Friday, March 20, 2015

Books are Blooming!
Happy First day of Spring!

     We celebrated Spring with a "Books are Blooming" party.
Flowers were blooming in the Language Arts classrooms of 5th grade along with lot's of new book choices. The students moved from class to class and enjoyed searching for new book titles to read. They got a chance to talk to classmates about book suggestions as well as sit and read the first couple of pages of different books to see what books might interest them. Students ended the party in their own Language Arts class and enjoyed a snack of juice and popcorn while enjoying a good book.
Book Talking
      Our class completed our read-a-loud, The Watson's Go to Birmingham-1963.  This book led our groups into many great discussions about what the Civil Rights Movement was all about. The students were very curious and had many opinions to share in our group time. We celebrated our book by watching the movie that was made from the story. After watching the movie, the students worked together to make venn diagrams to organize their thinking before writing a compare and contrast written piece. Many students found the movie very different but equally interesting to the book. The movie showed actual footage of the school children in Birmingham marching for their civil rights. Before writing, we had a few mini lessons to learn about the many different "compare/contrast" vocabulary words that can used in such a writing. Many students were excited to learn that they will revisit the Civil Rights Movement in 8th grade in more depth.
Sharing our thinking with a Venn diagram chart

     We also continued our work on our Explorer reports this week. We are nearing the end as many students are putting their final drafts into a book format on their Google drive and adding illustrations. They are working so hard and the final products are looking fantastic!
* Next week an email about optional spring conference sign-ups will be coming to 5th grade parents.
 * Purple folders with student work went home today.

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