¡Carteles de Matemáticas!

¡Carteles de Matemáticas! = Math Posters!  We did some more work this week to solve math problems regarding coordinate planes.  Below, you can check out the amazing posters that students created.  Until you get there though, look at the problem they had to solve.  Their job was to choose one of the two investigations to complete with a partner, solve the problems and then present them on a poster so they can stand-alone.

Remember, you can click on the image to make it bigger (so you can actually read the problems).  Each mathematician had to choose ONE of these two very similar investigations to complete.
Remember, you can click on the image to make it bigger (so you can actually read the problems). Each group of mathematicians chose ONE of these two very similar (yet different) investigations to complete.

Another week has flown by!  Holy cow!  We really are coming down to the last few days of fifth grade.  Six days, to be exact.  I can hardly believe an entire school year has gone by with this great class . . . seriously.  I will write more about that another day.  Until then, here is what we have been up to in fifth grade this week.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Math Posters
  • Book Clubs
  • Paper Airplanes . . . in School?
  • Creating a Planet?
  • 2 Important Dates
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • What do you believe is the purpose for the author writing the story you and your book club are reading?  Prove this with evidence from the text.
  • What is the name of the planet you have created?  Tell me about some of the key features of this planet.
  • What is your favorite song for the Spring Sing?  Why do you like this song?

Math Posters: You already read the math investigations (above) and about the math posters created this week.   Now . . . check out the posters created to display the math thinking . . . incredible stuff, huh?

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Book Clubs: This week, we finished with our fourth book club meeting.  I am having such a great time talking with the kids as they discuss their book.  (I hope the kiddos are having as much fun as I am!)  One of our challenges has been trying to NOT rush through our conversations.  We have our final two book club meetings next week.  Each group will finish their book by next Thursday’s meeting.  Some groups have even taken it upon themselves to create a character sheet (based upon gentle “nudging” from their teacher!) because there were a lot of characters and they couldn’t keep track of everyone!  It has helped immensely.  Check out the character listing below.

Here is a sample of a character listing one student wrote about the book, The Westing Game.
Here is a sample of a character listing one student wrote about the book, The Westing Game.

Paper Airplanes . . . in School?  Wait a second!  Is that allowed?  As a matter of fact – yes!  This past Monday, we celebrated our last day with our adopted pilot with a paper airplane flying contest.  Wow!  These kiddos sure do know how to make great airplanes!  We gathered with the entire fifth grade and had a contest to see whose airplane could fly the furthest.  Fun, huh?  Check out some of the photos below.

Here is one of our paper airplanes.
Here is one of our paper airplanes.
Here we are . . . getting ready to throw our paper airplanes for the contest!
Here we are . . . getting ready to throw our paper airplanes for the contest!
Here we are . . . throwing our paper airplanes to see whose can go the furthest!
Here we are . . . throwing our paper airplanes to see whose can go the furthest!
Check out the WHOLE fifth grade . . . with our Adopted Pilot, First Officer Smith.
Check out the WHOLE fifth grade . . . with our Adopted Pilot, First Officer Smith.

Creating a Planet? During our Universe study, we have explored and learned A LOT about Earth.  Currently, we are transferring that knowledge into creating a planet of our very own!  Cool, huh?  Each group has the job of creating a planet, while justifying the details of the planet, based on what they learned about Earth.  For example, if the planet has three moons, the group needs to explain why there are three moons and the purpose of each.  Or, if a day lasts 96 hours, the group needs to explain how that affects the planet’s day and night and how many hours of each will take place each day.  Next week, each group will present their planet to the group during one of our infamous (and very official) press conferences.  Here are some of the posters – in progress – that we have been working on.

Each group has a blue side (information about Earth) and a green side (information about their planet) to their poster.  Their posters will be a part of their presentation next week at our press conference.
Each group has a blue side (information about Earth) and a green side (information about their planet) to their poster. Their posters will be a part of their presentation next week at our press conference.
Here is an example of a created planet.
Here is an example of a created planet.
Another CREATIVE planet designed by some fifth grade scientists.
Another CREATIVE planet designed by some fifth grade scientists.
And finally, a bit more information about another planet created by fifth grader scientists.
And finally, a bit more information about another planet created by fifth grader scientists.

2 Important Dates: As a reminder, tomorrow (Friday, May 23) is the Spring Sing at Robinson.  This event will take place at 9:15am and there will be standing room only.  In addition, the Fifth Grade Celebration will take place NEXT Thursday, May 29 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.  Please let us know if you have any questions about either of these events.

A Smile for You!  We hope these photos make you smile today.  A sweet fifth grader helped me pick out the theme for this week’s smiling photos.  Hope you enjoy!  As always, thanks for reading . . . and have a great weekend!

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