5th Grade – In the Classroom

5th Grade – Auction Project! Friday, March 16, 2018

The fifth graders are making these gorgeous coasters for the Annual Spring Benefit. Love them!? Come bid on them on April 14th!

5th Grade – Ancient Egypt Saturday, March 10, 2018

The fifth grade ended their block on ancient Egypt with building a pyramid as a class. They did their best to replicate the process and form of the amazing structures from so long ago. They even used rulers to try to make the bricks as level as possible (their idea). The ancient Egyptians were known for their precision and everything had a purpose. Listening to the fifth graders discuss the different roles they played in creating the structure revealed how much they connected with this culture.

5th Grade: Field Museum Field Trip Saturday, March 3, 2018

The fifth graders enjoyed a trip to the Field Museum this weektin conjunction with their ancient cultures block. They especially enjoyed seeing and learning about the Egyptian mummies! They joined Mrs. DuRocher’s fifth grade class from Four Winds Waldorf School in Warrenville for the trip.

5th Grade – Chinese New Year Friday, February 23, 2018

The 5th Grade helped celebrate Chinese New Year by cooking and enjoying pot stickers.
They also presented a short and impressive play demonstrating their progress with the Mandarin language.






5th Grade: Class Play, “Prometheus The Fire Bringer” Friday, February 16, 2018

The fifth grade performed their play—Prometheus, the Fire Bringer on Thursday.

This is a story about two titans, Prometheus (which means forethought) and Epimetheus (afterthought), who are given the task by Zeus of creating a new race of human beings on earth. Prometheus soon realizes that humans will need something greater to help them live to their full potential and asks Zeus to share the gift of fire with them. Zeus refuses, and Prometheus decides to steal it—knowing that this deed will not go unpunished. When Zeus discovers this betrayal, he chains Prometheus to a mountain and causes him to suffer continuously, day after day.

This story is a deeply spiritual one; one that reminds us of the power of courage, determination and, perhaps most of all, of hope. Heroes, such as Deucalion and Herakles, remind us that humankind can be bold, selfless and brave.

In addition to learning many lines and stage directions, the class also wrote a few scenes of their own! Their hard work and enthusiasm paid off, and they did a fantastic job.

5th Grade – Waldorf 100 Postcards Monday, February 5, 2018

Da Vinci Waldorf School is participating a worldwide postcard exchange initiative to both broaden the global perspective of students and kick-off the 100 year celebration of Waldorf® Education planned for 2019.

Stay tuned for more details!

5th Grade – Geometry Friday, January 19, 2018

Fifth grade introduction to geometry: playing with equilateral and isosceles triangles!

5th Grade – Busy Week! Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fifth grade has had a busy week! They started a new block focused on decimals and an introduction to geometry. They also started to learn the ukulele! To top all that off, they shared reports on novels they’ve read. One student dressed up as a character from his book (Captain Sham from A Series of Unfortunate Events).

5th Grade – Ziggurats Friday, December 15, 2017

The fifth grade had an introduction to perspective drawing with their lesson on ziggurats. These are ancient temples from Mesopotamia. They will spend time working on these and then making their own out of clay—which is what the ancient Mesopotamians used to make them.

5th Grade – Mesopotamia Friday, December 15, 2017

Studying ancient Mesopotamia.

5th Grade: Persia Friday, December 8, 2017
One student’s map of ancient Persia.
5th Grade: Mesopotamia Friday, December 8, 2017

The fifth grade transitioned from studies of ancient Persia to Mesopotamia this week. They explored ancient forms of writing and created their own tablets out of clay.

5th Grade: Form Drawing Friday, December 1, 2017

The fifth graders have been working throughout the year on their Rangoli skills. This type of form drawing requires great attention to detail and organization. As you can see, they are getting more and more beautiful!

5th Grade – Watercolor Painting Saturday, November 18, 2017
Painting a light in the darkness during this season of Martinmas.
5th Grade – North American Geography Friday, November 10, 2017

The fifth grade finished up their first geography block of the year! Moving forward from our studies in fourth grade (which focused on Illinois and the Great Lakes), we spent this block looking at the different regions that make up the United States. From legends and historical events to habitats and animals we explored that many aspects of these regions.

1st & 5th Grades – Knitting Buddies Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A lovely tradition of Waldorf schools across the world is for the fifth graders to guide the first graders in their pursuit of knitting. On Tuesday, November 7th, Mrs. Griffith’s first grade handwork class celebrated this milestone knitting lesson when they were introduced to their knitting buddies from Miss DuRocher’s class. The fifth grade buddies  instructed the fledgling knitters and guided them through their very first stitches. The passing on of knowledge is a moving, magical moment!

5th Grade – Fun Friday Saturday, October 28, 2017
The fifth grade had a marvelous day on Friday! They started off the day by hearing some Halloween stories by the famous storyteller Jim May. They also all enjoyed wearing pajamas to school for PAJAMA DAY!  The fifth grade current block is in North America Geography, and today they did a drawing of a scene on the eastern coast. Based on the drawing, the class had a discussion about what kind of habitats and weather one might find when heading north and east. Later on in the day they celebrated Halloween by carving pumpkins! No matter how many times you do it, it’s still always fun. They ended the day by enjoying some delicious pumpkin seeds!
5th Grade – Handwork Saturday, October 28, 2017

The children watched Mrs. Griffith over dye yarn with indigo that had already been dyed with goldenrod- yielding green yarn! They helped dye the yarn for their sock knitting projects. The fifth grade dye session yielded 2 skeins of green yarn and one of sky blue.

