We wondered what the fifth graders thought about going to middle school. So we created a survey to learn their thoughts about leaving Chickering School and going to sixth grade.
We thought that it would be fascinating to see if people were excited about going to middle school. Below is the pie graph showing the results:
We were interested in knowing why people answered “yes”. Their top replies were: 1. excited about being independent and 2. not walking in lines. Three things tied for 3rd: having your own locker, new friends, and different teachers. They also liked the ideas of better foods, new curriculum, no bus notes, etc.
People who answered “no” shared: they did not like the ideas of more homework, and no more recess. They also did not like the ideas of, getting lost, new Sherborn kids, and new teachers.
People who answered “maybe” said they: thought homework might be a bit harder, and they also thought being independent might be harder. Missing Chickering and new people were also shared.
The biggest thing that they would miss about Chickering is recess at 78.1%. The next highest response at 76.7% is missing no homework on weekends. Also 67.1% would miss not seeing friends all the time.
However, 89.3% are looking forward to a lot of free time at the end of the day. They also are ready to enjoy not walking in straight lines. They are pumped up for having the choice of doing what they want to do during lunch block.
What is Barter Day? Barter Day is an opportunity for students to practice skills that were important in early colonial life when money was in short supply. Instead of paying for things, they usually traded. For example, if I were a carpenter and you were a farmer, I would say “I would fix your house if you give me some jalapeno peppers!”
We talked to Mr. Keohane to learn more about Barter Day. Barter Day, in our school, started 10-15 years ago, and it is still going! Food items are unfortunately not allowed, including condiments unless permitted by your teacher. Services are allowed, however your teacher has to approve it and any services related to homework is not usually allowed. Some people buy things while other people made homemade items. It’s recommended to spend less than $20. Some of the weirdest and coolest things people have brought in are homemade candles, wood work, arts & crafts, and slime. In our classroom people brought in the best things ever. Some of the things people brought in homemade hats, spinners, hot sauce.
We think Barter Day is a great way for kids to learn about the economy in the 17th and 18th centuries in Colonial America. It was interesting to negotiate a trade,and arrive what both parties agreed to what’s a fair trade. We all had fun trading for items from our classmates.
One of our 5th grade educational assistants, Mrs. Ensor, is a favorite of the students. We were curious to learn more about this amazing E.A. Below are two paintings by Mrs. Ensor. We hope you enjoy our conversation.