Welcome Back!

 

You are now officially a fifth grader! It is sure to be a wonderful year for you at Wescott!

I cannot wait to meet you when you drop off your school supplies. In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying your last few weeks of summer and that you will have stories to share when we meet!

This will be my sixth year teaching 5th grade at Wescott School. Before coming to Wescott, I spent five years teaching 5th and 6th grade in Schaumburg. I’ve spent a lot of time in 5th grade! This summer was filled with plenty of quality time with my 9-month-old baby! We had fun going to the beach, pool, zoo and playing with friends. I hope you enjoyed the outdoors this summer, too!

One of my favorite things to do every summer is read! I like being able to suggest books to my students and getting suggestions from them. The 2017 Rebecca Caudill list was where I started. Rain Reign is my favorite book so far. I am currently reading The War that Saved My Life, which is great, too! Be ready to tell me your favorites!

See you soon! I am looking forward to a terrific year together!

 

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50 By 12

This pasearchst week there was an article in the Chicago Tribune titled “50 books every kid should read by age 12” written by Heidi Stevens. 5R read the list and debated some of the titles. We felt a lot of the titles were worthy of having the honor of being on the list, but we also felt like some really great titles were missing. We decided to create our own “50 by 12” list…5R style! Heidi Stevens’ list can be found at www.chicagotribune.com/50by12 and our list can be found here:

Rump Pie
Chomp Michael Vey
Sign of the Beaver Fablehaven
Eon Wonder
Percy Jackson Warriors Series
Fablehaven Harry Potter Series
Hunger Games Tale Dark and Grimm
War that Saved My Life Mysterious Benedict Society
The Crossover Go Dog Go
Hidden Schooled
The President Has Been Shot Westing Game
A Handful of Stars The Running Dream
Book of Ember Ranger’s Apprentice
Out of My Mind To Kill a Mockingbird
Divergent Series Incarnate
I am Number Four Chronicles of Narnia
Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Hobbit
The Host How They Choked
Maximum Ride Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Elephant and Piggie Series
How to Speak Dolphin Pigeon Series
Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?  The Cat in the Hat
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Proving Earth is Round

Last week we studied sailing ships to determine if Earth is round or flat. After much discussion we realized Earth must be round due to the different perspectives we would need to see from within that ship. We also felt we could see the curvature of the Earth, proving Earth was round.

Today I want you to consider another piece of evidence that would further prove if Earth is round or flat. I took the pictures above at various times throughout the day yesterday. You will notice that the shadows appear different in each of the pictures.

Why are the shadows of the tree and building appearing to move in each picture? How does this help prove or disprove your theory that Earth is round? Please answer in the comment section below.

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Windows and Mirrors

Todimgresay in reading workshop we asked the big question: How can books be windows and mirrors? We had some wonderful discussion and I was so impressed by your thoughtfulness!

I would like to keep the conversation going in the space below. Can you think of a specific book you read that acted like a window or mirror? How so?

Challenge: Take this one step further. What else can a book act like? Think of a new metaphor and explain your thinking! I look forward to reading what you create!

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Welcome back!

 

imagesI cannot wait to meet you when you drop off your school supplies. In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying your last few weeks of summer and that you will have stories to share when we meet!

This will be my fifth year teaching 5th grade at Wescott School. Before coming to Wescott, I spent five years teaching 5th and 6th grade in Schaumburg. I’ve spent a lot of time in 5th grade! This summer was filled with more learning for me. I took three graduate classes and also spent time as a substitute teacher at District 30 summer school. Maybe I even subbed for one of your classes! I did squeeze in some time to relax and spent a week in Mexico with my husband. Back home I also went to a few Cubs games, swam at the pool and saw Taylor Swift on her 1989 World Tour!

While I was relaxing this summer, I had time to read a lot of great books. I enjoy being able to suggest books to my students and getting suggestions from them. The 2016 Rebecca Caudill list was where I started. Rump is my favorite book so far. I am currently reading Three Times Lucky, which is great, too. Be ready to tell me your favorites!

