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.
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!
Fifth Grade has been working hard on their latest project. . .Diary Of A Pencil. Mrs. Prunier has given us some helpful knowledge to add some facts to our diaries. Our diaries are based on the life of a pencil and the troubles it faces. Also the teachers came up with the idea from the books Diary of a Worm, Spider and, Fly. We interviewed Eleanora Winston on why she put pen as an enemy in her story her thoughts were, “Pens and pencils are complete opposites. A pencil has graphite and clay and a pen has ink. In my mind I just saw them as enemies.” Thank you Eleanora for letting us interview you. Every pencil out there if you are listening you are very smart and we hope you write diaries too!
Welcome back to 5th grade science! Introducing the red wigglers, the 2013 - 2014 class pets. The worms are back for us to study. It was too cold at Mrs. Prunier’s house so she brought them to school so they wouldn't freeze and die. The worms will teach us what they eat, what’s an average worms size, and what their cycle is. The worms break down garbage by eating it, then decompose it out as dirt.
As we already know worms are great for plants, so we are going to make a compost tea! It’s a secret recipe, but we’ll still tell you. Step 1: Take one cup of compost and pour it into a bucket. Step 2: Get 10 cups of water and pour it into the bucket with compost. Step 3: Whisk the mixture together until you get a watery blend and make sure that there aren't any chunks of compost. Now you have Mrs. Prunier’s famous compost tea!
Red wigglers eat lots of things, but these are things we feed them… 1. fruit and vegetable scraps, stems and peels 2. egg shells cleaned out and crushed 3. coffee grounds we filter 4. tea bags without staple 5. dry grass and clippings 6. newspaper 7. cardboard 8. potato peels 9. cut banana peels.
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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.
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.
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.