Wednesday, November 28, 2012


A couple weeks ago we went out to our greenhouse and learned about the importance and purpose of seeds from Farmer Curtis. Before we began working (weeding, watering, planting, etc.), though, we went on a scavenger hunt looking for different seeds.

The video below, created entirely by Jaden, features pictures taken on our new Sony Bloggie by several of the students in our class. Check out the seeds we found!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Comics: "What We're Thankful For"

by Anna

by Madison

by Kenson

by Chase

by Delaney
by Austin2

by Caitlyn

by Tanner

by Mariah

by Mrs.Allen

by Logan
by Jaden

by Lexi

by Coleman

by Jacob

by Bailey

by Joey

by Courtney

by Isaac

by Makaiah

by Austin3

by Chesnee

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Meal Budget Project

During the week of Thanksgiving, we put our math workshop on hold as we worked on a mini project in groups of 2-3 planning a Thanksgiving meal. We have this blog post  to thank because that's where I (Mrs.Allen) got the idea late Sunday night. Since it sounded like something practical, fun, and perfect for the holiday season, we took the plunge and spent our math time on Monday and Tuesday working on it.

So how did it work?

  1. First, we had some guidelines to follow: 

    • plan a Thanksgiving meal to feed 6 people--including a main course of some kind and some side dishes (desserts and beverages were optional)
    • $40 was the budget, so we had to spend as close to that as possible--without going over  
    • the money could only be spent on food (condiments, flatware, and dishes excluded from the budget)
  2. Next, we collaborated with our group (2-3 students/group) to decide on what kind of meal we wanted by looking through some actual advertisements from our local grocery stores (Aldi, Price Cutter, Dillon's, Hy-Vee, etc.).
  3. Then as we decided on each menu item for our meal, we had to deduct the cost on our budget sheet. 
Here's an example of one of our budget sheets.
  1. When we were through, we created a poster to display our Thanksgiving meal, presented it to the rest of our class, and posted them in the hallway outside our classroom door to share with the rest of our school.

**Please note: this entire idea was derived from HERE, so CLICK HERE to read more about where this original idea came from and get more ideas for how to implement it into your classroom.

Check out some of the meals we planned below:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Goodbye Natalie!

Today we said goodbye to Natalie as she makes the transition to a brand new school next week. While we will always love her and miss her, we wish her nothing for the very best in her future. 

Natalie, I created this video for you as a special memory 
of being in our class during the first part of your fifth grade year. I hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Our Slime (by Jaden) - 11/15/2012

On 11/15/12 a Thursday we made a mix between a liquid and a solid called a polymer. Polymer molecules chain them selves together so they can stretch and bend like chains.We used borax, water, liquid glue and the food color is optional it turns out really cool!!

We got the idea from

   Here are some pictures from when we made the slime!

 "The slime was really goopy and thick. However I liked it!"~Caitlyn