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!
Today we learned about the Salem Witch Trials. We learned that 19 women, 1 man, and even two dogs were killed for supposedly practicing witchcraft. Over two hundred were accused of being witches. A man named Mr.Sullivan was practicing to be a teacher so he came to our classroom to practice. He came from a school named Worcester University. When Mr. Sullivan came he gave us an assignment to draw our visual of a fantasy witch and a Salem witch. Our classroom also did a reenactment of the Salem witch trials, and there were over 20 different characters and each student got a part. The first three ''witches'' were named Sara Good , Sara Osborne , and Tituba , a poor servant.There were only four girls who started this huge problem.These four girls lied throughout the whole story. They watched as hundreds of people were harshly punished for there actions.
Have you ever been to the Arts Festival? Well we'll tell you about it. We hold it every year in the month of March. This year our school theme was recycling. Fifth grade showed off our awesome worm bin. Our bin contained the star of the show- the red wiggler worms. Their job is to decompose potatoes, apple cores, and sometimes newspaper. They poop out the 'delicious food' which actually is compost. The compost contains a blast of nutrients which we use for our plant hospital. Fifth grade also showed off the rain sticks we made in art class. Our rain-sticks contained a variety of beans, tiny pebbles, grains, and some that have a mixture of all! The 8th graders performed a fabulous fashion show with their stylish shirts/dresses that used to be old draggy clothing. All students created and drew beautiful pictures and sculptures. Also, students could perform for parents, friends and family. The art show was amazingly fun. Thanks for all your support!
What we did for Pi day was really fun and exciting. The first thing we did for Pi day is everybody out of the grade had to bring in circular recyclable items that you could trace on paper. Then you would have to trace the item to find out the circumference. The circumference is the distance around a circle. Then you would have to find the diameter of the circle. The diameter is the distance across a shape. Then with the answer you got for the circumference and the diameter you would divide them together. Then with the answer you get it would be close the the first three numbers of Pi. Then we recorded our answers on a big piece of paper and put it in the hall so everybody could see the magnificent work that the fifth graders did.
Also, this Pi day, everyone in grade five had the chance to memorize as many numbers of Pi as they could. You would have to memorize the number because each class was having a contest who could memorize the most numbers of Pi. For each class only three people could win, someone would come in first, second or third place. No, you can’t eat the number Pi, but you can eat the yummy delicious mini whoopie pie that you got if you won the contest! The reason we have Pi day on March 14 is because the first three digits of Pi is 3.14 and March is the third month of the year and it is on the 14th day. The fun things we did on Pi day were to celebrate the awesome number that we call Pi.
This week, the 5th grade Science Class has been working extremely hard on making "Clay Earths." It took a while to learn about the layers of the Earth. After having to work on some quizzes and worksheets, we finally came to the conclusion of doing a hands-on project. First, we formed a small yellow ball that shortly became the inner core of the Earth. After this, we combined yellow and red colored clay to make a pale orange. This became the outer core shortly after. We used red clay to create a molten, hot mantle, (BEWARE THAT THE CLAY WAS NOT HOT!!!!) For the crust, we combined blue, red, and a touch of green to create a purple color. For the final touches, we covered the Earth in blue clay for the ocean crust, then blurbs of green and yellow for the continental crust. We also included tiny mountains, lakes, streams and rivers.
The science connection of this whole process was that we got to learn about tectonic plates, the layers of the Earth and landforms and how their made. For tectonic plates we learned that there are 15 major tectonic plates. Tectonic plates are what cause sinkholes,earthquakes and tsunamis. For the layers of the Earth we studied about what scientists did know and only assumed about. The mantle is made of liquid and solid iron, nickel, magnesium, silicon, and aluminum. The outer core is made of molten iron and nickel. The inner core is made of solid iron, and nickel.
Lastly, the crust is made of solid rock. For landforms, things such as landslides can create, move or destroy landforms. One example of this process is The Old Man On the Mountain. Weathering loosened the rock that it was holding onto, then wind knocked it right off the cliff face. This project was a fun and helpful way to really understand what our Earth is like.