## Conversation Starters

The 5th grade gifted classes are beginning a new communication system to help parents start academic conversations with their children. We will begin sending home our learning goals for the week, to help parents talk about what we did for the day and week. This means no more “What did you do today?” with the response of “nothing much” or “I don’t remember.”

1. Students will work on their Winter Pageant within groups.

2. Students will read from "The BEST Christmas Pageant Ever" and complete the enrichment activity.

3. Students will continue to work toward RC goals all week.

4. BOOK BLIZZARD is on THURSDAY, DEC. 17th; please remember to bring in books and magazines to enjoy (NO eBOOKS or electronics), along with comfy clothes, a blanket, and pillow. Students will be able to make forts in class.

Writing: (Monday-Friday)

Math: (Monday-Friday)

1. MATH TEST CHAPTER 5

2. Decimal Review

3. Addition and Subtraction of Fractions Introduction.

Content: (Monday-Friday)

1. What character traits do GREAT leaders possess?

2. What are inequalities? How do we persevere?

IMPORTANT DATES:

Thursday December 17, Book Blizzard

Friday December 18, Holiday Party

## Exclusive Interview!

I had the opportunity to have a moment of time with a local engineer (Elizabeth Green) to discuss her remarkable compound machine she had created for our last science investigation. Here are the Highlights!

Elizabeth, how long did it take you to create your machine (from blue print to finished product)?

It took my dad and I three nights to complete it after I made the blueprints (2 days). Plus I had to write my summary and reflection (1 night).

Did your original blue print need to be altered?

Nothing needed to be altered but the title.

What materials did you use?

I used screws, eye screws, wood, a pulley, cardboard, string and tea.

What simple machines did you use to make a complex compound machine?

I used screws, a pulley, a wedge, and inclined plane.

Did you have any problems in the development of your product? If so, how did you attack it and find the solution?

Yes, our drill broke and we bought a new one. Our holes from the drill were smaller so I had to be careful.

Did you have help in assembling your machine?

Yes, my dad drilled the holes.

Did you research you your idea? Did you provide sources?

Yes I did, but I changed the idea, and cited my work.

Does your machine have practical uses?

Yes, it makes dipping tea bags easier by not using your hands or burning them.

How did you come up with the name of your machine?

Since my last name is Green, I thought of using green tea bags!

Elizabeth, did you enjoy this activity? What was the part that you enjoyed most?

Yes, I did enjoy the activity. I like it completed because it looked much better and worked, before it was complete I was nervous. Now it looks GREAT!

I want to thank Elizabeth for taking the time to share her thoughts about the AWESOME compound machine "Elizabeth Green's Tea Machine"!

## Tasty Treats of the week!

This week I will be providing 3 different holiday treats that you and your family can enjoy assembling. Normally I would post the ingredients, and steps to make these yummy and fun creations, however as the holidays are quickly approaching and I like sharing fun things for families to do together, I have provided links from You-tube to help in family festivities.

## Holiday Party

This Friday we will be having a holiday party to celebrate the end of 2015 and the holiday season. Please feel free to send in holiday treats (individually wrapped) to share with friends. We have 24 students in class and I am sure they would love any sort of treat. We Will be in need of juice boxes, chips, candy canes, and FUN-SiZE candies.

I will supply plates, napkins, and I will also be bringing in some holiday treats as well. Thank you for your help and support.

## SCIENCE TODAY REVIEW

Today, in the fast pace world of science, there are many inventors utilizing science concepts to invent or innovate new and exciting machines. Last week, I ran across one local inventor from Mittye. P. Locke elementary named Anthony Brown. He is a 5th grade student of gifted that just finalized his new invention "The Amazing Catapult".

I sat down with Anthony and discussed his machine and the brainstorming that was behind it! Here is what he shared with me!

Anthony, how long did it take you to create your machine (from blue print to finished product)?

It took 5 days to finish my project from start to finish. The poster and summary were separate but fun as well.

Did your original blue print need to be altered?

No, I did not have to alter the blueprints, I didn't even have to change the measurements.

What materials did you use?

I used wood, nails, screws, H2O cap, rubber bands, and wheels.

What simple machines did you use to make a complex compound machine?

My project included a lever, screws, and wheels for simple machines.

Did you have any problems in the development of your product? If so, how did you attack it and find the solution?

I had a difficult time putting my catapult together, and a bunch of the wood broke, so I had to replace them. Plus, I had to replace the nails because they pulled out, I then used screws to hold the wood together.

Did you have help in assembling your machine?

Yes, my grandpa helped me cut out the pieces of wood after I measure them.

Did you research you your idea? Did you provide sources?

Yes I did research my idea. The website I used was pinterest.com.

Does your machine have practical uses?

It is a fun toy, and it has a practical use. You can launch things across the room if you are to lazy.

How did you come up with the name of your machine?

I thought it looked AMAZING, so why not just call it "The Amazing Catapult"!

Anthony, did you enjoy this activity? What was the part that you enjoyed most?

Yes, I really enjoyed this project. The best part was seeing how far my catapult could launch things! It worked so well!

I want to thank Anthony for taking the time to share his thoughts about the AWESOME compound machine "The Amazing Catapult"!