Hello! Last week, we did a very unique activity that was super enjoyable. Have you ever seen the little creamers in breakfast restaraunts? The activity is like that yet so much harder. It also required a lot of teamwork and perseverence. On Friday of last week, each table group was given 48 plastic shot cups and 20 minutes to build a structure that is as tall as possible. We tried several different ways of stacking them: like a pyramid and in a circle formation. For most groups, the pyramid method worked best. The tallest tower was 21 inches tall! My groups' tower was 19 inches tall. The first place table won because they had one cup more! Note: This activity is very frustrating, do not try at home! In conclusion, room 14 did a very fun(ish) activity that required a lot of teamwork and perseverence.
On Thursday our class did art with Mrs.Clark. We learned about perspective. We specificity learned about 1 point , 2 point, and 3 point perspective. Mrs. Clark says that 4 point perspective is very difficult.1 Point is when the object is flat facing you. 2 point is when the corner of the object. Like a square. 3 point is when it has 3 vanishing points.
The lesson was fun and I can't wait until next time!
My favorite activity this week was going to the amazing Tech Museum. At first, I didn't know what the museum was about, so I was really thrilled to go to the museum! My favorite part of the museum was doing different experiments in the lab and exploring the Tech with my five person group. In the lab we talked about atoms and even filled out a paper on the elements of the periodic table. We also watched with awe as our lab expert put different elements on fire and watched it turn unbelievable colors! I really liked putting on the huge scientist goggles. While we were exploring the Tech, my group and I really enjoyed building a roller coaster. We each took turns designing our own roller coaster on the computer and testing it out to see if we could ride it. The first design was too slow, and the second was too dangerous. Finally, our last design worked! We climbed on the fake roller coaster seats and watched our roller coaster take off! At last though, we had to leave. I had so much fun, that I would go to the Tech again! That was my favorite activity that I enjoyed this wonderful week.
One awesome activity that we did was learn about black and white art with Mrs Clark. First she reviewed the information that she had talked to us about the previous week: the ways that black and white are used. Then, she taught us what atmospheric perspective is. Have you ever wondered why mountains become a lighter, fuzzier color as you see them from farther distances? When artists paint or draw this, it's called atmospheric perspective. She gave us some tracing paper and told us to to draw a mountain or ocean scene and label the different colors we are going to use. I used black, "gray 1", "gray 2", "gray 3", and white. (Grays that are higher in numbers are lighter tints.)
Meet the Teacher
Welcome! I am a 5th Grade teacher in California. With great luck this is my 8th year teaching 5th grade. I love working with students and interacting with them on a daily basis.I truly love learning and having fun all at the same time. Teaching is my passion, which makes it easy to love my job!
Life in the Wonderful World of 5th Grade
This blog is student driven. What you read are experiences from students in room 14. From time to time I will put my two cents in, but for the most part, who else should describe what goes on in 5th grade; a 5th grader of course!