Friday, February 28, 2014

Blog by Will and Oliver
Our Bloggers

        We started the week like we usually do, with lots of things due at the end of the the week.
 On Monday, we started with D.O.L. After D.O.L, we did our spelling pretest, which most of us said was awfully hard. We talked about proper paragraph writing to help us with our weekly paragraph writing. Then, Mrs. Rollins told us that we would be sending letters to our friends in Uganda.  After we received the information, we worked on our letters, which would need to include our best handwriting. We also made snowflakes to send with our letters since it does not snow in Uganda. Mrs. Rollins also showed us examples of Personification in poetry and in novels as a way to describe things. We are getting ready to write some personification poetry next week.
        On Tuesday, we went to the library. At the library, we were introduced to our new book genres, which were Science Fiction/Fantasy and Mystery. The Geese are reading Science Fiction/Fantasy and the Dolphins are reading Mystery. Mrs. Stuhr gave us some great suggestions on books we might like to read and then we got to choose. Mrs. Rollins also explained our book presentations which would be a Google presentation. We were all very excited! Working and creating on the computer is always way more fun! She discussed what each slide would have, like setting description, compare/contrasting of two characters, theme, and Figurative Language. We also talked about how we would need to write about our thinking and support our thinking with examples or quotes from our reading. When we are done with our presentations, we will be sharing our work with other 5th grade classrooms.
        On Wednesday, we started with meeting on the carpet and talking about our new books. We shared our choices and why we chose the books we had. Mrs. Rollins continued reading our new read-a-loud book, The False Prince and showed us how as she read, she put sticky notes in her book to organize her thinking about character traits, figurative language and all the things we would need to talk about in our book presentations. After lunch, we put our graded papers in our portfolios.
        On Thursday, we met Mrs. Rollins on the carpet to read some of our class book, The False Prince. We also shared some of our sticky note thinking about our own books. After that, we read for about half an hour while Mrs. Rollins conferenced with a few kids.
1. Spirit Week is next week. Monday is "Hipster Day"
2. Human Growth and Development movie and discussions
    will be Mar. 3, 4, & 5
3. Colonial Craft Day is Thursday, March 13th. Be planning your 
    clothes options. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

We are ready for a break!

Happy Winter Vacation!           

1. March 13th is Colonial Craft
    Day in 5th grade.
2. We are in need of cinnamon 
    sticks for Colonial Day.
3. If your child has not brought in knitting needles, please send
    them in as soon as we return to school on Feb. 24th.
4. Be on the lookout for a conference sign-up email. We are 
    looking at the third week of March.
5. When we return, the students will be gearing up to start their 
    Explorer research and writing.
6. Students will also be starting their next genre book review. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Mayzie and Juliettes blog post :*)

Our Bloggers Mayzie and Juliette
  February. 7, 2014

   Having a snow day in the middle of the week made everything go by fast.
    On Monday we continued our poetry working with a rhyming lesson and another fun poem. We reviewed Haiku, Diamante, and Acrostics poetry and had some fun writing.
    As Tuesday came, we had a sub. Mrs.Rollins was sick with her son. We got to do a lot of independent reading and logging. We also had a chance to write free verse poetry. 
    Wednesday surprised us with a wonderful snow day!!!
Paul Rever's Ride
When Thursday came around Mrs. Rollins taught us how to write a poetry essay analyzing a poem and how we related to the poem individually.

    Friday! It's almost the weekend, so we said goodbye to school for a little bit and to our friends. We learned about taking notes on a non fiction article and how we can write short thoughts and questions in the margins of an article to help us understand what we are reading. Mrs Rollins gave us a quick story telling of why the revolutionary war was started because we are going to learn more about it later. We read about Paul Revere's ride. So we say goodbye to you all right now, we hope you have a great weekend!
1. You can still place a book order until next Friday. Here is the code:
2.  If you have any Colonial Craft day volunteer sheets, please get them turned in quickly.
3.  Don't forget to bring a baby food jar with your name on it.
4.  Winter Break starts Friday, Feb. 14 at 2:30.