October in Our Classroom


October in our classroom from S Hamman on Vimeo.

This video shows the highlights of our past month. Here are our descriptions of some of the activities you can see in the video.

  • The Oreo Challenge is done by students all over the world. You get into groups and stack regular Oreos as high as they can go. The winners from each group stacked against each other. Christilyn was the champion of our class. We kept records of our stacks and reported our data to the Projects by Jen website. You can see the final results here. We’ll be using our data to write real-world math problems with fractions next week.
  • Breakout is an exciting and challenging game! The object of the game is to unlock a group of locks before the time runs out. The teacher gives you one clue, then the other information you search for helps you to unlock all the others. It really makes you think! Last month we played one Breakout with a Minecraft theme, and one based on our current read aloud, Pax.
  • In math we used tiles, cubes, fraction strips and big whiteboards to practicing adding and subtracting with fractions.
  • Walking Classroom is an activity that is fun but also makes you learn. We each have a podcast player loaded with educational podcasts. It also gives you some exercise on the days when you don’t have P.E. Walking Classroom is a great tool for learning. We learned that we can concentrate on lessons better when we are moving around.
  • In the makerspace, we played Breakout, made a model of a biomechanical hand, built circuits with Makey Makey, and participated in the Marshmallow Challenge.
  • Doing the Marshmallow Challenge helps you learn to work together as a team. The original idea for the challenge came from this website. The teams whose towers stayed up concentrated on building a strong base instead of a taller tower. On the day we did the challenge, we did a Google Hangout with a group of teachers in California who also were doing the challenge to talk about what we learned.
  • We have also connected with other people outside our classroom this month. We did a Mystery Skype with a class of fifth graders in San Diego. We spoke with an archaeologist and a Zuni tribal elder who were working on some Mogollon ruins in New Mexico; we learned how these people lived hundreds of years ago, and how they recorded their stories. A few days ago we spoke to Dan Hampton, a former Chicago Bears player who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He talked to us about how playing sports and persevering through hard times helped build his character.

Look for our next post some time in the next few weeks. Some of our classmates have set goals to earn their own personal blogs, so we’ll probably have some new student bloggers by then!

This post was written collaboratively by Mrs. Hamman’s students, using Google Classroom.


  1. Dear Class,
    Loved watching you all learn this last month and appreciate the video for the parts I did not get to see. I would so appreciate if someone would be willing to teach me about Breakout…Any takers?

    Mrs. Farris

    • Hi this is Gracie in Mrs. Hamman ill teach you about breakout.

    • Mrs. Farris,

      I really like your question about Breakout. Breakout is sort of like a logic puzzle. We are timed for 45 minutes and are given clues to unlock the direction, word, number, and sometimes color locks. I get really stumped on Breakout sometimes because I feel like I know the answer but I don’t know the answer, you know? Anyways, if you have any other questions, feel free to ask our class.

      Makena M,

  2. Dear Mrs. Hamman’s Class,

    You really had a busy and exciting month of October! We are really impressed! Our class also participated in the OREO Challenge. We really enjoyed the Breakout Challenge about Pax, and really appreciated your help. We couldn’t have done it without you! You mentioned individual blogs. We can’t wait to check them out. Let us know, and Mrs. Moore will add them to our student blog roll.

    I’m curious about your last day of October. I wonder what excitement you might have on the final day of the month?!

    Mrs. Moore

  3. The October video is wonderful. It helps me as a parent see what they are learning and how much fun they are having while learning. Thank you very much for bringing a smile to my face.
    D. Hargis

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