We set the tone by establishing a classroom constitution. All students made input about what they promised to themselves, to each other, and to their teachers by writing their ideas down on post-its, then creating and signing the constitution on a large poster that will remain on the door all year.
Fractions are a very important part of 5th and 6th grade math, so last week for an Art project we incorporated fractions. Each student was given multiple colors of construction paper and fraction circles of various sizes (fourths, fifths, tenths, etc.). They had to cut out fractions and use them to create a display on a black square background. They were asked to come up with something with rotational symmetry, like mandalas.
Today the eclipse brought a lot of excitement in Room 5. The 7th and 8th grades joined us for a lesson on eclipse science and later we headed outside, a few students at a time, to see the excitement. Students viewed the eclipse through special eclipse sunglasses, a pinhole projector, and projectors made of cereal boxes. Everyone was amazed to see it!