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Mrs. Seisser taught our class about a new app we have on our iPads called Doink! It allows us to use the green screen in the room next door in creative ways! Check out two of our videos:
We also spent some time entering a few contests that required inventions, solutions to problems, creative stories, and new toy designs! We spent three class periods following the Engineering Process to brainstorm, research, design, create, and iterate. Here is the Playlist with all of our videos - The first half of the videos were our final videos, and the second half were midway check-ins: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLm-27CNq4QovmgiDVwzKB0bYzxWwvghAS
Out of 24 entries, I narrowly pulled out the win with my Zuppa Toscana recipe (see below)! :) I wish I could have been there, but instead, I'm at home with the flu. :( Here is the students' reaction (thanks to Breanna McGuire for the video):
Zuppa Toscana (Similar to Olive Garden’s)
Original inspiration was from Olive Garden.
Credit for the recipe inspiration: http://www.food.com/recipe/olive-garden-copycat-zuppa-toscana-38298
I like to joke with my students that I taught Jimmy everything he knows about playing quarterback because I played football every day at lunch recess with him. In this video, he's kind enough to allow my delusions to continue...
A Super Bowl 49 Ring!!! How cool!
And finally, former students Jackie Kemph and Jenny Vliet are continuing to make their 5th grade teacher proud:
The students in our class have decided, without any influence from me, that they would like to do a few activities together as a class. Here are the activities:
1. A whole-class Variety Show act, which you have already received information from Sherry Brand on (via email). I will be supporting them by supervising practices during lunch recesses, as they schedule rehearsals. I am working hard not to interfere, but rather ask questions that allow them to think through the steps themselves. As of today, they are playing two songs (Little Einstein's Remix, John's Cena's theme song, & Turn Down for What) and choreographing a dance that goes with them. That may change as they move forward. Please let your child know if you prefer they don't participate in the act. (Some are volunteering to be behind-the-scenes support, rather than perform on stage.)
2. One student is organizing a weekend game at Pioneer based on the Hunger Games. I am NOT affiliated with this as it takes place off of school grounds and outside of school hours, but I'm proud of them for including everyone in their preparation. If you don't want your child to participate in this activity, simply tell them so. Please don't coordinate that through me, though. This reminds me of when I was a kid inviting my peers to play kickball or football after school, and I want to be supportive of students organizing their outside-of-school activities! Here is the link to the Google Doc signup with teams and instructions (your child needs to be signed in to Google to be able to view it): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1a4YjEMCaWtAqX9S0ZM2EuF1lwXgcM4_UD__fv_Bu9RU/edit?ts=56bb8777#gid=0
Barring any conflicts, I have tentatively scheduled a Mystery Skype with a classroom on Thursday, February 4th at 8:00am. (Feel free to ask your child what Mystery Skype is for more information, or visit my Teacher Page.)
Parents and Westgate siblings are invited to come and observe (and help!). It will only be our second Mystery Skype of the year, but because it is before school, this is a nice opportunity for everyone to check it out!
If you can try to arrive between 7:45 and 8:00, I would appreciate it. It takes a few minutes for the kids to set up! Thanks & I look forward to seeing anyone who can come!
Parents - Can you have your child read these reminders please? Thanks!!!
Since I have missed the last two REARJMCL's here are some reminders:
Sorry for the late notice, but if you are volunteering for Literature Circles this week, I have had to make a few changes to the schedule to accommodate MAP Testing and the computer cart schedule. Monday and Friday's Lit Circles are tentatively scheduled for 9:05-10:05 each day instead of the normal 11:05-12:05 time. If you are scheduled to volunteer on either day, feel free to come at the new time or come at the old time and help us out with writing! Either way works for us! Sorry for the late notice & thanks for understanding!
I am still working on the schedule this evening, so here is the link in case it changes again: http://paulsolarz.weebly.com/our-weekly-schedule
The link below will take your child to our Science Fair Experiment Sign-Up page. They have been instructed to sign up for a time for us to do their experiment together in school. They will need to have all of their materials in class by this day and possibly will need a ride to school at 8:15 if they sign up for a before school time. Everything for Science Fair will be taken care of in class. No homework (I even bought their backboards for them)! Thanks!
Here is the link to sign up for a Science Fair time to do your experiment with me (You need to be signed into Google in order to access it): https://docs.google.com/a/sd25.org/spreadsheets/d/13bFiTXxLtLWiMEbBr67GaZ18-uX4-bmUmIaYcq9SZqE/edit?usp=sharing
Please remember to have all of your materials in school by the date you sign up for (and make sure you ask Mr. Solarz to bring in any materials that he said he would bring in a few days earlier). Predict what this time will look like ahead of time. You will be in charge and Mr. Solarz will be your assistant. Be prepared to lead!
Khan Academy: http://www.khanacademy.org/ (Create an account & link it to this Coach: E76DAZ.)
Equivalent Fractions: http://www.mathplayground.com/Triplets/Triplets_IWB.html
Math Chimp: http://www.mathchimp.com/5thGrade-home.php?grade_pref=5
AAA Math: http://www.aaamath.com/grade5.htm
Math Game Time: http://www.mathgametime.com/grade/5th-grade
Cool Math for Kids: http://www.coolmath4kids.com/
Science - Energy:
U.S. Government Resources: http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=249&toplvl=56
Science - Human Body:
U.S. Government Resources: http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=254&toplvl=54
Science - Water:
U.S. Government Resources: http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=47&toplvl=41
Water Cycle: http://earthguide.ucsd.edu/earthguide/diagrams/watercycle/
The National Aquarium: http://www.aqua.org/
Science - Miscellaneous:
Awesome Science Experiments on Video! http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiments/
Animal Planet: http://animal.discovery.com/
Infrared Zoo Gallery: http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/image_galleries/ir_zoo/
Life of Birds (PBS): http://www.pbs.org/lifeofbirds/index.html
Planet Size Comparison: http://sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/messenger/psc/PlanetSize.html
Magic School Bus: http://www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus/games/index.htm
Bill Nye the Science Guy Videos: http://bit.ly/18EDfD6
24/7 Science: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/
Animal Fact Sheets: http://www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/map.html
Make New Animals! http://www.switcheroozoo.com/zoo.htm
Dino Directory: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/dinosaurs-other-extinct-creatures/dino-directory/top-5/top-5.html
Social Studies - Revolutionary War:
Mission U.S.: http://www.mission-us.org/
U.S. Government Resources: http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=149&toplvl=151&res_feature_request=1
Social Studies - Constitution & Government:
U.S. Government Resources: http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=19&toplvl=173&res_feature_request=1
Electoral College Calculator: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/calculator.html
Social Studies - Westward Movement:
U.S. Government Resources: http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=121&toplvl=174&res_feature_request=1
Social Studies - Miscellaneous:
Have fun with History: http://www.havefunwithhistory.com/
Information on the 50 States: http://www.50states.com/
Where's That U.S. State? http://funschool.kaboose.com/globe-rider/games/game_wheres_that_us_state.html
Historical Games that Teach! http://playinghistory.org/
Online Heiroglyphics Translator: http://www.quizland.com/hiero.mv
e-Learning for Kids: http://www.e-learningforkids.org/courses_grade.html#grade_5
Fuel the Brain: http://www.fuelthebrain.com/
Free Rice: http://freerice.com
Mr. Nussbaum: http://mrnussbaum.com/
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