Thursday, December 16, 2010

Storyteller Dolls

For the last couple of weeks our class has been working on what is called ''Storyteller dolls''. Storyteller dolls are dolls representing Native American cultures. The Storyteller dolls are either made out of clay or stone. Storyteller dolls could either be an animal or a human. Most of the Storyteller dolls have babies conected to them so they can tell stories about their culture. We had a blast making our Storyteller dolls!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Early Exporers Wall

Click here to see our wall about the early explorers of our New World. Add a fact or picture if you like.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Amazing Eggbert

At STARBASE we tried to save Eggbert from dying. Eggbert is an astronaut that is trying to get to the moon. We had to design and engineer a harnass that would keep him safe when he lands. We had 800 dollars in our bank to buy tools to keep Eggbert safe. There were only 4 groups that saved Eggbert but there were 3 groups that didn't make it. The groups that saved Eggbert got a certificate. The winning team that made it for the least money were Alexia, Hazel, Katherine, and Tyler. They got a STARBASE bookmark.

Alexia and Kaylani

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

We Are Video Game Creators

Classroom Based Games

Alien Hangman by Brodie and Tyler

Mang McBroom by Jeremy, Jesse, and Noah

Skydiver by Kaylani and Carlos

Tank Attack by Eddie and Cesar

Bill's Round Up by Mason

Multiplication Mix Up by Kaylani and Hazel

Zombie Survival by Jordan

Math Maze by Seth And Tait

La Bamba by Aaron

Tank Attack - Math by Joshua

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving at Walker School

Here are some things about Walker School for which we are thankful:
  • getting an education, making friends and having fun, having a BIG playground and a field -Mason
  • the hard work that the teachers do for the students, my friends who support me, the big playground we play on - Kaylani
  • I am thankful all my teachers being here and teaching me this really cool stuff like Marco Polo and Mickey Mouse. Mr. Miller I am really thankful for you the most because you like being here for all of us and you are a really cool teacher because you know a lot about computers. We are going on a field trip that no one else gets that opportunity and thats why I am thankful for you the most. - Seth
  • I am thankful for my teachers like Mr.Moore and Mr.Miller. With Mr.Moore I had lots of fun in class. With Mr.Miller I learn a lot about division. I also learn about famous people like Christopher Columbus. I liked the story of Marco Polo. I'm thankful for my mom because she works so hard to make my sister, brother, and I so happy. - Carlos
  • I am thankful for my Walker teachers because without music I would not know music symbols and what they mean and without art I would never know how to make beautiful pictures!!!!!! - Hazel
  • I am thankful for Walker because I always have a fun time every day. I am also thankful because I get to learn cool stuff, but I'm most thankful for my friends because they're the ones who make school fun. - Tyler
  • I am thankful for Walker School because Mr. Milton help me a lot in third grade. He helped me to leaned how to be good kid. He was also in the military. I also liked him because he gave out stuff. That's why I like him. -Noah
  • I am thankful for Walker School because of my teacher, Mrs. Wick. She helped me to do multiplication , factions , and a little bit of division . She thought me how to write in cursive. She was a good teacher, too bad she had to go to a new school. - Lynnzee
  • I am thankful for Walker School because it gave me the privilege to go to recess instead of staying inside. - Joshua
  • I'm thankful for Walker School because I get to hang out with my friends since no one at my school lives where I live. And every day I learn something new. - Brodie
  • I'm thankful for Walker School because I get to learn new things like math, you can make new friends, and play football. - Jeremy
  • I am thankful for Walker School because our teachers give us education every day of the week . - Alexis
  • I am thankful for Walker School for what they taught us. Mr.Miller showed us division his way and I am also thankful for my friends because without them I would not have cool, fantastic friends here at Walker School. - Bianca
  • I am thankful for Walker School because it helps me learn and have friends. School is fun, cool and sometimes weird. I like school because they have nice teachers. - Jessie C.
  • I am thankful for my kinder garden teacher Mrs. Piez because she taught me my ABC's. I am also thankful for recess because it gives you time to relax and have fun. I am thankful for the good times I have at Walker Elementary - Olivia
  • I am thankful for Walker School because it is a great school. I am also thankful for my friends for helping me when I need help, I am thankful for my classmates because they help each other and they are very nice. - Camila
  • I am thankful for Walker School because we are going to Star Base for a field trip.We go every Wednesday for 5 weeks for the whole day and Mr.Miller let's us sit wherever on the bus. - Tait

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is learning about different kinds of work, your life, and how to achieve your dreams. We're doing this so we can learn about people who start a business. They are called entrepreneurs.

We played a game called Get Connected. There was a scorekeeper and a question asker. We had to roll the dice and if you landed on the Get Connected space, you had to answer a question. If you got it right you got one or two points. You had to guess if it was a human, natural, or capital resource. It was fun and exciting!

