throughout the year we’ve been having student teachers to help Mrs.Gaines and help the student teachers get ready for their teaching currier so far we’ve had Mrs.Kim -Mr.C and Mrs.Wegner. Mrs Wegner used to be a pre-k teacher until she lost her voice.now she is helping us out in fourth grade big difference right? She’s still adjusting to fourth grade but I think she’s doing pretty good.At reading time she reads us the gold-laced coat by Helen Fuller Orton it started out boring but as the story went on it got more exciting.It’s so sad when the student teaches leave but it makes me excited when I know another student teacher is coming:>
Summer Vacation is here!!
We had a really fine year. I appreciate all the work parents did to ensure that we had plenty of funding for our end of the year trip to New York City. It was a great experience for all of us. Thanks also to the parents who accompanied us and enjoyed the soggy traveling by boat and subway around the city.
This voice thread will give you some of the post-trip thoughts of the students:
(Just copy this url, I have yet to figure out all the ins and outs of voicethread! )
I (with help from many!) have finally finished packing up the former Hickory Room (120) to make ready for a Youth Bureau program that will be using the room this summer. The new Hickory Room will be in room 114 – it is being used this summer also, so my (way too many) boxes are stacked in the hall at present!
Please stop by in the fall to check out our new room and fill me in on your summer activities – better yet/ or in addition, email me your news.
My group on the trip was me and Kai. Our chaperone was my dad. My dad was also kind of a leader of the whole trip. The reason he was that was because he knows his way around because he lives in the city. On the trip we took a boat to Ellis Island and saw what we could see at the museum. After that we came back to Manhattan and then went to AMNH (American Museum of Natural History). We saw an imax movie there and then we explored the museum. We went all around the museum. The only problem with the trip was that it was pouring down raining. It was still my favorite trip ever. Even though it was pouring my group went on top of the boat to Ellis Island. We weren’t on top on the way back though. Even the bus was fun because I brought an ipod and there were playing movies.
When we went to Ellis Island we took a ferry. My group was Mr. Riley, PJ, Cameron, and me. The weather was windy and it was raining. when gat to the first stop statue of liberty we stay for a while. After that we went to Ellis Island are destination. It was awesome!!!!
New York City
In New York City, I had a lot of fun. Whoops, sorry. A Ton of Fun! It was SOOOOOOOO Cool! And, since it was my first time going to the Big Apple, that made it all the better! We got to go to 2 really good places to tour: Ellis Island and The Museum of Natural History. I learned a lot about all of the places we went and much, much more! The trip was great, and I thank all of the supporting adult that helped us supply the money for the trip and another thanks to the people who helped set up this fantastical journey for the 5th graders.
The ferry to Ellis Island was rough because it rained all day! I was soaking wet all day and I forgot to bring spare batteries for my camera and I forgot my umbrella!! When we stopped at Liberty Island I had to switch my batteries around in my camera even though I had a matter of seconds before my cam would shut down, but I still got a pic. The ferry was fun after the Liberty Island stop because half the people that were on got off 🙂 …. We went on the sun deck but as I said it was raining. When we came to Ellis Island we looked around and it took about 1 hour and 10 minutes I didn’t feel like it was that, I thought it was 2 hours and 30 mins! After that we went to the museum of natural history then we went home (nothing surprising went on at the museum).
June 18! June 18! the trip is on June 18! It’s our only one, awesome trip! We went on Ellis Island and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)!!! On Ellis Island, we went to see the GREAT HALL, which is not so “big and great”. Then we went to see the inspection rooms, and check-ups and their awful beds. At 1:20 we rode the ferry back to Battery Park, NY, NY. Then we whooshed to 79th street to the AMNH. It took 20 stops on the subway to get to 79th St. When we reached 79th street, Eowyn got left behind on the subway, but that’s another story (she quite quickly got reunited with the class). Okay, we walked and walked to the AMNH and then I found out that we are way behind schedule. We were supposed to arrive at the AMNH at 1:00, but because of the problems, we arrived at 2:30. So we hurried up to the IMAX theater to watch “Dinosaurs Alive”. Then the whole class or group spread out to different exhibits. We went to the Pacific thing, national environments, human origins, dinosaurs in the Triassic Period, the Grand Gallery, and more. It was fun!!
“Come on, let’s go up!” my dad said for the fourth time.
“Oh, fine, let me see if Sarah, Maggie, and Eleanor want to, while we are stopped.”
We were on the ferry (going to Ellis Island) and while the boat was “parked” in front of the Statue of Liberty we decided to go on the roofless top floor. We took a lot of pictures and screamed and waved at other ferries. When we finally got to Ellis Island we were ready to go inside. We walked around the huge Great Hall, and then up to the display off the balcony with the grimy teeny-tiny bunk beds and disgusting sinks.
In the gift shop I didn’t see anything I liked except for these really pretty (expensive) masks.
The thing that I really wanted to do was broken.
Maybe I will go again.
All the details for our departure on Thursday seem to be working out well.
Thank you to all the parents who have done so much to work out the seemingly never ending details!
We have a wealth of chaperones – some traveling on the bus with us and some meeting us in NYC. We’ll be placing our order for subs (turkey, ham, beef, or veggie) for our dinners, on Monday. The admissions for Ellis Island and the American Museum of Natural History are paid as is Swarthout bus company. We’ll pay for the subway once we’re there. It’s amazing just how many details there are!!
The conflict management book presentation was very successful. The teachers of 2nd -4th grades are waiting for our students to bring and share their books with them. We’ll do some signing up on Monday.
Many thanks to Ed Baptist for introducing us to the world of the historian. Did you know that all of us are historians in the fullest sense of the word. We learned that cotton and the cotton gin were very influential in the movement of slavery westward in the United States – how they documented this movement through very hard to read documents. We got a taste of the detective work that historians must do to answer their questions about the past.
The plays and interviews that students are working on as their final projects for the immigration unit will be shared this week – Tuesday and Wednesday.
Today, Lillian’s dad, Ed, came into our classroom. He talked for a long time about slavery in the U.S. He’s an historian, and he had a slideshow for us with lots of drawings of slaves working and being sold. He also passed out photos of documents about a slave that was being sold. They were like deeds. The slave’s name was Sam, and he was a little older than 20. Ed told us how if he had a bunch of them for different slaves, he could use averages to learn a lot of things about slavery. Some more slides that he showed us had maps of how slavery moved over time.