Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pie Fun!
Week 13

Thank you to all of the parents
who sent in pies for us to enjoy
during our "Thankful for Friends"celebration. 

     Have a wonderful    Thanksgiving Holiday.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Our Bloggers Aidan and Emerson
Week 12

Here we are on week 12 of school. A much needed break comes next week.
     Monday we started a new read-a-loud book. The title is Because of Mr. Terupt  it is a great book so far. It is about seven kids that get a new teacher and he is turning out to be the best one yet but something awful happens to change everyone.  Tuesday we continued our work on our book reviews to get them wrapped up before the holiday. On Wednesday, we found out that our class sold the most magazines in order to have chickens sent to Guatemala. This also means that we took first place in the school and we will be competing in the pig races. We are so excited!  
7th grade games
   On Thursday we got our grades on our Animal house and Iz characters and also we got the grades for our narrative writings back. Everyone felt real good about their hard work. We continued to work on our book reviews and vocabulary work to get things finished. Friday finally rolled around and we were so excited to get our letters from Uganda. They were so awesome! We learned a lot about our friends through their writing. We also learned that we can help our friends in Uganda in many ways(SEE BELOW). We ended our day by visiting the 7th graders. They created world geography games and invited us up to play them. Boy! They were hard! We had a lot of fun! That is all for week 12. Enjoy your weekend!  

* All Book Reviews are Due Nov. 26. (Please check with your child)
* Friend Celebration with pie Nov. 26
* Uganda Letters
Today your child received a letter from a student from St. Bakhita school in a Uganda refugee camp. School’s for Refugees based here in Yarmouth makes trips there at least twice a year to bring supplies, letters and help from Maine. This is a very poor community trying to educate their children. Please visit to read about this school, it’s needs, parent stories, and to see how you can donate to help this special school.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Week 11
Charlotte's Book Talk

Since our week was short, I am blogging for our class.
Our week flew by very quickly as most of our work was catch-up work. We finished-up our narratives and began brainstorming for our essay writing ideas. The Dolphins and the Geese finished up their Book Talk presentations and began their next book reviews which will be due November 26. The Dolphins should be working on their reflection packets as the Geese are reading Non-fiction books and taking notes to turn into information articles for a magazine page. Please check with your child to see that they are moving along with these assignments at home. We will also continue to work on these reviews at school.
Emerson's Book Talk
     On Nov. 26 we will have a "Thankful for Friends" celebration. We will celebrate the many friends we have in fifth grade with a complimenting activity and pie. Look for an email to follow next week with more details. We will be needing donations of homemade or store bought pumpkin pie or apple pie and apple juice for the students to enjoy during our celebration.
Have a wonderful Weekend!
Mrs. Rollins

* A new book order was sent home today. I am asking for orders to be returned or placed on-line by next Friday, Nov. 22.

* Dolphin and Geese Book Reviews will be due Nov. 26. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Our Bloggers
Week 10
*Important classroom Information following. 

         I hope next week will be better, Just kidding! This week we did a pre-test for our spelling test on Monday. Here are some other things we did over the course of the week. We designed our characters for the animal house and Iz book, we also shared some of our historical fiction book talks in front of the class, and personally I got goose bumps all over me. On the other hand, Alex was fine. 
        The next day we got the privilege to go to the book fair and spend as much money as we wanted, and had time to check out books at the library as well.
        Wednesday, we went to the library to choose books to start our new book reports. The Geese have Non-fiction and the Dolphins are doing Historical fiction. 
        Yesterday, we had a substitute teacher and did a quick write, practicing writing sensory imagery. We also got to have 45 free minutes of book report reading. It was Great!
        Today, Friday, we worked with Mr. Arsenault to learn about our email accounts and to set up our new passwords. There were a lot of  etiquette rules that we had to hear about first. We also typed our compare/and contrast paragraphs with our two Animal House and Iz characters. We continued our book talks and took our lesson 3 spelling quiz.
       We had a great week and were glad to celebrate Claudia's birthday and Jack's birthday this week. Thank you for your time and we hope you have a great long weekend!

 Important Information:

 Class assignment:
Dolphins- Students have until November 26 to read their Historical Fiction novels. They will work on their reading connections sheets while they are reading. This is their next Book Review. Most of this work will need to be completed at home with reading each night.

Geese- Students have until November 26 to read their Non-Fiction books. They will create a presentation folder to summarize important facts that they have learned from their books. Please check-in with your child to see a more detailed description. Most of this work will need to be completed at home with reading each night.

Over the next few weeks we will be writing 5 paragraph essays from topics that the students brainstormed.  Please see the rubric for this under the 5th grade homepage rubrics link.  We will write catchy introductions support our thesis statements with three body paragraphs and wrap up with  a  creative conclusion.

*All magazine/cookie sales are due the week of Nov. 11th.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Our Bloggers
Week 9

On Monday, we had our Monday check in. All week we worked hard on our personal narratives. We worked in revision groups and worked on writing long with sensory imagery, dialogue, and staying true to a seed story. We worked on our book talks too. We created new covers for our books and worked on our speech notes. We look forward to presenting them next week. Another busy project is our characters from our recent book, Animal House and Iz. We made South Park-like characters on the computer. The characters will have speech bubbles with dialogue that we will write. The dialogue will need to compare our character to another character from the book.
8th Grade Buddies
Our Characters
We had another visit from our 8th grade buddies on Tuesday. We got to do a fun project with them. For homework we drew a monster and wrote a paragraph about how they look. The next day our buddies drew them based on our description. We practiced this by drawing witches first. On Thursday we talked about Halloween and wrote about our costumes and what our Halloween plans were. Another amazing week with the dolphins and Geese!:) 
Group Revision help
Winnie and Sadie

*Parent, Teacher, Student Conferences  continue next week. 

*Magazine /cookie sale continues until Nov. 7th.