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.

Monday, July 13

National French Fry Day on July 13th recognizes a staple food on menus across the country. It comes in so many different cuts and styles, there’s a favorite for everyone to enjoy!

French fries, also known as chips, fries, finger chips, or French-fried potatoes, are batons of deep-fried potatoes. No matter what we call them, they’re common fixtures at fast-food restaurants and are loved by all ages!

A wide selection of condiments such as ketchup, ranch dressing, vinegar, mayonnaise, honey mustard, cheese, and many more complement French fries. As a healthier alternative, sweet potatoes also make delicious fries and accompany many dishes on menus around the country. Other varieties are baked and come in unusual shapes such as curls, waffles, crinkle, or tornado cut.

Wednesday, July 8

Each year, Video Games Day falls on July 8. There’s also another holiday called National Video Games Day that lands on September 12. You know what that means – two days of celebration for all you lucky gamers out there!

Video Games Day celebrates popular video games that stormed onto the market and changed the way kids play games. From Atari to Nintendo to Xbox, video games provide hours of playing time on your TV set and computer screen.

Want to learn about the history of video games? Listen to this Brains On! podcast.

Brains On! The Tale of Two Pongs Podcast

Saturday, July 4

Also called the Fourth of July, Independence Day marks the historic date in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. The written declaration stated that the American colonies were tired of being ruled by Great Britain. They wanted to become their own country.

Friday, June 19

Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th. Specifically, this holiday marks the anniversary of when Texas learned that President Lincoln had declared slavery illegal. Texas was the final state to hear the news, so June 19, 1865, was when the last slaves were freed. Americans celebrate this freedom on Juneteenth.

Thursday, June 18

Observed annually on June 18, National Go Fishing Day is a great day to take time from your daily routine to find a stream, a lake or pond, bait your hook, cast your line and catch a fish or two (or ten). Fishing is a recreational pastime of many, and if you’re lucky, you can bring home a fresh catch! Not able to fish in a stream, lake or pond? No worries. How about a quick card game of Go Fish!

How to Play Go Fish

Tuesday, June 16

National Fudge Day comes around each year on June 16th, allowing you to indulge in your favorite flavor of this delicious confectionery. Some of the most familiar fudge flavors are chocolate, chocolate nut, peanut butter, maple, and maple nut.

Monday, June 15

Smile Power Day is today. Feel the power. Give everyone you see a big, friendly smile. You never know, your warm smile just might turn someone's day right around...for the good! A smile is a powerful thing. Best of all, it's contagious.

Did you know? It's easier to smile than to frown. A smile uses fewer muscles.

Thursday, June 11

National Making Life Beautiful Day on June 11th dedicates a celebration to those who make life beautiful. Whether you're creating beauty by building relationships or helping others achieve personal success, your actions create a ripple effect, making life beautiful not just for yourself, but for those around you, too.

Wednesday, June 10

On June 10th of 1943, Hungarian brothers Laszlo and Gyorgy Biro walked into a European patent office to declare ownership of their new writing pen design. From this day on, countless ballpoint pens have been enjoyed by writers around the world, and this date has grown into the holiday National Ballpoint Pen Day to celebrate the achievements of these ingenious brothers.

Tuesday, June 9

National Donald Duck Day on June 9th each year commemorates the birthday of a funny animated cartoon character. Donald Duck made his first screen debut on June 9, 1934, in The Wise Little Hen.

Usually wearing a sailor suit with a cap and a black or red bow tie, Donald Duck is most famous for his semi-intelligible speech along with his mischievous and irritable personality. He has appeared in more films than any other Disney character. Donald was also declared in 2002 by TV Guide as one of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time.

Friday, June 5

National Donut Day falls each year on the first Friday of June. The origins of National Donut Day are traced to The Salvation Army’s involvement in World War I. During this time, a group of volunteers was dispatched to the frontlines with the mission of providing comforting meals for the troops. They soon found out that donuts were an effective way to provide food while navigating the difficulties of cooking in very dire circumstances. These brave volunteers would later be known as “donut lassies”. They would even use war helmets as a utensil to fry up seven donuts at a time. In 1938 “Donut Day” was established as a way to honor the members of the Salvation Army that came to the aid of soldiers during World War

How Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Are Made

Thursday, June 4

Today is Wilson School Spirit Day! Put on your Wilson shirts, snap a picture and send it to Mr. Kelly to be included in the video. Go Wildcats!

Wednesday, June 3

In 2018 the United Nations declared June 3 as World Bicycle Day. World Bicycle Day is a chance for people around the globe to pay tribute to the bicycle and the many benefits it brings to society. Riding a bike can be a profession, a form of entertainment, a tool to freedom, an outlet of expression or quite simply the best way of getting from A to B.

Happy World Bicycle Day

Tuesday, June 2

Today is Red, White and Blue Day for Wilson. Wear your patriotic colors, take a picture, and email your picture to Mr. Kelly to be included in the school video!

Monday, June 1

On National Say Something Nice Day we have an opportunity to make June 1st extra pleasant for everyone. The message of the day is that positivity goes a long way in spreading happiness and joy. When we are kind in our interactions with others, we receive positivity and kindness back. This enriches our lives, makes us happy, and keeps us healthy. Studies have shown that happy people are healthier and live longer.

Kid President's 20 Things We Should Say More Often

Friday, May 29

National Paperclip Day on May 29th each year celebrates a small but unusually useful invention. Yes, even the paperclip has its own day of honor. The day celebrates the well-known piece of curved wire that keeps our papers together and helps us stay organized.

While many may have claimed earlier invention of the paperclip, according to the Early Office Museum, Samuel B. Fay received the first patent for a “bent wire paper clip” in the United States in 1867. The original intention of Fay’s clip was to attach tickets to fabric. However, U.S. patent 64,088 recognized that it could also be used to attach papers together.

Thursday, May 28

National Hamburger Day is observed each year on May 28. This day celebrates a summer-time grilling favorite and National Hamburger Day is part of National Hamburger Month.

Hamburger. Seasoned ground beef, grilled and placed between two slices of bread or a bun. Top with sauteed onions, peppers, pickles, sliced onions, or cheese. Add condiments such as ketchup, mustard or mayo. Any one of these combinations would create a modern American version a hamburger.

The world’s largest hamburger was prepared on September 2, 2012, in Carlton, Minnesota by Black Bear Casino Resort and weighed in at 2,014 pounds.

Wednesday, May 27

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!

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.

Flipgrid Paper Airplane

Making Paper Airplanes Directions

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.

Smithsonian National Museum of National History

Friday, May 14

There are a few more days to shop at our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair. It runs until Sunday, May 17th.

Scholastic Virtual Book Fair

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".

Wilson School Supply List 2020-21

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.

Shop Teacher Tailored Kits

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.

Monday, May 11

Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair runs until next Sunday, May 17th.

Scholastic Virtual Book Fair

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.

Passion Project Resources

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.

Epic Books

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.

Read more about Cinco de Mayo here

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!

Sesame Street: Star S'Mores (Star Wars Parody)

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. 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.

Epic Books

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!

Kindness Dance

We Are All Connected

Factors and Multiples Dance

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 and register here:

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 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!

Sign-up Here:

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.