Thursday, October 31, 2019

This Is Halloween

Today we celebrated Halloween. It started with the annual parade, followed by a "Thriller" dance (which didn't work out how we wanted) followed by the class party. I am grateful for the parents who helped organize the party, as well as donate food, supplies and time for it. The kids had a blast.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Polka Your Eyes Out

The Chardon Polka Band came out from Cleveland, Ohio to perform for our fifth grade today.  Okay, so they were actually in Utah for Oktoberfest, but Mrs. Craker's cousin is in the band, so she pulled some strings to get them to come to Westbrook.  Not only did they play their modern polka, they taught about instruments and music.  I don't know how much the students liked it - although they seemed to enjoy dancing around - but I absolutely LOVED it!  Thanks Jake, Mike, Joey & Mitch!  

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Carry That Weight

Today in science the students learned about the sum of all parts.  There were two experiments that they performed.  The first had them take some salt and put it in a cup and weigh it.  Then they added water to it and weighed it again. The cups were then put aside for later.

The second experiment was to take a bag of Legos and weigh them.  Then they built a house with the pieces and weighed the house.  It appears that the house weighs the same as the bag of Legos.

Hmmmmmm.  I wonder if the same will happen with the salt?  I guess we'll find out in about a week or so, when we will do Part II of this experiment. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)

Today is 9/11.  Eighteen years ago today, America witnessed pure evil as we were attacked in the air and on the ground in one of the worst tragedies in our history.

After talking about the events of that fateful day, the student created a Lego "replica" of the World Trade Center.  We compared it to the Wells Fargo Building, the largest building in Salt Lake City.  Here is how it turned out.  (Note: These are not entirely to scale, but close enough for our needs.)

The Wells Fargo Building - 422 feet (24 floors)

1 World Trade Center - 1,368 feet (104 floors)

Side by side comparison:

As a side note, the entire square here represents the base of the WTC.  The little square in the middle would be the area of the Wells Fargo Building.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Old Camp Meetin' Time

Today we went to Camp Tracy for our first field trip of the year.  It was for Learning For Life, and the wonderful Boyer Company dedicated their time and money to help the kids have a great time.  (Also thanks to Mrs. Turner and Mrs. Johnson for their chaperone help.)

We first shot off rockets, then an obstacle course, boats, stick games, a hike and finished off the fun with horses and roping.  As we were driving home, it started to rain and hail and our upper emergency exits wouldn't close.  That was fun!

Here are some pictures and videos for your entertainment.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Spirits in the Material World

The past two weeks in Social Studies, we have been discussing the Native American people.  The students have learned about many tribes, including the Navajo, Hopi, Cherokee and Anasazi.

To finish off the teaching, the students created their own kachina doll.  A kachina is a spirit being for the Hopi tribe.  The dolls the students created were out of paper and a paper roll.  Real kachina dolls are collectors items and go for a few hundred dollars.

Here is some of the work.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

First Day Out

The 2019-20 school year has officially started.  Besides sitting in a classroom listening to Mr. Taylor babble on and on about rules and expectations - all without any air conditioning, by the way - the day went pretty well.

The first assignment was getting the students to copy their hand and then decorate it with things that interest them.  (sports, food, etc.)  Here is how it turned out.