On Wednesday afternoon, the kids from DREAM Project will be visiting us here at ISS for our second community-building project. Our wonderful PE teachers, Ms. Gaby and Coach Haines, have planned an obstacle course activity for us to participate in together. We had so much fun meeting our new friends on our last visit, and look forward to welcoming them here for a teamwork challenge!
The fifth graders are hard at work on the upcoming Science Fair! This week, they researched their chosen body system and are well on their way to becoming experts! The next step is to make a 3-D poster to display at the Science Fair. Groups have been provided paper and have outlined their bodies in order to make their model. They are encouraged to bring in materials to represent the different parts of the body in a creative way, but do not have to buy anything fancy for this project! The best materials can be found around the house - straws, sponges, yarn, balloons, etc. We will continue working on the posters next week and begin making the display boards (provided in class). Parents are encouraged to come and check out the final products on Thursday, March 9th between 2:30-3:00.
This week we finished the last of our lessons on multiplying fractions! The fifth graders have done an impressive job of applying their multiplication skills with fractions in order to solve multi-step word problems and convert fractions to decimals. Next, we’ll build on this knowledge by dividing whole numbers by unit fractions and unit fractions by whole numbers. The 5th grade standards do not require students to divide fractions by fractions this year, although students looking for an extra challenge are welcome to try it out! I’m happy to show them!
I’m learning so much from the 5th graders as they work on their informative essays! We have an impressive array of topics - electricity, stop motion films, Saturn, black holes, the nervous system, and more! All topics were chosen by the 5th graders themselves. This week we wrapped up the research portion of the project and organized our ideas into 2-3 body paragraphs. Next week we’ll begin drafting the essays.