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!
It’s Turkey Day! What is Turkey Day, you may ask. Well, Turkey Day is a grade five annual celebration, about Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims, and (of course) TURKEYS! To start Turkey Day, we started a graphic organizer about domestic and wild turkeys (diet, adaptations, and body). Then we started the movie - My Life As A Turkey, to help list physical and mental characteristics of a wild turkey. Of course though, starting the movie wasn’t easy thanks to Princeton internet, so thats when Mr. Schwab came to the rescue, by giving us a USB adapter for the iPad. When the movie was running smoothly again, we lined up to get food and drinks, generously brought by Ms. Crowell and Mrs. Prunier to enjoy with the movie. Once the movie ended, that about topped off our phenomenal Turkey Day.
Blogging! Have you ever wondered the point of it all? Well, we're here to explain everything that you'll need to know! The basic point of it is to inform you on everything in the fifth grade. From field trips to projects and big events. Our job is really fun and makes us feel like reporters on the scene. Blogging helps us express ourselves through writing.
Why we blog? Well. . . We have plenty of time to answer that question! Our technique helps staff of TPS and parents or guardians understand the importance of our grade. What we blog about. . . That's a different story. Recent blogs published by the fifth graders have included the new playground, science rocks, and sixth grades amazing mash-ups. Be sure to check out those blogs and a lot more.
You've seen our blogs, you've read our blogs, but have you ever wondered how we write our blogs? First, we sit down and put our thinking caps on. Now is the fun part; brainstorming! We just think of the most interesting topics and start putting words together. Editing is next, although we don't want to, it helps readers. Finally we must type. It doesn't take very long, but it makes a big difference. That's your total access to the inside world of blogging!!!
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!
On September 23, a terrific Tuesday morning, fifth grade was on an adventure for an apple. We ventured out of the 5th grade classrooms and out to the flag pole to meet Mrs. Sulmasy and the Green Team. Mrs. Sulmasy directed us to pick up all the half eaten, bitten into, rotted apples, GROSS!!!!! I think that the whole 5th grade picked up around 60 to 75 apples. Wow! Mrs. Sulmasy said that all the apples were up and off the ground. She announced that we needed to start picking apples. The Green Team set up ladders and had strange poles that had a basket and some sort of claw at the top to grab the apple. The pole could separate into two pieces and be tall or short. That apple picker was a great invention. The ladder made people look 10 feet taller. It was amazing for 15 minutes then the rest was plain old... AWESOMENESS!!!!! After we picked almost all of the apples the Green Team told us that all of these apples were going to be used to make apple sauce for grades K through 8. At lunch the next day the Green Team told us that they made 13 gallons of apple sauce from two 8 gallon buckets. The apple sauce was BOSS!!!!!!!!!
Our fifth grade is learning about the science curriculum at Thomas Prince School. We are learning about the science, technology, and engineering process of STEAM. You may think it’s boring but, it’s one of the most exciting subjects to learn about. The technology and engineering process is first, you have to decide, what is the problem with your object? Then, you must brainstorm ideas and materials. After that, design a diagram and create. Of course, we didn't actually create life-sized models...but there were a few small models. Soon, you test and fix any problems then remake it. Finally, you retest, and of course keep trying if it doesn't work.
Raeanna Deloge was brilliant enough to design her own Harry Potter themed desk. It has a built in wand and quill holder and ink bottle. Inside the desk, there are little flaps against the sides so you can hold your “spells.” There was a string so the “wizards” could carry their desks with them. Raeanna didn’t have to make the desk, she just wanted to for fun. She had done a magical job. Also, Ashlynn and Allison made educational desks after seeing Raeanna's desk. First Allison made a huge desk including a pencil dispenser/pencil sharpener. Then, Ashlynn made a double decker desk with a water bottle holder. In conclusion, everyone had done a FANTASTIC job!
