Ms. Blum Humanities mblum@ crsd.org 215-364-1848-
Here we are backstage with the Chinese Dancers!
Sixth Grade Studies Life in China
It is the 1920's and Jean Fritz is in China with her missionary family. She writes of the war that she is part of and her desire to return to life in the United States. We loved her book, "Homesick." It helped us to understand about life in China. At the end of the book, we l held a Chinese banquet with a Bon Voyage party for the main character.
We are also scheduled to visit Council Rock High School North on March 22 from 1-3:30 PM to view a guest performance by some Asian dancers from the University of Pennsylvania Dance Troupe.
Older Sixth Grade News....from earlier this year...
Here are some Sixth Graders working on their Egyptian murals.
These are our Seven Wonders of the World projects. We used them to engage in a lively debate about the best wonder.
Oral Presentations and Power Point Presentations are a big part of Sixth Grade. We have presented arguments on the Seven Wonders of the World, who should be the President of the United States and how King Tut died. In each pressing argument, we learn more about the power of persuasive thinking!
Congratulations to all of our Geography Bee contestants! So many of them were Humanities students! Way to Go!
Fifth Grade Assesses Life In Jamestown
Fifth Grade has been busy working on a Jamestown Assessment. We also made our costumes and invited our parents in for our Explorer's Show. We taught our parents all sorts of games to show how much we have learned about the explorers. We are also testing for PSSA. Following PSSA testing, we will continue our unit on Colonial America and continue learning about the famous witch trials of Salem.
What a busy year this has been! all of us are researching famous people for our Wax Museum presentation which was in January and we were also working on biopoems. Also, we are learning about Explorers and are researching, making Power Points and inventing questions for our gameshows.
In Fifth Grade, we also just finished making world maps. See how many places we can now locate!
In these pictures we are busy making and labeling world maps. This is one of the ways we learn about all of the major cities, continents and landforms. Everyone is having fun and learning!
Wax Museum Pics
and our captive audience of parents...
Annie Oakley, Albert Einstein, Steven Spielberg, Beethoven, Kellogg..lots of interesting people are in our wax museum!
Doodles for Google Contest-
Every student in my Humanities program is entering the "Doodle for Google" contest. The winning logo will receive a $30,000.00 scholarship, many other goodies and $50,000.00 for their school for their technology lab. Here are some pictures of some of our entrants. Our job is to design a logo for the theme, "My Best Day Ever" and to add a 50 word summary to go with it. The entry forms need to be mailed in by our parents before the March deadline. Here are a few of our finished designs.
My best day was spent doing artwork. Kimmie- Grade 4 My best day was at the Great Wall in China!- Jess W.- Grade 5 My best day was at the zoo. Jess R.- Grade 5 Laurie-I would spend my best day ever eating chocolate on the couch. Grade 4My best day ever was at my school's spring concert and I played the piano. Alex -Grade 4 I spent my best day ever shopping- by, Katelyn- Grade 4 Floating In The Air on the best day ever-by, Una- Grade 6 A Day at An Amusement Park- Chris G. Grade 6 A Day At the Movies- Daniel- Grade 3 An Imaginary Day of Being Small- Logan- Grade 3 Scuba Diving with Cole on his best day ever -Cole Grade 6 At the Beach with Bria - Grade 6 Katie at the Beach with Friends- Katie Grade 6
The Most Awesome Day- by, Michael- Grade 4 A Day on My Trampoline- by, Paige-Grade 5 Christmas in New York City- by, Michael Grade 5 Snorkeling With My Dad- by, Colby Grade 5 A Day in Disney- by Dylan- Grade 5 My Best Day Ever- by Aleta-
(A day at the zoo...) Grade 2
My Best Day Ever- A Day With My Family-
by, Kristi Grade 2
(Can you see Michael's cockatiel and the Bernese Mt dog?)
Fourth Grade Studies Their American Heritage
Did you know that Henry Ford invented the Assembly Line? We wanted to learn about its benefits. so, we practiced making our own to create paper hoagies. The lettuce gluer had the toughest job and we learned about production, wrapping and presentation along the way!
We are excited as we travel to the world's oldest wooden roller coaster, spa our way through Rehoboth and visit Hershey to tour the chocolate factory. These are just a few of the events of the Energetic Explorers, State Surfers and the River Riders as we skate, bike and hike our way across the United States. We recently completed our reading of the book "the Riddle of Penncroft Farm." What happened to Geordie and his family in this wonderful "Stories With Holes" adventure?
These are our teams. We are planning a trip across the United States.
These storyboards tell of our adventures on our trip!
At the White House
In the city of Santa Claus
Go Kart Racing in Rehoboth
In Las Vegas
In Morganifield, Kentucky
In Billings, Montana
We also had a trunk that arrived from the Erie Canal and we learned about why the Erie Canal led to expansion of our great United States. We tried out some of the games they would have played and working on an assessment convincing Governor Clinton to build the canal in 1817. We are also working on our Franklin stories and have finished reading his biography. We will also work on our state fair project.
Third Grade- "Time For Kids" Fun Facts
Did you know....
-It costs more to make a penny than it is actually worth. We may stop using them soon.
- "The One and Only Ivan" won the Newberry award this year for the true story of a gorilla named Ivan.
-About 196,000 womenn are presently serving in the U.S. military. As of January 24, 2013 women will be allowed to serve in combat for the first time, according to the Pentagon.
-The top Valentine's day gift to tell someone you love them happens to be jewelry. More than 4.1 billion dollars is spent each year on jewelry on Valentine's Day.
-Kids graded Obama on his first four years in office. 37% gave him an A, 25% gave him a B, and 13% gave him a C. Nearly 8% thought he deserved a D and another 17$ gave him an F.
-At Beadsforeducation.org you can buy Kenyan crafts to help support schools in Kenya. A goat for a school is only $70.00 and a girl's education for a year is only $400.00. ten dollars will buy two library books for a child and $15.00 will buy a family a fruit tree. Help children in Africa to walk towards a brighter future.
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During American Education Week, we had a great Restaurant Festival. We served egg rolls, chicken and oriental vegetables, kabobs, dumplings, smoothies, tacos, mini donuts and flavored popcorn and sang commercials about our restaurants. they were Brazilego, Brandon's Ballroom Boardwalk, a Chinese Buffet, a Dumpling and Smoothie House and a Lua Beach resort.
Our proud restaurant owners..
Singing our commercials!
Here we are practicing our parts for the Restaurant Unit.
Second Grade: We are busy creating our restaurants. We have made our models and completed our commercials and our jingles. Now, we have finished our restaurant lay-outs and we are busy practicing our parts. We invited our parents in during American Education Week for our Restaurant Festival!
First Grade: Ms. Blum has been visiting all of the First Grade classrooms and observing the children. During the month of January, she will be back in the room with the screening activities. The COGAT tests were administered. Once they are returned from the testing center, we will begin to collect all of the data and determine which children in First Grade will be tested.
Stay tuned for more news and exciting events!
Ms. Miriam Blum and her Humanities Students