Friday, February 9, 2018

Grafton Winter Olympics

In the spirit of the Winter Olympic season, Grafton Elementary will be holding our very own games!  We will have competitions during our Winter Sport activities as well as in class competitions.  The fifth graders will compete in a multiplication tournament with third, fourth, and sixth graders, put their spelling skills to the test in a fifth and sixth grade spelling bee, and see who has the best memory for all 50 states and capitals of the United States!  Stay tuned for our results!

Featured here are members of the fifth grade floor hockey teams competing against other grades in one of the P.E. competitions!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Independent Projects

It's that time again!  The fifth graders have been working hard, almost since the beginning of school, to complete a project on their own time at home.  They had to pick a topic to research, develop a plan for how and when to complete their research, and create a visual product to share with the class (and the rest of the school!) during a presentation that teaches everyone what they learned!  The primary focus is learning how to stay organized and track for a school project independently!  Not an easy task! 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Revolutionary War

One of my favorite days of the year is when I get to put on my imaginary crown and be King George III of England.  The class spends the day as modern colonists enacting variations on laws and events from the 1700's that led to the Revolutionary War and the eventual creation of the United States of America.  What better way to understand how and why the war began than to experience them, first hand!

Pictured here is our version of the Proclamation of 1763.  The actual law was passed in the wake of the French and Indian War and declared that there were not to be any European settlements west of the Appalachian Mountains.  For our modern, classroom interpretation, we spent a portion of the day without using any of the space west of an imaginary mountain range.  It was definitely frustrating to be stuck in that small area (don't worry, we didn't do this all day!)!  We also had a classroom Stamp Act, Sugar Act, Quartering Act, and more!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Feast

Please remember to join us on Tuesday, November 17 for the annual Thanksgiving Feast!  Come and spend time with your family and friends while enjoying a delicious meal prepared by community volunteers.  This is a true reminder of what Thanksgiving is about.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Apple Peeling for the 6th Grade Bake Sale

Today we helped the sixth grade with their fundraising efforts for Camp Keewaydin by peeling the apples that they will turn into pies, sauce, and other tasty treats!  Be sure to stop by on Sunday for a taste.  All baked goods can be bought by donation.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Welcome Back!

School is officially back in session and we are hitting the ground running in fifth grade!  In science, we are learning about how energy and matter move through living things and the ecosystem.  We used celery and food coloring to prove that plants use thin tubes called xylem and phloem to carry water and nutrients from their roots to the rest of the plant!  The water and nutrients then help the plant make its own food through photosynthesis!  Check out the results!