What Are You Excited About in Fifth Grade?

We were curious about what people like and were excited about for 5th grade. We interviewed 10 – 4th graders.

We interviewed 2 people from each of the 5 fourth grade classes. Ellie said, “I’m very excited for 5th grade graduation and Nature’s Classroom”. Ryan told us – Graduating from Chickering, and Nature’s Classroom, and science. Alec said the Wax Museum and Nature’s Classroom. Rachel shared Nature’s Classroom because she wanted to be away from her parents telling her what to do. 😉 LOL Jenna said meeting new teachers and new friends. Beck said earlier specials and new teacher. Audrey shared being the oldest in the school. Sam said one year away from middle school. Andrey said Nature’s Classroom and 5th grade graduation. Ella shared Natures Classroom, Taiko drums, and the Jazz Band.

The most popular things that the fourth graders are excited about in fifth grade are Nature’s Classroom and graduating to Middle School.

Reported by Robert, Matt, and Sam


Natures Classroom – 5th Grade Adventure

Natures Classroom is a place where schools send kids for a week and they learn about topics that are not normally taught in school. Edible plants and hot air balloons, for example, and you do a lot of team building activities.

On the bus ride there, we watched Despicable Me. The bus ride was 1 hour 15 minutes till we arrived at Pond Side, one of two facilities at Natures Classroom, in Charlton, MA.   When we got there we received our luggage and found out who was in our cabin. In the cabins, where the boys stayed, there were 3, 4 or 5 people. The girls stayed in Center West which housed 2 wings of dorm rooms on either side of the cafeteria.

After breakfast we went to Field Group. Field Group is when you and 11 other kids go on a little hike and explore. Some of the things we did on Field Group was, visit one of the places the tornado hit. Or go to a waterfall and clean up the rocks so it flows better.

The food was great! But the bad thing was, between every meal, we didn’t have any food … no snacks! After Field Group and meals we would have transition time to fill up our water bottles and meet up with our friends.

We also played many games, such as, Screaming Toes, Camouflage, and one of our favorite games, Predator vs. Prey. At night, we had special activities, like Quite Sing and Thursday Night Live!

Not all students were able to attend Natures Classroom. There were about a dozen students who didn’t go to. They had their own ‘Natures Classroom’ at school.  Here’s their agenda.

Robotics Demonstration
Camouflage in Nature
Human Body Scavenger Hunt
Dissection of an Owl Pellet
Virtual Dissection of a frog

Going to Science Museum to see films and exibits

Masks of nature
sundial Bracelets
Microscopes/Insect Discoveries
Astronomy and Constellation Drawing

Earthquakes and Legends
Top Secret Mission
Compass Scavenger Hunt
Tent Ghost Stories (bring one if you dare!)
Egg Drop Competition
Performance of Masks of Nature
Bugle signaling another great year at Chickering Nature’s Classroom

Natures Classroom was a great experience! We hope that they will continue to send fifth graders on this adventure.  It might be nice, to include our sister-school, Pine Hill, in Sherborn.  That way we can begin to make friends with our, soon to be, sixth grade classmates in Middle School.

Reported by: Andrew F. , Lucy, and Griffin

Nature’s Classroom

 Otter Lake

Otter Lake

Have you ever been to overnight camp? Was it fun? Well, the 5th graders of Chickering School will be going on a fun and educational trip to Nature’s Classroom in Greenfield, New Hampshire. We interviewed parents, two teachers, one of whom actually attended the camp when she was in sixth grade. Parents said that they were very excited for this opportunity for their children but worried about missing them.

The parents learned at a meeting in September that, in May 2011, the 5th grader’s of Chickering School will be going to Nature’s Classroom in Greenfield, New Hampshire. This fun trip will last 4 days and 3 nights. The 5th graders will be doing fun and educational activities. Some parents were anxious and nervous, but they  agreed that it would be a great experience for their child. An individual from Nature’s Classroom made a  presentation for the parent’s of the 5th graders. They enjoyed how thorough, complete, and descriptive he was. The parents had some very good questions about  Nature’s Classroom, for example, would somebody monitor the kids to make sure they don’t do the same activities over and over again? What if there was bad weather the whole time? Parents had a great time learning about what their child will be doing during this fun and educational trip.

Regular Day at Nature’s Classroom

7:15 – Rise and Shine!
8:00 – Breakfast & Clean Up
9:30 – Field Experiences
12:00 – Lunch Free Time New Games
2:00 – Special Interests
4:00 – Special Interests
6:00 – Dinner and free time
7:30 – Night Walk
9:00 – Snacks
9:30 – Quiet Sing

We asked Ms Yorston some questions about what teachers thought about Nature’s Classroom. When we asked her if she had any worries she said ” NO, I am very excited and eager to do this.” By her answer it seems to us she has no worries about any of the programs or how kids will react. They have been thinking about this trip for a long time and have decided to finally plunge forward and do it. The reason for this was to have everybody participate in something together rather than some people doing it and others not. This will be a wonderful experience for 5th graders and staff members in Chickering School going to New Hampshire on this field trip. Too allay any concerns about this new experience we talked to our own alumn.

In the 6th grade, one of our own 5th grade teachers went on the same trip weCabin are about to do in May-June 2011. Knowing that we were going, we had to ask her all about it. Ms Varley gave us all a wonderful idea of what the camp was like, which gave many families the “OK” for their child to go. We asked her a bunch of questions, such as, how many kids sleep in a cabin or how do they decide who is in each cabin’s with each other, her answers were, there are nine campers and one councilor per cabin and we get to pick one of the kids in our cabin, the others are random. We will also be having a buffet styled meal and dessert every night, Ms Varley informed us. We will be working on math, ELA, and team building activities with each other, which all the teachers and kids are looking forward to doing. We also asked a few more questions about her experience at Nature’s Classroom. We found that she went with her school in Holliston when she was eleven and she went in early spring; she had a blast! Knowing what we now know, we, the 5th graders and staff, are prepared for a great time at Nature’s Classroom in the upcoming year of 2011!

We gathered lots of information from interviewing teachers and got the parents’ opinions on how they think this trip will go. We, the students, are very excited to go on this trip to Nature’s Classroom. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to check out the website: http://www.naturesclassroom.org/Greenfield.htm

Reported By: Katie B, Andriana, Caroline C, Brickley, Mariam, and Seika

Images from: http://www.naturesclassroom.org/Greenfield.htm