We need to give our friends in Mrs. Hamman’s 5th grade class a huge shout out for creating the amazing Santa’s Reindeer BreakOUT! Nice job Logan, Makena, and Kailei! We were so impressed you came up with such a challenging BreakOUT. It was really tough, but four kids in our class were able to figure it out within the 45 minute time limit. We encourage our readers to try this fun, elaborate, and exciting challenge. If you would like to give it a try, here is the link.
If you have been following our blog, you already know we are huge fans of poetry. This time we changed it up in two ways. First, we will be sharing poetry we wrote! Second, we will “recite” our poetry using a flash card video. We hope you like our poetry!
Did you know different countries celebrate Christmas in different ways? We dove into our “Holidays Around the World” book and so far learned about Canada, Spain, and France.
We had our first Mystery Skype and guessed correct! They were in Michigan. Then, we had the chance to find out a few things about their school and state. They only had 270 kids in their entire school! We also learned they they do border Canada, but not actually by land.
Our first holiday cards from our holiday card exchange started arriving! So far, they have come Florida, Michigan and Indiana. We sent 3 cards to different countries, and can’t wait for those to arrive.
We put our collaboration skills to work during a math performance task. We had to decided how we would spend $25 at a country fair.
During our introduction to coding, we used our first hyperdoc! It had video links, a padlet, and questions to ponder.
Mr. Lockwood came to our class to teach us about digital citizenship. Using the internet comes with great responsibility.
Of course, we squeezed in a little poetry as well!
Here’s a iMovie trailer for a quick look at our week! It goes fast, so watch closely!
Which of our events do you think sounds like the most fun?
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the things we are thankful for has been a major discussion. We talked about it at morning meeting and wrote essays explaining three things we are thankful for. Then, Ms. Brokaw gave us a great idea! We each picked a mystery sticky note. On the back was the name of one student in our class. We didn’t say who the lucky friend was, but went quietly back to our seat and privately wrote our note. This was our chance to share with that person why we are thankful for them. Here are are some of our thoughts.
Last time we recited poetry for you, Mrs. Farris gave us a very good tip. She said we should lower our folders so you could not only see us, but hear us better! We decided to challenge ourselves and go one step further. We memorized our poems! We know you will be impressed.
Our class was once again wowed with the information we learned during our Skype with #GEOshow! This time, we were introduced to the Komodo dragon at the Komodo National Park in Indonesia! Although we knew a couple of fun facts about these fierce creatures, we had much more to learn.
Post Skype Facts:
When they are young, they can climb trees.
They are carnivores, which means they only eat meat.
Although they have a lot of teeth, they are pretty small.
They have a warning sign that sounds scary!
Komodo dragons only eat once a month! We cannot imagine this!
They are cold blooded animals.
They lay eggs in nests where the mother stays near to protect until they hatch.
Komodo’s eat their prey whole.
An adult can weigh up to 330 pounds, grow to be 10 feet long, and live for around 30 years.
They have up to 50 kinds of bacteria in their mouth that is toxic.
Don’t try and out run one, they are really fast!
Then we answered this question, “What surprised you about the Komodo National Park?”
The young Komodo dragons live in trees for about 2 to 3 years (this is so the bigger ones don’t eat them!)
A male Komodo dragon will eat others’ eggs.
A Komodo dragon can and will eat people! It happened in 1990, a tourist was swallowed whole.
The people at the park use a stick to protect themselves, and that is it!
Next we answered, “Would you visit Komodo National Park?”
Yes, I would because there are amazing things to see. – Anahi
No, I would not because they would bite me. – Matthew
No because I don’t want to get eaten. – Alyssa
No, because as a kid I would get eaten. – Peyton
Yes, because I could learn more about Komodo Dragons. – Leslie
No, because I could get eaten by one. – Logan
No, because I don’t want to get bit by one. – Destiny
Yes, I would visit KNP because I would want to see Komodo dragons. – Torrin
Yes, because I would want to see a Komodo dragon. I hope I don’t get bitten. – Noemi
Yes, so I can learn more about Komodo dragons. – Connor
Yes, because I want to see a Komodo dragon in person. – Sophiah
We also got to see some cool underwater video! Watch our Animoto video to see a bit of what we experienced!
If you would like to view the whole Komodo GEO show, view it here!
What is the scariest creature you have ever seen in person?