Our class just finished The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. We thought that the book was great. We had some great inferences and questions. All of us hoped that Ivan and Ruby went to the zoo and that happened. YAY! We all felt bad that Stella died and how they just threw Stella in the trash. We connected with classes for the global read aloud on Edmodo, that was the book we did. Our class did a lot of post about the book and what we thought was going to happen. This book was really fun, and I hope a lot of people get to read it because it’s a great book.
Feb 21 2013
Feb 19 2013
This I Believe is based on a 1950′s radio program of the same name, hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow. Each day, Americans gathered by their radios to hear compelling essays from the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and Harry Truman as well as corporate leaders, cab drivers, scientists, and secretaries—anyone able to distill into a few minutes the guiding principles by which they lived. These essayists’ words brought comfort and inspiration to a country worried about the Cold War, McCarthyism, and racial division.”
Thomas – Friends are Family
Claire – The Vial of Courage
Otto – Love’s Necklace
Owen – Love’s Always There For You
Sawyer – The Guide of Life
Nina – Love is My Light
Moussa – Family is My Home
Aaliyah – Being Yourself
Zara – The Real Me
Amir – The Helper’s Faith
Autumn – The Impact of Courage
Feb 09 2013
Each of the students in 5A have written a portfolio entry on their experiences with Mystery Skype in our classroom. Here are some of the entries, along with a slide show with images taken during our various Mystery Skype sessions.
One highlight I totally love about 5th grade is… Mystery Skype! Basically Ms. Gartside tweets and plans with another teacher from a different school in the world and they arrange for us to have a Skype. We have to guess (by asking yes or no questions) to see where they live! It’s Ms. Gartside and our first year doing it—and so far I think we have done either three or four!
A Mystery Skype is a Skype call, but a very special one. You try to find out where in the world the other class’s school is before they find out ours. First you try to find out what country they are in, then their state (or county, province etc.), then their town/city and lastly their school. To figure out this information, you can only ask yes or no questions. The following rules are ones that depends on the one you prefer. The first option is: You can ask a question, and if the opposing class answers “yes,” then you get a bonus question (only one bonus question per turn.) The second option is: You can ask the other class a question, they answer, and then it’s their turn.
Mystery skyping is basically skyping with another class and trying to figure out their location and school, simple right? Not really. Although mystery skyping is so much fun, it’s hard work too! Each person get assigned to a job, here is a list of all the jobs: host, backchannel writers, runner, photographer, mappers, reasearchers, questioners, and question reasearchers. You have to ask yes or no questions to eliminate places on the map. Usually the places are in the U.S.A but we once had a class from Canada. So far we’ve done 3 mystery skypes and are improving each time. I really hope that we can continue doing mystery skypes and I think they’re really fun to do.
A Mystery Skype is a Skype we do with other schools, and try to figure out where and what their school name is. The Mystery Skype we did today was with some 5th graders. My job was to say the question and answer the questions from the other class. I like Mystery Skypes because we work together as a team. Also I like tracking down where they are because it’s kind of like a game. When me and Nina wait for the answer to their question we have a little chat with the other school and it was kind of fun. There were some funny kids so I liked to talk with them, I think I made a new friend in a different school. I also like the feeling when we find where they are, I feel proud of myself and I feel the joy of winning. I think these feelings come to me because we worked hard. It was fun doing the Mystery Skype, I would definitely want to do it again.
In class we have been doing Mystery Skypes with other city schools from around the world. The way it works is that each class tries to guess were the other class located in the quickest way possible. For example a question could be “are you in a country 1,000 miles away from the north pole?” The questions can only be yes or no answers. My favorite Mystery Skype was with this 4th grade class from Canada. It was really hard to locate them at first but once we knew they were within 25 miles of Niagara Falls we easily got the answer. We also did one with a fifth grade class from a small town in Minnesota. That was really hard because their population was about 5,000 people, and we had 8 million. My favorite part about Mystery Skype is being a mapper and coming up with the questions. I found that Google Chrome is really useful when you have a general idea of the population, and know about were they are located, google earth was really useful because in our Mystery Skype with the Canadian class I searched Niagara Falls and then zoomed out until I was only seeing cities with a population of around 1,000. From there it was easy and we found the school in the next question. I have really enjoyed these experiences so far and hope to do another one soon.
Nov 18 2012
This year our school added some things rooftop recess space to make recess better. We now have a six foot transverse climbing wall which our feet aren’t allowed to go above a line 1/2 way up. There is also a new play structure that consists of steps, a slide, a swirly pole and a smaller climbing wall. nder the play structure there is a seating area where three people can hang out comfortably. Since there are so many kids wanting to use the play structure, it gets switched up every day – 5A and 5B one day then 5C and 5D the other. The structure has most definitely made recess more fun adding energy to our recess and I have noticed more kids being active now!