5th Grade – North American Geography Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Fifth Grade has just begun their third block of the year- North American Geography. This block will be a survey of the different regions of North America, starting with the Great Lakes. Students were asked to create an illustration of our region and all it has to offer.


5th Grade – Book Presentation Friday, October 13, 2017

One of our fifth grade students came dressed as a character from a book that he read (Reptile Room, book 2 of “The Series of Unfortunate Events,” by Lemony Snicket) and gave a wonderful presentation of the book.

5th Grade – Rice Flour Forms Friday, October 13, 2017

Fifth graders also practiced making forms with rice flour!

5th Grade – Rangoli Form Drawings Friday, October 13, 2017

Fifth Grade has been working on forms called Rangoli—an intricate style of form drawing that requires attention to detail and organization.

5th Grade – Ancient Cultures Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fifth Grade finished up their first ancient cultures block last Friday with a trip to a Hindu temple, and also enjoyed a delicious Indian meal at a local restaurant.

5th Grade – Pen Pals Thursday, October 5, 2017

The fifth grade has some new pen-pals from Ecuador! One of Ms. DuRocher’s dearest friends is teaching English in a school in southern Ecuador. Her students sent the first batch of letters to the class—in Spanish. With the help of Señora Julian they translated the letters and learned a little bit about what it is like to live in Ecuador. They’ve started writing their letters in return and will send them very soon. This is a photo that the students will send to their new pen-pals.

5th Grade – Ancient India Friday, September 29, 2017

The fifth grade began their first ancient cultures block this week! Their first exploration is focused on ancient India and the majestic stories that make up an incredible culture. We started the week with an introduction to India and with a story about the creation of the world.

5th Grade – Helping & Service Friday, September 29, 2017

Our class parents AND students are staffing the Roots & Shoots Cafe during the Fall Festival on Saturday. The children spent some time this week preparing the menu and cafe signs for the big day. Children learn service, helping, and develop a sense of seeing beyond themselves throughout their curriculum and through such events.

5th Grade – Michaelmas Bread Baking Friday, September 29, 2017

On Wednesday we made bread dough (using 25 cups of flour!) and started baking fresh rolls for our Michaelmas celebration on Friday! Of course we had to sample a bit of our handiwork.

All Grades – Glimpses from Beach & Nature Exploration Day Wednesday, September 27, 2017

On Friday, September 8th, the students and teachers of Da Vinci’s grade school enjoyed Beach and Nature Exploration Day! They ventured to Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park in Zion for a day filled with exploration and fun.

We are extremely grateful for the transportation by bus, which was made possible by a $1,000 biodiversity grant received from Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Independence Tube Corporation, the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, the D. F. and M. T. Grohne Family Foundation and the Illinois Conservation Foundation.

Students took time to explore the local terrain and learn about the land and wildlife of northern Illinois. They enjoyed a hike through forests and along the beach, observing their surroundings as they went. There was a scavenger hunt and a group lunch. The very cool weather prevented the planned swimming treat, but students were able to wade and splash in the water and had a great time in the natural surroundings.

Many thanks to our teachers for enabling such a special outing for our students, and thanks to Mrs. Kristine Fiskum for the excellent snapshots of the day!

Fifth Grade – Harvesting Kale & Making Chips Friday, September 22, 2017

This week the children harvested kale from our school garden and made kale chips! They showed great responsibility and caring in their work and willingness to share with others.

Fifth Grade – Botany Friday, September 22, 2017

This week concluded fifth grade’s first block of the year—Botany! It was an exciting week filled with new ideas and some beautiful drawings. Through our explorations, we have discovered how intricate the world of plants is. Our block culminated in the introduction to the flowering plants- the monocotyledons and dicotyledons. 

Fifth Grade – Harvesting Plants to Dye Wool Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fifth graders carefully weigh leaves for dyeing.

Fifth Grade harvested Indigo leaves in order to prepare dye vats to color wool. The school has a dye garden next to the greenhouse where specific plants are grown to produce natural pigments for dyeing. Third grade students are preparing to dye yarn for their own use in crochet later this year, as well as for early childhood. The fifth graders lent a hand, and will later help harvest plants and dye yarn for their projects as well.

5th Grade – Botany Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Ms. DuRocher’s beautiful chalkboard drawing awaited them on their first day.

The fifth grade’s first block of the year is botany. They will be exploring the plant kingdoms and how different plants grow and flourish.

Below you will see various drawings of what students imagined when they were asked to picture a scene in nature.

In the Classroom Monday, September 4, 2017

In the Classroom

Follow each class through the school year. Visit often to enjoy photos and information about curriculum, field trips, exciting happenings, special moments, celebrations and more.

Stay tuned—this year’s  journey begins September 5th!