Categories: Blog April 22, 2014 @ 8:09 AM 1 Comment      

This weeks blogging challenge is… did fifth grade turn out the same or different than what you thought??? Well, fifth grade has turned out extremely different than what I expected. I have to admit, fourth grade was awful. Well, awful compared to fifth grade. I expected textbooks, homework, and boring, boring, lectures. But this year was busy and bustling, and exciting! I had fun, I learned, and I think I’ve grown to enjoy school more. I was given a fantastic teacher, a great class, and a new style of learning! The closet form of blogging that I expected was writing daily diary entrees. Presenting? Maybe to my parents. Reading? I swear some teachers expect us to read Junie B Jones. I thought that Magic Tree House would be back in session or something. But instead I got Divergent, Legend, The Testing, Pivot Point, The Mortal Instruments, and so much more! I’ve really been introduced to a new world.  Science experiments? Not a chance! Honestly, I expected looking at rocks and writing a 5 page essay on what I saw. But already to be introduced to microscopes and chemical reactions was totally bizarre. If only I had known what fifth grade had in store. Math is actually okay (can you believe it?). And spelling is fun and interactive and challenging. I have to admit, book clubs were so-so, but come on. Twitter, Skype, and Youtube? The access to technology is amazing, and I had no idea what technology could really do for you. So if you ask me again if fifth grade was different, that answer will always be yes. If you ask me if fifth grade was memorable, the answer will be yes. I have no doubt that fifth grade will be the best year of grade school- for all years of school.

Thanks for reading! Comment below what you did for Easter, or if you don’t celebrate Easter, what did you do?

-Sydney the Superstar

Categories: Blog April 14, 2014 @ 7:35 AM 0 Comments      

In class we are “immersing” ourselves in the revolutionary war for a Social Studies project- but we don’t know what our project is! All we know is that we picked a topic and are gathering and gathering facts- over and over again. The Revolutionary war is Mrs. Ripps favorite time period, so its only fitting. So here is the million dollar question… Do I like this project? Well, I do like this project, but I would prefer if we knew what we are doing in the project. Prezi, Play, Google Drive. We don’t know yet- and it takes me a long time to put together the presentation itself, so I would really like to know what we are doing. That would make the project 100% better. Overall, I think the idea of having us in groups is smart, so at least 2 people would probably be working. Last Social Studies, I got all the work dumped on me. This seems like a better system; there’s not too many people, but just enough!

I think that it’s great that we have freedom in what our Revolutionary War topic is. I mean, most teachers just say, “You are going to do a 5 page Essay on the Battle of Lexington and Concord”, but we have freedom. Real freedom! I think this is what Social Studies is supposed to be like. This Revolutionary War project is going to turn out okay. From what I see now, this project may not be quite revolutionary yet, but were getting up there! All this project needs is a little spunk, or a twist. Not just a bland presentation. A change. And Mrs. Ripp is GREAT at discovering fun, new changes.

Thanks for reading! Comment below your thoughts.

-Sydney the Superstar

Categories: Blog April 3, 2014 @ 11:45 AM 4 Comments      

This weeks blogging challenge is… (drumroll please…) When we grow up! Basically, what do I want to be when I grow up? So, what do I want to be? The answer is, I really have no idea. When I was younger (Okay; confession: I mean last year) I really wanted to be a singer. A pop-star, to be exact. But as you grow older, you realize that that specific field of business is nearly impossible, although I like to think I have raw talent when it comes to singing. For my whole I’ve wanted, dreamed, of becoming the next Katy Perry, but I’ve almost learned to let go. Almost. A small part of me still wants to become a star- It’s in my blood! (Or is it???) I also wanted to become a doctor (as a backup career) however, I’ve learned that it isn’t so peachy. Now, for sure, I understand that being a doctor may not be for me. I’ve tried to “dissect” things and blood makes me gag. But my passion for design has been revealed througout the years- as well as for writing! I believe i will be a writer, and a arrchitect. Both combine my most favorite, and strongest skills in life. Or possibly, a salesperson. I can just imagine myself in a crisp suit, bright red lipstick, Juicy Couture glasses, high heels, and a briefcase walking down the street, “click, clack, click, clack.” According to a test I am a people person. So, overall, I believe my top careers are:




and possibly, a pop-star. That one is STILL MY DREAM!

Thanks for reading! Comment below what YOU want to be when you grow up!

-Sydney the Superstar

Categories: Blog March 21, 2014 @ 12:36 PM 3 Comments      

Fifth grade has done so much for me, but there are still some things that I think we should do in our classroom. We cover a variety of different topics, and are always as busy as ever, but I feel like there are some things that will indeed come in handy. First, I think we should do more teambuilding exercises. Games where you have to work together and trust each other. Trust games are always a great idea, because in Middle School, trusting each other may be a huge skill that we need to have mastered. Next, in our classroom, we should do more Jeopardy games! They are a fun way to sneak in learning. We should definitely do more games like *Jeopardy* that sneak in learning but are a huge amount of awesomeness and secure a great time. I think at the end of the year we should do a big project about why fifth grade was memorable. Because fifth grade really, truly, was memorable. And what better way to end the year than a big project? In our class, we need more *crafts* I think, but that’s really my personality. We shouldn’t have any more huge stressful Social Studies projects, and large writing projects might not be good, but maybe a time to create anything you want in writing? You can give choices, like Sci-Fi, RF, HF, or FAN. Many kids want to expand their writing, but don’t really get the chance because of limits and just assignments. I think that would be a great “end of the year” reward, almost, because theirs no specific genre or length. It really helps share creativity.

Rewards are totally against Mrs. Ripp’s belief, but what if we did have rewards? What if we did have a goal? I think we should have an overall goal for something, then at the end of the year if we meet our goal, we get a reward. Simple as that. It would be a great end of the year challenge- and reward. It should have something to do with teamwork.

Thank you for reading! Comment below where you are from!

-Sydney the Superstar

Categories: Blog March 15, 2014 @ 6:55 PM 1 Comment      

Fifth Grade, overall, has done the most for me. This year I have learned and improved the most in all subjects, including participation. In the previous years, I have just skimmed the surface of learning. I knew that having such a unique teacher like Mrs. Ripp would definitely spark my creativity, but it did more than that. Mrs. Ripp has more than prepared me for Middle School- making this a very, different year. 

Fifth grade has done wonders for me. My organization has improved enormously, so my homework is always on time. A skill that will definitely be necessary to survive Middle School. And organization is fabulous for keeping track of items. Fifth Grade has also improved my independence. In Fourth Grade, I really relied on others to do things for me. Now, I have to remind myself to do my homework, to blog, to get to appointments. I have to know when its cold lunch, or when assingments are do. I have to pack myself a snack. I have to remember to bring my gym shoes. In Middle School, independence will definitely be a skill that is needed. Without independence, where would you get in life?

Cooperation. Cooperation is something I never really worked on until this year. Group projects and team-building exercises that Mrs.Ripp has us do are great for in Middle School when you have to do group assignments, and just work together daily like in Chemistry with lab groups, and in math! Every day in math you have to work in a team. Cooperation skills don’t just prepare you for 6th Grade, they prepare you for life! Arguments won’t get you anything more than a lost job. IF you don’t work together, will you only have one person doing the project? Is that fair? The answer is no. To Cooperate, you also need to be able to rely on each other. That’s why team-building exercises are such great ideas.  Building trust and honesty is a needed thing. Fifth Grade has also taught me to rely on others and trust them. You need others, they need you!

Thanks for reading what fifth grade has done for me, and prepared me for! Comment below what else I might need for middle school. And make sure to add where you are from!

-Sydney the Superstar