Monday, September 11, 2017

And So Begins 2017/2018

Building a classroom takes hard work! The first week was spent organizing , learning classroom expectations, and building community. 202 is quickly learning some great planning and work strategies.

After so much hard work, we had to play human protractor. Through games we have established fair and respectful rules, turn taking, and...having fun!

And finally, we covered the Soars Motto from head to toe!

  • Self Control
  • Outstanding Effort
  • Acts of Kindness
  • Respect

Watch out! The class of 2025 knows how to do it RIGHT!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Matter Matters to these Fifth Graders


(That must be why it doesn't disappear

The children were met with many matter problems. Some were as simple as drawing models of the particles that make up our three states of matter.
Students were even able to determine conservation of matter when discussing the pressure in a syringe. They were able to realize that the air particles were taking up space and that they were being forced out of the syringe.

This led the students to some great conversations about conserving all matter. They wondered if sugar cubes dissolved in water would weigh more, less or the same as the two of them separately. Look at this prediction. 

The following pictures were the children learning how to use balance scales and then proving (and disproving)  their predictions.

Electricity: Kicking Machines


As the fifth grade says goodbye to electricity, we decided to go out with a bang. The children used their improved understanding of electricity to build circuits that could be powered on and off using a switch. The outcome: several different kicking machines.

How did they do it you ask? Ask them all about it.