Our class has been working on a new storyline! We are learning about the industrial revolution and tee shirt factories in the early 20th century. So far we have created a large model of a factory using cardboard, cotton balls, and other materials. We have also joined our characters in families along with fictional family members. We calculated our family's monthly wage, and planned it into basic needs, bills, and groceries.
On Wednesday, Trillium's lower school gathered in the MPR for an assembly celebrating cooperation, in the Trillium community and and in the larger community as well. In each class a student was chosen for demonstrating excellent cooperation in their classroom. For our class Santi was voted by the students in our 4/5 class. He received a certificate and a flower along with the rest of the winners selected in the lower school. Here is a picture;
El dia de los muertos--the day of the dead-- is a widely celebrated holiday in Hispanic countries, and America, honoring the lives of our loved ones who have passed away. But this holiday is not a sad celebration, in fact, it is one of the most colorful! Michael's class, this year, has decided to celebrate this festive holiday and learn more about traditions, and the meaning of the celebration. The 4/5 class rooms put together an ofrenda
(an alter to give and guide our ancestor's spirits) in the school lobby, made colorful sugar skulls, set out sweet bread, food, fake candles, and flowers to give to our departed family. Students could bring in pictures to decorate, honoring their friends and family who have passed away, to later hang above the ofrenda.
The process of sugar skull making, demonstrated by clover.
The finished ofrenda!
Our class in front of the ofrenda. Happy Dia de los muertos!
This November, our class is proud to be participating in Studies weekly; every kid votes! On November first, children in schools across America,
predict the next president. The project; to see what would happen if kids could vote! For about a week, we were educated on what it really means to vote for president, the responsibility in the task. On the day to elect the president, each child voted anonymously in a small, private area individually,with just two clicks on a computer screen! here are some action shots;
This picture shows the small area designated for voting.
These are the voting rates which kids all across the USA have participated in.
These last few weeks, Michael's class is focusing on banned books!
During read aloud, three or four challenged books were read to the class, then we held a discussion about why these books were challenged,
and the over-all morals of the stories that were told. Many of these books were childhood classics loved by all of us! Here are some of the challenged books that we discussed, and what we talked about;
1) King and king by Linda de Haan & Stern Nijland
We talked about this book being challenged by anti LGBTQ+ parents
who want to avoid teaching their children about this subject.
2) Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendek
I know! This whimsical classic stumped us for a bit.
this book could be challenged by parents who don't want their kids taking influence from the Max, or simply parents who want to protect small children from nightmares.
3) Crow boy by Taro Yashima
This book was challenged for it's reflection on children calling each other stupid. Some parents think that children will take influence from this for and start calling one and other rude names.
written by Lou
This year, Michael's 4/5 advising has carried on with the color poem project! The color poem project is a metaphor poem. The class was split up into small groups consisting of three to four people, who then started the process of story boarding, revising, editing, and finally, creating a
final draft. After our final draft was finished, each group came up with
small pieces of artwork to then paste onto the poem. When the poem
was completely done, we held a small class publishing party on
Thursday, September 22nd. here are a few examples;
And finally, our class poem!
This project is definitely a hit! Let's give a hand for the three year anniversary of the color poem project!
This was when we had a kindness Assembly
This was very fun and inspiring
I loved it was very awesome
Clio won a kindness award
This is us doing our lit circles and this is us reading Win-Dixie
this helps us work together.
It helps us work together and as a team.
I love lit circles and working together
from Clover, Indie,Ellie
Our class took a field trip to the Oregon Historical society last week.
First,we were given a work sheet to fill out with facts that we learned from the tour guide. then,we went to the Oregon trail exhibit and learned about things like how natives, African Americans and women were depicted
and how pioneers came to settle on the Oregon trail. we also saw a real model of a covered wagon from the early 18'00s! after OHS we took the "max" to overlook park, played,ran and rolled down steep hills on that beautiful sunny day.
Written by Lou and Theo
Once every Monday our class takes a walk to the north Portland library. We go there to find books to read for read to self time in class. This holiday season Clio and Amelia made a holiday card saying thanks to the staff of the library. We are grateful for everything they do for us. Here is a picture of us holding the card at the library. By Clio and Amelia fifth grade
On Friday December 18th we are having the 4/5 storyline night. The teachers have rented a blowup planetarium from OMSI. We are going to display the paper mache planets that we made in art class and our plastic bottle rockets. We will also be displaying a trifold board with some info about density, dark matter, and gravity. Our storyline characters will also be displayed. We did a density experiment and tested the density of everyday objects like a tack, a small wooden cube, and a marble. We made galaxy dough and tested inertia and potential energy.
Written by Amelia and Clio fifth grade