Ashley and Shayla
Using this blog, the students in the fifth grade can share the most important learning moments, exciting adventures, and special snapshots of our day. Check back each day for a peek inside our classroom!
We’re losing him, we’re losing him, quick get the compost tea! Oh, hello this is our plant hospital crew trying to save a poor helpless plant. Are you here to watch and learn what we do? Well, the steps of repotting a plant is simple. The first step of repotting a plant is to take the plant out of the old pot. After you finish the first step you look at the bottom of the plant and break up the root hairs. You need to break up the root hairs because if you don't the plant won't be able to hydrate itself. To keep the plant healthy add compost and soil. The fourth step of repotting a plant is to get a bigger pot and mix up the compost and soil in the pot. If the plant is to low in the pot add more compost and soil. Finally, measure some some water and combine a good handful of the compost from the worms, then you have compost tea. After you're done with those steps put your plant in a sunny spot and watch your plant grow healthy and strong! Hopefully we don't see your plant in the plant hospital!
Ashley and Shayla
Watch out! The cork cars are rolling into town! Due to our extremely fun and new STEAM program, we managed to include all of the parts of STEAM (science,technology, engineering,arts,and math) to show how energy changes from one form to another. We decided to make cork cars! You thought that was easy? We had to make two movable wheel and axles with one straw, four corks, and two toothpicks, no more no less. Well, using a whole straw is hard,so we could use at least part of the straw. After the wheel and axles, we had to diagram what our finished car would look like. After we were done designing and/or labeling we got to gather our materials for our car.
Here comes the messy part! After 3 days of hard work, today’s the busiest day of all! It’s our last day to finish up our cork car’s before we test them! Everyone’s hurrying around to replace the materials that are all gone but are needed in their cars! Times almost up! ”Tick,Tock,Tick,Tock!” All of a sudden you heard Ms.Crowell’s voice “Okay 5th grade times up!”
The next day the pressure is on! We finally get to race our cars,but we’re not sure if they’re going to roll down the ramp! Ms.Crowell called you in groups of about 4 or 5 people, you come up with your partner and your car and hope yours will roll.Your job is to not push your car down but to hope it rolls down fast! After you’re done that roll you have to mark where the front wheels of the car landed. You do the test 3 different times and measure the distance it rolled. After all your testing is done you had to find the average, minimum, and maximum of your cars distances. The cork cars were in town for a long time, but now it’s time for them to roll out!
Have you ever thought about having worms for pets? Well, fifth grade certainly has! With the help of the TPS green team, Ms.Crowell (the fifth grade math teacher) has a worm bin in her classroom. But she wasn't the one who started it all. Ms. Prunier (the fifth grade science teacher) has had worms in her classroom for many years. I bet you're wondering how we make the worm bins. Well, we’re about to tell you. Our worm bins are composed of three empty plastic boxes, black fabric, supporters (soda cans and flower pots), newspaper, and dirt. We stacked the boxes on top of each other, using the soda cans and flower pots to make space for the worms. Then we added the black fabric, newspaper, and soil. Last we add the worms! We got the worms from Ms. Prunier’s worm bin. The worms are called red wiggler worms. They like to live in groups making them good worms for compost bins. The Green Team dug the worms out of the compost and collected lots of wiggling worms. You're probably wondering what these worms eat. They eat everything from fruits and vegetables to newspaper. We feed them coffee grinds to help them digest food. There are many benefits of having a worm bin. Worms make special soil that helps plants grow big and strong. Compost is so good that it can even rescue a plant from death’s door. Worms make it naturally. They poop!! The nutrients from the food they eat goes into the poop and act as a super plant food! Now that we have taken you on an awesome worm adventure, you should tell everyone!!!
Paloma Salmeron-O’Brien and Erin Shenk
Have you ever tried the smallest but most nutrious greens? Micro greens are under the topic of farm to table. The micro greens we consumed were all organic and farm fresh. These micro greens came from Seamus's brother Isaac. The compost he used to grow his micro greens were all natural from Vermont. People may think that hydro tropic systems are organic but they are really not because they contain no organic material and they are not self sustainable material .Also Seamus's brother Isaac grows 5 different types of whole plants and over 30 herbs at his job.If you wanted to grow micro greens you would need a tray with holes in the bottom. Also you would need compost soil and spread it out in the tray. After-that you should wet it. Next you would need a pack of organic seeds and spread them out in the tray .Then you put it in a dark, warm area for about 3 days so it can germinate , and then put the tray in light for about 3 days. After that you can trim it and eat it. If you need to, water it water it from the bottom.
If you want to make the micro greens grow better you should use a greenhouse to grow them.Seamus's brother Isaac ships them in diapers. The diapers he uses are plastic bags and as no air in it.The micro greens are used for spices and bases of salads.Micro greens are one of the easiest and fastest growing plants.The amazing micro greens are very nutrious and delicious.
