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JUNE 2019

What a great year filled with learning new things, experiencing new challenges, and attempting to view situations from a different perspective.  If we do not approach life with an OPEN MIND, are we really learning?!

Have a wonderful summer!

MARCH 2019 As we reflect on the month of March, we realize how much we have been a working on. We learned about the importance of doing math problems in a specific order known as the "order of operations". We also figured out how to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators. Our focus in ELA has been making sense of different literary devices and figurative language such as idioms, similes, metaphors, alliteration, and the weird one called onomatopoeia. 

Social Studies time has been spent learning a bit about The Civil War. We have realized that it is a very complex time period in the history of the United States. Last, but not least, Science has "sparked" everyone's interest with an exploration of electric circuits.


A small sample of our American Revolution projects were fun to taste. All the projects turned out well and everyone had fun presenting what they learned.
Here are a few of our "edible atoms". We learned what an atom is, its components, and represented them in with M&Ms. Then, of course, WE ATE THEM!!!



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Due:  February 11, 2019

Use your time wisely; we will have some class time devoted to this, but you will have to work on it at home.

FOOD: Research and make a food that was eaten during the time of the American Revolution.

Bring the recipe and the food in to share with everyone.

Note: this should not be food we usually eat today, even if it is also historical.

2-D ART: Create a storybook, or a comic strip, or a painting that illustrates something about the

American Revolution. Include a caption. This can be done by hand or on a computer, but if it must be your original art drawn by you. 

3-D ART: Create a sculpture or model of something from the American Revolution. For example, maybe you could re-create a battle scene in three dimensions? Or a famous person? Or a soldier in uniform? Include a description.

CLOTHES: Sew or piece together doll-sized clothing from the Revolution; one or two outfits. 

POETRY: Write a poem about the American Revolution (in your own words).

QUILL & INK: Research instructions on how to make a quill pen and colonial ink. Carefully

make them, and use them to write a quote from/about the time period.

MUSIC: Play a Revolutionary tune on an instrument or write and perform a song (in any style) about that time period. Or bring colonial music to listen to and teach us a colonial dance! Bring background information to explain what the audience will be hearing. 

MEDICINE: Create a display showing common forms of treating illness and injury in this time.

OTHER: What ideas do you have?


10 Neatness     10 Historical accuracy     10 Creativity   

10 Presentation/Explanation    10 Understanding


Fifth graders rising to the challenge during RtI leads to much fun, competition, and growth. Our minds are designed to solve problems and with these small scale challenges we prove to ourselves that WE CAN!! 


October 2018
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Busy beaver fifth graders are devouring academic content like they devour Halloween candy--with passion and interest. Like any candy, we don't always love each piece. But, we end up satiated in the end either way. Knowledge is powerful. It opens up the world for us. Fifth graders never stop seeking more knowledge. 


Where has the merry month of May gone? It certainly has been a nice month despite the ups and downs in the weather. Our year is nearly over and we sit and wonder where it went. As we look back, we realize how much new content we've learned and/or been exposed to. We have faced many new challenges, embraced most of them, and this has led us to tremendous intellectual growth. Everyone needs a good long break to absorb all we've learned--it is coming soon--don't worry!

May has been spent hitting the fractions hard--adding/subtracting with unlike denominators, adding/subtracting mixed numbers, and multiplying fractions. We've been reading rich text in the Scholastic Storyworks magazine and working on vocabulary, analyzing text features, summarizing, and critical thinking skills.  Argument writing has been the focus this month. It has been quite challenging for all of us, but we are persevering and stretching our brains. In Science, we looked at learning the differences between minerals and rocks. We also had a fun time with Everett Frizzell when we built water bottle rockets and launched them 300 to 400 feet in the air. Yippee!! Social Studies was a bit more student driven. After looking at the Industrial Revolution, students chose a topic related to westward expansion, researched the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the topic and presented the information to the class.  Their creativity in the "object" portion of the task was awesome.


MARCH 2018
What have we been up to?

Another month has come and gone

We bid March, a fine farewell.....


The Westing Game is still here 

But waning, so have no fear.


Division too is slowing down

Making room for fractions to come to town.


If Daniel Boone could travel west 

Through the Cumberland Gap--in his "coon skin" cap

Then send us through on our own quest

To learn what we can then give it a rest

Until Lewis and Clark explore even more

To tell the President what we have in store

In this vast new territory we bought from France

It is our chance

To expand our land

And watch our nation grow.

Westward Ho!


Do you think, just maybe, that this exploration led

To the knowledge of Earth's features we've got in our head?

The continents were once all together you say

What proof do we have to show this today?








Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday. Be safe and enjoy the true spirit of the season



Vertebrate or invertebrate, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler to be have a backbone or not.

You and I may have backbones but we know the vast majority of animals on this planet do not. 

We are studying the 7 classes of both vertebrates and invertebrates, animal systems, and plant and animal adaptations. 

Becoming A Nation

It certainly took a long time and an enormous amount of collaborative efforts to create these United States of America. 

Without those courageous, hardworking, and forward thinking individuals, we wouldn't be where we are today. 

It is hard to put ourselves in the shoes of our forefathers such as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Ben Franklin, George Washington, and many others. 

We are, however, learning about the unfairness of the colonists' situation at the time and how these colonists became increasingly unhappy about their treatment by Great Britain. Once our tolerance grew too thin we decided breaking the ties and declaring our independence was our only option. 

   SEPTEMBER 2017 

    This he 2017-2018 fifth graders hit the ground running this school year. We got straight to work with writing and reviewing basic math skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions. We're broadening our scope and understanding of early colonial times to include all of the original 13 colonies (not just NH), and we dove into the engineering and design process with our attempts at building hovercrafts.

    Our hovercraft projects have been challenging but exciting for everyone. Students have really been enjoying the process. They are learning the concepts of "lift" and "thrust" and that even they, the students, are engineers as they design, build, and modify their crafts. They have had to draw on individual creativity and previous understanding of simple circuits to make the hovercrafts run. 

    As far as reading goes, fifth and sixth graders are working together on three different books all centered around the theme of "SURVIVAL".  They are learning how varied "survival" looks in three vastly different situations. But, the basic needs of food, shelter, and protection all remain the same. Many of them wonder if they would be able to survive as the characters are in these novels. 

Powers of 10

We have learned the beauty of using the powers of 10 when multiplying.

Can it get any easier than that? Probably not, but it certainly does come in handy.

More multiplication is on the way as we broaden our skills to include larger numbers, decimals, exponents, and more.