Ms Macy's Grade 5-MV Class

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Science: Walking Waters

This is a continuation of my previous post about activities for properties of water. Another activity we did was Walking Waters. So how do you perform this simple magic trick? Why, through capillary effect! The kids were very fascinated with this experiment and they were stunned that the colors mixed after leaving the beakers with colored water overnight. The water transferred to the middle beaker and mixed with the other color. This experiment was just right timing since some Upper School kids visited my class and demonstrated their own experiment on mixing colors.


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Science: Coin and Skittle Magic

It’s the last week of school and IT’S been a FLURRY of activities! From parties to graduation rehearsals, the kids are on a roll!

But before I spoil the most important event of the year for my fifth graders, let me backtrack on some past activities we had. After spending much time learning about photosynthesis, my kids were ready to learn about the properties of matter such as osmosis and adhesion and cohesion.

There are tons of activities teaching these concepts and my teacher-partner and I chose the classic coin in a cup experiment. We filled paper cups with colored water to the brim and challenged the kids to guess how many coins they could drop in the cup without making the water spill. After making some wild guesses (10? 15?), they gently slipped coins one by one into the cup. It took them about 24 coins before the water started spilling! They were amazed! And from this lesson, they understood how adhesion and cohesion work.

To learn about osmosis, the kids did another classic experiment: Skittle Magic! They placed Skittles on a plate (it took a lot of warning for them NOT to eat the Skittles) and I poured some warm water on them. Eventually, the Skittles dissolved. We discussed about how water molecules move from a low solute concentration to a higher solute concentration. We also learned about the other real-life applications of osmosis, such as slugs (poor ones!) and pruny fingers.

The kids enjoyed these activities so much!

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My kids never fail to surprise and exceed my expectations. Case in point, when they outdid themselves writing their informational texts. I guess it was mostly because 1.) they got to choose the topic of their research and 2.) they were doing it on their individual pace.

This is one of the strengths of the Writer’s Workshop. It gives much respect on the student’s unique speed which produces outstanding pieces.

The students’ topics were so vast, from sushi to ancient Greece to cryptography! I learned so much from their essays!

More than this, they had to be teachers for a day and explain their topics to third-graders who would also be doing their own informational texts. They served as models to these youngsters and quench their curiosity.

This experience was truly rewarding as my students learned to be more confident speaking in public and they gained so much knowledge while doing their research. ELA4 ELA3 ELA2 ELA

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The Great Earthquake Challenge

Nothing gets kids hyper and excited over a lesson than working with food. That is why I am extremely grateful that my partner in teaching came up with the idea of doing an edible earthquake experiment with the kids! She actually came across the idea from Pinterest (our favourite website!)

About a couple of weeks ago, the students were learning everything they could about earthquakes. They had to do tons of research and make posters and we even had a guest speaker talk to them about earthquake-resistant structures. However, I think their favourite Science activity is The Great Earthquake Challenge!

Basically, they had to build a three-story structure using provided materials (barbecue sticks, cardboard pieces and MARSHMALLOWS) that could withstand a “mild” earthquake. The “ground” for their experiment? JELLO!

Luckily, only one out of the four groups was unsuccessful with the experiment as their structure collapsed. Still, it remains a good and FUN learning experience for everyone.

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Hamantaschen Delights!

My kids have been hounding me for a baking/cooking session ever since we’ve started reading “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. Every mention of Turkish Delight gets their little mouths watering! Hence, the idea of baking Hamantaschen cookies is born!

We have been studying Ancient Hebrew for Social Studies and there are just so many interesting events to learn! We’ve tackled Jewish texts and beliefs as well as the early Jewish people/leaders. This is the perfect opportunity to turn a Social Studies lesson into a “sweet treat”.

Last week, my class and I baked some delicious Hamantaschen cookies. We learned that these traditional Jewish cookies are served during the Purim holiday and that they represent the villainous Haman’s ear or hat!

The cookies are fairly easy to make and I asked the kids to bring the ingredients. They were very excited on deciding what filling to bring. It was a huge success (the kids were licking their fingers afterwards!) and I even had a parent come and say that she had tried baking it herself over the weekend!

Look at the adorable kiddos helping each other out in kitchen!


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Social Studies: Debate on the Impact of Silk Road

My kids never run out of things to say and that is one thing I truly LOVE about them. They can be really passionate talking about matters that interest them. Hence, I feel wonderful that my partner in Grade 5 suggested holding a debate for Social Studies.

