We had such a fun and exciting week at STEM Middle! Students created tie-dye shirts to wear at ReynFaire and at our Annual Fifth Grade Kickball Tournament. I have never tie-dyed, so I was learning along with the kids. They turned out great! Go Team Teal (and Team Gray)l!!
Our focus this year in Social Studies was the Western Hemisphere. We studied the history, economy, government, & geography of this region. I wanted my students to end the year by applying their knowledge of the Western Hemisphere to other countries in the world. Students chose their country and I was impressed by the diversity of cultures they chose. Check out the pictures below...can you guess where we traveled?
We have 3 Signature Events at STEM Middle: StemFest, Gallery Hop, and REYNFaire. REYNFaire is a modern version of a Renaissance Fair. The Fifth Graders were in charge of games. Students were to to research Renaissance games, summarize the history, create directions, and actually build and test the games. We collaborated with the Eighth Graders by giving out PBIS tickets to game winners. The PBIS tickets could be used at the REYN Market to purchase Renaissance-themed items. It was a great time!
Our school-wide talent show was this past week. Two of our talented Fifth Graders performed. Check out their videos! Great Job Rowan & Frederick!!
Each year, Fifth Graders go Putt-Putting and then return to school and design their own course using their math and science knowledge. I have to say that this year, the students really stepped up to the challenge and created awesome putt-putt courses!
Our last Genius Hour of the year was this week. Most of the projects presented were wonderful! I have loved seeing the growth of the Fifth Graders during Advisory this year!
The Fifth Grade and Seventh Grade Ohio Social Studies Standards have some overlap. For example, we both study the Age of Exploration, but Fifth Grade focuses on the lasting effects in the Western Hemisphere and Seventh Grade looks at Global affects. Regardless, when the Seventh Grade teacher asked if my students would be interested in peer reviewing their Age of Exploration Game boards, I excitedly responded yes!
The Fifth Graders had a great time playing all the different types of games. The Seventh Graders incorporated some Science standards into their game boards to create buzzers and lights and sounds. It was a great time for students of all ages!
Hi Fellow Teachers and Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! Jamie from FormSwift has provided us with a lesson planning resource that rocks! Here is her note about it:
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For most of the school year, students have begged me to "Dab." I have refused. My dance skills are not up to par and I'd rather not make a spectacle of myself and have them put it all over YouTube. And then I made a deal that I now regret...
...I told students that if someone cracked 1000 on our district math assessment, I would Dab and put it on Stemtastic Classroom. I should have known that my motivated, critically thinking students would meet the challenge. So here you go, Fifth Graders...
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