Room 38 Review

Maple Grove Elementary's 5th Grade Extended Learning Class

Friday, September 4, 2015

Students continued reading The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare in Literature this week. Plenty of class time has been given to complete the vocabulary and select questions about the reading. We will continue this novel next week. In Communications, students began working on an essay. They will work more on this next week. The Topic 2 test was completed in Math today. In Topic 3, students will use decimals. We finished our study of maps in Systems, and moved on to Native Americans, which we will continue next week. We already began reading Blood on the River, an historical fiction by Elisa Carbone about the English colony at Jamestown. This book is a wonderful dramatization of the first permanent English settlement's struggle for survival and their interactions with Native Americans. The novel contains strong themes of teamwork, justice, and honor.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

Class Meeting Last Wednesday

Our class had a wonderful discussion last Wednesday. There had been several little incidents within the class that were troubling. At the end of the day Tuesday, I knew Room 38 had to change direction.

I have bragged on this class A LOT, and for good reason. Each student in this class is a wonderful kid. However, I have seen a general attitude change in class that we can all improve on. Most of these students have already been classmates for many years, and will continue to be in the same classes together as long as they remain in Center Grove. We often spend more time with the members of Room 38 in a day than we do with our family.

I love these kids. They need to love each other as well. They will not always get along with each other. They do not have to hang out at recess or outside of school. They do need to have each other's back.

This class is already awesome, but it has the potential to be even more exceptional. We need to come together even more than we already have. I love the video below about a 5th grade team that came together for their water-boy. This is what I need to see more out of this class - kids standing up and being their for each other when being picked on, when struggling with schoolwork, or when someone is just having a bad day.

The end of our discussion Wednesday was something I will probably never forget. Without any prompting, students chose to apologize to each other in front of the whole class. That took courage and compassion difficult for many adults to exemplify. What an outstanding class, huh?

Boston Boys Stand Up for Bullied Water boy Danny Keefe 5th grader Showered with love great story

Boy's Lunch Meeting

The boys and I met again on Wednesday. It served as a great follow-up to the class meeting earlier in the day. We continued our discussion about the beginning of the "What is Honor" video (see below), focusing on what might be included in an "honor code." I asked them to think about the question, "What do you honor/respect your classmates for?" We will continue that discussion next week.
What is Honor? | The Art of Manliness

Field Trip to Chicago!

Monday, Oct. 12th, 7am to Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 6:30pm

Chicago, IL

The tour bus will depart at 7:00 A.M. on Monday, October 12 and return Wednesday, October 14 around 6:30 P.M. We will be going to the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum of Natural History, Medieval Times, Adler Planetarium, Navy Pier, and Shedd Oceanarium. The $475/student covers everything: round trip deluxe motor coach transportation, 2 nights in a hotel, a night security guard, seven meals, all entrance fees, and more.

The registration deadline has been extended to September 14th. Contact Mr. Russell for more information about this exciting educational trip!