Fifth Grade Specialist Update

Claxton Elementary

Art Update- Mr. Cassara

  • Advertising posters for the state research project they were assigned in computer

    lab.

  • Individual holiday ceramic projects.

  • Review of single point perspective; houses decorated for the holidays.

Drama Update- Mrs. Rigsby

We've had a lot of fun learning about PLOT. We've looked at how complications add on to the problem or Major Dramatic Question. We looked at the Plot of Rikki Tikki Tavi, and Casey at Bat- and acted them out to better understand them. I love this bunch of 5th graders, they are always up for anything!

Health & PE Update- Coach Swain

Over the break please remember to help your child fill out their Activity Log! One was sent home with your child, but in case you lost it - here is a link to a new copy to print!

Music Update - Mr. Butler

Playing the "Jumping Flea"

4th and 5th grades are heading into a unit of study with ukuleles. Did you know that the word ukulele is from the Hawaiian language and literally means "jumping flea?" We think the name references the life of the sailor musicians who needed a small instrument to take aboard their ships in the mid to late 1800's. The ukulele has had a recent revival, thanks in-part to Train's 2009 hit song "Hey, Soul Sister," and many Claxton students have ukuleles at home, which they are welcome to bring to music lessons. Thanks in part to grants from our Claxton PTO and the Asheville City Schools Foundation, our music program has a set of 17 ukuleles. We have to share them as partners in our classes, the largest of which are now 27 students, so having an extra one or two from home helps students get more hands-on practice during music lessons. These instruments help us learn basic skills and vocabulary which can apply to other stringed instruments, like guitars, violins, etc.