Mrs. Wilke's Class Site
Use this site as a place to find links and resources you may need during this distance learning time.
Make sure you are checking ClassDojo and Google Classroom for daily assignments.
As always please message me with any questions.
Tuesday, May 26
On May 26th each year, National Paper Airplane Day commemorates the simple aeronautical toy that’s been around for thousands of years. The use of paper airplanes is believed to have originated 2,000 years ago in China.
Flying paper planes is an inexpensive and healthy form of entertainment. So, put down your smartphones, make a paper airplane and have some fun – even if for only a few hours one day of the year.
For today’s math assignment you can either complete the Math Detectives Case OR make a paper airplane, measure how far you could make it fly and message me with the distance and a picture! I’ve also created a new spot on Flipgrid if you would like to make a video of your paper airplane adventures to share with the class.
Friday, May 22
May 24th is National Scavenger Hunt Day! (We are going to celebrate a few days early since May 24th is not a school day.) A scavenger hunt is a game where participants are encouraged to scavenge, or search for, hidden objects. This could be simple, like finding a list of different street signs, or much harder, such as searching for different kinds of bugs. It could also be a list of things to do. A hunt could be outside or inside, with teams of people or a few friends. There is no right or wrong way to have a scavenger hunt!
You are invited to join me on Zoom this afternoon for a virtual scavenger hunt. Watch for details on Class Dojo!
Thursday, May 21
Each year on May 21st, we combine two favorites for a celebration on National Strawberries and Cream Day. Fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream is a must when strawberries are in season. They are the perfect, refreshing, light snack on a beautifully warm day!
With these bright red berries in season, it should be no surprise that it’s also National Strawberry Month. Strawberries are a very healthy snack as they are low-fat, low in calories, and an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and potassium.
Strawberries grow all over the world. Not only are they delicious, but they are also fragrant. With over 600 varieties, we have quite a few to choose from, too.
While strawberries and cream makes a great dessert, it can also be eaten for breakfast or a snack. You can also add a little granola for texture. If you enjoy chocolate, drizzle a little on top. No matter how you enjoy your strawberries, you just cannot go wrong with this treat.
Wednesday, May 20
What happened to Kid President?
Kid President went off the air for a few years... so what happened while he was gone? And why did he stop making videos in the first place??? Hear from Brad and Robby, the team behind Kid President, about everything that has happened since the last Kid President video, and what's next for Kid President.
Tuesday, May 19
The focus this week is working on final products/presentations for your Passion Project. Your final product should be completed and submitted by May 27th. You can find more information and final product examples by clicking on the Passion Project tab at the top of this page.
Monday, May 18
International Museum Day is celebrated on May 18 to spread the word that museums are an important means of cultural exchange. It encourages the development of mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace among people.
Celebrate International Museum Day by taking a virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Thursday, May 14
Mrs. RH would like to remind students to please complete the SEL survey if they haven't done so already. Instructions can be found on your SEL Google Classroom page. There is a "how to" video, instructions, and the link. Thank you!
Wednesday, May 13
There is an updated supply list on our school website for the 2020-2021 school year under "School Information".
We also have an option through Teacher Tailored Kits where you can order supplies online. The order deadline for these kits is June 12th. Account number is 13376.
Tuesday, May 12
You are doing amazing work on your Passion Projects. Please plan to have them completed the week of May 25th to share with your classmates. It will be an amazing opportunity to learn from one another.
Friday, May 8
National Coconut Cream Pie Day on May 8th celebrates its own slice of deliciousness. This delicious pie is made with a sweet coconut cream filling. A thick layer of real whipped cream topped with toasted coconut make this pie irresistible.
Thursday, May 7
Passion Project research will continue today. A new Passion Project Resources app was added to your iPad. Please take a few minutes to take a look and see if there are any resources there that may help you.
Wednesday, May 6
Today you will continue research for your Passion Project. A good place to start is on Epic Books and Achieve. Epic Books is now offering free remote access for students. In order to get the free remote access, I will need to send you an email invitation. Please message me through Dojo if you would like me to send you the email invitation.
Tuesday, May 5
Cinco de Mayo, celebrated on the 5th of May, commemorates the triumph of a small Mexican army over French forces in an 1862 battle, "Batalla de Puebla". Over the years, Cinco de Mayo has become very commercialized and many people see this holiday as a time for fun and dance. People of Mexican descent in the United States celebrate this significant day by having parades, mariachi music, folklorico dancing and other types of festive activities.
