Upper Elementary

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The Upper West Elementary teachers are: 

Deb Reddin and Dave Proulx

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The Upper East Elementary teachers are:

Kasey Hagemyer and Sam Brigode. 

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September 1, 2017

The Great Divide

By: Jack

One of the new changes at our school is that the Upper Classroom is being divided. The two classrooms are called Upper East and Upper West. In Upper east the teachers are Miss Kasey and Miss Sam, in the Upper West the teachers include Miss Deb and Mr. Dave. The Divider is a wall with wheels. We are getting used to our new environments!

 

May 26, 2017

End of the Year!


 

The End of the School Year

We have had a great school year so far, and it is not over yet! There are a lot of fun field trips and events planned for the end of the year. This Thursday is our swimming trip with Miss Antonia. Next Monday, May 29th, is Memorial Day. There will be no school that day. The Tuesday after that, May 30th, is the talent show. Unfortunately, this is just for the classroom and not open to the public. Wednesday May 31st is our Science Day where we will be exploring science and doing fun experiments within the classroom. Also that day is the sixth grade field trip to Ohio Caverns. We will be exploring a limestone cavern and traveling into a historic tunnel. Thursday June 1st is our classroom Community Building Day where we will be doing activities that focus on our collaboration. On Friday June 2nd there is a band and EC music performance and directly after we will be leaving school to ride our bikes on the Slippery Elm Trail. Make sure to bring your bikes! On Monday June 5th it is our Game Day. If you want, you can bring in a game to share with the class. Tuesday June 5th is our field trip to the Carter Historic Farm. Wednesday is our community celebration. Details are to follow.

 

Make sure to check your flyers that are being sent home for more information.


By, Julia and Hannah

 
  • PLEASE CONTINUE TO WATCH THE BLOG FOR END OF THE YEAR UPDATES :) 
  • PLEASE REFER TO THE FORM THAT WENT HOME FOR DAILY ACTIVITIES AND WHAT THEY CAN BRING IN!
Upcoming events:
  • 5-25  BGSU Rec Swimming (Permission slip was sent home for this.)
  • 5-29  No School-Memorial Day
  • 5-31  6th Grade Field Trip 
  • 6-02 Spring Arts and Music Program, EC and Band
  • 6-02 Upper Bike Trip (after performance)
  • 6-06 Carter Historic Farm
  • 6-07 Community Celebration/Last Day of School

May 19, 2017

Important Information

REMINDER!!!
  • We are in our last unit in science!  Students were given a selection of books about famous scientists and the opportunity to choose from this selection.  They were also given a guideline (broken down into sections) and a graphic organizer to help them write about their scientist.  They are expected to write five paragraphs minimum.  This includes an introduction paragraph, three detail paragraphs (their history, what they are known for, where and when what they are known for happened), and a conclusion paragraph.  They may write more if they would like.  They have time in class to complete this, but may require time at home if needed.  They are expected to have it complete by May 26th, but can turn it in earlier if they have it done.  Please ask your child about this project! 
    • We have used the guideline as a way to chunk the assignment into smaller, more manageable tasks.  On the front of the guideline, there are ten options (with number ten being just to breathe, it's over!).  We asked for them to complete tasks 1, 2, and 3 by the end of last week (May 12th).  If they found that they were not able to get this done, we asked them to take it home to work on it.  We asked for them to complete tasks 4, 5, and 6 by the end of this week (May 19th).  If they are unable, we will ask them to take it home to work on it.  This will leave tasks 7, 8, and 9 for next week.  This is help them meet the deadline of May 26th.
    • Students have been given work time each day during the great period.  In addition, they have been given 45 minutes to an hour during collaborative science time each Monday, for the past two weeks.  They will have the same designated time next week.  What they don't finish during school, they will need to bring home.  
    • Students also have the google classroom lesson (from Miss Jakki) to help them with their bibliography.  If they log in, they have access to an example of a bibliography to use as an additional reference.  
  • Students should have their book (for book group) read by this Friday (May 19th).  The book report is due May 26th.  They have a book report guideline shared with them on their google documents.  This is their homework (instead of the red folders). 
  • PLEASE CONTINUE TO WATCH THE BLOG FOR END OF THE YEAR UPDATES :) 
Upcoming events:

 

  • 5-19  Spring Arts and Music Program, 1st-8th grade
  • 5-24 Children's Opera Oberhau
  • 5-25  BGSU Rec Swimming (Permission slip was sent home for this.)
  • 5-29  No School-Memorial Day
  • 5-31  6th Grade Field Trip
  • 6-02 Spring Arts and Music Program, EC and Band
  • 6-02 Upper Bike Trip (after performance)
  • 6-06 Carter Historic Farm
  • 6-07 Community Celebration/Last Day of School

May 12, 2017

Field Trip and Science Project

 


By: Brooke and Brynn

Yesterday on Tuesday May 9, the fourth graders went on a field trip to the fairgrounds. All of the fourth graders from different schools came too. The fourth graders go every year. When we got there we got to do some activities like testing dirt to see if it was good soil and making a planter. After that, we went into a couple of barns to see animals and hold baby chickens. The fourth grade field trip was very fun!

