August 29, 2014
by Mrs. Hamman's Class

A Peek At Our Week

We’ve been so busy ever since school started! We are learning more about blogging so that we can start our own individual student blogs. We plan to have them set up in time to participate in the Student Blogging Challenge in September.

Here are pictures showing a few of the things we did last week. Students will be writing separate blog posts to explain about what we learned from each of these activities.

We had our first Mystery Skype of the year. For the fourth year in a row, our first Mystery Skype partner was Mr. Haney’s class!


In math, we worked on ordering and comparing decimals. We played Aerobic Decimals to show decimals in expanded and standard notation.


We had our weekly Poetry Open Mic, where students shared both original and published poetry. We discussed the theme of each poem we heard.


We learned about the Peace Crane Project. We read the story Sadako’s Paper Cranes and Lessons of Peace on traditional Japanese story cards called kamishibai. Then we learned about how to fold origami cranes. We will be exchanging cranes with a school in India for the 2014 International Day of Peace.


We learned about blogging and how to write thoughtful comments by doing paper blogging with our About Me pages. Soon we’ll be writing these pages online!


 What did you learn this week? 



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August 15, 2014
by Mrs. Hamman's Class

It’s A New School Year!

Welcome to our first blog post of 2014-15! Our fifth grade class has been together for nine days, and we’re ready to start blogging and sharing our learning!

We’ve decided on our classroom norms. Norms are behaviors that we all—students and teacher—agree to follow. This year our norms are all “We will…” statements. We were inspired by a post from Mrs. Ripp’s class to create a Classroom Vision video featuring our norms. Here it is!

Did you notice the norm that said we will “choose kind”? That’s a precept we read about in our current read aloud, Wonder.

Here are a few more pictures from our first few days of school.

We practiced math with a QR code scavenger hunt.

Poetry Open Mic

We had our first Poetry Open Mic.

We solved a tricky math problem using big whiteboards.

Unifix cubes

We modeled multiplication using Unifix cubes.

We explored our new Chromebooks.

Fifth grade is great so far. We’re looking forward to connecting with others through our blog!

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June 1, 2014
by Mrs. Hamman

Happy Summer Break!

We’re on summer break until August 5. Next year, Mrs. Hamman will be moving from third grade to fifth grade!

One of the things we study in fifth grade is the history and geography of the United States. This is a picture of one of the cities I plan to visit this summer. Do you know where it is?
Black and Yellow
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Brian Koprowski via Compfight

What are you doing over your summer break?

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May 21, 2014
by Mrs. Hamman's Class

Our Year-End Celebration

It’s the end of our third grade school year! We have made some great friends and learned a lot of new things. In our class, at the end of every year we look back at all our blog posts and talk about all our favorite projects. We vote on our Top 5 and present them to our parents at our End of the Year Celebration.

This year we took our votes using a new web tool called Kahoot. We entered our answers on iPads and the site calculated our votes instantly. The winning projects this year were:

Global Cardboard Challenge

Hour of Code

Iditarod Project

Earth Week

Mad Science Day

We’ve had a wonderful year! A lot of the pictures we’ve taken haven’t made it on the blog; here’s a slideshow showing some more of our activities.

Class Slideshow 2013-14 from S Hamman on Vimeo.

We hope all our classmates and blog readers have a fantastic, safe summer!
See you in August!

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May 20, 2014
by Mrs. Hamman

Mad Science Day 2014

It is a tradition in our class to have what we call Mad Science Day on October 31. On that day, we spend all day learning about science and doing hands-on science investigations. This year, we had so much fun on Mad Science Day, we decided to have it twice! Last Friday our third grade classes had our second Mad Science Day of this school year. Here is what we did:

Mad Science Day 2014 from S Hamman on Vimeo.

We love science, and Mad Science Day gives us the chance to have fun with it all day!

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