Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Centers

Today during math the 5th Graders enjoy holiday centers!  

Tis the Season for Giving

The fifth grade class voted to make a donation to the Iowa Children's Hospital this year for Christmas instead of a class gift exchange. I'm proud to say that between the two classes, we will be donating $355.84 to the Iowa Children's Hospital! We are incredibly proud of the choice made by our students and their generous donations. Some of them even donated their own money! There should be some proud parents out there! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Math Activity

Today in math the 5th graders were in charge of planning and pricing a Thanksgiving Feast.  Their goal was to buy enough for everyone and spend the least amount of money!  This was a great lesson!  Now they can help plan your families feast!

Monday, November 2, 2015


Student make a model that proves particles in matter are too small to be seen.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Flashlight Thursday!

Today during silent reading, we turned of the lights and read with our flashlights!  This is one great way to enjoy reading!

Monday, October 5, 2015

"Extra!" "Extra!" "Read All About It!"

Today, we introduced one of my favorite novels!

City of Orphans

Mrs. Albrecht and I wanted the kids to get an idea of the theme and struggles the characters in our story will face, so we did a gallery walk.

After the gallery walk, we showed a book trailer.  I think they are hooked!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Saying good-bye!

Yesterday was Bini and Kike's last day here at River Ridge. We celebrated with hugs, goodbyes, and ice cream sundaes. We wish Bini and Kike the best of luck, and hope they keep in touch!!

Casper Bluff

Our afternoon at Casper Bluff turned out to be beautiful! Enjoy a few pics from the day!

The Thunderbird mound is the effigy mound that most people are familiar with at Casper Bluff. The class got to stand around the perimeter of it to get an idea of the shape and size.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Native American Story Telling

As an introduction to our afternoon field trip to Casper Bluff, we had guest speakers come in from the Jo Daviess County Conservation Foundation. 

Story-Telling is one way children learned! It was a very important way to relay information and teach children life lesson.  These stories were past down from generation to generation.  

Casper Bluff Presentation

No video games!  Student were taught Native American games!