Sunday, November 18, 2018

5B Classroom: Week of November 12th

A note from Mrs. Burke:
Now that the cold weather has arrived, please make sure your child is bringing appropriate cold weather gear to stay warm during recess such as a hat, mittens or gloves, snow pants, and winter boots.  It would also be helpful if they could bring a large bag to store these items in so they can easily find them in the cubby area when needed.

This year the Ottauquechee School is collecting donations of canned fruit cocktail or mixed fruit for the Hartford-Norwich Holiday Basket Helpers.  If you would like to make a donation, please send it in with your child and I will make sure it gets to a donation box in our school.

Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday break there will not be a blog post next week.  I wish you and your family a happy and restful Thanksgiving.

Take a look at what our classroom reporters wrote about this week:

Language Arts:  The American Revolution

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What has been happening in the book Divided Loyalties?

In Divided Loyalties, the Barton family of five has been separating due to beliefs. Mary and Robert believe in the British and it’s protection. William, Abigail, and Ben, the children, believe in the Patriot Cause. Now that the parents know, they are disappointed, scared and shocked. They are scared because they are afraid William will get hurt in battle. They only know about William being a Patriot.

In ELA we are having our mid-unit 2 assessment. In Divided Loyalties it is talking more about William and how the parents feel about him going to the Sons of Liberty meetings and him being a soldier for the Patriots.

Social Studies:  Colonial America:  Researching Colonial Trades
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What did you learn this week about some of the colonial trades you researched?

This week some things I learned from researching is that the Blacksmith made
tools and kitchenware. Also the Apothecary is a druggist and did surgery,
trained apprentices, and prescribed medicine.

The things I like doing about the trade is that we get to sort of choose who we are. We get to research on all the jobs and learn three facts on each of the job options.

This week in Social Studies I learned that a founder made molds to make things like spoons, guns, swords, etc. out of metal.

What I have learned that some of the trades are the same as current jobs,
but called a different name.

This week I learned that the shoemakers have this special knife to scrape the rubber of the side of the shoe.

I learned is hatter went mad (Mad As A Hatter) from mercury (stuff used to make hats).

What I learned this week about some of the colonial trades I researched was that there are many different types of looms. Looms are what weavers use to weave whatever they are making. I also learned that milliners replaced decorations on clothes, and sometimes re-sewed things like dresses and hats.

The doctor still gets money if the patient dies, and they uses leeches to get all the diseases out of the patient.

What I learned about trades is that there are more than 26 colonial trades.

I learned a lot about all the trades. I have lots of facts on all of them. Mrs. Burke put up a site that so we can look at some of the trades so that we can choose what we want to be for the thing that we are doing.

I learned about a lot of different trades. My favorite trade is the schoolmaster.
A schoolmaster is a teacher. I love Social Studies this year.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

5B Classroom: Week of November 5th

A note from Mrs. Burke:
I enjoyed meeting with parents during our student led conferences.  Each child was very articulate about what they have learned and confidently presented their electronic portfolio along with other resources they use in the classroom.  They continue to amaze me every day. I am so proud of them!  Enjoy the long weekend and do something special for a veteran.

Please take a look at what our classroom reporters wrote about this week.

Field Trip to see the Hartford High School Musical:
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What did you like most about the the musical “Once Upon A Mattress?”

What I liked the most about "Once Upon a Mattress "is how the princess drank the sleeping potion but still could not sleep.

It was so funny and it had a lot of songs.

I liked that it was based on another play, but this one was more funny.

I really liked how it seemed like a 3-D and even 4-D movie when the streamers and the confetti went into the audience! I feel bad for the person who hit his head on his way off of the stage, though.
- Flynn

I absolutely LOVED Once Upon A Mattress. What I liked the most was the Jester’s song. The Jester was colorful and energetic. She was a great singer and performer.

I thought it was funny when someone ran into one of the sets and bonked his head. I also liked the queen. She was so dramatic pushing her son over when he tried to ask a question.
- Aubree

We went to the Hartford High School and saw the Princess and the Pea. It was about the princess had not slept because the pea was under all the 20 mattresses. And then she would pass the test, then get married to the king and queen's son, but the queen told the wizard to make it not fair to make her fail.
- Taylor  

Language Arts:  The American Revolution
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Which character did you choose in Divided Loyalties to talk about during our text-based discussion, and what did you share during the discussion?

In ELA we had a discussion. A discussion is when you are able to talk without raising your hand when someone is done. We talked about characters in the book Divided Loyalties.
- Aubree

Social Studies:  Colonial America

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What did you learn this week about the original 13 colonies?

In social studies we had to write 10 sentences about what we learned from a website. It was really fun. I just finished it.
- Aubree

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What are you doing in band to get ready for the winter concert?

In band we are doing different small songs to help us get ready for the concert songs.

We are playing walk the plank and we are getting people to the pages that the songs for the concert are on. And the saxophones are learning how to play softer instead of overpowering the other instruments.

When prepping our instruments for the winter concert, we take practices in and out of school.

In band what we're doing to get ready for the concert is we're doing some concert songs. What else what we're doing is practicing new notes.

In band we are learning a lot of songs once we finish all of them we are going to vote on the ones we like the best.
- Aubree