These are pictures of us moving desks and we had a fun time. We help each other move there desks when we are done putting ours in place.
Moving desks is really fun to arrange it we have to put everything in our desks and put our chair on top of our desk. Mr. Solarz puts a timer up and the record was 1:34 and we broke it to 1:06. we were so happy! To stop the timer we have to be in the correct spots and we have to be in our chair and he stops it right away!
How do we remember fun events in our class, well we take class photos. We take lots of class photos. Taking class photos means that we take photos of our class events and just normal day. At the end of the day we upload all of the photos to Mr. Solarz's website.
I had a great time doing my Ted Ed Talk. We did Ted Ed Talks based of of our Passion Time. First, we all went to the Green Screen Room, and Mr. Solarz showed us how to do them. Once we were ready to do one of them, we would go the the Green Screen Room with someone and have them video tape us doing it and talking about the project. After we had done it, we would put the video in iMovie and make the background black. Then, we would uploud it to YouTube and put it on our Passion Time blog that we did it on. It was really fun to do it!
The 5 love languages is a very important classroom meeting. In this meeting Mr Solarz shares 5 different ways to show love. This is important because everyone has to know how to show love. The love languages are: Receiving Gifts- Most kids show love by receiving gifts. has your brother or sister gave you gifts for a special reason? They are showing love by receiving gifts. Another love language is Words of Affirmation- This is where you show words of how you love each-other. Have you ever heard your mother say I love you? Most parents show words of affirmation by doing this. Another was physical touch where you would show love by High fives and more. Also acts of service is doing things that your parents or someone wants you to do something like clean your room or do the dishes. the last one is Quality time where you spend time with the people you love or care about.
Energy Debates is a fun way of learning about different types of energy. This is fun because we get to debate on weather our energy is better or there energy. The way this works is you would have to have at least to teams and the number of teams has to be even. So anyways this works only if the teams have studied there energy and then two teams go up against each other and one will come out. Then once the round is over and all teams have gone the finalists will compete and one will win.
Tessellations are a pattern in shapes, that we learned in math. Mr. Solarz taught us tessellations in the beginning of the year in math. Tessellations are patterns in shapes that repeat its self. When we learned this everyone understood it, and In my personal thoughts tessellations were a great way to understand different things in math.
Earned time is a fun time in our classroom which is somewhat a reward but it rewards for good behavior. Something I forgot during the video is that every other earned time you get class money for doing your job and the other earned time you get to spend your money at the school store.
Watery Earth is a lot of fun because we get to do awesome blog posts about watery earth. You get to learn about all the water on the planet and what people do with their water in there ordinary life. The lesson are very important to you because you need to know what to do with water.
I love doing Oregon Trail Reflections! They are so fun yet really educational. There is a good variety of activities, like in some of them we need to be creative, but some of them we just stick to the facts. I like doing newscasts and act-it-outs because I can be interactive with my work. It is a good way to show information and also have fun. Oregon Trail Reflections are the perfect balance of these two things. I hope that Mr. Solarz still does these in the future because they are a great way to learn!
Weekly goals is a goals that we set for our selves to get better at. Every Wednesday after math we look at our goals. We have at least five goals you are aloud to have many more if you want. Sometimes Mr. Solarz gives a goal to the whole class but it is the same one. We review our goals and tell ourselves if we have improved and if we have done everything correct then we cross it off write it on a sticky note and put it on our board. If we didn't do it good we set a smaller goal that has to do with the big goal to accomplish it.
We used Thinglink, which is a website where you can put tags on pictures. We used it during Phantom Tollbooth, by having a map and putting tags that were the characters that Milo met. Thinglink is valuable for making school projects and helping you learn. We used Thinglink for projects such as Watery Earth. It is a good thing for presenting small presentations. I enjoyed using it because we got to be creative and use pictures, and choose what type of tag we wanted.
This field trip was one of my favorite field trips ever. It was extremely fun because we got to see all the interesting exhibits. One exhibit that I enjoyed was the tornado simulation. I and some other people got to go inside the tornado. We also had to make videos about some of the exhibits. We got to tell people what the exhibit is and how it works. I really enjoyed this Field trip because I got to go to this amazing museum and see all their interesting and cool-looking exhibits.
We havn't had silent day yet but we've heard of it and it seems really fun. It is when Mr. Solarz doesn't talk the whole day. From 9:05 - 3:35. One time Mr. Solarz was walking in the hall and he accidentally bumped into someone and he said sorry when he wasn't supposed to so he came back to the classroom and said guys I am sorry but I said sorry to someone and I wasn't supposed to. Then he went back to whatever he was doing. During Silent day he usually goes to the back of the classroom and uses his computer.
