Thursday, September 21, 2017

Happy Friday!
Our Growth Mindset focus this week was on the power of the word "Yet." We watched this short clip:
Everybody Can Learn 
We then talked about the power of using the word "yet" when struggling with a concept.

In Writer's Workshop, writers worked on proper paragraph structure throughout the week. With short mini-lessons, writers focused on brainstorming ideas, writing detailed/supporting sentences, complex topic sentences and concluding sentences while using transition words. We will continue to practice good paragraphing for another week before starting to brainstorm for our Narrative essays.

We started our "One Book One School" book this week. From now until November, our whole school will be reading Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk. Students will meet in small mixed grade level groups halfway through the book and at the end of the book, to discuss literary elements about the story. Many students have expressed excitement about reading a book with all students and teachers in the school. The author Lauren Wolk will be visiting in November to share with the students how she came to write Wolf Hollow as well as the struggles and rewards of writing children's stories. The story has grabbed the students and they can't wait to read each day:

Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.

Brilliantly crafted, Wolf Hollow is a haunting tale of America at a crossroads and a time when one girl’s resilience, strength, and compassion help to illuminate the darkest corners of our history.
A great book!

By the end of the week, we visited the library to listen to Ms. Stuhr book talk many wonderful books from all the different genres in our library. Students began making "someday" lists in their reader's notebooks. We played a genre review game and discussed making reading goals for the year.

Thank you for sending your children to school ready to learn.

Happy Weekend!
* 5th-grade intramurals Tues. 9/27  2:50-4:20 
* Wed 9/28 intramurals canceled.
* 5th-grade Fall MAP testing Thurs. & Fri. 9/28-9/29

Friday, September 15, 2017

Stamina Reading!
Happy Friday!

What a great week! We spent most of our Reader's Workshop time discussing Reader's Workshop guidelines before having our first mini-lesson. This lesson focused on the word, "stamina." We discussed the definition of the word and then practiced our reading stamina. Students timed their reading to see where they may have been distracted or found themselves not focused before having to refocus back to their book. We also talked about what a good reader does when they find themselves daydreaming and needing to refocus. We passed out our new reader's notebooks and began to think and talk about reading goals and all the different genres.

Typing practice
On Monday, we had our computer roll out with Mr. Arsenault and each student was assigned their computer. We set up our computers for the year and personalized them with our own passwords. Now that we have our computers, students had their first keyboarding practice with the keyboard covers. Some students found these to be frustrating. We continued to talk about the advantages to practicing and working even harder when something is not easy.

Our classes had an opportunity to start a new quick read aloud titled, Be A Perfect Person In Just Three Days. This is a humorous but wonderful story with a great message about perfection being boring as well as robbing each person of their uniqueness. Be sure and ask your child how this fun story ends

Being cool
Next week we will begin Writer's Workshop. Our focus will be on paragraphing and what a proper paragraph needs to have to be complete. We will practice and review these elements for a few weeks before diving into our Narrative essays.

* Tues. and Wed. 5th-grade intramurals 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy Friday!

We've had a wonderful start to 5th-grade. The students were eager and excited to learn about their new school and to meet all of their teachers. We heard a lot of positive comments about their UA classes, lunch room choices, teachers, and middle school freedom. 

We had an opportunity to visit the library and check-out books, begin creative writing in their writing journals, express their goals and needs for the things that will help them be successful learners in 5th-grade, and worked in groups to learn about the building blocks and traits of successful people. 8th-grade Buddies came to meet us and we got to play a school wide scavenger hunt.

We ended our week with a read aloud of the picture book The Best Part Of Me. Students had an opportunity to write about the best parts of themselves and share about who they are in their class groups. Friday afternoon came to a close with a 5th-grade popsicle celebration of our first week together.
Having fun together

Thank you for sending your children to school prepared and ready to learn. They worked hard this week to learn their new surroundings, made some new friends, and made me and each other laugh. I look forward to working with your amazing children.

Have a wonderful weekend!
* 5th-Grade Open House, Tuesday, Sept. 12th.          6:30-7:15pm
* 5th -Grade Intramurals every 
  Tues. & Wed. 2:50-4:20pm

Monday, August 28, 2017

Important Dates To Remember-

5th-Grade "Meet and Greet"
Thursday, Aug. 3, 
Drop-in 10:00-11:00 am

5th-Grade Open House
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 
6:30-7:15 pm

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What are you reading?