We have a woman who comes and speaks to us about entrepreneurs. Her name is Michele. She has her own business finding homes for people visiting from outside Tucson.

We also talked about STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).Starting a business will require us to use these skills. Starbase talked about STEM skills also.

Starbase Nov. 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gregor The Overlander

We will soon finish the first book in this series. I found this interview with the author, Suzanne Collins. It explains much about where the ideas for Gregor came from.

Monday, November 8, 2010

More IBD Movies

Video #1. This video was rated a 2. Some of the story details are incorrect and some important details are missing. The graphics were sloppy with some perspective issues.

Video #2. This video was rated a 3. It had interesting use of symbolism. The main idea was clear and the graphics were good. Some story details were missing.

Video #3. This video was rated a 3. There was a good combination of narration and captioning. That helped to convey more information.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Great Pig Race

To read why Super Pig lost the race click here

Friday, October 22, 2010

Maya, Aztec and Inca Posters

This poster was rated a 1. It did not provide the information needed in a format that was readable and understandable. The graphics were not placed well. It looked unplanned.

This poster was given a 3. The information was weak but the graphics, organization, and presentation pulled it up. More facts about each category would have improved it.

This poster was given a 2. The information was given but the graphics were small and inaccurate. Some information was in the wrong place and it was hard to read.

Poster 2 was rated a 1 for missing information and putting in a format that was sloppy and hard to understand. There was no evidence of planning. It was missing information and the captions didn't tie into the pictures.
Poster 1 was rated a 3 for being colorful with large graphics. There was evidence of good planning. However most of the information was about the Maya ignoring the Aztecs and Inca.
Poster 3 was rated a 3 for good information on all three groups although some of it was repeated. It was colorful and attractive but the colors were not consistent throughout. The class preferred smaller pictures for each area as opposed to one large graphic.

To see the rubric used to evaluate these posters click Poster rubric

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Super Pig

Today we got an orange pig.We named him Super Pig. We have to race him against all the other grades. If we win, we get a pizza party.

We won him because we had the highest fifth grade fundraiser sales.

We also have to decorate it any way we want to. We are decorating it now. Right now all we have is a red cape and a super symbol.

The amazing pig race is on Friday, October 22, 2010 at our school. Stay tuned for a video of the race.

The news from,


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fall Intersession

I hope everyone is having a great break. If you click on this link,
you can add a note or picture on what you've been doing.Just drag a widget from the bottom up onto the board and start typing. Add a picture if you have one.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Create your own video slideshow at

Today the Tucson Symphony Brass Quintet and Percussion performed at Lulu Walker School. There was a French horn, a tuba, two trumpets and a trombone. There was also a percussionist with a kettle drum, a snare drum, a wood block, a triangle and a bass drum.

The theme for today was " Music is what emotion sounds like". One thing they talked about was rhythm. Rhythm is tempo - how fast or slow a piece is played. Also, they mentioned dynamics - how loud or soft they played. The trombone player talked about major and minor scales. A major scale is upbeat and happy but a minor scale sounds sad and slow. They called us the best school in the city.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Island of the Blue Dolphin movies

Video #4 was rated a 3. The graphics were detailed and the narration was clear. Many story details were included.

Video #5 was rated a 2. The narration was soft and the narrators seemed unclear as to what to say. The graphics could use more detail.

Video #6 was rated a 2. Some of the graphics were inappropriate (smily face) and included random objects. The narration did not match the graphics.

Video #7 was rated a 2. The video seemed rushed. The pictures were mixed up. the narration could have been smoother.

Video #8 was rated a 2. This video was ambitious but in the end did not succeed. Some of the graphics were among the best. There wasn't any narration but the slides progressed too fast to read. Zooming in and out did not enhance the project. This group deserves credit for trying something different. The music was inappropriate.

Video #9 was rated a 3. The graphics were attractive. This group also did not narrate but they were able to figure out the slide transition better. A better choice for music.

Video #10 was rated a 1. This video was missing much content. It was hard to follow and the ending was abrupt. There was evidence of poor preplanning.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Hello bloggers, today some of our classmates are making a movie called Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O'Dell. It is a very interesting book. You should really read the book. We are in groups.It is about a Indian girl who is stuck on an island for a while and her name is Karana and the island is shaped as a dolphin. She has a brother named Ramo and has a wild dog named Rontu. Her brother Ramo dies from the wild dogs.
More about the classroom, we have a lot of interesting videos using photo story 3 and paint. Until next time.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Similies and Metaphors

Last night's homework was about similies and metaphors.
Metaphors are comparing phrases without like or as, for example.
My dad's car is a dinosaur.
A similie is a phrase with like or as, for example.
He is as busy as a bee.
We had to make up our very own for similies and metophors
and we also had to make a picture for our favorite similies.
Also, we had Picture Day today. We all had to have our pictures taken.
Bringing your news today are

