Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Last Lap

I’ve heard from friends who have run marathons that the last couple miles are the hardest. It certainly feels that way in school. In the last couple weeks summer vacation seems so close you can almost taste it. But we still keep on doing our best to try to not waste on second of school time.

Today we started out the day in Tech Center. We had not been there for at least a month because of the play and the Tech Center. Mr. Riko had the students finish and publish a few projects and reminded them of all the neat things they can do over the summer on the Computerwise Kids website. Returning to the classroom, we read and discussed the final story in the Treasures anthology about Benjamin Franklin. 

After recess, we turned out attention to Science. The students were given the challenge of creating a circuit, including a switch, the could both light a bulb and run a motor. The groups tried hard, and most figured out that they needed an extra d-cell to make this happen. 


One hyper achieving group even figured out a way to light two bulbs as well as run a motor. Of course, this required an additional d-cell. 


After lunch we reviewed a bit about ratio and dividing decimals. These are late fifth grade skills, but most of our students have them down cold already. After a bit of physical education, we had our final session with our reading buddies from room 2. 


Homework:  (1) Write spelling words 1-7 ten times each and do a sentence for each one. (2) Do the spelling jumble. (3) Make a chart of ten problems and Franklin’s solutions for them. (4) Do the milage and map activity sheet. (5) Do the Connect Main Ideas section only on page 352 of the Social Studies book. (6) Do the Ratio paper. (7) Do the Dividing Decimals worksheet. 

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