“Here they come! They’re coming!’’ a “few” hundred kids yelled. Do you know who coming? It’s “Wreaths Across America”!!! They finally came to TPS. The first thing we saw was police cars with sirens that sounded like crying cats, followed by motorcycles that filled the air with the smell of gasoline. Then came the tractor trailers. You know, big highway trucks. Well we had twelve of those and two semi-trucks in our tiny parking lot. They were carrying all the wreaths that were going to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. We finally moved on inside. Sitting down on the floor in the gym, we listened to four 8th graders sing the National Anthem and an hour of sad and good speeches. Seven children came up wearing camo army suits holding wreaths with big red bows. they came up to six families who lost their children in war. Each child gave a wreath to a family member. At the end we surprised the veterans by singing a song called “We are Proud of Our Veterans”. Then the whining police cars and smelly gas guzzling motorcycles and tractor trailers leave. We all shuffle back into TPS school, talking, cheering, laughing, as the day goes on.
On April 4, 2014, TPS hosted a fun and attention grabbing event called the Cake Walk. The Cake Walk is all about having fun whether you win or lose and having a phenomenal time with friends and family. The fundraiser for the Cake Walk raised an outrages amount of money for the TPS PTA. They reached over $3,000, which is put to good use for new materials for the school. During the Cake Walk you can play games in the gym and each grade makes a basket that gets raffled off at the end of this event. The fifth grade made a very unique BBQ basket which made every one want to crave BBQ. A boy in fifth grade won the BBQ basket, that lucky duck! More baskets were won and more smiles were made. Not every person that walks out of the school has a prize, but they sure have one big smile across their face.
Written by: Kyle & Alex
Did you know that Hernando Corteś completely killed and destroyed the Aztec people? Or did you know that Francisco Pizarro fought and killed the Incas with guns and greed? Well if you didn't, you should really read this blog. The fifth grade are doing a HUGE project on European explorers which was inspired by a teacher that wants to teach Spanish, named Nicole. We're making trading cards based on our explorers. Have you ever gotten a baseball card? Well on the front of the card is the picture of the player and his name, and on the back is all his information of his home runs, hits per season, and more. So if you had a David Ortiz card, it would have his picture, name and nickname on the front and on the back, all of his stats.
On the " Explorer Cards " , it shows our explorers, their names, their nicknames and the routes they had when they travelled. On the back is the important information like the birth date and death date, who he sailed for and home country, his greatest accomplishments and why he is so famous. We're getting all our information from the school's library's encyclopedias and informational books, Explorer Jeopardy, Movies and videos that have lots of information about our explorers. Also, Ms. Crowell has found different websites that teach us about the explorers from Europe. Learning about explorers is awesome and teaches us great facts and stories!
You've seen the designs, but you haven’t seen the creations! Every partnership started with just a plain old box. We received checklists which had space to draw a brand new design based off of our boxes. There were so many different images with helpful new additions to their desks. We had all sorts of different materials ranging from foam and reflective paper, to pipe cleaners and cardboard. You could use the materials anyway you wanted or preferred, but it had to be safe and appropriate. So many terrific designs were created . Some with legs, and others with strings to open flaps and doors. We bet if you saw the desks you would gasp! More features included a miniature smart board, extensions, and cup holders. That was the fun part, but then we described our favorite additions! Maybe you can make your own desk at home!
3...2...1... ACTION! After building our desks, we were assigned industry roles as part of the whole desk project. There was an artist role, an anthropologist role, which is someone who studies people’s cultures, a journalist role, and an entrepreneur, which is someone who sells products to people. Underneath each role, there was different activities you could do to promote your product. Some were interviews, billboards, Amazon reviews, and sponsors. Some partnerships did commercials and interviews which were recorded and presented to the fifth grade. Performing in front of the camera went by in a flash! Click!
There were so many fabulous designs that we want to share with you! Some included little cubbies where your materials could go and pipe cleaner borders to prevent your materials from falling off. We had to fix and change problems into helpful additions. one more creation was a miniature whiteboard to write down notes you need. We hope you can come see our desks sometime!
August, Jack, Summer, Julian? What do these names have to do with Wonder? Well, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, is an amazing book and a heartwarming story that keeps us on the edge of our seats. The attention grabbing cover sucks us into the book with a boy with one eye and lopsided ears. This cover definitely leaves us to Wonder.
August is not like every other boy. Sure, he has a normal family, normal house, normal dog; but August’s face doesn't look normal. He’s our age and he’s had about 30 surgeries. He’s about to face his biggest problem yet… 5th grade!
We interviewed our teachers, Ms. Crowell and Mrs. Prunier, about their feelings on Wonder. One of our questions for the teachers were “How do you feel about Wonder?” Ms. Crowell said, “It was a great book to expose to 5th graders to because of all the current issues it addresses.” Our second question was, “ How do you relate to August?” Ms. Prunier said, “Having a student in my class like August might be challenging. I would hope to make a comfortable classroom.”
This book goes along with the bullying program the 5th grade is following. We learned about treating people nicely, no matter what they look like. Wonder is a great book for kids to read!
By: Celia and Raeanna