Robert Crown was fun but you had to be a little serious. The guy was pretty funny so it was hard to keep serious! That's a good thing so it loosened up a little. It was an important lesson about our body and that the human body is something we all have so we don't have to be embarrassed! It taught us about how drugs are horrible! It taught us about how hormones go through our bodies and make us think wrongly and a little more stupidly. They change our body as well! Its very important to know this kind of stuff so you don't do stupid stuff.
Recap our homework, We raise are hand and tell Recaper what a homework peace.
Evaluate our day, We talk about a goal for the class and we talk abouot the check list.
Announcements, What is happening or what is today or this week.
Reset the room, Clean up the room.
Jobs need to be done, Do your jobs.
Mail gets put in backpack, Put mail and home work in back pack.
Chairs get stacked, Put chares on you're desk.
Line up and leave!
The 100 word challenge is writing a story that can only have 100 words. People from all around the world can participate. When our class did this challenge there was five words required to be contained in your story. I really liked having the five words because you could get very creative which made it fun. I think the 100 word challenge also can help improve writing skills because you have to get into your story fast and then end it in only 100 words.
Classrooms Parties are so much fun whether it's eating sweets or watching a movie. We have had a Halloween Party, a Valentines Party, and an Ice cream Party, and very soon to come a 100 degree party with pizza, pop, movies, and a treasure hunt.
I love Literature Circles because I feel like we are actually practicing and getting better with our fluency and pronouncing words and reading swiftly yet we can say the words. And it is not just about reading you are actually bonding with your classmate like laughing together or feeling mad and sad together but the main point is that your making a friend and like Bela and I we would talk but not often until we bonded over reading together an talking and finding out what we have in common we are practically talking every day! But I think the main purpose and I might not be correct but I think it is the one for bonding together and making new friends and improving our literature skills!
In Passion Time we learn about topics we want to learn about, but before you start you have to get your project approved by Mr. Solarz. It is really fun to do Passion Time because you get to research basically whatever you want. You can do partner projects or you can do them by yourself, once you do a partner project with someone you can not do another project with that person. It is very fun and a great learning experience because it is good practice researching and creating things.
Partner novels is really fun and it serves a good purpose improving our fluency and reading skills. The summary helps you remember what happened the day before. It helps us so I think that people around the world should do it to increase your fluency.
I had a great time doing my Science Fair Project in class. We would pick a topic that we would learn about. We made a slideshow to show what some of our presentation would look like. We researched about our topic and put them on the slideshow. We collected data and made different things on it to show our experiments. After we had finished the slideshow, we chose a few to print out and put on our poster board to present. we also pasted our essential question, and also put pictures of ourselves working on it. When we were all done, we presented them to people. It was fun teaching kids about it and doing fun experiments!
The Field Trip to South Middle School was about how we go into Sixth Grade. We learned how there are different classes that you take. Instead of recess, we have gym everyday. We have to wear gym clothes uniform to gym. When we were there, some eighth graders took us around to show us some classrooms. There are 2 sides East and West.
We did a lot this year in spelling city. Spelling City is meant to teach you how to spell words through fun games. First you would take a pre-test. Then you would have to play seven games. But the last two games you have to play is speedy speller and crossword. After you finish all your games you have to of course do your last test to see what words you learned. This year we did 30 weeks of spelling city.
Marble Theory is a theory that my teacher believes strongly in and the theory is that if you are really good at something than you have a lot of marbles in that cup or subject,and when you aren't as great as something than you will have not as many marbles in that cup or subject. This is a good theory because you can see what needs more improvement and what needs less improvement. One example is I am good in science so I have many marbles in that cup,and a way I don't have as many marbles is spelling and if I am not the best with it than I don't have as many marbles.
This project was very fun and we got to use our creative minds to make balloons travel across a piece of string. We got to use balloons to simulate a train car traveling across Mars with people instead it. So we also had to use a straw to connect the balloon to the string. Once we finished the level we had to get Mr.Solarz to show him what we did. Then he asked use questions about how we did it and how it works if it worked. Then we got to be able to choose if we wanted to try the next level. I thought this was really really fun because we got to use our creative side and it was very fun when it worked.
Our Learning Experiences
These are some examples of the types of activities we do in our classroom throughout the year.