Friday, November 10, 2017

Week of Nov. 6th

The past week has been another week of learning and fun!  Students have completed multiple assessments in reading, writing and language.  This will assist us in getting report cards ready, as well as planning ahead to see what concepts need to be revisited and focused on.  Next week we have a few more assessments before we are finished.  I know they will be excited! :)

4th grade Writing: Students have worked hard on a few assessments to assist with report cards and planning for which concepts need more work.  Prepositions were introduced this week!  Students were given a bag of prepositions and a bag of nouns and had to pick one of each and make sentences.  Students were very creative with their sentences.  We will review some more and have an assessment next week.

In 5th Writing, students should be finishing their myths on Monday and illustrating Tuesday and Wednesday.  What fun it will be to share their myths to the first graders on Thursday.

Our Reading strategy for this week has been cause and effect, as well as continued working on summarizing.  "Wonder" has been a great novel to practice these strategies, as well as enjoy lively discussions around themes and events that are happening. * We want to take the students to go see "Wonder" at the theater as soon as we finish reading the book.  This is a great opportunity for students to be able to compare the book with the movie.  Please, if possible, don't have your students go watch it before.  More information to come as soon as we get a date.

In Projects, students were placed in groups of 3 and given a biome, each having a specific job to research as a zoologist, botanist or geographers.  Their assignment is to create a travel brochure about their biome, encouraging visitors to travel to the area and experience all that it has to offer.  Our goal is to have them completed by the end of next week.

Important Info:

  • Please continue to assist your child with turning in their Monday folder with reading log and Family Journals on Monday mornings. 
  • Math homework should be completed each night (Monday-Thursday).  Students miss out on other experiences in class when they have to leave. 
  • Parent-Teacher conferences will be held Dec. 8th so watch for an email with Genius Sign-Up to sign up after we get back from Thanksgiving break. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Oct. 30th Week

This Week:

  • Halloween fun was had by all on Tuesday.  Students were decked out in their costumes and enjoyed celebrating with the parade and a fantastic party!  Thank you so much to Sunshine Pell, Aubrey Giovanetti, and Trillis Bake for the delicious food, craft and games.  Thank you also to those of you who sent in delicious goodies and drinks. 
  • In Writing, students were able to share out a Halloween prompt writing and have also been busy writing myth stories as a follow up to our narrative unit. In the next couple of weeks they will be writing and illustrating their myths. 
  • We are continuing reading "Wonder," working on our Habits of Discussion as we discuss the many aspects of the book. 
  • Students were able to experience another Google Expedition this week on biomes.  They worked in teams to learn about the Carbon Cycle and create posters to explain the process.  Students will be broken into teams of 3 and given a specific biome to research, culminating in a Travel Brochure about what their biome offers. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

October 23 Week

Here's a look at what we've been doing at school:

Writing:  We started our Myth writing unit this week.  Students began by performing various Native American Reader's Theater. We talked about characteristics of a myth and then students read a myth and began to brainstorm ideas they would like to focus their myths on.  Completed myths will become picture books for younger students.

Reading: Students are developing vocabulary skills through Quizlet Live using their vocabulary words from Wonder, as well as responding to journal and reading prompts. Students are working on Daily 3 on Tuesday and Thursday, reading their own books, working on writing and word work, using either IXL or vocabulary word wall.  I meet with small groups regularly to work on specific skills during the rotations.

Science: We started our new unit and students have been involved in a variety of activities.  They "planted" seeds in a glass jar without dirt, experimenting with hydroponics, next they presented a Reader's Theater about plants to the 2nd graders.  Finally, they created documents to store all the new vocabulary words that are related to ecosystems and biomes.

Students were able to cash in their Class Dojo points on Thursday and will be able to enjoy them throughout the month.

Book Fair is this week! Our class will go on Monday afternoon to check out what they have.  Students will be able to go before school, at lunch and after school.  Family night is Thursday Nov. 2nd so plan to come and bring the family.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Oct. 16th week

What an exciting week we had!  It was so good to see most of you able to come and see your child's presenting skills on Wednesday.  Students were able to present and show their artifacts and information they learned from their research of their tribes, along with using their voice to try and be heard. :) Thank you for coming, students look forward to seeing their parents.

We will be wrapping up our narratives on Monday.  The final version, along with an illustration will be posted in the hall later this week.  Stop by and take a look! 

In reading, students are working on different strategies through group work as well as word work and journal writing.  We are all enjoying our class book, "Wonder" that we read and Mondays and Wednesdays. Students are learning how to predict, infer and respond with evidence from the text.  They are also building their empathy skills and vocabulary. 