The fourth, fifth, and sixth graders got assigned to a science project. We had to pick a book of either a scientist or an inventor.  Then we read the book and we will write about our scientist. This project is due May 26th.  

Teachers notes:
  • We are in our last unit in science!  Students were given a selection of books about famous scientists and the opportunity to choose from this selection.  They were also given a guideline (broken down into sections) and a graphic organizer to help them write about their scientist.  They are expected to write five paragraphs minimum.  This includes an introduction paragraph, three detail paragraphs (their history, what they are known for, where and when what they are known for happened), and a conclusion paragraph.  They may write more if they would like.  They have time in class to complete this, but may require time at home if needed.  They are expected to have it complete by May 26th, but can turn it in earlier if they have it done.  Please ask your child about this project! 
Upcoming events:

 

  • 5-11  Spring Party 
  • 5-19  Spring Arts and Music Program, 1st-8th grade
  • 5-24 Children's Opera Oberhau
  • 5-25  BGSU Rec Swimming
  • 5-29  No School-Memorial Day
  • 5-31  6th Grade Field Trip
  • 6-02 Spring Arts and Music Program, EC and Band
  • 6-02 Upper Bike Trip (after performance)
  • 6-06 Carter Historic Farm
  • 6-07 Community Celebration/Last Day of School
 

 

 
 
Awesome history lesson given by Miss Deb!

 

 

 

 

May 5, 2017

Blog

By Joey and Brooke

Last week the fourth graders got assigned to a diorama biome project. The fourth graders have been studying biomes all year so this is a big project for them. You have to choose and study a biome that you would like to make a scene of. We do the diorama in a shoe box. This whole project is due on May 12th. 

    The 5th graders have been working on zoology and learning about stuff like circulation. They get to match up cards about all different subjects. There are huge boxes that you can explore, the boxes have all types of animals and all about them. 

    The sixth graders are experimenting and drawing a final conclusion to their simulation, Peterson’s Pond.   

  

Teacher notes:
  • We have shifted from using the planners to using daily sheets. We started using them last week. Hopefully you have seen these already, as we sent them home each day with the students. The goal for the new daily sheets is to work on time management skills, to work on elapsed time, and to work on intrinsic motivation. This week, they received a packet with all five days included. We collect them each day and return them in the morning. Please look through these when they come home this Friday! :)
Upcoming events:
  • 5-9   4th graders-BG Ag Fest
  • 5-11  Spring Party 
  • 5-19  Spring Arts and Music Program, 1st-8th grade
  • 5-24 Children's Opera Oberhau
  • 5-25  BGSU Rec Swimming
  • 5-29  No School-Memorial Day
  • 5-31  6th Grade Field Trip
  • 6-02 Spring Arts and Music Program, EC and Band
  • 6-02 Upper Bike Trip (after performance)
  • 6-06 Carter Historic Farm
  • 6-07 Community Celebration/Last Day of School

 

April 28, 2017

Recess is fun!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

April 21, 2017

This month we are working on simple machines. We are on our final project. We get to make our own invention’s using K'nexs. The inventions need to include two simple machines like wheel and axle or a pulley.

By:  Noah and Brooke

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming events:
  • 4-30  Community Earth Day Celebration
  • 5-9   4th graders-BG Ag Fest
  • 5-11  Spring Party 
  • 5-19  Spring Arts and Music Program, 1st-8th grade
  • 5-24 Children's Opera Oberhau
  • 5-25  BGSU Rec Swimming
  • 5-29  No School-Memorial Day
  • 5-31  6th Grade Field Trip
  • 6-02 Spring Arts and Music Program, EC and Band
  • 6-02 Upper Bike Trip (after performance)
  • 6-06 Carter Historic Farm
  • 6-07 Community Celebration/Last Day of School

 

April 21, 2017

 

Students will collaborate with their team to design and create a structure!  Teams will use their knowledge of simple machines and how they work to create a structure that incorporates a minimum of two simple machines.  Teams will also create a Google document using their red folder (full of resourceful information) and the pictures of the Simple Machine the team created. 

