ACES Day!

ACES Day: For those of you that don’t know what this means, let me tell you.  It’s an acronym for All Children Exercising Simultaneously.  It’s always such a fun morning and this year was no exception.  Our school has some s…m…o…o…t…h dancers.  Impressive. 🙂

Look at all of our Robinson dancers!
Look at all of our Robinson dancers!
Even our librarian, Mrs. Meihaus, was dancing up a storm!
Even our librarian, Mrs. Meihaus, was dancing up a storm!
And . . . Mr. Shaefer, a P.E. teacher,  had some fun too.
And . . . Mr. Shaefer, a P.E. teacher, had some fun too.
Look at those faces!  This shows the fun of ACES Day!
Look at those faces! This shows the fun of ACES Day!

Aside from the fun at ACES Day, we did some learning too.  (I sure hope so!!!)  Read ahead to find out what we have been doing in and around room 203.  Thanks for reading!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Story Tellers
  • Math Posters
  • Poetry
  • Skyping with “Our” Pilot
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • What was your favorite part of ACES Day?  What did you enjoy about this?
  • Did you enjoy the story tellers last week?  Why or why not?
  • Tell me about the topics on your science poster about the universe.  What have you learned about the universe so far?

Story Tellers: Last Friday, we had the privilege of hosting a couple of storytellers at Robinson.  The two men were very dramatic and engaging as they told their stories.  All of the children (and adults) that were present were fully engaged in the performance and it was enjoyed by all.  Look at the storytellers in action below.

Here is Mr. Incredible Storyteller #1.
Here is Mr. Incredible Storyteller #1.
Here is Mr. Amazing Storyteller #2.
Here is Mr. Amazing Storyteller #2.

Math Posters: This week, we have created posters that helped us solve problems about data.  Below is an example of a problem that some students chose to solve data problems.  After a problem is solved with partnerships, students must create a poster that can stand-alond (without any explanations) for others to view.  Finally, a few mathematicians present their findings to us and we have an opportunity to both question and compliment them so we can continue learning together.

Here is an example of one of the three problems our mathematicians chose from to solve and share on a math poster.
Here is an example of one of the three problems our mathematicians chose from to solve and share on a math poster.
Hard working mathematicians working to solve the math problem together.
Hard working mathematicians working to solve the math problem together.
Here is one of the posters that was completed during math.
Here is one of the posters that was completed during math.
Check out a couple of our mathematicians sharing their work with us!  Super smart!
Check out a couple of our mathematicians sharing their work with us! Super smart!

Poetry: We have continued writing poetry this week and continue to focus on writing poems with a theme.  Today, we talked about the importance of using precise words in poems, in order to paint a clear and accurate picture for the reader.  We are beginning to record these words on a Poetry Word Bank and will refer to them frequently while writing poetry.  Look at what our Writing Workshop looks like in the photos below.

Here is one fifth grade poet working hard writing poetry by using a mentor poem as an example.
Here is one fifth grade poet working hard writing poetry by using a mentor poem as an example.
Another hard-working poet using his Poetry Word Bank to find precise words for his writing.
Another hard-working poet using his Poetry Word Bank to find precise words for his writing.

Skyping with “Our” Pilot:  Remember how last week I told you that we are a part of the Adopt-a-Pilot program from Southwest Airlines?  Well . . . this week was even better than last week!  We not only had the opportunity to learn from our pilot, First Commander Smith, on Monday, but was also Skyped with him on Wednesday.  When we Skyped with him (which the children LOVED), he gave us clues about the city where he was and we had to guess based on the clues.  Eventually . . . we guessed the correct city – San Diego.

FIrst Commander Smith visited us at Robinson on Monday.
FIrst Commander Smith visited us at Robinson on Monday.
Then . . . he visited us via Skype, which was so much fun!
Then . . . he visited us via Skype, which was so much fun!
Here is the poster we have in the classroom to track the flights our adopted pilot it taking each week.  Cool!
Here is the poster we have in the classroom to track the flights our adopted pilot it taking each week. Cool!

A Smile for You!  Well, you made it through another blog post!  I hope you enjoyed hearing what we’ve been up to lately.  As always, here are a few pictures to make you smile some more (that is based on the expectation that you smiled as you read and saw what we did this week!). 🙂  Have a fantastic weekend.

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