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Hands-on Math

Hands-on math activities greatly help students gain a visual understanding of their learning. Recently students use pattern blocks to solve problems involving fractions and another group of students learned pre-algebra skills with hands-on equations.

Quizlet Live Renaissance Review

Our 5th graders are learning about the great artists and inventors of the Renaissance period. The review the content of the unit, we have used Quizlet Live for some very engaging and competitive learning.

Drawing Machine in Action


Drawing Machines

Last month students got to do one of our favorite projects: Drawing Machines. This project allows students to experience energy transfer–chemical to electrical to mechanical energy. The conversations that happen feature deep, creative thinking. This is problem solving disguised as an engineering project!

Reading Don Quixote

Students in Ms. Russo’s 5th grade ELA class are reading, analyzing, and discussing events from “The Adventures of Don Quixote.” This is all leading to a persuasive essay each student will write to the prompt – Does Don Quixote’s good intentions justify his actions? This always brings about some strong opinions, which students will be able to defend with evidence from the story.

Windy STEAM Learning

Over the last two weeks, students have experimented with wind turbine blades. They analyzed the differences in the amount of power generated by different numbers of blades, and then by changing the pitch of the blades. This week they are designing and testing their own blades. They will also compare their constructions with the pre-made blades that come with the wind kits. There is a lot of math happening in this unit!

5th Grade Poetry Party

Our Fifth graders have spent the past month or more reading and analyzing works of poetry from poets such as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Denise Levertov. Students learned about different poetry forms as well as extensive use of literary devices. Their experience culminated with a poetry party complete with hot chocolate, doughnut holes, solo readings, and sharing of their poems in small groups. If you have a fifth grader, be sure to have your child share their work with you. Our students wrote some amazing poetry!

Salmon Release Day!

With a drenching series of rainstorms headed our way, we released our chinook salmon in Hess Creek today on a chilly morning, but under fair skies. Even though our fish were not quite at the fry stage (still have partial egg sacs), they seemed to adapt to their new environment quite well. Perhaps in 3-4 years, a few of these salmonids will return to Hess Creek as adult salmon ready to spawn for future generations. We’ll raise and release another batch of salmon in the fall of 2021. Next year, our focus will be to raise rainbow trout and release in another waterway.

Click this link to view our fish last week while still in the incubators. You will need a Facebook account to view the video clip.

Salmon Eggs are Hatching!

Some of classroom chinook salmon eggs are hatching in all three of our classroom incubators, and we expect the rest to follow very soon into the alevin stage. Our goal is to release our salmon in Hess Creek, where we held our outdoor school, sometime either mid December or the first full week of January. Stay tuned for more “development!”

To see a video clip of our eggs and newly-emerged alevins, click the following link. You will need a Facebook account and will need to join the Classroom Salmon and Trout Hatching group page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/997938803562949/

Salmon Savvy School Board Presenters

A big thanks to Ethan, Sophia, Kannan, Austin, and Cecilia for their school board presentations about our recent outdoor school and salmon project! They did an outstanding job! We also presented the School Board one of our most recent canvas salmon block prints.