November 9, 2015
by Mrs. Hamman
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Learning About Veterans Day

In the United States, November 11 is Veterans Day. In some other countries, this day is known as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day. On this day, we honor those who are serving or who have served in the armed forces. We spent the last week learning more about veterans and Veterans Day.

We read a story in Scholastic News about a wounded veteran named Colton Carlson, who climbed the tallest mountain in South America after he was injured in the war in Afghanistan. This week we’ll be writing letters to Mr. Carlson.

We’ve been working on research skills, so we went on an internet scavenger hunt to look up facts about Veterans Day. We learned all about the origins of Veterans Day and how it is commemorated. Did you know that World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918? That’s why Veterans Day is on November 11!

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The answer to the question above is 21.8 million, as of 2014.

At the end of the week we had the honor of learning from primary sources about being a veteran. Through HEC-TV, we participated in a live video conference from Missouri where we got to learn from two Vietnam War veterans, Colonel Jack Jackson and Commander Thomas Mundell. Their stories about serving in wartime were fascinating. During the conference students were able to ask questions, and the veterans answered one of hours. We asked what kids like us should do to commemorate Veterans Day. Commander Mundell said he thought the best thing we could do would be to say “thank you for your service” to any veteran we meet, not just on Veterans Day but any day. Colonel Jackson added that we could also listen to veterans who want to tell their stories. He reminded us to also thank veterans’ families for the sacrifices they make.

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We learned a lot about Veterans Day this year. To all of our veterans and their families, we say: THANK YOU!

 

April 22, 2015
by Mrs. Hamman
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Earth Day Resources

Today is Earth Day! We’ll be exploring resources about ecology throughout the day today. Later this week we’ll post presentations showcasing what we learned.

Here are some articles, videos and games about Earth Day.

April 16, 2015
by Mrs. Hamman
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Moon Phases

In fifth grade science, one of the things we study is the movement of different objects in our solar system. Earlier in the year we learned about how the moon’s gravity affects the Earth’s tides. Now we are learning why the moon appears to look different in the sky at different times of the month.

We have been learning about the movement of the moon by using different models. For one, we put a styrofoam ball on a pencil. We used a bright lamp to represent the sun, and our own bodies represented the Earth. As we moved the Moon in a revolution around the Earth, we could see how the Moon was illuminated differently depending on its position in the sky. Here’s a slideshow showing this:

Phases of the Moon from S Hamman on Vimeo.

We also created moon phase models using Oreo cookies! In partners, we drew pictures of the eight phases of the moon, then we made models from the cookies. The frosting represents the illuminated part of the moon.

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Do you think planets have phases, too? 

(We’re going to find out the answer to this question after a video conference in a few weeks, and we’ll post the answer after we find out!)

January 29, 2015
by Mrs. Hamman
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Fifth Grade Connections

This morning, we realized that at one time, all three of our fifth grade classes were connecting with other people, using three different methods! Mr. Hendrie’s class was using Zoom to video conference with other classes and a scientist at the Denver Museum of Museum of Nature and Science.  Mr. Maijala’s class was talking about math with Mr. Lockwood’s class, using Skype. Our class was in a Google Hangout with Mrs. Renzulli’s class learning about measurement conversions and how they are used in real life. Yesterday we connected with other classes in a completely different way, a Twitter chat with the #stu2stuchat (Student to Student) hashtag!

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It’s kind of amazing to think that just a few years ago, students hardly ever had the chance to connect with others outside the classroom. Now we do it all the time!

How do you think connecting with other people helps you learn? 

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