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Friday, September 26, 2014

First Field Trip - Low Ropes Course & Disc Golf

We had a fantastic (and exhausting) walking field trip to the Low Ropes Course at the high school, followed by disc golf at Lime Kiln Park. 4th and 5th graders were separated into 6 groups where they participating in teambuilding activities that focused on communication, problem solving, cooperation, leadership, and positive risk taking.

While all the teachers involved were at different activities, I was able to capture some pictures at the Mohawk Walk. It was a fun challenge and it was great to hear students sharing strategies, and encouraging each other.

Following our teambuilding adventures we walked over to Lime Kiln Park for lunch and a game of Disc Golf. Mr. Huber has been playing Disc Golf with the 4th and 5th graders in physical education, so this was a fun way to put their new skills to the test!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Math Gallery Walk - Math Practice Standards

Communicating in math can be a challenging task. Not only do students have to make sense of a problem, and pull out the important information, but they also have to take their calculations and put it back into the original story/problem (Math Practice Standard #2). We have worked on this skill quite a bit during the first few weeks of school and the students are improving this skill every day.

Now once student groups solved the problem we asked them to share their thinking with their classmates. This is where being precise in our language (Math Practice Standard #6), and constructing reasonable arguments (Math Practice Standard #2) becomes important.

After groups created posters to show their thinking we took a "Math Gallery Walk"; with post-its in hand they read through the work of other groups, thinking about if the work made sense, how the group's strategies were different from their own, etc.  Students were now being asked to critique the reasoning of others (Math Practice Standard #3).  This was a lot of work, and for some students a new way to work in math!  I was so impressed by the thinking of these 5th graders, they stepped up to the challenge!

We gave students some ways to get their post-its started.....

When we were done with this activity, original groups reformed and read through the post-its. During this time they were able to adjust their thinking or explanations if necessary.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Saving Sam: Beginning of the Year Recap - Part 3

Teambuilding continues during the first few weeks of 5th grade!  

Students were given the following materials:
"Sam" = gummy worm
Life preserver = gummy life saver
boat = clear cup
additional life saving tools = paper clips

The task: get the life preserver (which was under the boat), around Sam so he doesn't drown.

This was such a fun activity where students had to work together to get the task of saving Sam completed.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Teambuilding in 5th Grade: Beginning of the Year Recap - Part 2

Working independently is important, but so in working in a team. Working collaboratively with others involve many skills and to work well in a team takes practice.  This teambuilding task had an interesting twist to it that added a layer of challenge: students weren't allowed to talk (such an important part of working with a team).

Students were given a variety of shapes with the goal of creating five squares per group.  Students needed to give some of their shapes away to accomplish this task, and without communication it was challenging. Look at some of this great thinking:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Creating Classroom Expectations: Beginning of the Year Recap - Part 1

At the start of the school year we unveiled our "Fly Like an Eagle" - PBIS expectations:

Dr. Gunderson and Mrs. Binder joined our 5th grade classes to talk about how to "Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe, and Be Ready to Learn" in our cafeteria and hallways.

As a 5th grade we continued to discuss what "Fly Like an Eagle" looks like in our classrooms. Students brainstormed ideas in small groups and we collaboratively created posters that outlined classroom expectations.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

5th Grade Picnic Update

Good Morning!

Can you believe that we are already in the second to last week of school?! I find it hard to believe, but then again this is only my 5th week back ;) Thank you all so much for the well-wishes while I was out with my ankle, I truly appreciate it! It is great to be back and I loved seeing all of the kids' smiling faces, both at the basketball game and on my first day.

One quick housekeeping item. As 5th grade teachers from all three elementary schools, we decided to postpone the picnic to our rain date of this Thursday, June 5. We felt that, due to the forecast of thunderstorms on Wednesday, it would be better for all to push it back a day to a much sunnier Thursday. We are all still excited to meet other 5th graders before the journey to JLMS. If you chose to have the school provide a lunch, you do not have to worry about contacting anyone. We have taken the responsibility of contacting food services and they are aware that we will need the lunches for Thursday. If you planned on packing a lunch, please send a pack lunch on Thursday.

Happy Tuesday!

~Mrs. Lengyel

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Changes in Lunch Menu for January 29-January 31

Tuesday, January 28
 School Closed
Wednesday, January 29
 Individual Deep Dish Round Cheese OR Pepperoni Pizza* Romaine Garden Salad Fresh Fruit & Veggies Frozen Fruit Juice Swirl
Thursday, January 30
 Diced Chicken in Gravy Mashed Potato & Sweet Potato Bake Dinner Roll*/ Cranberries Fresh Fruit
Friday, January 31
 Orange Chicken Bites OR Teriyaki Chicken Strips over fluffy white rice Steamed Broccoli/ Fresh Fruit Fortune Cookie

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Important Lunch Information

Two cold days! Brr! Here is a quick note about the lunch menu for the rest of the week and Monday:

Elementary School Menu
Wednesday, January 8
All Beef Hot Dog on a Bun* Bush's Vegetarian Baked Beans Seasoned Sweet Potato Fries Fresh Fruit
Thursday, January 9  (No Change)
Oven Toasted Cheese Sandwich* Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup w/ Goldfish Crackers* Fresh Fruit & Veggies
Friday, January 10
Oven Roasted Chicken Mashed Potato Carrot Coins Fresh Fruit Soft Baked Pretzel*
Monday, January 13
Honey BBQ Chicken Nuggets w/ Creamy Macaroni & Cheese Steamed Baby Peas Fresh Fruit & Veggies

The remaining menu from January is unchanged.

Happy Wednesday! (Already!)