We were so incredibly fortunate to have a special visit from Physics Girl, aka Jordi’s Aunt Diana! She explained concepts such as surface tension and engaged us all with hands-on demonstrations. We also had so much fun watching her videos as a class - check them out here! Thank you so much to the Cowern family for making this possible. What a great treat for a class that loves science so much!
Speaking of science, enthusiasm is high for our unit on the sun, earth, planets, and stars. The kids beg for science class, and especially enjoyed the hands on projects we did to better understand the universe this week. First, we explored the earth’s rotation by making shadow clocks in order to understand how ancient cultures first started tracking time. Then, we studied the different constellations visible from the earth by making a “Universe in a Box.” Hopefully your 5th grader showed you how it works at home! Next week we’ll study seasonal changes as well as the lunar cycle. Students will need flashlights again for Thursday’s activity: modeling the moon’s phases.
This certainly is a hard-working bunch, and their success at this week’s Economics Fair was proof of that! I’m proud of students for using their planning skills and creativity in order to make their products, as well as using their economic skills to calculate profit and revenue. We’ll be counting money on Monday, and students will be able to repay their loans! We will also decide which charity will receive the profits.
We continue to build skills for reading informational text, especially how to use context clues to determine word meaning and how to identify an author’s opinion. Students are learning how to be closer readers - determining the gist (main idea) of a text and the details that support it.
We’re nearing the end of our unit on adding and subtracting fractions! Students have learned how to conceptualize fractions in order to add and subtract, and are now mastering how to make equivalent fractions in order to perform the standard algorithm. They are also learning to write about and explain their thinking using important math vocabulary, such as improper fractions, mixed numbers, benchmark fractions, and lowest common denominator. Next week, we will finish the lessons in this unit in order to complete the assessment for these standards before winter break.
Student Blogger: Michael
This was a great week. First we prepared for the economics fair. Second we met Jordi’s aunt (physics girl) and we did some physics with her. Finally we will start the economics fair soon.