After discussing the importance of the Silk Road in establishing or pioneering global trade, I divided the kids into two teams so they could debate on its pros and cons.

As always, they wowed me with their insights. They did research beforehand, however, some raised points during the actual debate that made all of us think. They gave convincing arguments as well as evidence.

The affirmative side said that the Silk Road was a great venue for exchanging goods which a country/place may lack as well as medical technology. They also pointed out that it caused countries to unite for the sake of trade. Lastly, they argued that it pioneered breaking physical barriers among places. One student made the notable remark that yes, journeying the Silk Road may be dangerous due to the differences in climate of the places along the routes. However, “it is the only the fear of the unknown and that people will get used to it once the routes were established”. My jaw dropped for a second there.

On the other hand, the negative side argued that the establishment of the Silk Road was disadvantageous because one, there were bandits who robbed the traveling merchants. Two, the differences in climates caused sickness or even death in the merchants. Three, diseases (Bubonic plague, for instance)  spread out and claimed thousands of lives. Lastly, it paved the way for the movement of warfare as well. Debate

Both sides presented strong and brilliant arguments that until now, I am torn on which team I will declare as the winner on Monday. But I think that everyone is already a winner for a job well done!

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Science Shenaningans

I want to take a break from my usual blogging practice which is to focus on a specific topic of a subject area. These past couple of weeks, the kids have been busy (it’s only the start of the year but they’re on a roll!), watching lab demos, doing research and creating their own presentations.

About a week ago, another Science teacher was kind enough to invite my class to watch her highschoolers perform their Science experiments on Pressure. My kids viewed them as magic tricks and they enjoyed it immensely! It was beneficial both for the highschoolers and my kids. The older students got to have an audience for their well-prepared experiments, while my younger students had role models. They even got to try participating in the experiments!

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This week, my class finished doing research on Biomes. They were very excited to do the second task which was to create Google Slides for presentations. Boy, I was so delighted to see their finished output! My own Powerpoint slides looked boring compared to theirs! Here’s a sample Google Slide presentation and the owners explaining their findings about biomes:

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Sometimes, I still can’t believe how digitally capable they are. They continue to amaze and challenge me.

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Ever feel like you need to spice things up in the classroom? Tired of the same activities?

I feel this once in a while! Thankfully, one of my colleagues teaching Math here in CISM suggested for me to try Kahoot!


Kahoot is an awesome online gaming platform where students compete with each other real time. Questions about different subjects can be found here (there are thousands of Kahoots! or games) and students simply log in with their devices (Ipads, laptops, handphones) and enjoy answering! Best of all, it’s for free!


My students cannot stop begging for Kahoot especially during Math. It helps review/practice Math skills in a really engaging way. Here’s a couple of my kids playing the game:

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Shrieks and yells fill the room and I love it! They get to see the top 5 scorers in the class and they may opt to compete as individuals or in teams. Plus, there’s background music included in the game that adds to the suspense!


Hope you can try it out as well as a teacher or parent and let me know how your own learners enjoy the game!


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Science: Egg Drop Challenge

Nothing excites kids more than a challenging, fun and hands-on task. That is why I think one of the most rewarding activities we did for this year is the Egg Drop Challenge. This project is the culmination of our Scientific Method lesson. The kids were jumping out of their seats as they were very much up to the Challenge!

The class was divided into groups and kids had to answer the question, ‘What simple contraption would protect an egg from a five-foot tall?’.

Each group came up with brilliant plans for their simple ‘contraptions’. It took them a week to sketch their plans and build the actual ‘contraption’. They had interesting options for their materials. I did not really encourage them to look at previous Egg Drop Challenges so that they would think of their plans.

At the end of the experiment, only one group’s egg had cracked! Three groups successfully protected their eggs from breaking.


They enjoyed the Challenge so much that they still keep on begging for another round!


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Social Studies: A Trip to Ancient China

My kids started learning about Ancient China for their Social Studies class last November.

Before reading up on the different dynasties, they studied the geography of Outer China and China Proper. One of my students suggested several TedEd videos connected to our topic. In case you would like to teach your own kids about different topics (science, history, math, you name it!) in a fun and interesting way, TedEd is a treasure trove!

Once we were finished tackling the geography, the kids constructed their own 3D map of Ancient China. They came up with their own materials and legend system. They decided to use clay, newspapers and clay. They definitely gave this project their best as a lot of them even stayed after school for additional touches.

So much creativity in this project which took about a week to complete. Afterwards, students presented their output to the class.


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