Slam Success!

Posted: April 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

You did it 5th graders! Congratulations on tackling some of your biggest fears: Public Speaking! And with poetry of all things! Today, you became a little braver and a little bolder. I’m so proud of each and every one of you for the hard work and dedication you put into your poetry performance. It was so moving to hear your poetry come alive today. Thank you for always inspiring each other! Our video is live on youtube here!

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Our two week break has started! Yippppppeeeeeee! Here are some things to be brainstorming about while maxin’ and relaxin’ this break:

  • Selling SCRIP!!
  • Marketplace products! Collect materials, write a list of ideas, talk with your family!
  • Poetry! Start reading some poetry to get yourself familiar.
  • Environmental issues our island faces. We will be doing a LARGE project on sustainability and alternative energies. Really think about local issues we face here on Kauai.

Here are some optional activities and assignments for you to do while we are away for our 2 week break. Pick and choose any one you like. The points receive will go towards the subject matter it involves. (ex. A book report will give points towards your reading grade).

Do one, do all, but it’s fun to learn, even when you’re not in school!

  • Read the post below of the list of 3rd quarter activities. Do the assignment posted.
  • Read a just right book that you have at home or rented from our classroom library. Write a letter to a friend recommending (or not recommending!) this book. What did you like/dislike about it? What was it about? Why are you telling your friend about it?
  • Spend some time on khan academy doing the practice activities. Try to “master” some skills that you might have struggled with during 1st quarter.
  • Write a solid small moment story: One moment in your life that happened over break with an organized beginning, middle, and end. Post the published writing on your blogger.
  • Send me an email with an attached picture of a screenshot of any educational games and your “score” or “points” you might have received. (email is below!)
  • For those traveling, write a report on the places you go, mentioning anything about the geography, climate, longitude and latitude, typical activities and clothing, etc. You may send me an email or you can type it on a google doc and share it with me.
  • For those NOT traveling, you may still do any of the ones above, but about Kauai.
  • Come up with a new inquiry question and guide yourself through the scientific method. What is something new you’re curious about?
  • Any part of the packet that was sent home with you the day of break.

I hope that you each have an AMAZING, FUN-FILLED two weeks away from school! You’ll be missed! I hope that you all spend some time reading good books and refreshing your math skills, but overall, enjoy time with your family and friends!

Hugs!
Ms. Slimko
mslimko@st-catherineschool.org

3rd Quarter Wrap-Up

Posted: March 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

Here are some of the events/projects/assignments/activities that are memorable to us in our 3rd quarter of fifth grade:

  • Oreo Moon Phases
  • Biome Diorama Project
  • Life Cycle of a Star Project
  • Night with the Astronomers at PMRF
  • Newspaper Articles
  • Paintings of the Planets and Modeling AUs
  • Student Led Conferences and preparing for them
  • Fantasy Writing
  • Biome Prezi presentations
  • Majors Bay Shell Hunt
  • Food Chains
  • Eating at Shenanigans
  • Kamalani Day
  • When our class Dressed at Teachers
  • Wacky Hair/Dress Day
  • Pajama Day after PMRF trip
  • Starry Night Art Project
  • Ancient Handprint Arts
  • Musical Chairs in Music
  • Boundary Ball Scrimmage with 4th Graders
  • Kickball
  • Habitat Sit
  • New posts on Bloggers
  • I Have a Dream Writing
  • NASA Website and all the cool information
  • Fantasy Book Clubs
  • Utopia Project
  • Role Model Day during Catholic Schools Week
  • Looking at the moon through the large telescopes
  • Seeing Mars and Venus
  • Nebula inside Orion
  • Seeing Little and Big Dipper
  • Learning about really expensive telescopes

For Extra Credit this break, choose a few of these from the list above and write a blogger post, an email, or an essay. For EACH activity, please:

  • describe the activity
  • why you chose this specific activity
  • What you learned from it (Go beyond academic things too! Teamwork, kindness, hard work, organization, etc… count too!)

Be strict on complete sentences!

Alas, we made it. We went to the moon and back. I knew we could do it fifth graders. You already soar high, but making it to the nebulas and the constellations went beyond all expectations. You reached for the stars, students.

Our trip to PMRF’s observatory was nothing short of amazing. We are SO very thankful to Pastor James, President Tom Ellis, Paul, and Bob for the time they took to answer our (relentless!) questions, to find all the planetary objects we requested, and show us things most people here on earth only get to see in textbooks. We are SO, SO blessed.

I am so grateful to KEASA and the people we worked with, the servers at Shenanigans for dealing with our “shenanigans”, our chaperones that were just as enthusiastic as you were, but most of all, I’m super grateful for you. Your curiosities, your attitudes, your good manners, and your appreciation for learning make trips like this and teaching so. much. fun.

Please take a look at the gallery below. For some extra credit, I encourage you to create a reflection blogger post about your evening under the stars. Feel free to save a picture from any of the ones below. Due Monday!

HUGS!
Ms. Slimko

Biome Project Amazingness!

