Reno 1868 “Benchwarming” Experience

For raising the most money during the Roy Gomm Jog-A-Thon, our students got to be “benchwarmers” during Saturday’s match between the Reno 1868 and the Austin Bold. Thank you Mirie for putting the prize together and to the students for raising so much money for Roy Gomm.        

Sierra Watercolor Society Visit

The class was quite fortunate in being selected for a visit by the Sierra Watercolor Society. This is a group that helps students understand watercolor technique and color theory before having the students compose their own watercolor piece. This was a nice experience and it was great that our classroom got to participate.

An End and a New Beginning

I cleaned out my classroom and moved everything into my new 3rd grade room. I’ve loved my two years in 5th and I am looking forward to new challenges and opportunities in the coming academic year.

Great American Day, 2018

I am not entirely sure how far back the Great American Day tradition goes but it was fun to continue what Mrs. Dunn, who retired last year, firmly established. Students picked a Great American and spent the last eight weeks researching the person. This was turned into a full report and then synthesized into a…

Holiday Celebration, 2017

Our winter break begins tomorrow but before tracking off, we fit in our holiday celebration. Thank you to all the parents who helped put the experiences together. And thank you for bringing in such great food!

Looking for Arthropods

Today we visited Betsy Caughlin Donnelly Park to work with the Truckee Meadows Park Foundation and to learn more about arthropods. Students had already done some initial studies on arthropods so the trip focused on finding arthropods and learning more about their local habitats. The kids were persistent! Despite the challenge of finding the arthropods,…

Solar Eclipse 2017

Everyone had glasses and we were able to bask in the shadow of the moon.

Highlights from our Visit to the Nevada Capitol

Our last field trip for the year was to the Nevada Capitol. We started with a tour of the capitol and quickly moved through 150 years of history including a look at the first Supreme Court, the first legislative chamber and a visit to the museum. This was followed by a tour of the Legislature…

Our First Week Working With Shakespeare

We finished our first week working with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Our initial discussions focused on understanding the historical context in which Shakespeare worked and who Shakespeare was. We unpacked the language of Shakespeare and practiced reading key pieces of dialogue with a focus on iambic pentameter. This initial work has allowed us to…

Our Pro Se Court

Today we did our first Pro Se Court. This was the culmination of reading through four different sources on zoos and identifying evidence to support claims about the value of zoos. All of the source material (here) is written at the 7th grade level and this required students to navigate complex text and work with challenging…