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Dr. Susan Luft
5th Grade Teacher / Fox Meadow Elementary School
Contact Information: Sluft@scarsdaleschools.org

 Welcome to 5-L
Dear 5-L Families and Friends:
Welcome to the 5-L website. Thank you for visiting our pages. You will  find that they can be a useful tool for helping families and students stay informed of the activities that take place in our classroom.  Please use our webpages and links as an information and interactive learning resource for you and your child.   Be sure to click on the photos for hyperlinks to further information about specific topics of interest.  For information about what is happening in the classroom, check back frequently as changes occur often.  

Kind Regards,
Susan Luft
Winter Orchestra and Band Concert 
Fox Meadow 4th and 5th grades orchestra and band students perform for the school audience
Winter Concert   
Market Research for GEC is Underway! 
   Student groups conducted market research to test the consumer response to their product prototypes. Surveying their Fox Meadow peers, students received valuable feedback about their potential products and marketing. Click the link below to find out more about 5-L's participation in the 2014-15 Microsoft sponsored Global Enterprise Challenge (GEC). 
 Tpz   Num   Puppets
  Cookie Monster      Pencil Toppers       Fingers
Learning to Look
Upon having studied artist, Jackson Pollack's work, students created "drip paintings" by following the artist's form of painting
from above while dripping paint. Click the photo below to learn more about student work in Learning to Look.
Trout Released Into the Larger Tank Area 
The breeding baskets were dropped and we released hundreds of healthy trout
into the larger tank area where they could swim freely
County Board of Legislature
   To enhance understanding of their study of government, fifth grade students experienced the legislative process first-hand through the County Board's Student Legislature program.  Students learned how the committee system works in moving and developing ideas and suggestions into laws that affect the lives of the almost one million residents of Westchester County.  Through mock legislative committees and session, students debated and voted on issues that have actually gone before the Board such as cellular use while driving and renovation and restoration of Playland Park.  
Public Service Announcements
       While studying the United States Constitution and Global Human Rights 5-L students created Public Service Announcements (PSA's). The purpose of our work was to give students creative opportunity to have a voice and take positive action in real-world issues while leveraging the use of digital media to investigate, explore and act on causes of importance to them.  Students were challenged to ask brave questions about the issues they saw in their neighborhoods, communities and the world around them.  Click the photo to link to PSA's.  
 PSA pic   
 Inquiry Interview with a Former State Supreme Court Justice
A recent visit from Judge Miller gave students the opportunity to learn about our justice system.
      Former State Supreme Court Justice
Students Share Research of Holiday Celebrations
Student groups chose a Festival of Lights holiday and researched the history and facts.
To share their learning students participated in student created centers that included holiday history, crafts,
games, food and fun. 
Celebrating Our Writing
Peer Directed Discussions Through Literature Circles 
1st Grade Buddy Creative Writing Session  

5-L Students Experiment with Effervescent Launchers

 Effervescent Launch Video Click Here
Launch Video

Team Building with the Center For Environmental Studies