Genius Hour is a time once a week where students research any topic they want. The rules are: they have to do research, take notes, and do a presentation. Students are researching many topics such as cooking, animals, ocean life, robots, cars, planes, and how to bones work. Two students from our class gave their presentations to the School Board at a School Board meeting. They both did a great job!
Wilson School held its first Jog-a-thon on Grandparent's Day. Our class made posters to help grandparents cheer on students. Students ran laps around the playground while their grandparents and families cheered for them. It was a very successful fundraiser. Our class won the Golden Shoe award for running the most laps. We tied with Mr. Mc Vicker for raising the most money and won a pizza party. The fifth grade level raised the most money, so we won a pajama day.
Our class earned a holiday party by reading 1000 more AR points. Our room mother, Mrs. Platter, planned a fun event. She baked cupcakes and made homemade frosting. Mrs. Alcantar brought ice cream cones. The cones were placed on top of the cupcake. Students decorated the cupcake tree with the candies they brought. Lunch was provided. The menu included Alfredo tortellini, salad, homemade bread, and lemonade. It was yummy. While we ate, we enjoyed the Polar Express movie.
Elf on a Classroom Shelf
Addison found a package on her front porch one morning before school. The package was addressed to our classroom. She brought the package to school and Ms. Wolf opened it. It was our own classroom Elf on a Shelf. Ms. Wolf read the story and we tried to select a name. No one could agree, so everyone wrote their choice on slips of paper and placed them in the elf box. When our class returned from lunch, our elf was perched on top of our class Wolf Mask and a note said Buddy. I our chose the name Buddy Wolf. Buddy and our class had some great adventures during the days leading up to the Winter Holiday.
In Buddy's honor, we created our own elves using our selfie photos.
Chromebook Donor Reception
Our classroom held a reception for all the donors that contributed to our Chromebook cart. Donors sampled refreshments provided by our principal Mrs. Allen. Students chose ten centers to share with the donors. Students took donors on a tour of the centers while other students demonstrated the ten activities. Students successfully showed how the Chromebooks have become useful tools in our classroom. The Gridley Herald published a nice article about the event.
The Art of the Selfie
Our class read a nonfiction article about the Art of the Selfie. Students wrote a summary on their Chrome books and then took their own selfies. The next day students wrote positive comments about each other and put Post-Its by their selfies. Then students chose the comments they liked and wanted to display on our class bulletin board.
Mixtures and Solutions Lab
The fifth graders had a lab to learn about mixtures and solutions. Chex Mix was used to learn about mixtures, and lemonade was used to learn about solutions. Once they took notes and became experts, the fifth graders taught the fourth graders what they had learned. It was a yummy learning experience.
Local Farmers Visit Our Classroom and Discuss Water Usage, the Water Cycle, and the Drought
Wear Red Day for Red Ribbon Week
Our class read scary stories in the dark to culminate our writing unit. During the writing unit, students learned about writing character descriptions, settings, and the elements of plots. They practiced writing more descriptive sentences by using an extensive adjective list. Students practiced reading stories in scary voices. Students learned to edit their writing and the writing of their peers. Students typed their stories on their Chrome Books. Finally, they illustrated the stories before they read them aloud in the dark.
Our class had a catered lunch of spaghetti, salad, and bread. Thank you Mrs. Platter for another amazing meal! She also surprised the class with homemade caramel apples. Mrs. Busch brought marshmallow witches, and Mr. Dunning dropped off cupcakes. Mrs. Wolfe provided the plates, napkins, and cups. Thank you!
During the party the students used props to take themed photos with friends.
Our Class Scarecrow that Won the Spirit Week Competition
Thank you Mrs. Mills and Mrs. Rogers for your creativity and work on our scarecrow. Thank you Mr. Mills for the ingenuity to make him stand.
Career Day for Red Ribbon Week on Halloween
Twin Day for Red Ribbon Week
Building Electric Circuits
Three Little Pig Plays
Chrome Book Time
Blue and Gold Day to Support GHS Homecoming
Healthy Eating Lesson with Suzie
Our students love to have time to take candid shots with the class digital cameras. Photo bombing seems to be the trend during photo shoots.
School Counselor Instructs the Students about Anti-bullying
Our new School Counselor visited our class four times to teach the students about how to be proactive and stop bullying. The lessons were interactive and gave students good strategies.
Our class is very fortunate to have Chrome books 1:1. A group of parents raised the money to purchase the Chrome books after seeing them demonstrated at Back To School Night. They raised the funds in two weeks! The wonderful tech staff rolled out the technology in record time. Our parents, tech staff, and community are amazing!
Math manipulates are often used in our class. These manipulates are used to help students understand place value of decimals and whole numbers. Before we first use a new set of manipulates, Ms. Wolf gives the students time to free explore with them. This helps the students to focus when it is time for direct instruction.
Fifth Graders Learn About the Fifty States
It is a tradition to learn the names and locations of all the fifty states. Fifth grade students learned a song and practiced on maps. Students were given a blank US map to complete as a final test. Students also placed postcards on a United States Road Map to learn about the places Mrs. Wolf traveled over the summer. Ms. Wolf sent post cards to the fifth graders over the summer, describing her adventures. She visited Hawaii and then traveled in a motor home across the continental Untied States. Students brought their postcards to school and placed them around the map, and connected them to the map location with string.
Going Away Party for Mrs. Schor
Our class was sad to see Mrs. Schor move out of state. She has been a classroom aide with this group of children since they were in first grade. Students made homemade cards, brought gifts, and shared yummy cookies to give her a proper send off! Yes many tears were shed by Mrs. Schor, students, parents, and siblings. If you are reading this Mrs. Schor, WE MISS YOU!
Our school year started with a crime scene investigation. The activity was adapted from the Lawrence Hall of Science GEMS unit called: Mystery Festival. Students observed the crime scene and wrote notes about what was at the crime scene. Next, students discussed the scene in groups. Students returned to the scene of the crime and drew a crime scene map. Students then returned to our class and once again discussed what they saw and drew on their map. Next students read suspect statements and began to record their evidence on a crime clue board. Students then rotated through centers to process evidence from the crime scene. Once again, students met with their group to discuss evidence and enter facts on their crime scene clue board. A reporter from our local newspaper came and talked to the students about how to report news. Students then prepared a news broadcast or a news article to share their thoughts, based on evidence, about who committed the crime. Several students videotaped a news broadcast to report their evidence and included creative commercials. Other students wrote articles, or created entire newspapers to report their evidence. Some newspapers included other events and news from our town as well as ads. A lot of creativity and may different skills were used, and it was only the first week!