 

April 14, 2017

 

History

By:Jack and Jeanette

In history this week we did something very interesting. What we did is we split up in three groups; the legislative, the judicial, and the executive branches of government. Miss Deb would give us a government action card. When one branch of government took action, another branch tried to check the power. For example: The executive branch signed a law that said, all middle school students had to shave their heads. The legislative branch had to override the bill by a ⅔ vote and the judicial branch declared the law unconstitutional. It was fun!

 

April 7, 2017

Constitution of the U.S.

By: Jeanette  and Jack

In history for the last few weeks, we have been working on the constitution of the United States. Next week, we will be doing a simulation on the branches of the government where we will be trying to pass laws and stop them. We will be divided into the Legislative, the Executive, and the Judicial branches.
 
 
Upcoming events:

 

  • 4-7    Prime Time Reading Night
  • 4-10/4-13  Grandparents' Week
  • 4-10/4-13  Book Fair
  • 4-14  No School-Holiday Break
  • 4-30  Community Earth Day Celebration

March 31, 2017

Welcome to the upper blog! This week we are finishing up the History homework! This Friday is teacher work day so our students get a day off. That day is put aside for the teachers to have a day to get their work done. 

We are making a persuasive letter to mail to someone to persuade them, such as no homework (they have some good reasons) or chewing gum in class. Rough drafts are done and we are advancing in the letter. It’s fun here at MSBG!
By: Zack

March 24, 2017

Welcome to the MSBG blog! This week service learning has been taking place in the school. We pair up with a elderly person and we talk to them. These people have some hard times remembering, so we learn to work with them.

Also, we are in the middle of our Simple Machines unit! We are building simple machines out of K'NEX to make work easier. We have been building some cool stuff such as roller coasters and propellers. It is fun here at MSBG!  

By:  Zack

March 17, 2017

We have a history presentation today called a “town hall”.   We had our picture taken in character and we have to fight to go to war. Some people are patriots, some are loyalists, and some are neutral. We have to make arguments for our side during the town hall. The neutrals ask questions to the loyalists and the patriots. The loyalists and patriots goal is to persuade the neutrals to come to our side.
 
By: Ciara and Sierra

February 24, 2017

Upper and lower elementary went to the Mazza Museum on Tuesday. We looked at children's picture books.  The people talk about the paintings. We learned about origami with the folding paper. We all had fun going down the slide.We also made little finger print books.

By: Sierra and Ciara

February 10, 2017

By Noah and Morrigan

In astronomy we have to design and create a newsletter about the solar system.

Our first step is to meet in our groups and write information in a rough draft form.  Then we have to edit and then have a teacher check it. After that, we can type it up on the computer. Some of us are almost done and others are not quite finished yet. Also each group has to participate in presenting their newsletter for astronomy. We have to plan out who says what and when.

February 1, 2017

By Olivia and Amalia

 

Tomorrow, for the 100th day of school, our class will aim to write down 100 happy thoughts about our class. We tried this last year and got pretty close. This year, each person will strive to write down four affirmations and share them with the group. Results may be posted next week.

Currently in geometry, the fourth graders are learning about the parts of the rhombus. Meanwhile, the fifth graders, using both the large and small hexagon boxes, are comparing the sides, vertices, diagonals, and bisectors of the hexagon, rhombus, trapezoid, and equilateral triangle. Every Friday afternoon, the sixth graders explore the area of parallelograms, rhombi, a variety of triangles, and several other geometric shapes.

Last Friday, a mosaic artist came to our art class to teach about the art of mosaic. We worked on two different mosaics, which are going to be hung up in the Community Center windows. Some people worked on cutting pieces of glass to the appropriate size for the mosaics, and others glued the colored glass onto a larger, clearer piece of glass in the specified pattern.

In conclusion: just like always, we are having tons of fun!

January 27, 2017

By Amalia  and Olivia

 

We have started studying the moon in Astronomy. There are several different kinds of space junk, including asteroids, comets, the Kuiper Belt, and the Oort Cloud. Last week we worked on the revolution of the Earth, and before that, the rotation. When we finish the moon, we will move on to simple machines!

Grade level science is also progressing. In Botany, fifth graders recently began a unit on the flower. Sixth graders are now working on the Five Kingdoms. Fourth grade is learning about biomes.

In the math area, the class is working on measurement and geometry. Measurement lessons occur once every week,  either on a Wednesday or a Thursday. Geometry happens on Friday. It is organized based on grade levels. Fourth grade is working on the parts of a rectangle. Fifth grade is busy exploring the Hexagon Box. Sixth graders are learning about the area of a triangle.

