1. K-5 Report Card Night

October 22, 2013 by ahomi1

2. The Evaporation Location

October 21, 2013 by ahomi1

Today our 4 day Water Vapor experiment came to an exciting conclusion. Last week we set out to find which location would have the greatest and smallest amount of water evaporate. Choosing an outside location, inside by a window, tucked away inside a dark cabinet and even in the refrigerator, students in 5B measured and recorded temperatures twice a day, finding the average temperature in each location. Today they used graduated cylinders, balances, syringes and gram weights to find the amount of water that evaporated from each location. The winners? Inside our classroom by the window had the most water evaporate and inside the refrigerator had the smallest amount of water evaporate! Exciting stuff! We now move on to drawing conclusions about temperature, water vapor and the water cycle.

3. What’s Your reaction time?

October 18, 2013 by ahomi1

Today in math we estimated reaction times and found the mean reaction time for our class. It took an average of 0.7 seconds for us to react to a hand squeeze! We later used a special tool, called a Grab It Gauge, to estimate and test the reaction time of our right and left hands. We then found the statistical landmarks for the data (mean, median, mode and range) and recorded our findings and conclusions.

4. Readers Talk About Their Reading

October 17, 2013 by ahomi1

Students have been partnering up to chat about their reading. By asking questions, they can gain some information of their partners’ understanding of what they read. “What’s your favorite part?” “Why?” “What do you think will happen next? “Why?”
Readers hep their partners understand what they read and ask for help if there were words or parts that were hard to understand.
And, readers help their partners achieve goals by asking them what goals they are working on and giving them strategies to complete their goal.

5. Cultural Universals

October 17, 2013 by ahomi1

Our social studies unit “Civilizations” has started with a bang.  Grade 5 students began the study by identifying the 9 Cultural Universals:  Basic Needs, Family Structure, Government, Belief System, Education, Technology, Leisure, Communication, Economy.  In addition, we discussed how the environment and physical geography of a place determines how a culture develops.  After identifying the universals, the students collectively shared examples of each in order to gain a deeper understanding.  As the students explore early civilizations, they will use the Cultural Universal structure to organize the information.  Ultimately, the students will advise a group of nomads regarding how to set up a successful civilization with evidence from history.

6. Reading Buddies’ ESLR Project

October 10, 2013 by ahomi1

What do the ESLRs mean to you? This week, 5B paired up with their reading buddies to collaboratively demonstrate the ESLRs using various movie-making and story-telling apps. Each group chose an ESLR and then worked together to come up with a plan to showcase their understanding from the eyes of both a fifth and a second grader at SIS. The results were fantastic! Next time we get together we are going to the movies! Stay tuned to see our productions.