I try to change things up every now and then. For this social studies class students worked together to find out what made each group of Woodland Indians unique. Students took turns reading and helped make sure everyone found the correct information.
When students finish their spelling pages, they use their time to work on word work activities, practicing spelling their words for the week. This group was trying to build the words with the most points.
Students work hard in Unit two so we took a break with the up coming holiday and did some math review. Working in pairs students had to solve a math mystery or who handed out the trick candy by completing 5 different activities reviewing adding and subtracting fractions, finding equivalent fractions, writing decimals in standard form and more. After each activity a clue was revealed that helped them eliminate suspects till one was left. They worked very diligently and all were able to discover who did it.
On Halloween our class took a break from studies to have some fun. We started off our festivities with a mummy wrap race. Students were paired off and the first team that completely wrapped their partner won. Charlie and Garrett made a great mummy team.
Our next activity was quite delicious, students had to eat a donut off a string without using their hands! Caleb got a hold of his right away, it took others a few tries, the pole was hard to hold steady ;)
We had beautiful weather for our trip to Heritage Hill. The kids had a great time learning about the fur trade in Wisconsin and Fort Howard. At Fort Howard students had a chance to learn march in line like a soldier and what it meant to be on guard duty. I think we all have decided we definitely don't want to be treated by the doctors of the 1839. School was different than it is today and you definitely don't want to get in trouble.
During the Fur Trade program students learned about the different furs and some of the trade goods they were traded for. Students participated in a court case that actually took place in the first courthouse in Brown County. In the wigwam students learned the importance of oral tradition, how the Native Americans passed down their traditions and taught lessons. The last activity of our trip students learned about some survival skills and how the Native Americans were able to make fire before the Europeans arrived and even had a chance to try and create sparks with flint and steel like the fur traders would have.