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!
Mr. Otteman’s class and Ms.Sullivan's class competed in the special olympics against other schools. The participants from our school were Sean, Taylor, Allison, Dennis, Liam, Nicole, Ethan, Jake, Faith, Tyler, Nathan, John, Joe, Brandon, Drew, and Matt. People competed in the 50 meter dash, the 100 meter dash, and the 200 meter dash. There was also a softball toss, a beanbag toss, and the running long jump, and finally the relay race. When we first got there, there was announcements and then a great big parade. Before the games began they lit a torch as the symbol of the Olympics. It was very hot out and everyone was sweating. I competed in the 100 meter dash the 50 meter dash and the relay race I got a gold medal in the 100 meter dash a silver medal in the 50 meter dash and a gold in the relay race. My favorite event was the 100 meter dash because I got a gold medal! My favorite part of the whole day was getting 2 gold medals!!! Our team name is The Princeton Knights. We came up with our team name by voting. At the end of the day everyone had lots of fun and I’m looking forward to it next year!
At the beginning of the planting season, the fifth grade planted radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, kale, gourd, chives, and celery. Each grade had a few beds in our garden to plant the seeds in. We all went out and got to plant the seeds and at the end of the year we hope that we will be able to harvest our plants. In our garden we also like to use our home made compost tea. We have a worm farm that produces the compost that we use to make our compost tea with a ten to one ratio of water and compost. Now our plants are growing healthy and happily. At the beginning of May, our radishes were thriving and growing green so we decided to go out in our garden and harvest the radishes. Today we had the chance to taste them and they were DELICIOUS! The radishes have a plain first taste and a spicy aftertaste. We are still waiting for the rest of the plants to sprout but we can see the plants poking out of the ground and some are fully grown. Another plant we harvested were chives. Chives are mostly related to garlic and onions and again they tasted DELICIOUS! We hope that our garden will continue to thrive and grow many delicious vegetables.
This week 5th grade became trees. We became trees when we picked a spot and stood there like we were trees we could only reach as far as we could without moving our feet. Then the gods of nature threw water, sunlight, and nutrients and when they finished we have to pick up all of the water, sunlight, and nutrients that we could reach. After we counted up all our water, sunlight, and nutrients we add a layer on to our tree cookie. A tree cookie is what we use to tell how old a tree is. The next day we measured our height, divided it by two, and then we used the height to get the same length of string. After you have the length of the string you make a mark on the string and wrap the chalk around the string until you reach that mark.
Next you will make a circle around you by, your partner holding one end of the string with the chalk and you hold the other end so its tight. Now your partner will scrape the chalk on the pavement going around you until they meet the starting point.If you want to make sure you are accurate with your calculations you can lay down in your circle because it should be as long as you. Then you shall have the length of your roots.After that the gods of nature would give you water and nutrients and you could only grab the water or nutrients in your circle.
The wind was one of the biggest problems for most people because it blows all of the nutrients and water away. Also if a bug is in your circle you have to pick it up and 1 bug burrows down 2 lines in your tree cookie. Then you count up all of the nutrients and water. If you have 3 or more of each, you have superior growth. If you have 1 or 2 of water or nutrients you would have moderate growth and if you
had 0 you would have poor growth. Then we have to determine what growth we hadwould have and add a new layer on to
our tree cookie. That was a lovely day in 5th grade.
On our adventure through the forest, we came across many species of trees, like Oak, Maple, Birch and Ash. We used masking tape and a Sharpie marker to label the type of tree and its number. Each of us were equipped with a book that helped to identify each tree. These books included information about the tree, like the leaves, bark, or trunk. We knew a safe way to find the ages of trees without making tree cookies, (slices of a trees trunk in the shape of cookies) What we did was we found the circumference of a tree by measuring the trunk with a string. Then we divided the circumference by pi (3.14) to get the diameter of the trunk. Previously, we had been provided with a chart, displaying the growth rate of the tree species based on the diameter of the trunk. Once we had the diameter, we could easily calculate the age of the tree by multiplying the diameter by the growth rate of that type. We also noticed that we weren't the only ones interested in the trees! Our friend Trevor, the spring peeper, was hiding by an Ash tree. Soon we had to go in, but the fun wasn't over. The next Monday, everybody in the fifth grade got to experience the fun you can have with trees! Soon everybody had an age for the tree that they picked to measure. Who knew that trees could be educational and fun at the same time?! :) ;D
A few weeks ago the 5th grade did a wind activity. Between classes we got into groups of four and picked a balloon. Every group took turns measuring a 35ft. long piece of string and tying it to their balloon. Once we had it attached to our balloon we made tally marks every 10ft. Once everyone was done we went outside and set our balloon down. When Mrs. Prunier instructed us to, we let the balloon out 10ft. and recorded the angle of the balloon on a worksheet. When it was time we let it out 20ft. recorded and did the same for the last 30ft. Outside we formed a circle to talk about what we learned and some observations. Some observations we took were that the lower the balloon the stronger the wind speed this is because the helium in the balloon automatically takes the balloon up straight, so if the balloon is on the ground that means the wind speed is stronger. The next day we estimated the angles then used a protractor to measure them for the actual measurements. The point of this activity was to review on weather and wind and practice using protractors and estimating.