Nov 18 2012
On Friday November 16th, we students in 5a skyped with a school in Australia called Epsom Primary School. Now this was no ordinary skype this was a 24 hour skype. This meant that the other students would be staying at school for 24 hours with no sleep for some of them! They skyped with students around the world for around an hour and asked questions to get to know them, and what they did at school. At their school some kids were sleeping in sleeping bags in their multi-purpose room. Some of them were very tired and barely awake. Surprisingly it looked like all of the boy’s were either tired or shy because not most of them were talking. It was mostly the girls talking. Our first immediate question was how do you all stay awake?! They answered saying “we just keep on eating!”
In our room our host was Lia and she talked about where we were, basically like an introduction. Claire was the answer writer, she wrote down all of the answers to the questions that we asked. Everyone else got to be questioners except for me and Owen. We were our tweeting team and we live tweeted throughout the skype. We tweeted to all of the schools that were doing 24 hour skype and sometimes tweeted to Epsom saying if they had some problems or not with the call -sometimes the video froze. Otherwise we were tweeting about what our class and Epsom were talking about. One of the questions that I think made us react the most was… THEY GET NO HOMEWORK! but otherwise it was just good getting to know that school and getting to actually see them – through technology!
Nov 01 2012
Hurricane Sandy caused havoc all over the east coast of America, making all sorts of disastrous things happen. New York may not have been hit the worst but Sandy did cause quite a bit of damage to certain places. In downtown Manhattan there is a lot of flooding and power outages. Most of the upper west side area where many of us live wasn’t too badly damaged. In the photos is a picture of a tree that got completely uprooted because of the forceful winds at a nearby park called Sakura Park on Riverside and La Salle. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it because it looked totally unreal. There are many more trees that are broken or broken into way too many small pieces.
Sandy also did cause floods and although all of them were minor there was the danger of that if we weren’t prepared. At the very peak of Sandy it was dangerous because there was raging winds and water leaking out of rivers. Some people were in boats with life jackets because the water was so high. There was also rain that would stop and go depending on what position the hurricane was in.
I hope you are safe from the danger Sandy caused. Kids in our class were not injured or our houses too badly damaged. One student did have to move to a hotel because of the flooding, but he is back home now.
Oct 30 2012
On Friday we finally tested our wind-powered land vehicles! Over the last few weeks, we have been busy. Every Friday we have about an hour to design and construct these vehicles. We started from scratch, using recyclable materials, such as cardboard tubes and bottle-caps – all things we found in our Mystery Box. With only those materials and nothing else, besides tape, glue and string, we have built four completely different vehicles. Each group consists of three people and those three people worked together to make an extraordinary vehicle.
Hi- this is Claire’s teacher, and the teacher of the Tech-Taters! I am adding these videos of the testing to Claire’s blog post. They are not all testing with the same speed in the videos, though we did on Friday! These are just the better videos to post instead of 1 really long one! Enjoy watching us test our vehicles.
Oct 30 2012
This week while reading the one and only Ivan Stella got her foot infected. She was in great pain. Meanwhile, a little baby elephant named Ruby came to the circus. She was afraid of course, because she used to be living in the wild. Ruby is a very loquacious elephant so she had no problem telling Ivan, Stella and Bob about her ups and downs in the jungle. She soon became so close to Stella that she started calling her Aunt Stella. She loved it when Stella and Ivan told her stories. As days went by Stella’s foot got worse and worse. It soon became so bad that she couldn’t walk. That night Stella asked for one favor from Ivan. She asked for him to take care of Ruby. Within the next few hours Stella passed away. Ruby was so sad and the next night she could not fall asleep so she asked Ivan to tell her a story. Ivan told her about how he was raised and when he lived with Mac and his wife. I wonder if Ivan is sad to talk about when he lived with Mac because maybe he at least had a so-so life because he wasn’t living in a cage. by Lia
We have planted seeds called Wisconsin Fast Plants in science. They are called fast plants because they go through their entire life cycle in only 6 weeks. Band has also started. This is the first year we get to be in band, and we get to choose which instrument we wanted to play. In our class we chose; saxophone, trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet and drums. In Wellness we are learning to play team handball. We are making timelines of our lives. We have collected 2 entries from each year of our life, and now we are working on revising them to make them interesting to an audience. We will add photos of the fast plants as soon as we download them!
We are going to participate in the Global Read Aloud. The book is called The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate. We watched the book trailer and we think it is about a sad gorilla who has been kept captive, maybe in a circus, for around 30 years. We think an elephant comes to wherever Ivan is and Ivan tries to protect the elephant. One of the pictures in the book trailer shows Ivan drawing a picture and showing it to the elephant – maybe he is trying to communicate with the elephant because they are not the same species. The music in the trailer is very sad and dramatic, so we think the book may be a sad book. Maybe the elephant becomes part of Ivan’s family and they escape from the circus. We start reading next week, and will be posting our ideas about the book here, as well as connecting with other schools on Edmodo and Twitter.