Thursday, December 17, 2009

Froehliche Weihnachten!

Mrs. Wriglesworth presented German Christmas customs to the 5th graders this week. She taught them to say "Froehliche Weihnachten" which means "Merry Christmas" in German. She showed them hand-painted Christmas ornaments and pictures from the Christkindlmarkts, the Christmas markets, that are found all over Germany. She also baked Lebkuchen for us to taste. YUM!

What did you learn about German Christmas customs? What special traditions does your family practice during the holidays?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Getting Ready for Market Day...

We've been learning all about goods and services, opportunity costs, advertisements, supply and demand, incentives, and entrepreneurs in Social Studies to get ready for Market Day. Do you think your business has what it takes to compete with others on December 15th?

Tell me about your business - what are you selling? Do you think it will be successful? Why or why not? What incentives do you plan to offer customers if your product doesn't sell? What's the hardest part about being a new entrepreneur? What advice would you give to the student's who will participate in Market Day next year?

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

What Would You Invent?

Thomas Alva Edison invented over 1,000 inventions. Many of his inventions are what make our lives so easy and interesting today. If you could invent something, what would it be? Would you make something totally new or would you improve an invention that has already been made? Would you make something that would help you with chores or help the planet? Put on your thinking hat, get creative, and tell me your ideas!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Which Would You Rather Be?

Slaves were taken from their home country and brought to America to work on large plantations in the South. They were the property of their masters. Slaves were given small quarters to sleep in and a meal to eat everyday. Families worked together on the plantations from “sun up to sun down.”

Immigrants came to America to make a better life for themselves. They found work in the large factories of the North. They worked 12 to 16 hours a day and were paid very little wages. Factory work was dangerous and some people lost fingers or hands. Families had to live in overcrowded apartments and sometimes didn’t have enough money for food or new clothing.

Both slaves and immigrants had difficult lives when they came to America, if you had to choose one who would you rather be?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Class President Elections!

Fifth grade students have been learning about government and citizenship. This week we are learning about the election process. Students were nominated by classmates to run for Class Representative. Then the students will have a vote for 5th Grade Class President. Good luck candidates!