen


Basic essay writing with line-by-line color-coded organizer Students are writing a five-paragraph essay on an organizer about the Tsunami emergency.
  • First paragraph is facts about the recent earthquake.
  •  Second is, How did you know? & Where was your destination?
  • Third, What did you do to entertain your self?
  • Fourth, Your choice.
  • His adding photos too.

  • Fifth, What did you learn from the experience? and What will you do next time? 
  • Publishing!
    Here goes!
    Paragraph 3; What did you do during the Tsunami Emergency?
    Typing on Pages

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving From Fifth Grade

Turkeys come in all sizes and shapes!Pattern Block Paper

A Day to Remember

Near the end of November
when harvest is done,
comes a day to remember
with thanks and with fun,
a day full of pleasure
and Thanksgiving praise
for the good without measure
that brightens our days
Aileen Fisher

It begins with a pattern. Pattern Paper Pdf
I think . . . I got it!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

 Students are learning about their families: exploring family experiences through writing and reading. 
In class, students practiced interviewing a partner.
Now, they are interviewing a family member. They have questions like . . .
  • Can you describe your father or mother as you remember looking at them when you were small?
  • Who was the best cook in your family?
  • Any relatives remembered? Grandparents or Aunts and Uncles?
  • Did your family ever move?
Then, they will acquire "My Interview Book" to interview an adult they know.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Honoring Our Veterans

 What do you know about Veterans Day?
Explore the Web site given to learn about the national holiday.
Answers are found on this site Veterans Day

Scavenger Hunt was Challenging!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Super Sizes

Students read informational text, Super Size in the Scholastic News. They will determine the author's main points in the article, and then identify reasons or pieces of evidence that support each point.

Then watched, Supersize Me in 7 mins: How too much of McDonald's will make you feel! Selected scenes from the documentary "Supersize Me" directed by Morgan Spurlock, focusing on what too much McD's does to your body and how it makes one feel.

What point is the cartoonist trying to make?


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Character Writing

Students are creating a character to use in their writing. The idea developed after watching singer Taylor Swift, a live classroom webcast. She shared how she wrote stories about her friends. She expressed, "When I was 12 or 13, my family spent the summer like at the shore. And I missed my friends back home so much. That, I would spend all my days locked in the den at ah computer just writing a novel. I did add all my friends from school in my novel so I didn’t miss them as much. It ended up being like 400 pages long.” 
My students were excited about using their friends in a story.
She also talked about the Genre she read as a kid.  She shared when reading adventures, “It’s fun to escape from where you are in your life and jump into someone else’s.”
referred from, TaylorSwift Webcast

They will create and customize their character using the
 Handmade Template

Kids are creating their character. "Are we going to do it again tomorrow?" a student asked. I replied, "Yes." "Goood!" he answered.
Begin with, [Homework] character writing = done
First Page of packet = done 
Then, Create your character 
Characters in my story.
Here are a few characters from 5th Period.

Designer Characters

Accordion Paragraph color.pdf