Overall, many exciting things have been happening this week. We are having tons of FUN!! 

January 13, 2017

This Monday, we had astronomy class. In Astronomy we got a Packet called Earth Revolution: Seasons Lab. In this lab we had to answer questions about the seasons. For example:  On what day does the official start day begin for each season? (21st). Second, we had to give a description of each and include the Earth's position in relation to the sun.


Later we had to complete four poems about our seasons.  Our  first one was autumn also known as fall. We had to do an acrostic poem. For winter, we got to do a free verse. For spring, the beginning  of each sentence it had to start with a color. For summer, the beginning later had to go like a, b, c, d, and e.


Here are some of our examples:


Autumn starts                                          Winter bring cold winds

Unlike any other                                      Snowman get built  with children's care

Too windy                                               The cold season brings children cheer

Umpire sticks                                          As snow gets high and Santa comes

More leaves fall                                      Presents fill the Winter cheer

Nothing like fall


Blue rain fills the sky                                         Campfires burn down houses                                                   

Orange umbrellas fill the ground                       Damp dew wipes the grass  

Green grass starts to grow                                 Elephants flow water to cool them self down

Yellow sun starts to appear                                Fireworks fill the sky

                                                                          Giant ice cream come to me 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

December 9, 2016


 
Helping with the Book Fair!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we are learning about Poetry. In poetry, Miss Kasey read us the three books by Greg Tang. He specializes in math poems, such as

See the nighttime all aglow?

It’s the vision of Van Gogh!

Bright exploding, swirling stars,

Cosmic forces from afar.

Can you Group the sTARs  in heaven?

Find FOUR ways to make a 7!

 
The rough draft paper, art, and an answer is due Thursday at lunch time!!
The final drafts are due next Friday at lunch time!!
 
By: Jackson and Brianna
 

Teachers’ notes: 

  • Book Group Assignments:
    • Monday=Guns for General Washington (read through page 64 )
    • Tuesday=Sign of the Beaver (read through page 62)
    • Wednesday=The Cabin Faced West (read through page 59)
    • Thursday=Calico Captive (read through page 169)
  • Poetry assignment is due next Friday at lunch.  

 

Upcoming events:

  • 12-9  Scholastic Book Fair ends
  • 12-9 Winter Music Program @ 9am (General Music 1st-8th)
  • 12-16 Winter Music Program @9am (Early Childhood and Band)
  • 12-19  Last Pizza Day for Fall
  • 12-20 Winter Party
  • 12-21 Winter Break

December 2, 2016

  

This week we have just got our new books for book group. The books are Sign of the Beaver, Guns for General Washington, Cabin Faced West, and Calico Captive. There are also jobs. The jobs are cards where you put your page you read to. Then when you read the books you have to complete your job. Some of the jobs are known as passage picker and word finder. There is also artful artist. You have to have another card to do artful artist.  

Written by: Brianna and Jackson

Teachers’ notes: 

  • Students have been given a book to read for book group.  They chose the book they have.  They will read (at home, during silent reading time, and/or once work cycle is complete) their selected pages, complete their task for those pages, and be prepared to discuss their task and the book during their meeting times.  Each book meets on different days and has a different amount of pages to read.  It is highly important for each student to do their part in order to be able to successfully be apart of the peer led book discussion.
  • Assigned:
    • Monday=Guns for General Washington (read to page 32-finish chapter 5)
    • Tuesday=Sign of the Beaver (read to page 32-finish chapter 6)
    • Wednesday=The Cabin Faced West (read to page 30-finish chapter 2)
    • Thursday=Calico Captive (read to page 80-finish chapter 6)
 
  • Students have also started a unit in poetry.  Please ask them about it!

Upcoming events:

  • 12-5  Scholastic Book Fair begins!
  • 12-6  Curriculum Night from 6:30-7:30pm
  • 12-9  Scholastic Book Fair ends
  • 12-9 Winter Music Program @ 9am (General Music 1st-8th)
  • 12-16 Winter Music Program @9am (Early Childhood and Band)
  • 12-19  Last Pizza Day for Fall
  • 12-20 Winter Party
  • 12-21 Winter Break

November 22, 2016 

Thanksgiving shopping

posted Nov 18, 2016, 3:25 PM by Classroom Upper

 

In Upper Elementary it is tradition to cook our own Thanksgiving FEAST!  Each grade level prepares a different part to contribute to the community.