Monday, May 4
May the Force/Fourth be with you! This is a day to celebrate the Star Wars culture and honor the films. Enjoy the Sesame Street Star Wars video below and learn about self-control!
Friday, May 1
Today you will spend some time looking for books and articles for the research part of your Passion Project and sharing the titles you find with me. A good place to start is on Epic Books and Achieve. Epic Books is now offering free remote access for students. In order to get the free remote access, I will need to send you an email invitation. Please message me through Dojo if you would like me to send you the email invitation.
www.getepic.com/sign-in Class code: gbc3316
Thursday, April 30
Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day. National Poem in Your Pocket Day is observed each April. This day was created to share the joy that poems bring by carrying one in your pocket and sharing it throughout the day with others.
As part of New York City's celebration of National Poetry Month, residents have participated in Poem in Your Pocket Day since 2002. Now the movement has gone national!
Take some time to read a poem or two today. There are some great poetry books on Epic.
Wednesday, April 29
Today is International Dance Day. International Dance Day is celebrated every year on April 29 to promote art and culture, and to raise awareness regarding the art of dance. Take some time to dance along to some of our favorite dance videos. Don’t forget to send me pictures!
Tuesday, April 28
Today is National Superhero Day! Heroes are not just characters in comic books, saving the day. They are real people who make a difference for someone else. In today's difficult times we can find acts of courage all around us - even in ourselves.
Monday, April 27
American Revolution Wax Museum
Please enjoy Jessica's awesome living wax museum video. She transformed into Abigail Adams and performed for her family in their living room wax museum. Great work, Jessica!
Friday, April 24
Today is a teacher planning day. There are no virtual school learning tasks scheduled. Enjoy the three day weekend!
Thursday, April 23
Today is World Book Day. It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly it’s a celebration of reading. It was first celebrated on April 23, 1995. Please take some time to enjoy a good book today. Don’t have a good book at home? No problem. Click on the Reading and Writing tab at the top of the page to find some great online reading options.
Wednesday, April 22
Happy Earth Day!
Earth Day is a day that was created to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.
The first Earth Day occurred in 1970. Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
Earth Day occurs on April 22.
It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) as an environmental teach-in for school children. He wrote letters to all of the colleges and put a special article in Scholastic Magazine to tell them about the special day he had planned.
Over 175 countries throughout the world celebrate Earth Day.
Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide.
Enjoy today's assignments related to Earth Day in Google Classroom Inquiry and Writing.
Tuesday, April 21
This week is National Library Week. National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role of libraries, librarians, and library workers. Since we are staying safer at home, the West Allis Public Library has launched an all ages Safer at Home Reading Program. You can find more information about the program here: https://www.westallislibrary.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=45
Take some extra time to read this week in honor of National Library Week! Books are a great resource to explore your interests and follow your PASSIONS.
Remember that the Read to Succeed deadline has been extended to May 4. Register at sixflags.com/books using code FPP2B.
Monday, April 20
What are you passionate about? You have been thinking about that question for the last few weeks. Today you will have the opportunity to sign up for an individual Zoom meeting with me to talk about your ideas for your Passion Project. Most of the meetings will take place this Wednesday, April 22. I'm curious to hear all of your great ideas!
Friday, April 17
Happy Friday! Today I have shared a few videos about QUESTIONING and CURIOSITY in Google Classroom to help guide you in generating ideas and selecting a topic for your Passion Project. The goal for today is to narrow down your ideas and share one with me. I'm CURIOUS about your ideas!
Thursday, April 16
Today you will have another opportunity to explore and brainstorm Passion Project ideas. The goal is to be ready to share a project idea tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 15
Today we will spend some time wondering. What are you wondering about? What intrigues you? You can read what Mrs. Wilke is wondering about in today's writing assignment in Google Classroom.
Tuesday, April 14
Today we will start thinking about Passion Projects. There is a short video in Google Classroom>Inquiry that introduces Passion Projects and gets you thinking about your passions and interests. I'm excited to hear your thoughts and ideas.
Monday, April 13
Today is National Scrabble Day! It celebrates the popular boardgame on the birthday of its inventor, Alfred Mosher Butts. Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a gameboard marked with a 15×15 grid. The words are formed across and down in crossword fashion and must appear in a standard dictionary.
In honor of National Scrabble Day, you may want to spend some time 'playing' with words on SpellingCity. New lists have been entered for each of our word study groups. Message me if you don't remember your username or password.