Another highlight of the week was going to see Mr. Kelly and experience a virtual experience with "Google Expeditions."  Students loved being able to feel like you are right there in the middle of an international Pow-Wow.  Although they had to take breaks, they all seemed to really enjoy the experience. Students did a deep clean of the room to pick up all the beads, feathers and leaves left behind from artifact building and enjoyed a Halloween sugar cookie to end our week. 

  • A big thank you to all of you for coming on Wednesday!  Thank you also to the Gusewelle and Carroll families for providing jars for the class for our upcoming project. 
  • Halloween is coming up and students are able to wear costumes on the 31st.  There will be a school wide parade so students can check out everyone's costumes and we will be having a Halloween party that afternoon.  Thank you to those who volunteered to help! 
  • Please call the office by 9:00 if your child is going to be absent. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Week of October 9

Students have been working hard this week to get read for their presentations. Students paired off with the other 5th grade class and were able to give and receive feedback.  Please come and see their presentations on Wednesday October 18th 2:30-3:30 in the cafeteria.  If you receive a separate email from me tomorrow, your students will be in the classroom.  We are excited to be doing our first big presentation.

Writing: Students are in the final revision stages of their personal narratives and will be adding illustrations this week. They have worked hard through the process of revising after mini lessons and will be finished by the end of this week.

Reading:  "Wonder" has been a highlight of the students week. We have all enjoyed the humor, developing empathy toward Auggie, the main character, and having a greater understanding of what it is like to be bullied. We will continue reading "Wonder" and doing Daily 3, working on reading, writing and doing vocabulary word work.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Oct 2 Week

Students are continuing work on their Native American Tribe project!  They have fully immersed themselves in creating their artifacts and presentations after researching their specific tribe. They have taken their information they researched and created presentations via presentation boards, skits, murals, puppet shows and through power points.  I hope you will be able to join us the week of October 16th. I will send more information next week.

This week students were introduced to a weaving project and learned the importance of woven baskets within tribal life.  Students loved watching their creation take shape and form.  They have also taken their information in this social studies unit and used it to write journal entries taking on the perspective of a tribal member.  Within a few weeks we will also be writing Native American myths to share with younger students.


  • Special thank to Mrs. Arends and Mrs. Pell for helping with our weaving project and to all of you who helped provide materials for our weaving and social studies projects!  I really appreciate everything! 
  • Monday folders, reading logs and family journals are due back on Monday.  Thanks for taking the time to respond in your child's journal- they appreciate it! 
  • October book order will be in Mondays folder, please take a moment and order some books for your child at home and help it benefit the classroom!  Last month's books should be here Monday or Tuesday! Thank you for your support! 
  • Plan to join us for our Native American Tribe Project presentations the week of October 16th.
  • Please feel free to email me for any reason.  

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sept. 25- 29th.

Another week has flown by and students have been busy!  We wrapped up the week with students being able to "cash in" their Class Dojo points earned during September for different rewards.  The top few were Yum Gum! where they get to chew gum in class.  The next top one was Seat Swap where they get to swap seats with another student for one day and Lunch Bunch, where students are able to pick a friend and have lunch in the classroom. Many students also chose to save a lot of their point to work toward an even great reward/privilege for next month.  Congratulations to all students for earning at least 25 points.  They will be able to enjoy an extra 15 minute recess for their efforts!

Personal narratives are taking shape and we'll soon be ready to share our final products!  This week we worked on strong verbs, word choice and good leads/beginnings.  We introduced the novel "Wonder"  this week and will be reading it whole group and small groups on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Students loved the humor in the beginning and were instantly connected with the main character, Auggie, who is a 5th grader who has Treacher Collins Syndrome and is attending school for the first time. We are continuing to work on Daily 3 Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We were fortunate to have another community member come and share their knowledge with the students to support our Native American unit.  Mr. Kiele entertained the students with his knowledge of all the plants from the area that were eaten by the Paiute tribe.  He also demonstrated how to weave a spoon and students had an opportunity to weave small ropes with raffia.  They made lovely thank you cards to express their appreciation.  We are aiming to have presentations of Native American projects for the week of Oct. 16th, most likely on Wednesday Oct. 18th, but I will let you know when it is definite. I hope you all can make it! Students are wrapping up researching so they can begin making their artifacts and preparing for their presentations.  I emailed a list of supplies that students need/want for their projects.  Please send in any items you might have on Monday.  I am hoping that we will have plenty of items so students can work hard to complete their projects!  We will be doing a weave project on Wednesday and would love for a couple of volunteers to come in and help from 1:15- 2:30.
Have a fabulous weekend!

Week of Nov. 6th

The past week has been another week of learning and fun!  Students have completed multiple assessments in reading, writing and language.  Th...