-Olivia,Jordon,and Josh

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Island of the Blue Dolphin

Watch for our epic blockbuster movies.
Coming Soon.
A tribe betrayed
A girl marooned on an island
Is rescue in sight?
Stay tuned for Island of the Blue Dolphin : The Movie

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Found Survey

Who is your favorite character in Found?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Substitute Teachers

When your teacher is away you get a Sub. Subs are teachers, staff members and other people. A Substitute's job is to take over the role of teacher. When a Sub comes you can show them what to do. Most subs do what's planned, while others take matters in their own hands. If you have a sub - go easy on them. Their job is hard because some kids think that it"s a day off. Behavior always matters because if you're bad your sub will write a bad review and the next day will be miserable. So if you have a sub go easy on them.
This is Jordan and Joshua giving you the news from room 25 online.

Friday, August 27, 2010

This week we did a bio-cube. A bio-cube is a cube with your favorite subject like family/hobbies and more. Later today we will help our buddy class make one for themselves. They look like dice for a board game, maybe we can make up a game around them.
In math home work we did divisibile numbers. Numbers are divisible when they don't have a remainder. We learned some rules or tricks for dividing by 2 ,3 ,5 ,6, 9, and 10. We also learned the difference between prime and composite numbers.
On Monday we had Art and we did scratch-board. We used nails to scratch out symbols that show through on white paper.
Tuesday we had Computers and we played tinker-ball, practiced geography games and finished our avatars.
Wednesday we had P.E and we had free choice.

Thursday we had Music and we line danced.

Friday we had library.
We made ear diagrams to learn about the five senses. We are continuing to read Found and island of the Blue Dolphin

Chris and Tait

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Alliteration Illusions - Open House

It was great to see and meet everyone at Open House tonight. Hopefully it will be the start of a year long journey to success.

We made these poems on the first days of school. Enjoy

Friday, August 20, 2010

Buddy Class

Today we introduced ourselves to our buddies. Our buddy class is Ms. Tracy's second grade class. We learned about their favorite things and what they like about school.
After that we read books together.
We laughed a lot and we had lots of fun. We hope to go back next week.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What we did in class today

Today we made avatars on yahoo! Check them out on room25online or twitter. The first geography test was today and most of us did very well.
We also read part of the Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O'Dell.
After recess we did a mathematics scavenger hunt in our
The last thing we learned today was about the five senses. The five senses are sight,hearing,smell,taste, and touch. But the main sense is the brain which controls the body.
Keep working on the fundraiser.

Bringing you the news today are Aaron and Jordan.

Friday, August 13, 2010


Hi everyone

This week we did an awesome project called Collage.

A collage is a picture when you have nothing but a...

Piece of paper (white or construction)

A few magazines

And never forget Scissers

And some school glue

Now here's how you do it

1.Try to find the words Me and Science and put them on each side

2.Find the pictures that best represent you and how you like science

3.Glue them on

4.Be Creative and have fun!!!

Now here's a video we like to call COLLAGE-A-MANIA.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Welcome Back

I hope everyone had a great first day of school. We accomplished quite a bit. We learned about ourselves and our classmates. The collages that we made about science should be online soon.

This should be a great year. Our class has been selected to attend Starbase at Davis Monthan Airforce Base starting in October. This is a great program for teaching science to fifth graders. Check the calendar for the dates we will attend. In addition, we have lots of great math, social studies, reading and other activities planned. Remember to check the blog (and leave us your comments) to see what's going on in Room 25.

If you did not see the recommended supply list, click here.

So parents, there is a link on the right side to our homework calendar as well as the student's assignment book. Please check them if you have any questions. And for the students (and parents), how do you think it went today? Click the comment link below and leave your impressions. Remember to put your name in the box or we won't know who posted the comment. It was a great first day. See you tomorrow.

Link to Margeret Haddix 's book Found

Monday, June 7, 2010

If You Could Visit Three Places Movies

The movies we made at the end of the year are posted on our wiki
or you can access from the link on the right. If you need the password send me an email.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Theseus and the Minotaur


Advice for next year's fifth graders

Our class has put together some tips for the incoming fifth graders. You can listen to them at

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Storyteller Dolls

In art, the class researched and made Native American Storyteller Dolls.