FUN WITH EGGS!
The previous week the class has been working hard on filling up our marble jar. We succeeded and we filled our jar up a couple of days ago! We decided on outdoors day, so the science and math part was doing an egg drop. The math part of this activity was: the height and measurement of where your contraption dropped. The science part of this activity was: forces, energy, and design process. The custodians gave us a step ladder to launch our eggs off. Once we made our tools, we brought them outside and let them fly off our step ladder and watch! At first, it was very windy, but we found a place where it wasn't as windy. There were lots of great designs and almost all of them worked. In the end, everyone learned something and had lots of fun!!!
Today at school, our math teacher, Ms.Crowell showed us how to play a game called "Farkle!" Almost the same as Yahtzee, the players take turns at rolling 6 dice to get as much points as possible. When you "farkle" that means when you rolled your dice, you didn't get the right roll to get points. Then, you pass along the dice to the next person. Every time you farkle, you have to skip your turn and pass to the next person. You can play with 2-4 players, and the first person to 10,000 points wins! Every one else in your group gets one more turn to beat the player with 10,000. Chance and probability is the whole meaning of the game, because you have 6 dice to roll as much points you can get!
"Farkle" is the best game that our teachers let us play. With all different kinds of math and math terms, we get to also have some competitiveness. As you may know, everyone wants to win. It was sooo fun for the kids and teachers to watch the kids use math terms and have fun. If you are reading this, try out the game called "Farkle" and come down to TPS school.
The past week in 5th grade, we have been working on polar bear habitats! We have been working on a polar bear habitat that will suit an average polar bear's needs in domestication. Our teachers separated us into groups of three, to create our polar bear posters. Polar bears have very special needs, they need: a very special diet, a place to swim, multiple dens, special floor, and a place for solitude... WOW!!!!! Polar bears need a lot of things!!! After knowing this, we put our knowledge into action on a design poster for these animals. We were able to choose how many polar bears we could have in our habitat, but they would need even more space and basic needs to survive together. Our grade had a lot of fun with this activity that our teachers set up.
Have you ever thought of giving to others that are need? Its an amazing task to achieve. Our school TPS achieved this goal by supporting this drive-Cradles To Crayons. Our job as students was to donate clothes, toys, house hold goods(blankets, towels..) and other goods like hats, and shoes. This donating program originated from a girl named Lynn Margherio who is the founder and CEO of Cradles to Crayons. She created an organization that every year a eighth grader would be chosen from each town in Massachusetts to go to Boston and meet the kids we are donating to. This project is referred to as Project 351 (the number of towns in Massachusetts.) Autum Kelley is our 351 ambassador of Thomas Prince School. On April 10th we had a huge party to celebrate the job we have done. All grades, teachers, and staff were invited to join this huge celebration in the gymnasium. To make the drive more fun, we had a competition on which grade could donate the most items. (for each object had a certain amount of points.) Amazingly 5th Grade collected and donated the most items, but what mattered most was how every one did their best to donate a huge amount of care to some one in need. Our whole school donated 6,588 items to Cradles to Crayons,(85 bags), Salvation Army(19 bags), and Interfaith Hospitality Network( numerous bags). Since 5th Grade collected the most items, we received crayon Popsicles !! Our teacher received crayon princess crowns, but since everybody did such a great job they all revived Popsicles. This drive helped everyone realize giving to others who need it is as simple as 1,2,3, from one heart to another.
By: Sam.Elie & Madelynn Lopopolo
One day in April, the fifth grade had a special guest speaker when Mr.Stebbins came in and joined Michael Stebbins to teach us about Lego Robotic tournaments. The Stebbins set up a robotics board and showed us the process for how the tournaments progress.The theme for this year has been to improve the lives of senior citizens by making tasks safer and easier for them. On the robotics board, there were many challenges that the robot was programmed to accomplish. The fifth graders favorite challenges were the bowling challenge, the dog challenge, and the bridge challenge. Michaels team,the Ice Tornadoes has won many trophies in various tournaments. At the state tournament, Michael and Lucas raised their score from 30th to 4th place and also won the highest number of points in a state tournament. Overall, the Stebbins did a wonderful job introducing Lego Robotics to the fifth grade.