A Window to 5th and 6th Grade

Thanks to Ms. Ingrid for providing the opportunity and Ms. Erica for putting this together we have a snapshot of what this class is up to.

Ms. Ingrid’s 5th and 6th grade class has enjoyed several trips to the farm property. During one recent trip, they pressed apples for fresh cider, which they promptly sold all 11 ½ gallons that afternoon at pick up time! Another trip featured the student’s first bus ride of the year! The Hillsboro School District has agreed to transport Swallowtail students once a month from the main campus to the farm.

The class has finished reading “My Side of the Mountain”, and they made pancakes wilderness style! They attempted to replicate Sam’s methods for cooking the pancakes, as described in the book. With found rocks, they ground filberts into a flour (adding a tad bit of spelt flour) and mixed in some spring water. They picked and mashed wild berries for toppings, and then over the fire, fried the cakes to a golden brown in sizzling coconut oil (which resembled the animal lard Sam would have used). Their utensils were from nature as well: an abalone shell as a mixing bowl, a stick for spoon, a flat wooden slat for spatula, and large leaves for plates.  The students were pleasantly surprised at how tasty their filbert pancakes turned out to be!

The students are learning about decimals and their relation to fractions in their current Math Block. The inspiration accompanying this Block is based on a legend of lost treasure mines in the desert southwest and the Spanish explorers who searched for them. There is a mystery, however, and local legends claim the mines are haunted. Three young investigators are determined to find the truth about the lost mines!

Ms Ingrid’s students, along with the 8th grade class, will be getting a preview of their Olympic Training! The children will practice working with the discus, javelin, and some Greek Wrestling techniques over the next few weeks. This is a taste of what is to come in the spring, when their real training begins!

The students will embark upon a 4 ½ week block study of Ancient Greece.  Last year the student’s Greece study focused on the mythological stories from this golden culture. This year, in addition to continuing with some of the formative mythological stories, the students will begin to look at causality of important events in History of this great influential culture and how they affected people of that time and into our world today.

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