By: Ava, B
5th graders were so pumped up and excited to go on their amazing field trip to the American Revolutionary War Museum. I was there and it was so much fun! First, when we got there, we went to the Hamilton exhibit where we learned how to fire a cannon. The colonists had to move the cannon to different battles, and let me tell you, the cannon was so heavy and bulky.Also In the Hamilton exhibit we got to dress up and see George Washington in our fancy outfits. Next we went to a different exhibit which took place before and during the American Revolution. We saw statues of soldiers in the battle and we saw a video on King George III. We saw a room based in Boston during the Boston Tea Party and when people got tarred and feathered. After the museum we went to see where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the process they had to go through for our freedom. We saw the chair where George Washington sat where he signed it. After all that we went to see the Liberty Bell, it looked so cool. The story of what happened to the liberty bell is super interesting. On the way back to the bus we ran into a person from a reading company who tells free stories. She told us about William Penn and his long journey to success.
The 5th grade field trip was so much fun that I wanted to interview some people how they liked the field trip. I asked a fifth grader how they liked it. “My favorite part of the fifth grade field trip was watching the film and seeing the tent George Washington used.” said F. W. I asked Mr. Rehn, a fifth grade teacher, what was his favorite part of the field trip was, he said “The presentation of Washington’s tent. It's amazing to think George Washington spent countless nights sleeping in the tent during the Revolutionary War.” I also asked him if he could do anything during the field trip again what would it be. He said “I would love to go through Independence Hall again. It has so much history and so many important decisions were made and documents created that you can find no other place in America. A truly historic landmark.”
I loved interviewing and going on the fifth grade field trip and I loved everything we did.
Have you been wondering about the 5th grade and the teachers? All the teachers that teach our 5th grade are all wonderful and brilliant teachers. They all answered some great questions about their amazing upcoming year.
Mrs.Gilbert responded to a list of questions about teaching 5th grade.
Question: What are some new events in the 5th grade?
Answer: This year we are taking our field trip in December instead of May. This is a nice change and we are hoping that the different time of year will mean less crowds over in Philadelphia.
Question: What is the difference between the classes from past years?
Answer: One difference this year is that we started with narratives instead of informational. This was great in that we were able to jump right into the literature standards. We are beginning informational pieces after the holidays and I am excited to start a new type of reading and writing!
Question: What are some of your favorite quotes you tell your students to encourage them?
Answer: One of my favorite quotes involves remembering to write your name on your paper. I tell my students, "If you are going to do the work make sure you get the credit! Write your name on your paper!"
Question: What is your favorite part of being a teacher?
Answer: My favorite part of being a teacher is watching my students learn a new skill. When a student is able to learn and apply a new standard in his/her work it is such a feeling of accomplishment for me.
Mr.Rehn has answered to a list of questions about teaching the 5th grade.
Question: What are some new events in the 5th grade?
Answer: This isn’t a new event but, the 5th grade play is a great opportunity where the students get to perform for the entire school and their families. The students start practicing in March and then perform the play at the beginning of June.
Question: What is your favorite part about being a 5th grade teacher?
Answer: My favorite part of being a teacher is Monday mornings. I have missed the kids all weekend and so look forward to seeing their smiling faces and helping them achieve their goals.
Question: What are some of your favorite quotes you like to tell your students to encourage them?
Answer: “Again” from the movie Miracle. Athletes have to practice their craft over and over again and this applies to students and their education.
Question: What made you become a 5th grade teacher?
Answer: I love American history and I have a chance to teach that almost every day.
Mrs.Englehart has responded to a list of questions about teaching the 5th grade?
Question: Is there any differences about your class this year from any of your past classes?
Answer: The classes are smaller than before so that means less noise, has FANTASTIC students and the class has a better schedule.
Question: Is there any new events in 5th grade?
Answer: There is going to be a yoga class during lunch for only 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students only. We are taking our field trip earlier this year and we hope we can avoid the big crowds.
Question: What are your favorite quotes to tell your students?
Answer: “ Work hard play hard.”
Question: What makes you a good teacher in your perspective?
Answer: I am a funny teacher because I dislike a quiet classroom when not needed. I help my students when they need it.
Question: What is your expectations for your students?
