In our literature course, the fifth graders have explored themes of personal responsibility, family, courage, and the process of dealing with hardship through their novel study of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. This account, written by Eleanor Corr, details the story of a brave Japanese girl after the drop of the atomic bomb. Our class explored the importance of family and the need for healthy coping mechanisms in the face of challenges. Working with Ms. Ponden in Visual Arts, the students created small emblems/totems that are unique to them. These items will serve as a source of strength and comfort during challenging times, similar to the paper cranes that offered Corr’s protagonist faith and hope while dealing with a debilitating illness. This experience allowed for our author-artists to reflect upon the ways our families and loved ones support us during life’s trials and tribulations, and how we can endeavor to be more in touch with ourselves.
In fifth grade performing arts we always start with a vocal warm up. One of the class favorites is the tongue twisting melody of Many Mumbling Mice. Students always end up putting their own movement to this bouncy song and are full of laughter and smiles! What a great way to start start class!
After an extremely productive trip to the historic Fairfield Museum’s Ogden House & Colonial Garden, which was built in 1750, the fifth grade scholars were paired up and given the task to research different aspects of both the Ogden family and colonial times. The research included analyzing the demands of life and how labor was a cornerstone to the social structure and the relationships of parents and their children. Scholars wrote informative excerpts which were displayed in our bulletin replica museum. A special presentation was also made for several school faculty and staff.
WANTED: fifth graders
ALIAS: The “Unquowans”
DESCRIPTION: these fifth graders are creative, daring, and hardworking! They have a strong working knowledge of Spanish adjectives. Approach with caution, lest they begin to chant the conjugations of “estar” at you. Do not engage in a battle of wits or puns.
REWARD: one million DeAngelis Dólares (equivalent to $0.05 USD).
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Our fifth grade writers selected inspiring change-makers to research and embody. The students wrote historical impact essays on their chosen person. These reports challenged them to not simply report on their figure’s biographical information. Instead, we pushed beyond the surface to explore how the conditions of their time stirred them to action; we considered the long lasting legacies these incredible people have left on our world. To culminate this project, the fifth graders created a Wax Museum simulation. Our scholars dressed up as their influential figures, and “came to life” as Lower School and family tour groups visited their exhibits.
Wax Museum Exhibits:
The seventh graders have been busy these two weeks sharpening their conversational language skills. They recently created a fruit market and worked with other students to develop a script for conversation about buying and selling fruit. The Instagram photo frame integrates artwork and elegant Chinese characters.
The fifth graders created colorful St. Patrick’s Day posters. They have been learning vocabulary specific to Irish culture and have enjoyed comparing and contrasting those traditions with Chinese culture.