The fourth year make pumpkin cookies with icing and set up the tables to eat.  The fifth year make the potatoes, green beans, and corn.  The sixth year make the turkey and stuffing (they also get to do the shopping).  Baking and prepping for the meal takes place on Monday and the cooking takes place on Tuesday!  Students always love the meal they prepared!  SO DO WE :)Upcoming events:

  • 11-23 to 11-25  No School-Thanksgiving Break

  • 11-29  McDonald's Fundraiser

Here are some pics from our preparation and our feast!

  

November 18, 2016

This week we began our Astronomy unit.  We learned the definitions of a planet, star, and a galaxy.  We read about our solar system, the inner planets, and the outer planets.  We compared and contrasted the inner and outer planets.  We also made mnemonic devices to remember the order of the planets from the sun.  We will look at our galaxy and constellations next week!

 
While we were at camp, we had an astronomy class where we learned stories about the constellations from the counselors.  We were able to look at them in a star dome.  
 
This week, we went to BGSU Planetarium where we saw the show "What Time Is It?"  We learned how to tell time based on where the sun is positioned in the sky (also the Big Dipper at night time).  We could also tell which season it is based on which direction it rises and sets in. We related the moon phases in relation to the months. Lastly, we examined how the days of the week were named after different planets.
 
BGSU Planetarium Field Trip!
 
 
Teachers’ notes: 
  • Students are working on a camp story.   The final draft is due Friday, November 18th. Students have writer's workshop time, plus time in class to work on this but they may need to bring it home if they are unable to finish in a timely manner.

Upcoming events:

  • 11-19  Holiday Parade
  • 11-22  Upper-Thanksgiving Feast
  • 11-23 to 11-25  No School-Thanksgiving Break
  • 11-29  McDonald's Fundraiser

 

 

November 11, 2016

 

Fall Fun!

We have started a history simulation called Discovery.  In this simulation, we are leaving England to sail to the New World.  We are working in groups that we call colonies.  In each group, we are either religious freedom colony, government colony, and private company colony.  Depending on which group you are in you get different resources to help sail across the ocean.

This week, we got to fill up our three ships with food, people, tools, and animals. Each group had to decide what they wanted to stock their ship with based on the money we had earned before.

Once we stocked our ships, we began to sail to the New World.  Each group drew cards to see how many miles they were able to sail for that round. One group had a ship that sunk!  They lost all of their cargo and people too!  One group sailed pretty far.  Each group made progress.

We will continue these cards until we land in the New World.

 
By: Bilal and Caleb
 

Teachers’ notes: 

  • 6th graders will be shopping soon for the Thanksgiving Feast (prepared by the students).  A form will come home soon asking permission for them to go.
  • Students are working on a camp story.  Their rough draft is due Friday, November 11th.  The final draft is due Friday, November 18th. Students have writer's workshop time, plus time in class to work on this but they may need to bring it home if they are unable to finish in a timely manner.

Upcoming events:

  • 11-15  Field Trip-BGSU Planetarium
  • 11-16  Fire Safety-4th year
  • 11-22  Upper-Thanksgiving Feast
  • 11-23 to 11-25  No School-Thanksgiving Break 
 
 

November 4, 2016

We had a guest visitor in our classroom on Wednesday. Miss Cindy joined us and gave the beautiful story of the Black Elk.  The Black Elk Story is about a young Native American, Black Elk, who has a vision (dream) about his village.  In the vision, there were two roads; the road of difficulty and the road of peace.  We all walk both of these roads and it should be our goal to find our way back to the road of peace.  Our classroom is joining together to regroup and focus on our road to peace.  This is part of our Montessori peace curriculum. 
 
 
Teacher note:
 
  • Homework begins this week.  Students will receive a lesson on how to complete the homework and will read through the expectations together as a community.  If you have any questions, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

October 28, 2016

 

Outdoor Education Camp is more than just fun. It's an opportunity for students to have authentic experiences in natural classrooms and challenge themselves in new ways.  Our 4th, 5th and 6th grade students go to camp each year, a total of 9 full days by the end of their upper elementary cycle. 6th graders complete a zip line capstone experience. 

Every year they take different classes. This year included such classes as horse science and horseback riding, aquatic studies, canoeing and pioneer life.

 

 October 21, 2016

    

HISTORY

BY: Aiden & Solomon  

This year for history, we are exploring “The new world” (America). To get started, we studied maps. The first thing we did was we answered questions and found different areas of the map. When we were finished with that, we learned how to make our own maps. The points we earn for map making will be used to buy supplies for our ships when we set sail.

After we finished the maps, we got to do a simulation about the new world explorers. We got into our teacher assigned history groups. After we got into our groups, we were all assigned colonies. There are three types of groups for history,  the government colony, the private company colony, & the religious freedom colony.

