Friday, November 22, 2013

Free Choice in Art Class

This year in art class children are getting to experience free choice art. Students start art class this year with a small mini-lesson and then get to decide whether we want to do the fabric station, the print station, the paint station, the drawing station, the collage station, or the sculpture station. Each student gets to do a project of their choice and then gets to work on that for the whole art class! Students also are able to get ideas from others or from magazines.
                    - Jackson

"Symphony Slam"

        The Symphony
        By Franklin
    On November 20th we went to Powell Hall to see the "Symphony Slam"  We listened to music while looking at pictures from the St. Louis Art Museum.  We saw artwork like a painting of the Titanic and African masks.  My favorite part was when the conductor told us some information.  He talked to us about some of the decisions the composers and artists made while creating their pieces.  He also helped us listen for certain sounds and instruments within the music.

Day of Choirs

        Day of choirs
By: Joey and Franklin
Date: 11-22-13

    Today was a great day. We had an assembly called "The Day of Choirs." The day of choirs is when our chorus, the middle school chorus and the high school chorus meet together at Glenridge School and every chorus got to sing about 2 to 3 songs. We had a blast when we were there. Every chorus was awesome. The Glenridge solos were even cooler because all three of the singers were in our class. The people who had the solos were Jojo, Kennedy, and Riley. They did a did a great job. They sang parts of the song "Ordinary Miracle". The high school did a cool song from Pitch Perfect called the "Bella's Finals." It was great singing and dancing. We think that every school should have a day of choirs if they do not have one already.
High School Choir

Middle School Choir
Glenridge Choir


       Grammar Book BY: Matthew

  We will be working on grammar throughout the year.  We just started with watching a School House Rock video about parts of speech. Then when we got our grammar books. In each section, we learn a specific rule and then would apply the meaning and along with examples on other pages of the section. Some parts of speech are nouns, verbs, adverbs, pronouns, etc. We sometimes have grammar for homework so it's important to listen to the lesson so your not clueless for homework because it can be confusing sometimes.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Music Video

Riley, Lexie, Max, Joey, and Anand created a music video to show how the Native American tribe they studied was civilized.  They studied the Native Americans who lived in the Pacific Northwest.  They wrote their own lyrics to the tune of some popular songs to tell facts about the tribe.  Enjoy their creation!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Middle School Play

We were part of the first audience to view a performance in the brand new theater at Wydown and it was an incredible experience.  The theater was beautiful but the acting was what really made our time there special.  Not only was it fun because teachers got to see past students in the spot light but it gave the 5th graders a glimpse into a part of middle school.  The play was titled, "Much Ado About Middle School," and gave us a look at some typical and not-so-typical middle school life. 

Before the performance, the 5th graders were introduced to the principal, their grade-level principal, and their counselor for next year.  This trip was the first of many to help students have a smooth transition up to middle school.  I think our students left feeling more excited than ever about the upcoming changes. 

Explorer Project Gallery

Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, and 5th Graders joined together to learn about some of the famous European Explorers throughout history.  Each student chose an explorer to research and their projects highlighted these specifics details: country of origin, sponsor country, reasons for exploring, routes taken, and results of their explorations.  Students had a lot of freedom in how they wanted to present their findings so we had quite a variety of projects: glogsters, prezis, posters, stories, powerpoints, and even a game to show-off the spices an explorer might have found in his discoveries.  It was a wonderful learning experience.

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Halloween was a blast despite the weather.  We couldn't have our traditional parade around the school grounds so we marched our way through the library, into the gym and around so parents could catch a glimpse at the wild and creative costumes.  Then we headed back upstairs for some spooky games spread throughout the 5th grade wing.  It was a very haunting afternoon. 

Here is a small sample of pictures from the day.  Click here to view the photo gallery on the 5M website.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"What is civilization?"

“What is civilization?” Well this year fifth grade is figuring that out. Fifth graders are learning how people become considered civilized. Each group or team for our fifth grade class was given a specific group of people. All of the groups have different traits about them. Each group was given about two weeks to study and put their information into a video, powerpoint, or a skit. Each group then presented their findings and stated why or why not their group of people were civilized. The audience to that group then took notes on the traits of that group. The audience then decided for themselves whether that group that presented was civilized. The groups that were studied were the Town Builders, The Sea People, The Desert Dwellers, the People of the Forest and the Farmers of the Plains. Each group was considered civilized which led us to ask the questions, “Where did the European arrogance come from and why think they had the right to destroy these Native American civilizations?”
By Jackson

Alien Math

Alien Math
This year in fifth grade math skills will be tested in Ms. McMillion’s math class and her class has taken a turn into outer space. Mrs. Slodounik has introduced Alien Math to Ms. McMillions class. Alien Math is a mathematical adventure taking place in the far reaches of galaxies. The main point of Alien Math is to teach students to use more than base 10. The main character of Alien Math is an astronaut who is traveling to different planets trying to save Earth from becoming a hyperspace traffic lane. Each new planet the astronaut travels to has a different base. Some of the aliens in this story are the Binarians using base 2, the Hexadecimites using base sixteen and many other alien species. Each new alien species has a different body and way of counting. The Binarians have two heads on one body (but to them they have ten heads)! The Binarians count like this 0,1,10,11,100,101..., the hexadecimites use numbers and letters to count and they have sixteen arms (10 to them)! Another alien species uses the base six system and they count like this 0,1,2,3,4,5,10,11,12.....! This experience has opened the mind of children to do more challenging math. 
By Jackson

Alien Math Celebration
     In 5M math, we do a fun alien math. When we finish the Alien math unit, we decided to celebrate. On November 5th, we had our party. We all wore light neon colors like aliens. First, we listened to a news broadcast that talked about the thought that there might be aliens on 22% of the planets. Next, we did a bingo game that we called ALIEN (instead of BINGO). Mrs. Slodounik said a number in base 2 and we converted to base 10 to see if we can put a spaceship on a space, for example, N 10110. It then got too hard so we thought to just say the number. Then once someone got "ALIEN" we all got plow pops. As we did this we had glow sticks to represent the glowing nature of aliens and outer space. We finished with Suduko and some people shared strategies to help up get started. When we had to leave, everyone was upset because we LOVE Alien Math!    
By Sam