Answer: I like when my students respect me and when they are respectful to their peers and other students.
One of the fifth grade teachers in Mansion Avenue School is Mrs. Englehart. When asked why all of the kids in her class adore her she responded saying that when teaching she likes to have a sense of humor. She also stated she likes to teach like she parents which means that she likes lots of laughter and fun times in the classroom as well as at home. The fifth graders just went on their field trip. She said her saying is “Work hard, play hard.” and loves to use it in the classroom. This year she has a big class difference last year she had 28 kids in her class while this year she has only 23 kids in her class. She said she would like to have a different seating arrangement because her class is so small. She did say that she has better control over the kids because there aren’t as many. She also gets more opportunities to do fun things. These opportunities are big for the fifth grade. That is Mrs. Englehart and her new class.
By L. L.
I am in Mr. Rehn’s Class and I decided to interview him about teaching. Also, I decided to interview a few students.
Q: What are you teaching right now in science and math?
A: “Physical Science.” ( m Which happens to be my favorite science)
Q: What is your favorite subject/ topic to teach about?
A: “My favorite topic to teach about is the Civil War, but I will not be able to teach that until June when we get back into social studies.” ( I am eagerly waiting this unit)
Q;: How do you prepare lesson plans for these topics?
A: “I prepare lesson plans based on what I think is going to be interesting
to the students but presenting the concept that is necessary.” ( And he does this very well)
Q:: Do you enjoy teaching the topics you teach?
A: Absolutely, Social Studies and Math there are my favorite subjects ( And I love Social Studies)
Q: What is a typical day like for a math/ social studies teacher
A: “You come in, you get everything you need for the day, you understand where people are struggling and present the concepts necessary and work through that organically”. ( This is very interesting for a student)
Q: What is your favorite part of teaching these topics?
A: “My favorite part of teaching these topics are they are interesting, and especially when the students have interest in these subjects” ( Which I always do)
Interview with a current student, J. S.
Q: Do you enjoy Mr Rehn’s class and the topics he teaches?
A: Yes, because he is very straight forward about things and if you are doing something wrong he will help you fix it, and also because he is strict enough to know people, he always gives very clear directions, and he usually does not take time off of class to show people who are not doing it right and he is very rewarding
Q: What is the favorite thing/ activity you have done so far this year?
A: My favorite activity I have done so far this year is The Revolutionary War and I also enjoy the activity we are doing in science right now ( an activity with marshmallows)
Q:Do you prefer math or social studies?
A:I prefer math because Mr. Rehn makes it less difficult for those students who find it difficult and I like his style of teaching
Q: Are you excited for the field trip and what do you hope it is?
A:I am excited for field trips and hopefully it is something that we can do outside and that I really will like and that is not too complicated
Right now the Mansion Avenue school 5th and 6th grade band is close to their Winter Concert where they will be performing a couple of songs which are, Concerto for Sleigh Bells, Hanukkah is Here,bring Your Drums, Jeanette, Isabella, and O TannenBones. There are lots of instruments that you can play like, baritone, flute, clarinet, percussion which includes sleigh bells, and drums and cymbals,but there are also trumpet, and trombones in the band.
The conductor of the band is Mrs. Moore or Susan Moore. She is also the person who teaches the instruments in classes to the children in the school. In beginning band you have to go down to the “Batcave” Mrs. Moore calls it and try out all the instruments, except for drums. For drums you have to clap the same beat that Mrs. Moore claps and she will clap a different pattern three times. Only five people get to play drums in fourth grade band. In beginning band every week you have to practice 40 minutes each week and then when you meet the next week you get a sticker if you practiced 40 minutes like you were supposed to. When you have gotten 5 stickers you get a pretzel when you leave band practice to go back to your classroom. At the end of the year you have collected 34 stickers if you practiced every week like you were expected to do. If you get 10 stickers or up you make it into advanced band.
When you are in 5th grade you join with the sixth grade band. In beginning band you meet in the morning at 7:30 but it starts at 7:40. In advanced band you meet on Thursday at the same times. The concert is played at the Green Wave High School but sometimes is performed at the Lenape High School. When you are in the band concert you have to wear black or white or both but it really doesn't matter.
