Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wax Museum

I've said it lots before, but the kids really do go to a great school. For a 5th grade history project the kids all had to research a "Famous Dead American" and write a paper on them, including a timeline and bibliography. There are 68 kids in 5th grade and they each had to choose a different American. Faith was so excited to learn about Elizabeth Blackwell - the first woman doctor.
She did a great job on her report and really enjoyed using the computer for research and then typing up her paper. After their reports are turned in the kids all portray their Famous Dead American in the Wax Museum. David snuck out during the Pinewood Derby and got to see the Museum. I stayed at the Pinewood Derby and got to tour the Museum the next morning. My parents were able to arrange their schedules to make it in the morning. Nephi even enjoyed it. It was amazing how 68 5th graders could hold so still and be so quiet.
The local news station even came! Here is the link:,Item,718520550.html.
Faith was so excited to be on TV!! The kids got to watch the video during school and thought it was very cool!

Faith made her own backdrop - she drew it and colored it in. I did go over her outline with a marker but she did the rest. I made her skirt and lab coat. It was fun for me and she sure looked great. We put her hair in a bun - which she thought was kinda fun, but had too many bobbie pins. It was a great project and the kids learned a lot.

Pinewood Derby

We had a great Pinewood Derby last week. The kids had a great time eating popcorn and the bake-sale treats. Here is a picture of them waiting on the "front lines" for the races to start!Nephi got a blue cupcake and you can see how much fun he had with it!! Vilate sure loved the bake-sale and moved right in to help with accepting payment from people and making change. She loves doing anything with money - who doesn't?
Hyrum's car is the black one with the pink sticker. He hadn't come up with a name before hand and so quickly named his car "The Unknown."
His car went really fast! He ended up winning for the Bear Den and came in 4th over all! It was especially great considering that 40 minutes before the race - 10 minutes before we were supposed to leave to go weigh in, one of our wheels got superglued to the car and wouldn't spin. David broke the wheel off and he and Hyrum worked on replacing it. Then we got to the weigh in and the car was over 0.3 ounces. Thanks to Mike Ducker for using his tools and removing those 0.3 ounces of wood just in time to meet the 6:30pm deadline!

Hyrum and Helaman were having a blast! They kept running around the cultural hall excited and running up to me saying, "Hyrum got 1st again!" I think he only came in 2nd in two of the races. It was really exciting. Below is the picture of the boys that won in the Bear Den. Pretty cool!!!