After we make or flag, we will set sail for the new world. It will be hard. Some of us will not succeed.

 

Teachers’ notes: 

  • Please fill out and return all camp forms (health, equine waiver, and zip line wavier for sixth year) and return them as soon as possible.  If you need medication forms, please see us.

Upcoming events:

  • 10-18  Fall Harvest Party (Classroom)
  • 10-19  No School, Teacher Work Day
  • 10-20  Upper Elementary/Middle School Field Trip
  • 10-24 to 10-26  Camp Willson (Outdoor Education Camp)

 

October 17, 2016

Camp is in one week away! Everyone is so excited we have been reading camp stories to get to know camp a little bit better. We will leave for camp, October 24 at 9 am we will be gone for three days and two nights. At camp we will be doing many exciting things like horseback riding but sadly we don’t know the rest till the day we leave. The only other class we know of is the six year get to go zip lining.

 

They do feed us at camp. We eat family style. The meals we have are spaghetti and meatballs, chicken, and macaroni and cheese. There is lots more, but that's for dinner. For breakfast we get a fruit bar, cereal, bagels, milk, eggs, sausage, and bacon. For lunch there is a salad bar, peanut butter and jelly for the people who don't want to eat what was made and other food.

In our cabins there are bunk beds. Six grade gets first pick, then fifth, and then fourth. There are toilets and a shower in the cabin the rest of the showers are in the shower houses. We go to bed at 11:00 or 10:00 and yes, the cabins are heated.

I'm going to say it one more time, camp is October 24. One week away and we leave at 9am. Remember to send your kid with a disposable camera!


By: Braden and Hannah

 

 

Teachers’ notes: 

  • Please fill out and return all camp forms (health, equine waiver, and zip line wavier for sixth year) and conference forms and return them as soon as possible.  If you need medication forms, please see us.
  • Classroom party dates have changed due to special schedules.  If you have signed up to help with those (thank you!), we have emailed you with the new information.  

Upcoming events:

  • 10-15  Harvest Party at Schooner Farmes
  • 10-18  Fall Harvest Party (Classroom)
  • 10-19  No School, Teacher Work Day
  • 10-20  Upper Elementary/Middle School Field Trip
  • 10-24 to 10-26  Camp Willson (Outdoor Education Camp)

October 14, 2016

This update was posted on our classroom door yesterday.

Students were assigned a weather project with their groups.  Each group was given two natural disasters and specific questions to answer. They had time in class yesterday and will have additional time in class to work on this.  If they are unable to get their portion of the group project complete during this time frame, they may need to bring it home.  This project is due on Monday, October 17th (they will present with their group as well). Please ask your child about their progress on this project.
 
Also, students have started their rough draft on their personal narrative.  The narratives are due on October 21st.  Students will havespecific writing time in class to complete this in class.  
 
We feel that both projects can be completed in the time allotted during the classroom, however students have asked to take them home and it is encouraged if needed. 

October 7, 2016

  

Measurement is the math that the whole class has been doing and is going to continue for the rest of the month.

We  are all in separate groups to suit each of our graphing needs but we are all doing the same project. The project is where we have to draw a picture on graph paper and we have to put all of the coordinates of the picture you drew on the back of your graph paper. There are a few types of projects you can choose from. One is you can do just the positive coordinates, just the negative coordinates, or you can do a negative and positive graph.

In graphing we are also making a ‘name monster’ which is where we take our name write it in our best cursive or print and mirror the image underneath it. When that is finished, we take a black sharpie and go over our name. After that, we make a three line border of all different colors of our choice and designs of your choice.

They are due before parent teacher conferences, October 20th. So when you come to a conference, you will see all of the wonderful graphing work your children and their classmates have been working on.

By: Hannah and Braden

Teachers’ notes: 

  • There are two math projects taking place right now.  The first is the 'Name Monster'.  This is teaching reflection of a picture of an axis. They must included five different colored borders and reflex this image.  For this project, if you turn it vertically, it creates a unique image from the name, hence the title 'Name Monster'.   The second project is the coordinate plane project.  Students have two choices for this project.  They can determine if they want to graph in the first quadrant using only positive numbers or extend their graph to four quadrants using both positive and negative numbers.  They can choose the picture that will be represented on this graph and it can be extended to any size. On the back of their coordinate plane, they will list all of their ordered pairs (ranging from 25 to 50 depending on how many quadrants they used).   These will be on display for parent-teacher conferences.  These are exciting math projects!
  • Please fill out and return all camp forms (health, equine waiver, and zipline wavier for sixth year) and conference forms and return them as soon as possible.  If you need medication forms, please see us.
  • Classroom party dates have changed due to special schedules.  If you have signed up to help with those (thank you!), we have emailed you with the new information.  

