Our class began to study rocks. Students listened to a book about how to select a special rock. Students then selected a rock and did some sort and classify activities with their rocks. Then students created wanted posters and comic strips for their pet rock. Students had the option to put eyes on their rock.
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, our class earned another reward activity. They read 1000 Accelerated Reading points and completed 1000 Accelerated Math objectives in order to have the special activity. Students wore green, sorted Lucky Charms cereal, listened to Ms. Wolf read some Irish folktales, they played hot potato, and they danced a jig. The students each brought a green food to share for a snack.
Pi Day (3.14)
Our class celebrated Pi Day on March 14th (3.14). The day started with the viewing of Disney's Donald in Mathmagicland and the book Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi. Then students rotated among centers using pi to find the circumference of circles in many different ways. The day ended with eating chicken pot pie, apple, and chocolate pie.
Read Across America Day
Our class celebrated Dr. Suess' birthday by celebrating Read Across America Day. Students wore their pajamas and brought pillows and blankets to school. Students read books all day and enjoyed a breakfast of green eggs and ham.
We had two fourth graders and two fifth graders that participated in the school spelling bee. One of our fifth graders, Yasmeen, won the spelling bee and now moves on to the county bee. Congratulations to all the participants for all your hard work!
I know and Old Lady Reader's Theater
While part of the class was on a field trip, students divided into small groups and read different versions of I know and Old Lady. Students then prepared a presentation for the class using their assigned book. Everyone in the group had to act and have a speaking part.
Our class made Valentine bags and had an earned celebration party. The students read 1000 Accelerated Reading points and completed 1000 Accelerated Math objectives to earn the celebration.
George Washington's Birthday
Our class celebrated George Washington's birthday by reading books about him, making his favorite breakfast, and completing a coordianted math grid that made his profile.
Weather and Water
The fifth graders were learning about water and weather. They participated in classrooms labs about why the ocean is salty, how to make a cloud, and the water cycle.
The fourth graders studied magnetism and electricity. They participated in classroom labs with the Van der Graaf machine and static electricity. They also practiced building circuits.
Both grades were studying Native Americans. The fourth graders focused on California Native Americans while the fifth graders studied the Native Americans from the United States. Both learned about how the tribes used their resources. Some tribes made clay pots, so the students had the opportunity to make clay coil pots.
CSU Chico Science Labs
All students at our school travel to Chico State University to participate in science labs that are based on their grade level content standards. The lab is also a training ground for future teachers. This year our fourth graders went twice and participated in a lab for life science, and magnetism and electricity. The fifth graders also participated twice in a lab for matter and water.
Holidays are fun times at our school. Our PE teachers allow the kids to have fun with holiday karaoke and dancing. They also sponsor reindeer relay races. Our class earned a holiday party and as a farewell to Mr. Solis, he had them all autograph baseballs. We had a special craft day to make gifts for family and friends. We also made a sock snowman as a gift for our parents and decorated candy houses. Fun! Thanks to the wonderful parents that supported all the activities.
Fifth grade Christmas Concert
Fifth graders learn to play the recorder as an introduction to the district band program. They were invited to participate in the band Christmas concert.
Ghostly Time in Room 24
Retired teacher Mrs. Spence came into our class to do a special ghost project. With her direction and parent support, students draped cheese cloth soaked in Vano starch over balloons and soda cans. Once they dried, students decorated the ghostly creatures. Later, the balloons were popped and the ghosts stood alone as fun decorations for fall.
The Three Little Pigs Reader's Theater
While part of the class was gone on a field trip, the class had some drama fun with different versions of the "Three Little Pigs" story. Students practiced reading their assigned book and then decided how to portray the book to the class. Some students acted and some students were narrators.
We used the Hershey Fractions book to introduce fractions to the fourth graders. Fifth graders assisted and participated. Math is yummy and fun with chocolate.
Circumference and Area of a Circle Lab
Fifth graders had a hands on experience to practice their skills of calculating area and circumference of a circle.
Mixtures and Solutions
The fifth graders did a lab to learn about mixtures and solutions. After doing the lab, each fifth grader then had to repeat the lab and teach a fourth grader about mixtures and solutions. After the lab, students were able to consume the lab materials- lemonade and trail mix.
Student Council Elections
Several students from our class ran for a student council position. Students made posters and gave a speech at a school assembly. All of the students did great.
Each year we invite our grandparents to come to school to participate in an activity and have lunch. This year we made pillows, had lunch, and then shared root beer floats. Thanks to all the grandparents that came to visit our class.
Reading the book-Where the Red Fern Grows
Our class enjoyed the book Where the Red Fern Grows. As a part of the activity with the book, students wrote summaries after every chapter. Students read in groups, discussed chapter vocabulary and events, and then summarized the chapter.
Students learned about the voyages of Christopher Columbus and sampled hard tack.
Red Ribbon Week
Every October we take time to remind the students and ourselves about the importance of being drug free. During this week, students have spirit days to show there commitment to staying drug free.
Fifth Graders Matter
Fifth graders study matter. They learn that every living thing is made up of elements from the periodic table. They made molecules out of gumdrops. They learned about density by layering liquids and placing objects in the liquids.
Fourth Grade Life Science (Continued)
The fourth graders continued to study plants, parts of plants and photosynthesis. Students also played a food chain game.
Fourth Grade Life Science
Fourth graders are learning about plants, food webs and ecosystems. To start the unit the students went on a walk and found plant leaves. They then described the texture, color and size of the leaf.
Mystery Festival for the First Week of School
The first week of school we participated in a mystery activity. The source for the activity was from the GEMS unit Mystery Festival. The stage was set with a crime scene. Students observed the scene and made a map. Students wrote descriptions about items at the crime scene. Next, students read the story and suspect statements to match clues with the suspects. Information was recorded on a suspect sheet. Ten crime lab stations were used to test items at the crime scene. Finally, the students used all the data to try to figure out who was the culprit or even if there was a crime. Students wrote, drew, created a news paper, or TV news broadcast to report their findings.