Summer Reading

* Be sure to check out book commercials created by last year's 5th-graders at this link:

Girls Prefer:
The Wild Girls -Pat Murphy**
Out of My Mind -Sharon Draper**
Rain Reign -Ann Martin
I'll Always Write Back -Ganda
Fish In A Tree -Hunt
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane -Kate DiCamillo**
Lady Grace Mysteries
Counting by 7's -Holly Sloan*
Kira Kira   -Cynthia Kadohata
Because Of Mr. Terupt -Bayea
Every Soul A Star -Mass

A Mango Shaped Space   -Wendy Mass*
The One and Only Ivan -Katherine Applegate**
Pegasus -Kate O'Hearn**
Devil’s Arithmetic   -Jane Yolen *
When You Reach Me   -Rebecca Stead *
Close to Famous   -Joan Bauer
The Cupcake Queen   -Heather Hepler
See You At Harry’s   -Jo Knowles
The Penderwicks   -Jeanne Birdsell*
True   -Katherine Hannigan
Firegirl -Tony Abbott *
Stargirl   -Jerry Spinelli
Where The Mountain Meets The Moon   -Grace Lin*
A Crooked Kind Of Perfect   -Linda Urban
Boys Are Dogs/Girls Are Catty    -L. Margolis
Anne Of Green Gables*
Land of Stories -
The Secret Garden   -Burnett
The reinvention of Bessica Lefter   -Tracy
Pegasus -O'Hearn
Flipped   -Draanen*
The Lions Of Little Rock  -K.Levine*
Jennifer Heate Macbeth Williams Mckinley & Me   -EL Konisberg
Finally 12 -Mass
Tuck Everlasting   -Bubbitt*
A Tangle Of Knots   -Graff
Three Times Lucky   -Turnage
Quit It!   -Byalick
Millicent Min Girl Genius   -Yee
Second Life of Abigail Walker   -Dowell
11 Birthdays   -Mass*
Book Thief   -Zusak*

My Mother is a Rock Star 

Boys Prefer:

I Am Number Four -P. Lore
Red Kayak -p. Cummings
Stormbreaker -Anthony Horowitz*
Rangers Apprentice(series) -John Flanagan*
Harris and Me  -Gary Paulsen*

Maniac Magee -Jerry Spinelli
Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher -Colville
Plunked   -Michael Northrop
Athlete vs. Mathlete   -W.C. Mack*

Holes -Louis Sachar*
Pendragon (Series)   -D.J. Machale
Hatchet   -Gary Paulsen* 

Gregor The Overlander (Series)   -Suzanne Collins*
Baseball In April   -Gary Soto
The Homework Machine   -Dan Gutman

When You Reach Me   -Stead*
Artemis Fowl (Series)   -Eoin Colfer
Fablehaven (Series)   -Brandon Mull
The Castle In The Attic   -Elizabeth Winthrop*
Good Dog   -Avi
Million Dollar Throw   -Mike Lupica
Football Genius/Baseball Great   -Tim Green
Middle School Is The Worst/The Worst Years Of My Life   -James Patterson
Crush   -Spinelli *
Huckleberry Finn(Great Illustrated Classics)   -Twain
Tom Sawyer(Great Illustrated Classics)   -Twain*
The Boy Who Saved Baseball   -John Ritter
Indian In The Cupboard   -Banks
Sign Of The Beaver   -Speare*
Dead End   -Gantos
Treasure Island

Ranger's Apprentice***
Blood On The River
Peak   -Smith*
Fighting Ground   -Avi
Hothead   -Cal Ripkin Jr.
Peter Nimble and His Incredible Eyes   -Auxier*
Masterpiece   -Murphy

Girls & Boys Prefer: 
Wonder  -Palaccio *
I Am Number Four***
The One and Only Ivan -Applegate*
Crush -Paulsen*
Castle In The Attic   -Winthrop*
Battle For The Castle   -Winthrop
The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane   -Kate DiCamillo*
The Mysterious Benedict Society   -Trenton Lee Stewart*
Maniac Magee   -Jerry Spinelli*
The Liberation of Gabriel King   -K.L. Going
The Giver   -Lois Lowery*
The View From Saturday   -E.L. Konisberg
Gregor The Overlander (Series)   -Suzanne Collins
Three Times Lucky   -Turnage
Splendors Gloom
White Dolphin   -Gill Lewis
City Of Ember (Series)   -DuPrau* 

Freak The Mighty -Philbrick
Where The Red Fern Grows   -Rauls*
Capture The Flag   -Messner
Phantom Tollbooth   -Juster*
Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher   -Colville*
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs   -Birney*
Touch Blue   -Lord*
Dead End   -Gantos
Rules   -Lord
The Westing Game   -Raskin
Lizzie Bright and The Buckminster Boy

* Student Favorites

Friday, June 16, 2017

Happy Friday!

Our last full week together was filled with a read-a-thon, a viewing of the movie, The Watson's go to Birmingham-1963, to follow up with the book we read, continued reading of our read aloud,
My Brother Sam Is Dead, and a laugh-filled kickball game between the Geese and the Dolphins

On Monday, the students will be attending the yearbook assembly in the morning. If your child purchased a yearbook, they will be passed out during their lunch break. Following the assembly, the students will attend a step-up visit with the 6th-grade teachers. Students will meet all the 6th-grade teachers and learn a little bit about 6th-grade. 

Wednesday will be our last day of school. Students will enjoy a breakfast together to celebrate their 5th-grade success. School will be out at 11:00 am for the summer.
8th-grade Buddies

Friday, June 9, 2017

Happy Friday!

Thank you to all of our parent chaperones who traveled with us to Boston this week. You helped to make our day more wonderful! Our day was filled with learning, laughter, yummy food, and lasting memories.