Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Knight to Remember

On Tuesday, May 14th we had a speaker talk to the 6th grade students about the life of a knight in the middle ages. Mr. Tuzzio's presentation not only provides the students with factual information but also entertains them. Each year he calls up one student to wear and try on the helmets meant for a knight. Additionally, he allows students to handle chain-mail and a piece of armor that is over 500 hundred years old! Click here to learn more about this presentation.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Volcanic Eruptions

For our most recent science unit the students were asked to complete research, and build a scale model of a volcano. The research focused on type, eruption style, and volcanoes around the world. Yesterday, the projects were due and we "erupted" all of the volcanoes. Some students chose the baking soda and vinegar concoction, while others chose the ever explosive diet Coke and Mentos. Enjoy the video and pictures below.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Restoration and Rowboat Trip

Last week my class had the pleasure of taking our annual restoration and rowboat trip. We started off in the morning by ridding wetlands of invasive species, Buckthorn to be more specific. The kids worked really hard and did a great job. Our only hiccup were the dozens of Wood-ticks that we ran into. Don't worry, there are not the ticks that carry Lyme's Disease.

In the afternoon we took our usually trip down the Pewaukee River. The class started behind the Chocolate Factory and meandered our way about 2 miles to the Wisconsin Ave. bridge. The students enjoyed their experience rowing their own boat. This year was especially fun as many fish were still spawning, in particular Muskies.

This trip helped the students to understand how fragile our ecosystem is and what they can do as an individual to keep it clean.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Historical Fiction Writing Celebration

Students had the opportunity today to share their writing with classmates. Of course, snacks were involved:) I am really proud of the work they have done in regards to the Historical Fiction pieces. This was not an easy unit for them, but through hard work the students prevailed with examples of great writing.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Why Blogging is Rewarding

Recently the students have been doing their fair share of blogging. As a class, we use Kidblog. If you are unfamiliar with Kidblog click here to learn more. On Monday students wrote a post about whether they would like to "hang out" with the main character from their novel. As most times, I posted their responses on Twitter. If you don't use Twitter you might be unaware that their are hashtags (#) that can be used for certain audiences. To gain the attention of other teachers and students I often use the #comments4kids hashtag. 
Students were delighted to see this morning that they had received comments from as far away as Alabama.
To read the students posts and the comments, click here.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Matter & Energy Discussion

Our current unit in science on Matter & Energy just wrapped up today. Students had the opportunity to create a presentation relating several elements of matter and energy to kinetic energy. For example, students were asked to give an example of how motion of atoms relates to kinetic energy.
Students were split into small groups to share (pictures below). They had the choice of creating a poster or a digital product. Digital options included, but were not limited to, Prezi, Glogster, Google Presentation, and Animoto. Overall, the students did a great job completing the project.

The Creative Bug!

This morning with the cancellation of Encore classes (Phy Ed, Art, etc.) students were given the opportunity to write a creative piece based on a picture. The pictures were selected from Pixaby.  This site offers stunning public domain images. To read some of the creative pieces that were written click here.
Below is a screen shot of Pixabay's home screen.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

JJ Watt Pays a Visit!

Today we held an all school assembly (grades 4-6) to remind kids of the 3 B's (Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe). This assembly was more of a chance for us to reward the kids for doing a great job throughout this year. As a reward, JJ Watt paid us a visit to discuss the 3 B's with the students. As most of may know, JJ is a Pewaukee native.

The kids were allowed a Q and A session after JJ spoke for a bit. Some of the questions were quite humorous. For example, "Can you flex for us?", and "How did it feel to sack Aaron Rodgers?"

What caught me was how humbled JJ was by the reception the kids gave him. He even blushed a little when asked to do his famous wheelchair dance. If you are not aware of this amazing story, click here.

Big props to the kids for being a great audience, and a big thanks to JJ for sharing some of his time with us.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Invention Convention

It is that time of year again! The Invention Convention is back. Students in grades 4-6 had the opportunity to participate in this year's Invention Convention. Some classes made it a requirement, I chose to give students extra credit in science for their participation. There were many intuitive designs. Some that would come in handy for myself. Below are photos of the students who participated from my class. Great job!
Parents are welcome to come and view the inventions from 4:30-5:30 today, February 19th. Here is a link to the requirements that students had to follow.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Read In

Today the entire sixth grade participated in what we call "Read In". Basically, we dedicated our entire 90 minute language arts block to reading. Students were allowed to wear PJ's, bring in blankets/pillows, magazine, books, newspapers, e-readers and any other reading material they enjoy. They all spread across the classroom on chairs, beanbags, gaming rockers, carpet squares, etc. In addition we took a couple of small break to do some fun activities related to literature. Below are pics of the students "hard at work".