Studio 208…..

Students have learned a rap song titled “Three branches of government- checks and balances.” We have been studying the three branches and learned all the lyrics to this song. Friday, we will be putting on a very special performance for you to see! I am asking that you bring in any props that could be used in a rap video on Friday. Students have their lines and should be practicing every night!


Please see song below. The song starts at 1:16.


Persuasive Writing Unit

Dear Families,

We are working on our persuasive writing unit. Students will learn how to announce their position, provide reasons and evidence, and end with a closing argument. We will be using this unit to tie in the inventions students are working on at home. Students will be writing a persuasive piece as to why someone should buy their invention. We will be using the graphic below to help us organize our thoughts. Please check it out!


persusaive writing


Crenshaw is our new read aloud. The entire school will be reading this book aloud at the same time. We will be contacting with other classes in Stamford on this as well. Today we watched the book trailer and students predicted what the book would be about through Padlet. Mr. Sapias class and Mrs. Smith classes from Stamford also made predictions on the same padlet. Students learn so much when collaborating with other classes. It’s also exciting for them to write when they know they will have a large audience reading their writing. Please see trailer and padlet below.





Invention Convention

Students will be participating in Invention convention! There will be an information session on this convention Thursday, Feb 25th at 6:30. Please see picture below.

Springdale will be hosting a showcase for 5th grade to show off their inventions! The showcase will take Wednesday, April 13th. 10 students from Springdale will get chosen by the judges from the CT convention to attend the official Connecticut Invention Convention which is held at UCONN Storrs. on April 30th

Students will come home tonight with a 3 ring binder which is holding their invention log. This log needs to be filled out throughout the invention process. The INTENT to INVENT form must be filled out by Wednesday, February 24th. Once that has been complete, I will be checking logs weekly to make sure students are making progress on their invention. The invention is done at HOME. In school, we will be working on writing a persuasive essay/commercial for their invention.

As always, please email me with any questions or concerns. I would be happy to help.

Thank you!

Shark Tank

ABC’s hit show Shark Tank helped us kick off our inventors unit. Students will be inventing a product of their own, writing a persuasive piece about it, and displaying it at the Springdale showcase! 10 students will get chosen from Springdale by invention convention judges to display their invention at the Connecticut Invention Convention at UCONN Storrs.

Today we watched Ryan, who is from STAMFORD, on Shark Tank. When he was in fifth grade he invented organic dog treats. He is now in 8th grade here in Stamford. Please see video below.