Launch day for the fifth-graders was a soaring success. Having built their own rockets and circuitry, they celebrated each successful launch into a cloudless Seattle sky. What a day! Congratulations, 5s!
Oh, but it truly was something: a spectacular performance by the 5s! Congratulations, fifth-graders, on your hard work, your teamwork, and your accomplishment! What a treat for your Tilden community! We are all so very proud of you! (Shakespeare would have loved it, too.)
Philadelphia was the place, and 1776 was the date. It was the meeting of the Second Continental Congress, and the Tilden fourth graders lived their parts. The play was the culminating event to celebrate the students’ understanding of how our independence was won.
It was a normal Monday in the halls of Tilden, when suddenly a group of walking, talking books paraded through the halls and classrooms! As it turns out, it was the third graders, who were celebrating a book project called Become Your Book. What an exciting day for this group of readers, as well as the rest of the Tilden community.
The fourth- and fifth-graders seriously enjoyed their field trip to Seattle’s Living Computers Museum + Labs! Students were fully engaged through hands-on experiences with computer technology from the 1960s to present. From supercomputers to mainframes, artificial intelligence to self-driving cars, robotics to video-game making, there was too much to explore in one visit, and as such, we’re already discussing a return field trip next year. Woohoo!
How far will a book project fly? The fourth graders answered the question as they tested the flight-worthiness of their Frisbee book projects. Character descriptions, plot summaries, and the rest of the parts of a good book project were seen swirling and gliding across the playground!
Aptly named, the Tilden Learning Celebration is indeed a celebration of all the learning our hardworking students have experienced thus far this school year. It’s a joyous occasion, both for faculty and families, as everyone pauses to reflect on how far our learners have come.
Tilden’s fifth grade class spent three days and two nights at IslandWood, an environmental sciences school in the woods on Bainbridge Island. The program provides exceptional learning experiences with the goal of inspiring lifelong environmental stewardship. Outdoors each day, the fifth-graders studied ecosystems while living in ways that are more sustainable. Now it’s up to the fifth grade students to continue living in more sustainable ways, encouraging their families and friends to do the same.
Next year the fifth-graders will be off to middle school and greater independence in many ways, including food choices, so we invited dietician Marcy Rebar to share her expertise. The kids learned everything from the benefits of consuming a variety of foods from the various food groups to which foods offer good fat vs. bad fat, from what role vitamins play to how to read and understand labels, and from how food companies target young audiences to the overwhelming use of sugar in many food products. We hope our fifth-graders make wise choices with their growing independence.