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Dog DNA- Exploring inherited and learned traits

The Clotfelter’s new puppy, Daisy, is a big hit in the classroom so we decided to take our knowledge of inherited traits and create our own puppy using DNA!  Students selected DNA strips to determine fur color and texture, size of legs, ears, body, and shape of face.  The next step was to sketch the puppy to see how it looked. Finally, students created  puppy portraits focusing on the positive and negative use of space.  We will have these portraits on display at our upcoming Arts Integrated Night!


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Operation: Valentine Circuits

What happens after students learn how to complete simple, series, and parallel circuits?  They perform an operation to remove candy hearts, of course!  Students spent several weeks learning the components of a circuit, then as a culminating project  created a working circuit that is similar to the game of Operation!  The end result was 5 working circuits and 24 excited students!img_0934 img_0926 img_0932 img_0936 img_0938 img_0940 img_0941

City of Refuge Service Project

A few months ago my class collected cans for the 11alive Canathon, then created a “Cantastic Creation.”  During this time, I overheard students discussing ways they could help others in need.  What?!!!  Yes, 5th graders looking for ways to make a difference!  I  quickly reached out to an organization in Atlanta called Restoration Atlanta, which provides shelter for hundreds of women and children.  They invited us to come down to The City of Refuge and participate in a service project.  What an amazing experience this was for my 5th graders!  They decorated bags with inspirational quotes then made sandwiches for the after-school children.  Afterwards, we toured the facility to see just how this organization operates.  Thanks to The City of Refuge and Restoration Atlanta for making this a day my students will never forget!img_0077 img_0892 img_0897 img_0899 img_0901 img_0902 img_0905 img_0906 img_0907 img_0911 img_0922

Welcome to the Dialogue Café, where only the best manners and funniest conversations are served!

This week we took time to learn a few table manners and the basic rules of writing dialogue!  Students were given the following task:

  1. Create a guest list for dinner to include 4 people from history.
  2. Create the dialogue spoken between the guests (script).
  3. Use correct table manners at the dinner table.

During the various scenes, students were given surprise scenarios (need to sneeze, food stuck in tooth, drop a fork) and each had to figure out how to handle them according to proper etiquette rules!  The outcome was hilarious and I’m extremely proud of them!  I would be honored to dine with each of them!

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Mission: Possible – Holiday Edition

These students were divided into three teams and were given the following holiday mission- to design a store to include three departments and delegate buyers, advertising specialists, pricing experts, and a general manager to oversee the project.  When completed, we invited Mrs. Cooper’s class to browse the store for some bargains and do some holiday shopping! Mission complete! img_0511 img_0512 img_0513 img_0516 img_0517 img_0518 img_0519

Introducing… Incredible Inventors

From jello flavored lip balm to sunglasses that can teleport a person to another country, these kids had some amazing invention ideas! Students sketched and designed an invention with a prototype and logo then “pitched” their ideas to some of the toughest sharks around! Lots of deals were made during this spectacular learning event!

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Welcome to The Clotfelter Candy Factory

Welcome to the The Clotfelter Candy Factory, where our specialty is making candy cars based on Henry Ford’s invention of the assembly line! These kids applied for jobs at the Candy Factory then began working on assembling 24 cars in less than 15 minutes.  They learned the importance of specialization and teamwork! Some cars didn’t pass inspection and were sent back!  The end result was 24 completed cars that were ready to be eaten!img_0232-copy img_0249 img_0248 img_0254-copy img_0255 img_0256-copy img_0250