More Why we Blog

This was a free time activity that the class put together.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Band,Orchestra,and Choir Concert

On May 12,2010,we went to a concert at our school in the M.P.R. We heard the band,orchestra,and choir perform songs. Everyone thought that every group did an awesome job.
The begining band did a great job. They played really good songs but one of them might have been difficult because it was their first time playing different parts at once. The advanced band did a great job. Alot of kids liked a song called Movie Medly Madness. It had a lot of movie theme songs like Jaws,Indiana Joanes,Star Wars,Pirates of the Carribean,Titanic,Star Trek, and The 21st century Fox fan fare.
The choir sang a cool warm up song that every one thought was funny.They had a song that had 4 soloists. It was really good.

Last we have the begining orcestra. They were amazing. They played some really good songs . They also played a song that involved the advanced orchestra.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cell Phones at School

Tomorrow we will do an activity that asks your child to bring their cell phone to school. It will involve texting so make sure your plan allows for free texting. At all other times the phones must be powered off and in the backpacks.

Watch the blog for the results of our cell phone project.

Mr. Miller

Friday, April 16, 2010

AIMS !!!!!

AIMS was so awesome because we had to write a story. After that we did reading and math on the same day for the rest of the week. Our teacher said the math was easier than our math books and that was true. I really liked the reading part. It was fun because I love to read ! It was also easy. I liked it because it is different because my class does not do alot of reading. My favorite was about the talent show. It was fun to read. Then when it was the last day I was so excited about that but we still had to do our best and that's what we did . I think the last test was the best.

When we were in last year's class we got to chew gum but this year we did not get to chew gum . Last year's teacher said if you chew gum you think more. Mr. Miller did not agree. This year we got peppermints to chew at breaktime. We also got new pencils (Mr. Lansa said they had all the answers inside them).

We thought the test was going to be hard but it wasn't. We worked hard all year so we were prepared.

Monday, March 29, 2010

What We Are Doing at School!!

We learn lots of new math.We do lots of writing since we are fifth graders. We do lots and lots of writing right now because we have the AIMS test coming up.We all need extra practise.Our school is getting ready for all the tests!!!

Please go and comment and tell me if you are doing AIMS testing.

Friday, March 26, 2010

What is a Persuasive Essay?

A persuasive essay is a essay that you would write to persuade someone to do something you want them to do . A persuasive essay lists reasons that would convince the reader to do what your persuasive writing is about. The reasons in the persuasive essay should be convincing reasons so the reader gets your that's what a persuasive essay is.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Reaching Our Goal

So we have almost reached our goal of 2,500 blog hits. The last I checked we were only 52 hits away which means we almost certainly will reach our goal and you will not have any more homework this year.
However, I can not let you off so easy. Today while you are in the computer lab, I want you to answer these questions in the comment section. As always, please use proper sentences, spelling, and punctuation.

1. Do you think this is a fair trade-off? Is 2,500 hits on the blog worth not having homework?Why?

2. Why do you think I offered the class this deal? Why are hits on the blog worthwhile?

3. What do you enjoy about blogging? Has it made a difference in how you felt about fifth grade?

Think hard about your answers. Remember 2,500 people are waiting to hear your answers.

Friday, March 19, 2010


Have you seen our map lately? We are only 77 hits away.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Come to Our Colony

The students were given the task to design a poster that would make people want to move to their colony. They were judged on this rubric. Click on a poster to enlarge it.

The Jamestown Colony was given a 2 for their poster. It had a good use of color. However, we felt the title was mashed together and there was too much blank space. Some graphics would have improved their poster. It was strongest in presentation but weak in Readability, Information, and Organization.

The Boston Colony was given a 3 for their poster. It was strong in all areas. They also tried a different approach than the other groups so they get credit for being innovative.

The Plymouth Colony was given a 3 for their poster. We felt it had a good layout but the facts could have been organized better. It was cluttered with more pictures than information. It was strong in Readability and Presentation but weak in Information and Organization.

Quebec Colony was given a 3 for their poster. It was probably the strongest poster especially in Presentation and Organization. The art teacher could have taught them how to use perspective in their poster. They always remembered that it was a recruiting poster. (The pigs probably should have been beavers)

This poster was given a 2. The New Amsterdam Colony was strong in facts but weak in design. It had too much blank space and the colored lettering was distracting.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Grandperson's Day

Today we had Grandparent's Day at our school. Actually we had grand person day because kids have grandparents that live in another state, so they invited their mom or dad or other special people instead. All the grandparents came and had lunch with their grandson or daughter. They went to the playground with them. They got to see what they do at school.
We were doing math when they came so they helped us learn about area.We hope they were proud of us and our school.
If we're lucky, they will take us to the book fair.

Click the link to see a slide show

Saturday, February 20, 2010

At the Movies: The Lightning Thief

Today, many of us met to see The Lightning Thief. We all left the theater thinking how different it was from the book. Well here's your chance to sound off.
Which did you like better - the book or the movie? Why?
What parts were changed or in some cases, left out?
How did the characters change?
If you were making the movie, what would you have done?

Friday, February 19, 2010