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Museum of Science and Industry Field Trip

Room 29 was so lucky to have parents volunteer to chaperone! I was fortunate enough to explore the museum with six students.

We started by checking out the farming area...

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Next up, the shadow sensors...

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Checking out the Storms Exhibit...

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Tornado winds!

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The new Extreme Ice exhibit features an ice wall and lots of photos to show the effects of climate change...

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Numbers in Nature Exhibit...don't get lost in the mirror maze! Confession time: Ms. Jandacek may have gotten slightly lost in the mirror maze. :)


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The patterns of human structure

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Of course, the students in my group had to visit my favorite exhibit, Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle!

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The students enjoyed receiving letters from their 3rd grade friends. The 5th graders wrote back and included illustrations for the "I for Illustration" Day in the ABC Countdown!
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Make way for the East Courtyard Ducklings!

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Room 29 has a great view of the ducklings at play :)

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A few pictures of Room 29 students participating in Celebration of Cultures Night--way to represent Ireland and Morocco, Lizzy and Thara!

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The fifth graders were so excited to "Rendezvous with a Comet" at the Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana! We prepared for our mission with lessons focused on comets, space terminology, teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills. Room 29 was well trained and ready for its mission! 

Preflight: We're ready to go!

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Listening to instructions before we start our mission:

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Preflight Briefing:

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A look inside the Space Shuttle and Mission Control: 

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Hayden and Faith taking control at the Communication Stations: 

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Ben and Thara prepare for their Life Support monitoring:

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Meanwhile, Sohayb, Sophia, Donny, and Mateusz take charge of their stations at Mission Control:

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Ava and Gabi L. listen at the Remote and Isolation Stations:

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Lizzy and David M are ready for their Navigation and Space Weather duties:

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Checking out the Mission Status:

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Nicole and Alec work at the Probe Station:

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The team consults about the concerning oxygen level emergency:

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The group decides to abandon the original mission and try to find the very rare long-period comet instead:

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Jaclyn takes over for the second part of the mission: 

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Donny works at the Remote Station:

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David P. and Gabi L. decipher incoming messages at the Isolation Station:

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Jude, Claire, and Gabby monitor information at the Navigation and Space Weather Stations for part 2 of the mission:

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Mateusz examines the robotic arm at the Isolation Station:

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Sonia prepares to test chemical samples at Isolation:

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As a medical team member, Ryan monitors the health of his fellow astronauts:

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Medical team members Tala and Evelyn work on testing astronauts' vitals:

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Hayden, Jaclyn, Sophia, and Sohayb discuss the issue with the probe:

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Starting to feel a little stressed out at Mission Control!

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We did it!!! Thanks to hard work and collaboration, Room 29 successfully found a long-period comet, which they named CometJandacek2017 (What a great name!!)


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We were excited to learn about Paul Gauguin during our latest Art Chat. Mrs.
Courtney showed us examples of the beautiful landscapes he painted, and then the students worked on oil pastel paintings of palm trees. (We will continue to think warm thoughts as we get closer to summer!) Thanks, Mrs. Courtney!
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During Art Chat, we loved learning about the artwork of Keith Haring. Many of us, myself included, had seen his "stick figure" artwork before, but we never knew the artist connected with it! The students enjoyed attempting their own versions of the stick figure artwork. Thanks again, Mrs. Evon!

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For the most recent genre report, the students read either a biography or autobiography and created a "Pop Bottle Pop Star" of their chosen person. This was truly a chance to let the creativity of the students shine--I loved seeing all of their creations! We also all enjoyed hearing the life stories of these significant people.


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Faith with Kristi Yamaguchi


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Sophia with Hana Brady

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Ben with Milton Hershey

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Gabi with Steve Irwin

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David and Steve Jobs

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Thara and Neil Armstrong

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Ryan and Galileo

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Sonia with Jackie Robinson

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David with Michael Jordan

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Jaclyn with Marie Curie

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Donny and John Muir

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Hayden and Helen Keller

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Mateusz with Donald Trump

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Rico and Kobe Bryant

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Jude and Julius Caesar

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Evelyn and Sacagawea

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Tala and Clara Barton

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Claire with Amelia Earhart

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Ava and Claude Monet

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Alec with Jim Henson (plus Kermit!)

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Gabby and Jane Goodall

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Sohayb and Muhammad Ali

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Lizzy with George Lucas

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Nicole and Jacqueline Woodson
Mrs. Evon returned for a November art chat, in which the students examined the fascinating work of M.C. Escher. Then, they attempted their own Escher-inspired works of art. Great job!

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As the culminating project in our gravity unit, the students teamed up to design a parachute to slow the effects of gravity for our egg drop...

Getting the parachute ready...

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The moment(s) of truth!
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Did the eggs survive??

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Success!

Mrs. Evon came in for our October art chat. The students had the opportunity to make acrobats, based off of a famous traveling circus art exhibit!

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The students made thank you cards for our brave local firefighters. We had a special visitor from the firehouse come to thank us for the cards in person! He also took the opportunity to remind the students of the importance of changing the batteries in our smoke detectors. 

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A class photo during Laps for Literature

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The 5th graders had a blast exploring the solar system at the Planetarium. Here, a few students are getting a little too close to the sun!


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An actual meteorite that crashed into the kitchen of a suburban home!

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That's one small step for man...

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Joining together for Peace Day Pinwheels!

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