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Grades 5 & 6
Here are some of the activities and field trips our class participated in during the 2010-2011 school year.
School Day at the K
by Erin Burke
On May 5th, the fifth and sixth grade class went to the Kauffman Stadium for the 13th annual “School Day at the K” show. Every year, some Kansas meteorologists come down to the “K” to give a presentation on weather. This gathering has grown to be the largest weather education gathering in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. More than 20,000 students attend each year.
The day started with dogs catching Frisbees. Even though the rain was pelting the field, some of these dogs performed amazing catches. After that, marching bands performed songs with lots of drums and cymbals.
The weather show began with a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Fox 4’s Chief Meteorologist, Mike Thompson, on his electric guitar. Next, the Fox 4 meteorologists asked the huge group of students a few weather-related trivia questions such as “What is the highest wind speed ever recorded in a tornado?” It was a multiple-choice quiz, and the students yelled their opinions very loudly. The meteorologists chose the answer that seemed most loudly voiced as the decision. Surprisingly, most of the answers shouted ended up being correct, and that made everyone cheer even louder!
After that came a few demonstrations. The meteorologists showed us how to make a liquid you can walk on (one of the women meteorologists walked on it) and how to make a cloud. It made a pretty big mess down there on the field, but everyone thought it was very cool.
When the weather stuff was done, we ate lunch, then hung out until the baseball game started. We got to sit very near the field, which turned out great since the rain cleared up soon after the game started. Some of the kids left during the game, but most people stayed for the entire game (Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles). One highlight of the day was when Andrew Naumann caught a foul ball. And the Royals won!
Here’s what some of the 5th & 6th graders said they learned:
- Colin (5th): Weather balloons are sent out two times every day, and they tell us about the weather
- Marcus (5th): Clouds get really big with water, and balloons get huge when they get up in the atmosphere
- Drew (5th): Heat makes clouds expand, and weather balloons expand when they’re up in the air
- Mary (5th): I learned how to make a cloud, and about a liquid you can walk on
- Estibaliz(6th): I learned how dangerous tornadoes can be
- Jonny R. (6th): The record speed of a tornado is 318 mph, and the record for raining 12” is four hours
- Sadie (6th): For me, the most interesting weather thing was the two-pound hailstone
- Jonny R (6th): My favorite part about the “K” was the game, because of how good they were, and because the Royals won
- Marcus (5th): The Royals were winning the game, and I almost caught a foul ball
- Carrie (6th): My favorite part about it was being with my friends and just having fun. Sadie and I got our pictures taken by someone and they put them online
- Mary (5th): Getting two autographs from Tim Collins (55) and Jeremy Jefferson (41)
- Colin (5th): My favorite part was when Melky Cabrara hit a homer
- Sadie (6th): I liked the science experiments, and I wanted to jump in the foam
Ben Franklin's Apprentice
by Dawn Burke
The 5th and 6th graders visited the Coterie Theater at Crown Center on April 20th to see the play Ben Franklin’s Apprentice. Upon arrival, we were ushered to the very front of the theater where we sat on the floor. This put us very close to the action on the stage and in the aisles, and some of us even got to talk to one of the actors (John the apprentice, who came out in character onto the stage) before the play began.
The storyline of the play concerns Ben Franklin, who is out to prove that science, especially electricity, is something to experiment with, study, and use to help mankind. He is opposed by his son, the town reverend, and the local townsfolk.
Out walking one afternoon and arguing with his son, Ben happens upon a poor boy who is apprenticed to a cruel side-show master who regularly electrocutes the boy for the entertainment of his audience! Ben immediately takes the boy under his wing, making him his own apprentice. Wehn John turns out to be intelligent and very interested in electricity and science, and he and Ben begin making some exciting discoveries.
Meanwhile, Ben’s daughter teaches John how to read, and they fall in love. Reverend Rickersley, upset that Ben is ignoring his orders to stop exploring electricity, threatens to send John back to his cruel master if Ben doesn’t stop this “foolishness.” John, fearful that his beloved master Ben Franklin will be thrown in jail for ignoring the reverend’s demands, returns to his old master and is nearly killed by a series of especially strong (and crowd-pleasing) electrocutions.
Ben, his wife, and daughter rescue the nearly-dead apprentice and nurse him back to health. Upon John’s recovery, the play becomes very fast-paced with people changing their attitudes toward Ben, and John climbing the church steeple during a thunderstorm to see if electricity will strike a crude lightening rod encased in wax.
At the end of the play, John and Ben’s daughter announce their engagement. Ben also announces his release of John as his apprentice and adoption of him as a son, and the family becomes united in their support of Ben’s study of science and electricity.
After the show was over, the students got to do some shopping, had lunch, then sat around the Crown Center Plaza fountains until the bus arrived to take everyone back to Midland. (no pictures allowed during the performance; you'll just have to imagine THAT part!)
Volleyball Season for the Sixth Graders
by Erin Burke
With the volleyball season recently coming to a close, many players have exciting memories to share; especially the sixth graders, as it was their first volleyball season.
When I asked Carrie Helmer and Amy Rios if they liked playing volleyball and being on the team, they both responded with an exuberant “YES!” (which are my feelings exactly). Amy and Carrie were both faithful about showing up at practices and games, and when they played, they played well. By the last game, we could execute many of the moves fairly well.
We all learned something new this season about the sport. When interviewed, Amy replied, “I learned to serve and how to dig,” while Carrie said, “I learned to serve and to set.” Personally, I learned how to set, serve, AND spike. It was a lot of fun going to practices and learning new skills that we could use in our games.
When I asked the girls if they would like to play again next year, they both said “YES” very decidedly. That’s how I feel, too! So watch out, next year, here we come!