What an ambitious week we had in Fifth Grade! We began the week studying the C-U-B-E-S strategy in math class. This strategy helps students break down math word problems so they can better understand the question and create a plan to solve it. Fab in Fifth has an amazing free poster that I was able to use. Click Here for the resource.
In Social Studies class, we focused on geography this week. Students created paper-mache globes. We talked about Hemispheres, Equator, Prime Meridian, and Poles. Then, students labeled all the continents and oceans as they glued them on the globes. It was a fun (and messy!) way to learn!
Students also decorated cookies with lines of latitude, lines of longitude, the Equator, the Prime Meridian, and Poles. The two colors of frosting were a good visual to help students remember which lines are which.
We finished off the week with our first Passport Day of the year! We traveled to England and learned about the country's government, language, geography, and so much more! In the afternoon class, Mr. Hollingdale gave us a first-hand account of England. He lives in the U.S. now, but is from London. The students really enjoyed listening to him share his experiences and knowledge. Thank you Mr. Hollingdale! Cheers everyone! Have a STEMtastic Week!!
To kick off our school year and introduce our STEM culture, students participated in daily, school-wide design challenges based around our school "Habits of Mind." We called this week STEMfest. It was so exciting to see the students collaborate, act responsibly, think critically, persevere, and lead (our five "Habits")!
In math class, we wrapped up the week with a logic activity using candy. Students did a great job collaborating, persevering, and critical thinking!
I am SOOOO super excited about my classroom environment this year! I was going for a "treehouse" feel, but it makes me think more of "Wonderland!" Either way, I like it!
This is part of my silent work nook/RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) Tree. I glued/taped real tree branches to the wall! Each time a student receives a random act of kindness or does a random act of kindness, he/she gets to put a leaf on our tree! Opposite the chair, I have a leather couch that I got for free!
I like so many things about these tables! First, they are on wheels so students can easily regroup as needed. Second, I painted the tops with three coats of dry-erase paint...and it worked! I was nervous because I had a failed attempt at this a few years ago, but priming and painting three thick coats did the trick! Now my students can work out problems without wasting paper!
As I was putting the finishing touches on my classroom, I had chairs instead of these stools. I was concerned because the students had nowhere to put their materials and the chairs didn't really fit into my theme. So I splurged on these stools. They were on sale and I got a bit of an extra discount...they are worth every penny!!!!
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