We’ve started equivalent fractions! On day one, we created number lines and art showing the equivalent fractions with halves, fourths, eights and sixteenths. After folding paper and cutting it, we’ve created some pretty cool pieces. I spy a snail and a dog with its own house!
For the past three weeks, we have been reading President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston. We have also been studying the election process. To further our understanding of an election, we held our own class election. First, students were nominated by their classmates. Each class then held a primary and elected two students to serve in the fourth grade class president election. In the final election, students had to prepare and give a speech to their classmates.
Pictured below are the six students selected to run in the presidential election.
From left to right:
Kimora Garner, Sydney Ridgeway, Tommaj Harris, Ira Hamilton, Aja Stephens, and Zykeria Evans
AND THE WINNER IS..
Pictured below is Zykeria giving her speech.
This past week, the students were able to experience an infusion lesson with the art teacher, Mr. Bryant, as a part of learning about our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. The students began by acting out a play called, Will the Real Abraham Lincoln Please Stand Up. The play was about three characters who all claimed to be the real Abraham Lincoln. Each character gave a lot of true information about the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln, but two of them also gave some false information. The students had to figure out which Abraham Lincoln was the real one. The students wrote down important facts about Lincoln’s life based on the information read in the play. Next, the students watched a video about Abraham Lincoln and wrote down more facts about his life. See pictures of us working here:
Mr. Bryant discussed how these facts came from two different sources: one a play (print source) and one a video (digital source). He discussed that these are like complementary colors in art: they are different, but they complement each other and work together to create beautiful artwork just like our facts work together to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln. The students then used their facts, complementary colors, and a screen-print design of Lincoln to create a very unique artwork of Abraham Lincoln. Each class had a slightly different silhouette of Lincoln to differentiate between the classes. See the pictures of our artwork here:
After creating the artwork, students recorded themselves stating one of the most interesting things they learned about Abraham Lincoln and created a short video collage of these statements. You can open your camera app on your phone and hover over each image below to see each class’s video:
“Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”
We read the novel Wonder, and we all would agree that the book and movie was WONDERful. I think we will always carry Auggie in our hearts.
Elise in Mrs. Watts’s class is headed to the regional reading fair after placing 1st place in her division at the school and district levels. She did her reading fair board on the Chronicles of Narnia book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. We are very proud of Elise’s work, and we all wish her the best of luck at regionals!
Over the past few weeks, the students have been learning the process of the digestive system. Students studied the different styles of the famous artist, Van Gogh, Dali, and Picasso and then created the parts of the digestive system. Look carefully- Do you notice which style is whose? Can you find the liver, pancreas, large intestine or any other parts of the digestive system?
For the past three weeks, the students have studied about famous children’s authors that mostly write chapter books for upper elementary age students. The students read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and learned all about his life as an example. The students then paired up to research their own famous author. Each pair wrote a biography about the author and read a book by the author. The students then wrote summaries of the book, wrote the narrative elements of the book, critiqued the book, and created a book bag to represent the book. The students took all of this information and created a PowerPoint presentation to share with the class. The students put a lot of hard work into this, and it paid off. They did a great job!
Students created a dance, but not just any dance! A dance that showcased particular muscles! Students learned about leading as a dance term and discussed what movement would look like if you were to lead with a particular bone. (We have previously learned all about the skeletal system. We’re pros at that now.) Students then created a dance in groups to jazz music while showcasing four muscles. The audience determined what muscle they were leading with!
The students learned all about the holiday Day of the Dead that is celebrated throughout Mexico and other South American and Central American countries to remember the loved ones they have lost. Students learned that Calaca is the Spanish word for Skeleton. The students also learned about sugar skulls and how during the Day of the Dead celebrations these sweet treats are decorated using symmetry, pattern, color, and repetition. The students took this knowledge and created a Calaca of their own using the artistic techniques learned from the sugar skulls and their knowledge of the different bones of the skeletal system. Come see our beautiful Sugar Skull Skeletons hanging in the foyer!