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!
This previous school week, we have been working on a project in writer's workshop. Our project is to write a how to about re-potting a plant! The process was easy especially since we had hands-on experience, watching Mrs. Prunier re-pot her spider plant. The class watched Mrs. Prunier step by step re-pot her dying plant. Then with our amazing worm tea, the plant is making a full recovery. Then when Mrs. Prunier was finished she paired us up in partners and we made posters and detailed plant pictures! The reason we wrote these was to teach descriptive writing and obviously how to write a how to. We wrote this in a paragraph form. The steps of writing a how to are... First, you have to jot down the steps. Then you have to write the steps, using descriptive language and creative word play to make your how to not boring also so the how to will be interesting. The how to's were a fun and exciting activity since we had partners and we got to work together!!!!
Happy Valentines Day!
On Valentines day, the 5th graders did a lot of fun activities to celebrate this wonderful holiday. In math, we made some heart folders so students could put their valentines in. We had to follow a lot of difficult steps to make them look nice. Also, we made some paper flowers to give as presents to our mom, dad, or any other family members. Those were very tricky, but we had to follow certain steps to make them look nice. Some of the steps we did were gluing together 5 flower petals and glued a pipe cleaner on the bottom for a stem.In addition to that, some students handed out spectacular valentines. This celebration was tons of fun and we enjoyed every bit of it! That is how the 5th graders spent a wonderful Valentines Day this year!
For fraction fun, our grade decided to bake and decorate delicious cake, and make delectable divisors. One special group made cupcakes and an erupting funfetti volcano! This group had some messy fun creating the science connection. Lately grade 5 has been studying the changes of the Earth and Pompeii. The Volcano cake consisted of strawberry frosting that was dyed red by the 5th graders (With help from Mrs.Wood), one round cake, an upside down cupcake and SPICY, dark red cinnamon pebbles. Another group decided to transform the classic yellow cake mix into a decorative bundt cake. One more group went on a chocolate craze and made a chocolate frosted triple chocolate cake! Another was more mellow and baked up two round chocolate cakes and frosted with a soft violet frosting. Other groups took the cake box mix and turned it into wonderful delights! After creating these treats we watched the beginning of the Chronicles of Narnia!! While watching we ate our creations! How does pink lemonade frosting sound! It tastes likes its title(or maybe worse)!!!
The math connection of this wacky bake off was also what we had been practicing lately. Fractions and measuring supported our project. Whenever we took a slice of cake(or cupcake!), the fraction the cake was divided by was written on a slip of paper so later we could add up the fractions using the LCM (or Least Common Multiple) of the denominators! For the measuring part we took the ingredients the parents donated (THANK YOU PARENTS!!) and carefully used cups, tablespoons and our clean hands to get the proportions (or measurements!) correct for the perfect concoction; THE CAKE!!!
The TPS boys team is playing for the 4th seed on Thursday, February 7, 2013 against Paxton. TPS is facing the team they beat twice, in the first game they had a fourth quarter comeback to win 39-26. With their leading scorer Jack Gunsalus injured, TPS Warriors are going to fight to the end no matter what happens in this game. No matter what, the boys have to put their game face on to travel deeper into the playoffs. With a 2-6 record, TPS is going to do great no matter what, against an 0-8 Paxton team. Luckily, this game is a home game, with our awesome fans to cheer us on. Hope for the best to TPS as they play Paxton today.
*Thank you to Ms. Spellane for the basketball picture for this blog.*
Above: The design, editing, and persuasive writing piece is shown.
Come on up to Thomas Prince School to visit the brand new kiosks of the brand new Pruwell Mall! This week, the beginning of the design process of our pint sized stores took place. With alliterated titles, sweet deals, and convenient design, these catchy carts consist of science, writing, and a little bit of fun. In class, we looked at real life ads to give us an example of the way the ads are written to successfully sell products. For the science part of the project, our kiosks had to contain shelves, pegs, hooks, and drawers which was part of technology and design. For the writing part, we had to write our own ads, and if we wanted to, write jingles. We enjoyed creating these projects, and hope you enjoy visiting the Pruwell mall.
(Parents! The Pruwell mall is a fictional mall, so don't bother coming with your family.)