See you soon! I am looking forward to a terrific year together!

 

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Nickels for Nepal

The Helping Hands committee has decided to bring the generous people of Wescott together again in order to raise money for Nepal in light of the earthquake that happened last week.
“Nickels for Nepal” will start Monday, May 4th and continue through the following week, ending on Friday, May 15th.  Each class will receive an envelope Monday afternoon to collect the money in, and students will recollect the (hopefully full!) envelopes on the last Friday to count the donations.   If students would like to bring a check, they can make it out to Wescott School.
If you would like to learn more about the organization or the earthquake, please visit the links below.
Article/Video
Organization
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SHOULD MINECRAFT BE IN SCHOOLS?

imageI think Minecraft should be in schools because it is actually educational and it helps you release your creativity. Kids with ranging ages from five to twelve love the game. It is known for its educational features and schools are already trying to get the unique game in their schools.

It could be good in math because you can use the blocks to help you solve multiplication, division, adding, and subtraction problems.

You can use it for science because it has some scientific physics like water plus lava equals obsidian. The game also has other physics such as gravity and momentum.

And you can use it for art because it has unlimited possibilities of things you can build and it can help you get your creative side.

There are mods in Minecraft for these units that could help you out with the unit that you are teaching. It would be a lot more fun if you had more things that you could play around with based on your unit.

So overall, it can be used for educational purposes and is truly capable of being an educational game to be used by schools around the world in and out of North America for years to come!

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The Book Wonder’s Image of Main Character August( Auggie) Pullman

I am reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio and went to her website to learn more about the characters. I found this video. It shows how August, the main character, acts in his life and how others view him. It made me realize that Auggie really has a tough life. It showed me not to bully people or make them feel bad. Please watch and see what message you take away from it.

R.J Palacio’s Wonder Video  

The Moral of the Book Wonder is Treat Everyone Equally. 

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Building a new team

122914-NFL-all-done-ahn-PI.vresize.1200.675.high.71Marc Trestman and Phil Emery were hired to help Jay Cutler be a player. But they didn’t succeed. So they were fired on Cyber Monday at Halas Hall. Phil Emery gave Jay Cutler a seven year $126.7 million contract which made Jay Cutler play for the money.

The Bears were a terrible team because of them. Marc Trestman and the Bears haven’t been winning as many games with Marc Trestman than with previous coaches. Trestman had many chances to make the team better. He made the team worse until they fired him. After his first few games coaching for the Bears, the team went downhill.

The Bears need Rex Ryan and they should take him because his dad won the super bowl with the Bears. Rex Ryan hasn’t been the best coach but he’s a lot better than Marc Trestman. The Bears should get Ryan because he can change the team and make them improve.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2014/12/29/bears-fire-marc-trestman-gm-phil-emery/
http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2014/12/29/7184787/marc-trestman-fired-chicago-bears-head-coach
http://bills.buffalonews.com/2015/01/11/reports-bills-hire-rex-ryan-next-coach/

Image Source: foxsports.com

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Selfie College Starts in London

A unique, month-long class is starting up this March. Curious about the topic? It’s a class that teaches students how to take the perfect selfie. City Lit, an adult-education college in London, is offering the photography class this spring.

The class which is called “the art of self portraiture” will allow “students to improve their critical understanding of the photographic self-portrait, as well as a platform to develop ideas towards the creation of a coherent body of work.”

This class is not an ordinary selfie class. “Besides taking selfies, students will also need to participate in lectures, presentations, seminars, discussions and group work.” It costs £132 which is about $200.

So get your duck faces ready for your best selfie shots EVER!!!

Sources:  http://www.cnet.com/news/uk-college-offers-course-to-capture-the-perfect-selfie/

 

http://time.com/3653821/college-class-perfect-selfie/ 

 

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