Posted: February 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

Whoa! Once again, this class has gone above and beyond expectations and really did a fantastic job collecting information and researching your assigned biome. There were SO many steps to this project:

  • gathering articles, books, and online sources
  • filling out grids and graphs about animal and plant adaptations
  • Working diligently with your partner(s)
  • Completing a google classroom doc with extreme detail
  • becoming an expert
  • Creating a Prezi Presentation online with details about your biome
  • Writing a bibliography and documenting all sources to avoid plagiarism
  • Constructing a very accurate biome using texture and various creative concepts
  •  Presenting in front of your peers while keeping them engaged and interested
  • Complete a self reflection sheet that allowed you to analyze what you are really proud of and what you want to improve on next time
  • Provided compliments and improvements for your peers on sticky notes
  • Discussed your goals for next time with your partner

That’s a lot of work 5th graders! Your unit projects have gotten significantly better since the school year started. I’m so incredibly anxious to see what you will be coming up with for our future projects!

Take a peek at your work below!
Hugs,
Ms. Slimko

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Christmas Break Extra Credit

Posted: December 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

grab it while you can! It’s only available for a limited time! It’s your eeeeeeextraaaa creeeeedit!

You may do any of the following posted on your blog or sent in an email to me:

  • Create a video or iMovie about a small moment memory or activity that happened over break
  • write a song about photosynthesis and how it works (bonus points if you or family want to perform and video tape it!)
  • write a small moment story with excellent organization, focus, and grammar
  • screenshot any score for any of the educational games that are listed on the class blog
  • read a book and write a critique/review telling about the book, what you found interesting and/or boring and how you would rate it
  • for anyone traveling: write a report on your geographic location and weather of the place you are visiting

You may also:

  • log into khan academy and spend time on multiplication and division of decimals and fractions
  • khan academy also has a great new grammar program to check out!
  • Create a world map and mark the routes of all the explorers we studied
  • write an “interview” or a list of questions you would ask any of the European explorers if they were alive today

I hope you all decide to do one or two of these activities! I also hope that you all have an amazing and restful two week break! Come back refreshed and ready to learn!

Hugs to you!

Thanksgiving Extra Credit

Posted: November 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

Here are some options to earn some extra credit over our short break!

  • read about any of the Native American tribes we studied in our SS unit. Write a report about their beliefs, way of life, and history.
  • Spend a minimum of 30 minutes on khan academy. Log some minutes on long division and division facts. Also review fraction work.
  • read over the break and write a book report on the reading. You can write a recommendation to a friend or summarize the book.
  • play any of the games listed on the class blog. Take a screenshot of the work you completed or scores.
  • Write a small moment story about a great moment from this holiday.

Any my of the above can be posted on your blogger or emailed to me!

Emjoy time with family and friends!

hugs,

Ms. Slimko

Ms. Slimko is Thankful for…

Posted: November 21, 2016 in Uncategorized
  • A cozy, clean, and safe apartment with a big kitchen and a bathtub.
  • my small, hilarious, and ever-so-curious 5th grade class that keeps me challenged and brings joy to my “job”.
  • My family, even though so far away, gives me support, love, and a reality check when needed.
  • The love of my dearest friends. They have been with me through hard times and celebrated with me during the good times. They provide me with advice and encouragement and always there if I need a shoulder to cry on.
  • Travel experiences because of how much I’ve learned about other cultures and about myself.
  • My health. Nothing else would matter if I didn’t have my health.
  • The beautiful mountains and oceans of Kaua’i. I’m so grateful to climb the plush green slopes and swim in the crystal clear blue waters whenever I want!
  • I am so very, very thankful for avocados. You know, the big, green, local ones that are super creamy and delicious? I love them.
  • My education, both formal and informal. I have learned so much throughout my years of elementary, middle, high school as well as university and my masters courses, but I have also learned so much through listening to people’s stories and life experiences.
  • Hugs. Hugs seem to make everything better, no matter the mood I’m in, if I’m feeling down that day or if I’m super energetic and lively, I always enjoy a really good hug.

What are the top ten things in your life that you are thankful for? Make a blogger post that lists these important things, giving detail to each one by explaining why it’s important.

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!
Hugs,
Ms. Slimko

Oct. Break Extra Credit

Posted: September 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

What awesome opportunities for you to get a jump start on our 2nd quarter!

Here are some optional activities and assignments for you to do while we are away for our 2 week break. Pick and choose any one you like. The points receive will go towards the subject matter it involves. (ex. A book report will give points towards your reading grade).

Do one, do all, but it’s fun to learn, even when you’re not in school!

  • Read a just right book that you have at home or rented from our classroom library. Write a letter to a friend recommending (or not recommending!) this book. What did you like/dislike about it? What was it about? Why are you telling your friend about it?
  • Spend some time on khan academy doing the practice activities. Try to “master” some skills that you might have struggled with during 1st quarter.
  • Write a solid small moment story: One moment in your life that happened over break with an organized beginning, middle, and end. Post the published writing on your blogger.
  • Send me an email with an attached picture of a screenshot of any educational games and your “score” or “points” you might have received. (email is below!)
  • For those traveling, write a report on the places you go, mentioning anything about the geography, climate, longitude and latitude, typical activities and clothing, etc. You may send me an email or you can type it on a google doc and share it with me.
  • For those NOT traveling, you may still do any of the ones above, but about Kauai.
  • Come up with a new inquiry question and guide yourself through the scientific method. What is something new you’re curious about?
  • Any part of the packet that was sent home with you the day of break.

I hope that you each have an AMAZING, FUN-FILLED two weeks away from school! You’ll be missed! I hope that you all spend some time reading good books and refreshing your math skills, but overall, enjoy time with your family and friends!

Hugs!
Ms. Slimko
mslimko@st-catherineschool.org

 

Gallery  —  Posted: September 28, 2016 in Uncategorized