Friday, May 18, 2018

Great American Night is coming...

Students have been busy working on their Great American project and essay work. We also started our portrait drawings of our Great Americans to share on GreatAmerican night.

Students should be putting the final touches on their presentation boards as well as pulling together their costumes. Boards are due Monday morning May 21.


* Great American Night Wed. May 23 
   6:00-7:00 pm. Students arrive by 5:50 pm
   and report to classrooms. Parents please wait
   in the school foyer.

* MAP Testing Thurs. & Fri. May 24 & 25.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Happy Friday!

We had a week filled with Great American work and buddy fun. Our Language Arts classes focused on our Great American Essays.
Students put their knowledge of essay writing to work. This essay is a culmination of all of our essay work this year. We not only focused on the character traits that helped our GreatAmericans succeed, but we put to work our skills on using transition words to start paragraphs, rewriting evidence from a text, using new an interesting descriptive vocabulary, and creating a bibliography. Next week, we will focus on the editing and revision skills of our essays.

Students should be continuing their Great American poster board work at home this weekend. Next week, the students will complete their work and will be ready to glue everything on their boards. Please check with your child about any Great American homework they may have this weekend. Some students will have some work to complete that they did not finish in class. Please help them to find a quiet time to work on the work.

With the sun shining, we had an opportunity to go outside to do our independent reading and we met with our 8th-Grade buddies to share a book on kindness and decorate rocks with positive and motivational words. Next week, we will take our three hundred rocks to the town hall to spread in the gardens for visitors to Yarmouth to enjoy. 
Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Dot Jot Notes
Happy Friday!

     What a busy week! Students spent their Language Arts work time finishing their biography books with notes and began to dot jot those notes. They also began creating some of their presentation board pieces. Next Monday, we will begin using our on character trait notes to write our essays. 
     We are nearing the exciting end to our read aloud, The False Prince. The author Jennifer Nielsen has captured the student's attention with her brilliant writing of deception. Check-in with your child about how our main character, Sage, as developed as we near the end.
     Just a friendly reminder that your child should have their tri-fold presentation board and are designing their creative backgrounds. Students know that they may work on any free choice items at home this weekend as well. I did ask them to not glue down anything yet except their title as there are many more pieces to come. If you have any questions regarding their project, please do not hesitate to email. 
Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Doing the work!
Happy Friday!

Our week was filled with Great American reading and character trait searching. All students got their Great American person and are reading and learning about the kinds of character traits that help make a "Great American." 

This weekend, students were told that they can go ahead and start designing their presentation board backgrounds. This would be the overall theme that they want to go within their design. Some students may be adding three-dimensional pieces to the shape of their board, some may be painting a background, and some are even collaging. The sky is the limit on their creativity. Reminder: Great American Night is May 23, 6-7:00 pm. 

Next week we will begin drafting our essays as well as working on the pieces that will be glued to their board. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I sent home an email a week ago with more description as well as examples to get an idea on the board designs. I did tell the students that parent help in cutting and assembly is OK. This could be a fun time to share some crafting time together.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Happy Spring Vacation!

This week was filled with poetry reading and writing, map making, and discussions of character traits that Great Americans possess. 
Below are a few pictures of the student's wonderful and creative maps from Social Studies.

I want to wish you all a relaxing Spring Break. May the sun shine warm and bright!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Poetry Writing
Happy Friday!

We started our week in the library with Ms. Stuhr for a research lesson. She shared with the students how to use the online HMS library resources to help with our Great American projects when we get going with our work.

In Reader's Workshop, we are continuing our exciting read aloud, The False Prince. Students are beginning to notice patterns in the author's style of writing such as each chapter ending with a major cliffhanger. We've discussed the use of cliffhangers as well as foreshadowing and how these writing techniques enhance a story. Next week we will begin to look at "point of view" in a story and how important it is to a storyline.

Writer's Workshop has been a relaxing time with jazz music and poetry writing. As we wrapped up reading and identifying figurative language in poetry, we started our first written pieces. 
We are starting off with simple forms of poetry following a formula and will eventually move to free verse poetry. The students are loving poetry's personal and free forms of writing. They are a talented group of writers as they express their inner poet. 

Have a wonderful weekend!
Spring break starts next Friday, April 13. No school!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Hard at work...testing!
Happy Friday!

Most of our week was spent on MEA testing. Between those testing times, we were able to continue our exploration of poetry and poetry devices. We read many forms of poetry while writing about the figurative language used. Students are in the process of finding a poem they enjoy in order to memorize the poem and perform a reading in front of the class. Next week we will begin writing original pieces of free write poems as well as patterned poems.

Poem work
Students also shared their final Explorer slideshows in Social Studies class. As we finished our writing and slide shows, the students then moved around the room with Mr. Smith and researched and wrote about the many other explorers to learn of their fame and discoveries. In the end, students will be writing a short essay answer about our original inquiry statement, "European Explorers changed the world." Be sure to ask your child to share their Explorer slideshow with you from their school email.

GA decisions
On Friday, students were introduced to their class' Great American time period. Each of the six 5th-grade classes is assigned a time period beginning with the beginning of our country all the way to present day. Students had a chance to speed date all the many biographies and to choose their top five choices. Students will learn who their Great American person is after spring break.
I will be sending home more information to parents after spring break, breaking down due dates and project build requirements to be completed at home.
Have a wonderful Weekend!