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!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Happy Friday!

Thank you to all of our parents! Without your help at home with costumes, at school, cream donations, and baked bread, our Colonial Craft Day would not have been so wonderful. There were a lot of smiles, laughter and "This is the best day ever, Mrs. Rollins!"

Your children were polite and kind throughout their day of working with many volunteers. I was so proud of them. Below are a few pictures for you to experience our day.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy Friday!

We are doing our best to keep a normal schedule despite the weather. Students continue to work hard on their note-taking and research of their explorers. After taking notes on the explorer's early life, voyages, and accomplishments, students are beginning to grasp the idea of how "European Explorers Changed The World."
Next week, the students will finish their pre-writing and begin their final project. Some students are choosing to design a keynote slideshow and yet others are choosing a more hands-on artistic approach to drawing and writing in a postcard format taking on their explorer's personality.

By Friday, we had an opportunity to play a "headbands" game using vocabulary from the exploration unit. Students had a fun and laughter filled hour of guessing and acting out their vocab words. 

We are continuing our study of poetry and poetry analysis in Reader's Workshop. Students are looking at the many different figurative language devices used by poets and the sensory words chosen to describe a theme in a poem.
* Colonial Craft Day is Fri. Mar. 23
   Students should be gathering their colonial clothes 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Hard at work!
Happy Friday!

Our busy week in writing focused on our reading, research, and "dot-jot" note-taking on our explorers. Students focused on note-taking their explorer's early life, country they were born in, country they explored for, why they explored, what were they looking for, were they successful, and last, how did their exploration change our world. Next week students will choose a creative project to showcase their knowledge of their explorer. These final projects will be presented and shared with their classmates in a few weeks.

Thinking about poetry
Our Reader's Workshop time was spent reading many forms of poetry, looking at the use of figurative language in poetry, and digging deep to find the theme in a poem. We also started our new read aloud, The False Prince. This is a historical fiction genre with a mystery involved to go with our Exploration time period:

Choose to lie...or choose to die.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

Have a wonderful Weekend!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Working together!
Happy Friday!

We settled in after our winter break and got back to a busy successful week. We kicked off our week with an introduction to our Explorer research and writing. Each student received their explorer to research, note-take, and in the end, create a final project to teach their classmates about their explorer. We began our research with learning how to read non-fiction and how to pull out just the important information. Students are in the middle of dot jotting their notes as the week came to an end.

Poetry notes
We also started our poetry unit this week in reading and writing. We started our unit by looking at many forms of poetry, what makes poetry different from prose, what are the parts of a poem, and what makes poetry harder for some people to understand and enjoy. Students learned about stanzas, verses, lines, and noticed how poetry was our next step after spending half the year working on the many forms of figurative language. By Friday, we had a chance to analyze Robert Frost's, "The Road Not Taken." Next week we will be reading many poetry books and looking for the figurative language and themes of different poems.
1. We still need volunteers for Colonial Craft Day.
2. Students need to bring in their knitting needles by 3/12
3. Students need to bring in their empty baby food jar by 3/12