Fifth Grade: Specials Spotlight

Third Quarter 2016-2017

Exploratory Team

The teachers of these exploratory classes are committed to inspire the creative genius in all students through art, technology, library media, music, counselor and physical education.


In our library classes this quarter students reviewed some library vocabulary terms and their definitions while playing Library Lingo. We reviewed what we know about Melvil Dewey and his contribution to libraries everywhere through his creation of the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Students located books in the nonfiction section of the library using call numbers. We previewed some of the books that were coming to our Spring Scholastic Book Fair. Some classes missed Read Across Riverview Week activities in the library due to practicing for their fabulous music program! One class enjoyed a video presentation of The Butter Battle Book. It is an open-ended book. We discussed its connection to the events of World War II. Students had fun locating Dr. Seuss book titles in a word search puzzle. Just a reminder for students who chose to participate in the William Allen White Reading Program this year -- the deadline to submit reading logs is April 7th. No reading logs will be accepted after that date. A copy can be found on the William Allen White Reading Program tab of my website at We will be voting for our favorite in April.


As we moved into the third quarter, I prepared students for a busy schedule of 2D and 3D art. Students finished the unit on Egyptian tombs and drawing figures. It was fun to see the 5th graders pose like an Egyptian and understand the reason for the awkward pose. The goal in ancient Egyptian art was to show the body as completely as possible. This goal served an aesthetic purpose as well as a religious one. One devise the Egyptians used in their art was twist perspective: they combined frontal and profile views of a person. Students practiced their drawings skills in the twisted perspective style of Egyptian tomb painters while studying proportion and symbolism. The figure proportions we learned will carry through projects in the 3rd quarter and into sculptures of the 4th quarter. I introduced ATC or artist trading cards to 5th grades during the 3rd quarter. Artist Trading Cards are 2 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches in size, the same format as modern trading cards (hockey cards or baseball cards). They are self-made unique works of art, exchanged and collected by the people who participate in the collaborative performance. In preparation for the 5th-grade music performance and art show, students prepared a personal art critique and Zentangle style feather for an interactive art piece. Artist, Kelsey Montague, says “I’m an artist that is very interested in exploring how public art, interactive art, and social media intersect. My murals specifically invite people into a piece and then invite people to share their experience online. I believe that art should not be separated from the human experience. Instead, the human experience should have a hand in creating the art itself.” Students have designed feathers using bright colors, patterns, lines, and shapes. Feathers were used to create an interactive work of art in the style of Kelsey Montague for the purpose of investigating public art, and interactive art first hand.


3rd quarter for 5th grade was a very busy and exciting quarter preparing for our “5th Grade Extravaganza.” I was so very proud of the final performance – it’s hard to believe it was our last one together at RE! Students showed their creative side with their input for their class spotlights. I love that they were able to show some of what they have learned in music throughout their time at Riverview. While I was proud of the performance, I think I am most proud of the way these students pulled together to encourage and help each other put on a show to remember!


Fifth graders completed a self paced MS Word Review this quarter. They reviewed basics and learned a few new controls.

We dove into Google Earth with an around the world scavenger hunt. The kids learned how to use controls and find locations using the three methods.

Now, we are doing a little research for our Google Tour Builder Project. Tour Builder allows the user to take their audience on an adventure anywhere in the world. It combines Google Earth and short paragraphs where kids can explain the significance of a particular spot. Each student chooses a theme and then creates their tour with interesting facts.

Towards the end of the quarter we will work a bit on internet safety again and possibly get a chance to code using Ozobot Robots the PTA purchased.


We began third quarter learning some new warm-ups, such as “four corner fitness”, “rock paper scissors relay”, “rolling rocks”, and “timed run”. We spent some time learning and talking about how to live a healthy lifestyle by choosing the right foods to eat. We did an activity where students had to put the food items in the correct food group, and they did such an awesome job! Some foods can be tricky, but after learning more and discussing with others, they all did a great job working together to figure out what foods belong to what food groups. A big portion of the quarter was spent practicing jump rope. When we first began jump roping, I was very impressed with the amount of skill the students had! I have spoken with many adults that have said they wished they learned how to jump rope at a younger age. I am thankful that I am able to teach this age of kids and can help them learn skills that will help them all throughout their lives! Jump rope is a great cardiovascular skill, and you don’t need to do much before realizing that you are getting some great exercise. The most important thing was that the students did not give up. My favorite thing about the jump rope unit was seeing how motivated the students got. We tried jump roping for a full minute without stopping or making mistakes, and many students got to sign the “1 Minute Jump Rope Club”. Seeing how motivated students were to make it was so inspiring! Another unit was focused on kicking and soccer style skills. Once again, I was very impressed with their hard work! We did activities such as continuous kickball, sideline soccer, steal the ball, and soccer golf. Towards the end of the quarter, the students climbed the rock wall and cargo net. I was very proud of them for remembering the importance of safety and really taking it very seriously. They did an awesome job of keeping their bodies close to the rock wall and cargo net, which took a lot of strength. I thoroughly enjoyed getting the chance to help out with the fifth grade program in the small amount that I did. It is a very special time for the students as it is their last program in elementary school, and I felt extremely grateful to be able to share the experience with them! The words for each week were: potential, healthy lifestyle, challenge, mindset, perseverance, endurance, and flexibility. I am looking forward to fourth quarter and a strong finish to a great year!


Happy fourth quarter. Time has flown by. This quarter we will be finishing our Too Good for Drugs units. Their purple workbooks will be coming home with them so they can share what they have learned. The rest of the time we will be reading and learning the 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey. I would like to remind everyone that all community service hours need to be recorded, hours totaled, and turned into me no later than April 7th. If you are in need of addition logs please let me know. The window for community service hours is April 2016-April 2017. Again, please email me with any questions. I look forward to an exciting new quarter.

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