Fifth grade will hear Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table this week. We didn't get to it last week, preferring instead to research the students' American Revolution assignment. The other readalouds can be found on the Weekly Readalouds page of this website.
The fifth-grade book club meets this week on Thursday, March 31, at lunch recess in the library. We are discussing Loot, by Jude Watson.
Again we have some videos coming up this week: the Will Allen one we didn't see last week, OK GO "This Too Shall Pass" (which has become a tradition for TK, to accompany that class's study of simple machines such as levers and pulleys), and the video below (made by a young person) that explains how Archimedes is thought to have discovered his principle of buoyancy. Shortly after spring break Ms. Gretchen in our "maker space" will begin working with the students on stop-motion animation films using Lego minifigures. I hope the video below inspires students to begin thinking of stories they'd like to tell with their Lego stop-motion films. Further, I particularly hope it shows how effective it can be to take factual information and depict it through a clever, exciting, or beautiful story ("Like in a picture book, Ms. Barbara?" Yes, like in a picture book.)
As always, be very careful in allowing children to view YouTube content, including the YouTube videos linked here. Commercials, comments, and sidebars accompanying the videos are often inappropriate for children.