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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Oh my GOSH!!!! Guess what!!! There's a VERY special day coming up!! No, it's not Christmas or Thanksgiving. It's December 10th, the day the 5th grade of Thomas Prince School gets to go on a field trip to every veteran's grave in Princeton to place a wreath on it.I know it doesn't sound exciting, but it really is. Well, at least for the 5th grade.It's also really exciting because elementary schools rarely get to do this,at least with Wreaths Across America. Wreaths Across America is a business that, every December, puts wreaths on every veteran's grave in the places they stop to do so. They always start in Harrington, Maine and end at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. It's helps let people remember who died fighting for our freedom and religion, and how they didn't let there dreams of freedom go. In 2007, the Worcester family, along with veterans, and others who had helped with their annual Christmas wreath ceremony in Arlington, formed Wreaths Across America ,to continue this effort , and support others who want to do the same. This organization has a mission to remember, honor and teach. We are doing this to remember the lost veterans of Princeton and also to teach children and adults. If you buy one, you can help TPS put it on one of the 300 Princeton veteran's graves.
Grade 5 has partnered up to help improve 6th grades mash-ups. A mash-up is two objects combined together to make life easier. 6th graders wrote two papers to reference and one grading sheet for us to use to critique.
The 6th graders made bright and colorful diagrams to show their product. The diagrams consisted of measurements, labels, and keys. They also showed what the product looked like and some of the uses. The diagrams showed a great picture of the sixth graders mash ups!
The 6th graders also made a very descriptive, detailed writing piece. In the writing piece it showed some of the advantages and disadvantages of the mash-up. Also, the writing piece examined why their mash-up is a good product. The writing piece was a great addition to the project.
We critiqued the “De-Sharpener”. The product was a built in battery powered pencil sharpener inside your desk! It was removable and was portable! We had a great time grading the 6th graders mash-ups and hope we can do something like this again!
Rope climbing, rock climbing, down the slide we go! Have you gone on TPS's new playground before? During the first week of school the new playground was being built. When the playground was finished the school had an ice cream party! Once they cut the ribbon everybody raced to get on the playground to see what it had in store.
The new playground contained many things,but the one thing everyone wanted to go on the tall slide. The first one was Teagan Callahan! The colors of the playground are red, blue and green and it contains two slides, monkey bars, rock climbing, rope climbing and music tools. Now let's take you to the good stuff. One by one Ms. Cringan and Mrs. Baer went and climbed up the rock wall and went down the tall blue slide; and enjoyed the fun of the new playground!
When Mrs. Baer's turn came... tragedy struck! Plop! Mrs. Baer flew off the slide and on to the bark mulch! We hope you enjoyed our journey through the fun of the new playground.
By: Ashley and Veronica
Throughout our journey with the Museum of Science, Ms. Crowell and Raymond went head to head; Mrs. Prunier got hoisted by students, and much, much more. This presentation occurred on September 18 in the gym. The 3, 4, and 5 grade watched this performance featuring forces and machinery such as lever, pulley, wedge, axle, wheel, and inclined plane.
The first event featured a third grader on a cart to teach friction, distance, and gravity. The more weight or mass on the cart slowed it down.
Ms.Crowell and Raymond went head to head for one of the events. There were two axles connected to one pole. Raymond had the choice to choose the bigger axle or the smaller axle. Raymond chose the bigger one so Ms.Crowell was faced with the little one. Soon the contest begun! Ms.Crowell struggled to turn the small axle while Raymond effortlessly spun the big axle. Raymond ended up winning the challenge, but it wasn't because Raymond was stronger. It was because the littler axle was harder to spin. you could have a kindergartner spinning the bigger axle and an adult spinning the small axle and the kindergartner would win.
One other event was lifting Mrs.Prunier! Three students lifted Mrs.Prunier in a seesaw like lever. The longer pole on Mrs. Prunier's side means she would not go very high. The longer pole on the lifting side means more leverage. So when it was time Mrs. Prunier volunteered to be hoisted. Wooo! Up she went with a smile on her face. Soon after the show concluded. What a show!