Our next optional challenge is a Minecraft build! The due date is Monday, January 14th. The guidelines and requirements are listed below.
That's it for the requirements! Beyond those, you can add anything you want. Judging will be done by students in both classes and they will make their decisions on which build has the biggest "Wow!" factor. So, the more original and impressive, the better.
*Oh, one last requirement: You need to screen record a walk-through of your build (or take a bunch of screenshots) so the class can see your creation. I'll help you with that as much as I can, some we can record in class, but you may need to do a bit of Googling and YouTubing of "how to record a Minecraft walk-through on a... (Nintendo Switch, XBox, PC, PE, etc.)"
The top two vote getters will receive either a plush baby pig or baby mooshroom.
Best of luck to everyone, but more importantly, have fun!
Written by Ella
A few days ago in class, we learned about the battle of Constantinople in 1453 (present-day Istanbul, Turkey), when the Ottomans tried to conquer Constantinople so they could get more money by controlling the trade between Europe and Asia. If the Ottomans conquered Constantinople they would cut Europe out of the Silk Road. The Ottomans used cannons to try to shoot down the wall. It took 53 days for them to finally break the wall.
We tried to recreate the wall out of our wonders books, and Mr. Salsich brought out the mega nerf gun he has, and we all tried to shoot down the wall from a nearby desk. It was so fun! None of us shot it down, probably it could have taken 53 days!
(*Update: The wall did fall on the second day after about 35 of us shot at it!)
I liked the activity and some of my classmates did too. “I thought it was fun because we got to shoot things,” said Sarah.
We all had fun learning about the battle of Constantinople! (especially Sarah)
In social studies, we have been learning about the battle of Constantinople in 1453 and how that event impacted European exploration and world history. We also learned about inventions like the printing press, the compass, and other navigational instruments. Students worked on sketching their ideas and understandings through "Quick-Draws." Then they selected their favorite sketch to include in a class slideshow.
Check out the awesome creativity by clicking on the image below!
Most days, we start ELA with a short writing assignment. Then we partner up and read and respond to each other's writing. After discussing the content of the writing, we go over it and try to fix up any grammar mistakes. Then we switch roles and read the other person's writing. After that, Mr. Salsich usually shares one or two on the board and we discuss them as a class.
Last week our daily writing focus was on compound sentences and similes. We had different prompts to write to, such as; something we did over the weekend, our favorite video game, TV show, or movie, and a time we got in trouble or got an injury.
On Friday, we selected our favorite piece of daily writing from the week and copied it into a shared Google Slide. Click on the writing image below to read all of our selected pieces.
Here are some pictures of us sharing our writing and helping with editing and revising:
Post by Cricket
Photos by Cricket and Mr. Salsich
We have a reading book shop in our classroom we have all sorts and kinds of books. For example...
Some of our most popular books are the graphic novels and fantasy. Sometimes the graphic novels are gone because they're so popular!
On the side table Mr. Salsich puts new books on there every week for us to check out!
That's what we have at our reading book shop for all of us to get books to read.
What's your favorite type of book to read?
Post written by Avery
In class, we did the assignment “Identify the Genre.” We had to use a google form that showed us the cover of the book and the blurb on the back of a book.
We needed to work in groups of three. Then we decided what genre it was. Mr. Salsich gave us a link to a chart that had a bunch of genres. We could click on a genre, read examples of the genre, the definition of the genre, and read the characteristics of the genre. We did the activity because it helps us be able to identify the genre of any text that we read. It also helped us work in a group and share ideas.
Post written by Sarah & Sophie
Sarah - In class a few days ago we did a thing called Quizlet Live. It is an online game where you join and compete against other classmates. You are assigned into teams randomly and answer questions about reading genres. The team names are also animals, so it makes it funny. When you answer a question right, your team moves up one on the leaderboard. If you get a question wrong, you go all the way back to start. When you get a question only one person on the team has the right answer on their screen. You and your team have to work together and find out the right one. It takes 12 questions to win. It’s really fun and gives us some mild stress that’s healthy for our brain. We really enjoyed doing this.
Sophie - Yesterday we played Quizlet Live. Quizlet Live is a game that gives you questions and you give answers. It’s different than most games. The questions we get are about reading genres because that is what we’re learning about. What you do is you get partnered up with teams randomly and get put in teams named after different animals. Each person has their own screen. There are 12 questions and only one person of the team has the correct answer for every question. If you get one wrong you go back to zero no matter where you are. You win if you get 12 in a row first. It’s really fun and a cool way to learn about reading genres!
What do you think of Quizlet Live?
As mentioned in previous posts, we worked in groups to learn about several native American tribes of the east coast of North America, Sometimes these tribes are referred to as "woodland" peoples because they lived in heavily forested areas. Their lifestyles were shaped by their environment.
Below are our final "Iron Chef" slides sharing what we learned about the Wampanoag, the Powhatan, and the Iroquois/Haudenosaunee tribes. Click on the image of each slideshow to view the entire slide.
What do you find surprising or interesting about the tribes we learned about?
"Iron Chef" Slides from Class 5.1
"Iron Chef" Slides from Class 5.1
"Iron Chef" Slide from Mr. Salsich & Co.
One of our main learning targets for the first part of the year is to: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says and when explaining our ideas about the text. (CCSS ELA 5.1) This is an essential skill when are communicating our thoughts and understandings about what we read.
To practice this, we have been working on reading responses that include quotes that back up our ideas. We also have to explain how the quote proves our ideas.
Below is a link to some excellent examples of using quotes from a text to support ideas about the text. These examples were in response to the question, "In the personal narrative Eating The World (or Fireflies), what are two techniques that the author uses to engage the reader? Give specific examples from the text to support your answer."
Examples of Excellence!
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