Friday, December 8, 2017

Happy Friday!
This week we are sharing a few pictures of student work from our Reader's Notebooks. Since our notebooks do not go home in order to keep the work authentic, we have included a handful of our lessons from this trimester. Following those pictures, there are a few pictures to highlight our narrative writing mini-lessons. Students are putting the finishing touches on these pieces of writing and will have them completed soon to share.
Mon. Dec 11- 5th-grade concert, YPAC 6:30pm
Tues. Dec. 12- 8:05-11:45 Rollins/Smith Field Trip
Tues. Dec. 12 & 13- 5th-grade intramurals cancelled

Writing about setting

Setting and its importance to the story

Character traits
Writing about our reading
Inferencing= What the book says and what my schema knows
Figurative Language
Reading for figurative language

Finding figurative language in our independent reading.
More Inferencing
letter writing about independent reading
Writing poetry with personification

Writer's Workshop Work:
mini-lessons with our narrative writing process
Organizing our thinking

Trying Great leads for our stories

Descriptive Writing

More lessons on Showing and not telling

Partner Revision work

Editing work with partners

Finding great descriptive writing in our novels



Friday, December 1, 2017

Writers at work
Happy Friday!

Our Fifth-grade scholars were busy working this week on their narrative writing pieces in Writer's Workshop. Our mini-lessons focused on writing believable dialogue, punctuating dialogue, and showing emotions in your writing versus telling. Students worked and revised with partners and groups to help each other choose new vocabulary and figurative language.

Our Reader's Workshop mini-lessons focused on inferencing skills. 
We continue our work on making inferences about our reading and quoting our books to support our thinking. This is a difficult and new skill for fifth-graders but one they will be expected to know and use as they grow as students through high school.

We started a new read aloud, Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Colville. This is a short fun fantasy with a big moral theme that will take us to the Holiday break. Check-in with your child about the adventures of Tiamet.
Inferencing group work
* No Intramurals next Wed. Dec. 6 due to a basketball game.
* Don't forget to sell your "Sunrise Coupon" books. This fundraiser helps our school to afford many 
wonderful opportunities for our students. Our goal, one sell per student.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Celebrating friends with Thanksgiving pie

Thankful for friends writing
Putting the school district garden to bed
 Wishing you a wonderful holiday with family and friends.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Lauren Wolk Guest Author

 Happy Friday!
What a great week filled with hard work!
We finished our read aloud, Wolf Hollow. Most of the students were shocked at the way the story ended. This was not a happy ending. After much discussion in class and in their "One Book One School" groups, the students realized that there could be no other way to end that story. Please have your child share the mature ending of this wonderful book. 

In Reader's Workshop, we focused our work on 
"Text Evidence" and proving our thinking. Students worked in groups to analyze the main character's change over the course of the book. They put their thinking together to write about how Annabelle grew and matured and what events changed her by the end of the story. We were also very excited to end our week with a visit from Lauren Wolk, the author of Wolf Hollow. She did a wonderful job sharing with our students her love of writing and where her ideas for her books come from.

We continued our work on our narrative writing pieces during Writer's Workshop. Our focus was on "great leads." Students wrote two or three leads for their narratives and then met with revision groups to help each other choose and improve their best lead. We also refocused our mini-lessons on using transition words to help the flow of our writing. 
* NO after-school clubs next week
* NO school Wed. Nov. 22-24

Thursday, November 9, 2017

8th-grade buddies
Another short week with lots of learning.
We ended our week with our 8th-grade Buddies. We got together to continue our community work. This month we designed Christmas cards for childhood cancer patients.

In Reader's Workshop, we focused our learning on practicing our inferencing skills. We watched a Pixar silent short film as well as looked at a few Norman Rockwell paintings to practice gathering information visually and applying our schema to infer information about the pieces. We then used our new learning and applied inferencing to our independent reading.

We are nearing the end of our read aloud and preparing for a visit from the author next week. Lauren Wolk will be here November 16 to share the day with our students. 
Great Leads

In Writer's Workshop, we continued our work on our narrative writing pieces. We focused our mini-lessons on "Great Leads." The kids learned about the six strongest leads for starting a personal writing. They had a chance to write three or four leads for their story. They were also able to share these leads with partners to help them decide which lead was best to use in their writing.
Enjoy your long weekend!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Happy Friday!

In our short three days this week, we focused our attention on figurative language writing. We discussed the difference between a simile and a metaphor and we played with personification. We had a chance to go outside and observe nature and our surroundings before trying our hand at personifying the things we noticed. 

The next day we spent some time outside again and became one with the outside world while writing poetry using our new figurative language tools. What an amazing bunch of writers! They were very eager to share their creative writing. Next week we will finish our planning of our personal narratives and begin to draft our pieces while incorporating our figurative language tools.

In Reader's Workshop, we began to discuss Inferencing. We learned that when we infer, we are putting together our schema or background knowledge with what the text says. Another way to look at it is to say that we are "reading between the lines" for meaning. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Happy Friday!

Ghost Stories on Monday with Ms. Stuhr and 
5th/8th-grade Buddy Food Drive walk on
Friday, What a great week!
5th-grade conferences next week 10/30-11/1