Wilson School Gold Rush
Every year our school has a special activity that allows fourth and fifth grade students to experience living history. Fourth graders went to the river and pan for "gold". While they are gone, the fifth graders set up an old west town. Fourth graders cashed in their "gold" at an assay office for "cash" and then went to the town. This was an incredible experience for both grade levels and many community members were involved.
Wilson School Track Meet
Students in our class won many ribbons in the annual Wilson School Track Meet.
Our class practiced and perform several Reader's Theater scripts. Students got into character and added their own take on the script.
End of the Year Reward Bowling Trip
Fifth graders that have few demerits, finished their state reports, and have met their learning goals. are invited to an end of the year celebration. Students travel to Yuba City for two hours of bowling. Students were given free food at the concession stands for lunch. Next, students travel to Gauche Park for free play time with friends. Everyone had a great day.
Agriculture in The Classroom
Our class was visited by two local farmers. They talked to the students about the importance of agriculture in our county during history and the present. They also discussed crops that grow in our county and related to science material on plants and plant growth. They sang songs and had us play games. whe they left they gave the class locally grown foods to eat.
Holiday Junk Food Fest
Students earned a holiday junk food fest by reading 1,000 Accelerated Reading Points. The first part of the party, students decorated ice cream cones with frosting and candy. Some made them look like trees, while others created creatures. After holiday limbo for PE, students commenced to consume large amounts of sugar provided by the parents. Each student was given a zip lock bag and encouraged to take some home.
Clothes Pin Snowmen
Courtesy of one of our school aides, Mary Ellen Hart, students made snowmen with felt and clothes pins. Each snowman was decked out in different fabrics and decorative materials. Students took the snowmen home to give to a loved one.
Chip and the Christmas Tree Performances
Our class loves drama and to act. Our Student Teacher lead the class in performing a holiday play. Students memorized lines, made sets and props, and gathered costumes. Our class then performed the play for two second grade classes and for parents. Below are the videos and pictures of both performances.
While our student teacher was during her solo weeks, we had a fun time learning to do different types of poetry. One poetry activity was to write about what was in our head.
Art Docent and Native American Art
During our unit on the Early Americans, students learned about the customs and culture native peoples of each region of the United States. A directed drawing showing the homes of each tribal region was completed. Our Art Docent showed the students how to make a Native American weaving.
Hands on Fractions
To begin our math unit on fractions, the students had two hands on activities. In the first activity, students folded strips of paper and labeled them to make a rainbow model of fractions. In the next activity, students used the book Hershey's Fractions and Hershey bars to do some fraction math.
CSU Chico Science Lab
Our class traveled to Chico State University to learn more about matter in the science labs. Every student donned a lab coat and goggles for safety. Students then rotated through 8 centers that taught the students more about matter. After the lab, the students had lunch and played in the Children's Park.
UC Davis Nutrition Lesson
UC Davis Nutritionists came to our class to do a special lesson on the food pyramid. Students answers questions, played a fun game, and then had a yogurt tofu smoothie.
Pillows with our Grandparents
On Grandparents day, students learned to sew pillows. First, students learned to thread the needle and sew on buttons. Then students learned to sew the pillow together. The pillows keep the students comfortable in class and will go home at the end of the year.
Chemical and Physical Changes
As a part of the science matter unit, students did a lab to learn about chemical and physical changes. The favorite was pop rocks candy as a sample of chemical reactions.
Student Council Elections
On Election Day 2012, the 4th and 5th graders had the opportunity to practice their right to vote for their school Student Council Officers. Each candidate had to make a poster, hand out stickers, and give a speech at a school assembly. Several students from our class ran for an office, and one of our students was the master of ceremony.
Gum Drop Compounds
During the science matter unit, students learned about chemical compounds and the elements on the periodic table. Students used gum drops and tooth picks to create 3-d models of common compounds like water and salt. Students then made a new compound naming it scientifically.
One of our parents comes in each month to teach the class about artists and then the students do an art project. This is a fun time for all.
Our annual school fundraiser, the Math-a-thon, was held in October. Students collected pledges and worked to complete 100 fifth grade level math problems. Our class raised about $1200 for supplies and field trips. We earned three class parties: a popcorn movie party, ice cream party, and a pizza party.
Healthy Halloween Party
Our class earned a Healthy Halloween Party by mastering 1,000 Accelerated Math Objectives. Students read the scary stories they wrote, danced with the Wii, and enjoyed a healthy lunch provided by the parents.
Red Ribbon Week 2012
Our school celebrated Red Ribbon week at the end of October. Students has special dress up days to remind them to be drug free. Our favorite dress up days were School Color Days, Decades Day, Disney Day, and Twin Day.
Fall Art Mosaics
To decorate the room for Grandparents, the students took foam fall shapes and created mosaics. For the mosaics, students first selected a foam shape and three fall colors. Students then ripped the colored paper int tiny pieces. The pieces were then glues into the foam. The students learned patience as this project took several weeks to complete.
Art Projects During the First Week
The first week the students did two art projects. The first one was a picture of themselves doing what they enjoy outside of school time or what they would like to do. The other project was a crayon resist with their hand print.
Paper Airplane Contest
The finale to the week was a paper airplane contest. Students had to choose between all their planes and find the best ones for distance, accuracy, and hang time. After the contest the students wrote about their week long study of flight and paper airplanes.
Paper Airplanes- Following Directions
The first week was spent investigating flight and paper airplanes. First students listened to the teachers and followed their verbal directions to make a few planes. Then students read about the principles of flight and used that knowledge to get their paper planes to fly better. Next, students taught each other with verbal directions to make a plane. Then, students read directions to make planes. Finally. students wrote directions to make planes.
The First Day of School
The first day of school was a hands on science day. Ms. Wolf read the class the book Oobleck by Dr. Suess. Ms. Wolf then gave the class some oobleck of their own to explore. Students brainstormed the properties of oobleck and determined it had properties of liquids and solids. Students then conducted a white powder investigation to determine which powder made oobleck. Ms. Floratos led the investigation and students use a lab report format to record their findings. Students then added H2O, water, to the white powders and observed the change to determine which powder was oobleck. The class was then challenged to create a spaceship that could safely land on a planet of oobleck. It was a great first day!