Upcoming events:

  • 10-8   Fostoria Invitational
  • 10-11  Gibsonburg Invitational
  • 10-14  Last day of CC practice from 3rd-6th grade
  • 10-15  Harvest Party at Schooner Farmes
  • 10-18  Fall Harvest Party (Classroom)
  • 10-19  No School, Teacher Work Day
  • 10-20  Upper Elementary/Middle School Field Trip
  • 10-24 to 10-26  Camp Willson (Outdoor Education Camp)

 

September 30, 2016

   

This year our first collaborative science unit is weather. This is different from grade level science because everyone gets the lessons instead of just one grade. Lately we have been learning about humidity, wind, the dew point, fronts, and a lot more. Every day we go outside to observe the weather and wind. When we get the lessons, we read all about different weather terms. We also have done experiments like making a cloud and finding out the dew point. Weather has been fun this year so far!


By: Julia and Levi

Teachers’ notes: 
  • In weather, students are learning about the many different aspects including atmosphere, clouds (and what weather they represent), temperature, atmospheric pressure (reading a barometer), humidity (and relative humidity), precipitation, dew point, frost, and most recently, wind, and fronts.  The students are observing, identifying, and recording data from the weather by going outside four days a week.  They have also had experiments including creating a cloud, making a homemade barometer, finding the dew point, and using a wind sock.  They will continue to learn about the water cycle and then research natural disasters!
  • Classroom party dates have changed due to special schedules.  If you have signed up to help with those (thank you!), we have emailed you with the new information.  
  • We had our annual Camp Willson parent/student meeting.  If you were unable to attend, please look for forms (health, waivers, packing list, etc...) that your child will be bringing home.  If you have any questions, please email us.

Upcoming events:

  • 10-5    Picture Retakes
  • 10-8   Fostoria Invitational
  • 10-11  Gibsonburg Invitational
  • 10-14  Last day of CC practice from 3rd-6th grade
  • 10-15  Harvest Party at Schooner Farmes
  • 10-18  Fall Harvest Party (Classroom)
  • 10-19  No School, Teacher Work Day
  • 10-20  Upper Elementary/Middle School Field Trip
  • 10-24 to 10-26  Camp Willson (Outdoor Education Camp)
  • 10-27/10-28 Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

September 23, 2016

 

Since we are settled in for the school year, we have decided to start a service learning project. A service learning project is something special to Upper that we do once a year. It’s when we reach out to the community and do a project to help it out. This year we have decided to do one where we work with older people who are experiencing dementia. Dementia usually happens when you are older and is when you start having short term memory loss. Studies have shown that it helps people with dementia to use Montessori materials. So we are working with them a couple times a month and teaching them the materials in our classroom. We are also going to ask them questions about what they remember from when they were younger. That way we can really help those older adults. We did a service learning project like this last year and really enjoyed it! However this year, a couple things have changed. We hope this project is really helping our community.


By: Julia and Levi
 

Teachers’ notes: 

  • Our service learning project is called "Finding Your Place."  We have partnered with Bowling Green Committee on Aging as well as BGSU in order for our students to get an experience working with and learning from people in our community.  This was our service learning project last year as well, but there have been a few changes.  The students received sensitivity training this week.  Ask them about it :) 
  • Classroom party dates have changed due to special schedules.  If you have signed up to help with those (thank you!), we have emailed you with the new information.  
  • Our Camp Willson Parent/Student meeting has been scheduled for September 27th at 7pm.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!  We know there is a cross country race this same day.  Please join us when you are able.

Upcoming events:

  • 9-22    Cross Country Invitational
  • 9-27    Camp Willson meeting in Upper at 7pm (for parents and students) 
 
 

 

September 16, 2016

 

  
  

In grade level science, fourth year students are learning about the biomes of the Earth. They are studying cultures, animals, and needs of the environment.  They match nomenclature cards, synthesize the information in their notes, and write a five paragraph essay about the biome in which they studied.  
 

The fifth grade students are learning about botany.  They observed soil with a magnifying glass, made observations, and then compared it to the label on the potting soil bag.  They have also done an experiment to determine the needs of a plant.  They have four plants in which they are observing for this experiment. One has no light, one has no air, one has no water, and one is a control.  The students will determine the needs of plants based off of this experiment.  

