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Games with 5th Grade

On Global Play Day, we played games and did puzzles with our 5th grade buddies.

Recess on the Hot Top

We are finding lots of fun ways to play on the hot top! Our new recess routine is giving us opportunities to practice sharing and taking turns.

Holiday Fun

We had a great time playing in our Gingerbread House! Our fifth grade buddies prepared this snowman project for us and helped us put them together.

Boat Building Challenge

After reading about the story of the first Thanksgiving, we worked together to build miniature boats that could float in a bin of water and hold a few people without sinking. Kids chose their materials, made a plan, and got building! They discovered that they had to make modifications and keep trying if their boat had problems. With compromise and perseverance, everyone was able to succeed!

Five Little Pumpkins Challenge

We read the Pete the Cat version of “Five Little Pumpkins” and then worked in teams to build a gate that would hold five pumpkins. We talked about the importance of sharing ideas, compromising, and not giving up in order to be successful. Each group was given the same materials: five clothespins, five craft sticks, and five pumpkin erasers. Every team was able to build a gate strong enough to hold their five little pumpkins!

Fifth Grade Buddies

We pair up with Mr. Skiba’s fifth grade class throughout the year to read and do projects. On our early release day, we met our buddies for the first time and enjoyed reading books with them.


Centers is one of our favorite times of the day! Here’s what we’ve been up to:


Field Trip

We had so much fun on our trip to the Children’s Museum!

Push and Pull

We did two experiments this week to explore force and motion with pushes and pulls.   First, we built ramps to try to get a car to travel as far as possible. We had to make a plan, work together, and try to improve our design to make the car travel a longer distance.   Then we worked with some of our fifth grade buddies to build catapults with spoons, rubber bands, and craft sticks. We wanted to get a pom pom to travel as far as possible. Again, we needed teamwork and perseverance to be successful!