Mrs. Moore plays all the instruments that the students play in band so she can teach them to the students. When you are in band you don’t have to know how to play the instrument when you sign up for band because you will get taught. I am in band and I play the flute and I didnt know a thing about flute except that it is a woodwind and I learned a lot and I think I am pretty good all because of Mrs. Moore. She is pretty cool and I know most people would agree with me.
The Incredible Westward Movement
By: T. W. and T. H.
Recently, the 5th Grade Historical Musical Club put on a play about the westward expansion. It includes stories about historical events in song form. Daniel Boone is singing about moving to get away from people. No one can forget the sad song about the Cherokee Nation. Along with the songs comes humor about railroads and bowling balls.
The 5th graders have worked hard at practices and at home to learn their song, lines, and dances. The teachers, Mr. Rehn and Mrs. Swinney, have also worked just as hard. They sorted costumes so it was appropriate for what the group was supposed to be. It would be weird to see a Cherokee costume on Daniel Boone!
Regardless of the costumes, Mrs. Swinney and Mr. Rehn have worked hard to make transitions smooth and easy. Without Grace I and Isla B this play would not be possible. Grace taught choreography and kept people quiet backstage. Isla helped with costumes and kept kids quiet in the hallway. They both helped with hair. I hoped you enjoyed the play!
By Daniel W.
I dare you to learn something new in this article. In 5th grade, two officers from the Audubon Police Department visit our school and go into 5th grade classes once a week to educate and teach the 5th graders of our school about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
D.A.R.E stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. We have a D.A.R.E. book and we review certain situations, and assess them, to make sure we are making the right choice and we are always putting our best foot forward.
It is important not to make the wrong decisions, because one wrong mistake can damage or destroy your reputation as a good person. All of us have phones on us, and we all have some sort of social media. So if you make the wrong choice, such as smoking, or drinking alcohol, it can come back to haunt you.
It is also crucial to understand and have the knowledge to know what to do when someone offers you a cigarette. In the high school, it would be much more common to run into those situations so you can avoid them at the best of your ability. Some examples can be giving a reason or fact, or simply saying “no” and walking away.
D.A.R.E. lasts ten weeks, but the most exciting thing about it is that afterwards, you will have a bowling party! D.A.R.E. is a fun program created to educate, with some fun sprinkled in. That is all about D.A.R.E.!
The revolutionary war started due to the acts, The Boston Tea Party, and The Boston Massacre. The Boston Tea Party and Massacre both happened because of King George lll. The acts that King George lll was The Sugar Act, The Tea Act, The Quartering Act, The Stamp Act, The Townshend Acts, and the Intolerable Acts. The Tea Act lead up to make a very important part in American history that later on was one of the reasons for the Revolutionary War.
The sons of Liberty, a group of patriots fighting against the king, made a plan to dump all of the imported tea into the harbor. They dressed up as Native Americans, snuck onto three British ships, and dumped all of the East Indian Tea into the harbor. What the patriots had just done made the king very mad, so the king allowed no one to trade until the tea was paid for to get the East India Tea company out of debt. This hurt the colonists because they could no longer trade and they had to pay lots of money for the tea.
Then came the Boston Massacre. One day a few colonists had started to throw objects at a lone British soldier. Soon after, a few more soldiers came to help their fellow soldier. Soon it was a mob of people throwing objects at soldiers. Then, smoke filled the air and the fire bell rang. Someone then yelled, “FIRE!” Next, a shot of a musket went off, then another, then another. 6 colonists had been killed and 5 had been injured. Who’s fault was this? Was it the colonists who irritated the soldiers and got them mad by teasing them? Or the soldiers who couldn’t keep their cool and stay calm and then killed and injured people?
By: Ryan W.
On April 25, 5th Grade went to Pennsbury Manor in Bucks County and learned about William Penn. They learned that he established Pennsylvania in 1681 and did many other important things. Then, they took a tour of a recreation of Pennsbury Manor. The students saw artifacts like heating pans, that would be filled with coals and put under beds to warm them up. Also, they saw the rooms of William Penn, his wife, his son, and guest rooms. They also got a chance to buy artifacts from a gift shop such as a quill and ink. Overall, the 5th graders had a great time learning about William Penn and what he did to benefit America.
The 5th graders at Mansion love to learn. Check out what they are up to.