The sixth graders continue to learn about taxonomy in the insect island simulation.  They have also started to work with the scientific method (learned in collaborative science as well).  They had an experiment where they had to work together collaboratively using the scientific method (identifying a question, formulating a hypothesis, designing an experiment, collecting data, and making a conclusion).  They will write the scientific method process with every experiment.

Teachers’ notes: 

  • Students are working on typing their final draft about their mystery friend.  The final draft is due TODAY Friday (September 16th).   
  • Our Camp Willson Parent/Student meeting has been scheduled for September 27th at 7pm.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Upcoming events:

  • 9-17    Lakota Invitational
  • 9-22    Cross Country Invitational
  • 9-27    Camp Willson meeting in Upper at 7pm (for parents and students)

September 9, 2016

Picture Day!

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Teaching his sister a geography work in the classroom! 
 

We began the school with a “mystery friend”.  We had to observe them without them knowing we were observing them.  We had to take notes each day about our observations.  

Last week, we were introduced to our mystery friend.  Once we were introduced, we interviewed them.  The interview questions could not be yes or no questions.  They needed to be more descriptive and in depth.  

This week, we are taking our observations and interview questions and writing a biography about our mystery friend.  Before we begin the writing process, we are filling out a five paragraph essay graphic organizer to organize our thoughts.  Once we are done with the graphic organizer, we need to begin writing a rough draft.  The final draft is due next Friday.

By:  Joey and Brooke

 

Teachers’ notes: 

Students are working on writing a biography about their mystery friend.  They are using the writing process learned with their first writing piece (brainstorming, prewriting, draft, conference with a peer, revision, editing, conference with a teacher and final draft). They are using the five paragraph essay format to do this.  They will use this format for many content areas this year.  The final draft is due next Friday (September 16th).   

Our Camp Willson Parent/Student meeting has been scheduled for September 27th at 7pm.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Upcoming events:

9-17    Lakota Invitational

9-22    Cross Country Invitational

 

9-27    Camp Willson meeting in Upper at 7pm (for parents and students)

 

September 2, 2016

This week, we began lessons in our grade level science.  Fourth graders learned about the biomes of the Earth.  We began by creating mind maps and then writing a paragraph for each map.  We will learn more about biomes next week!  Fifth graders learned about botany.  Students learned the botany charts, explored different plants in our garden and identified different characteristics of the plants.  Sixth graders began the insect island simulation.  They worked on learning how to create science journals and identified insects using taxonomy.

We also have continued working on our first writing piece “How Miss Kasey Broke Her Foot”.  We are using our imaginations and learning the writing process.  The stories are quite imaginative and funny!By:  Paige and Owen

 

Teachers’ notes: 

  • Students are finishing their first writing piece this week.  The first goal was to use their writer's notebook to create "seed starters" or ideas which can be developed further.  The second goal was to learn the writing process.  Ask your child about their story!

  • Our Camp Willson Parent/Student meeting has been scheduled for September 27th at 7pm.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Upcoming events:

  • 9-02    First day of Subway Subs

  • 9-05    No School-Labor Day

  • 9-08    School pictures

  • 9-17    Lakota Invitational

  • 9-22    Cross Country Invitational

  • 9-27    Camp Willson meeting in Upper at 7pm (for parents and students)

August 26, 2016


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What a wonderful back to school week!  Students are spending time learning about one another by doing many fun community-building activities! One of the activities, “Figure Me Out” is hanging in our hallway.  They have also done an activity with their names, a hula-hoop activity and secret “mystery” friend.  We have also started to create our classroom rights and responsibilities. These activities help us learn about one another, learn to work collaboratively, and build our community. 

The beginning of our school year is filled with activities and pretests in academics to individualize our lessons.  We have also started our lessons including compound words, sentence analysis, word study, geography, blog, weather and writing.  Please ask your child about these! J

 Teachers’ notes: 

  • It is wonderful to have your child(ren) in our classroom!  What a great start to the year!

  • Also, we will be decorating our classroom writer’s notebook during class tomorrow (8/26).  A note went home today about it. Students are able to bring in pictures, stickers, etc…to decorate their notebook.  (Please do not purchase any materials for this.)

  • Lastly, our Camp Willson Parent/Student meeting has been scheduled for September 27th at 7pm.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Upcoming events:

  • 8-29    Cross Country practice starts

  • 8-31    Open House at 6:30pm

  • 9-02    First day of Subway Subs

  • 9-05    No School-Labor Day

  • 9-08    School pictures

  • 9-17    Lakota Invitational

  • 9-22    Cross Country Invitational

  • 9-27    Camp Willson meeting in Upper at 7pm (for parents and students)

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