Friday, March 27, 2015

Happy Friday!

We did it! Our Explorer projects are complete and ready to share. They are wonderful! The kids worked diligently on their writing and fact gathering to turn the information into a picture book built from their Google drive programs. We have a few weeks of fun practice paragraph writing before we begin the exciting"Great American" projects.
In our Reader's Notebooks this week, we began to look at the 'Theme" in our books. We discussed how the "me" in theme is a clue that the theme of a story is the "me message," the message or lesson that you as a reader got from the story. We had a chance to read a few picture books to practice looking for the theme of a story. We then made a class list of common themes that we as readers have heard in our read-a-loud books this year. Students began to look at the problem/conflict of the characters in their own chapter books so as to watch how those characters overcome those problems at the end of the book. This will help the students decide on the strongest theme in their story as some books may have more than one theme. We will continue to work with theme for a couple more weeks.

Below are a few pictures of the student's "Map" project from Mr. Smith's math and social studies class. They did a fantastic job!
5th graders will participate in "Makerspace" next week. This is a wonderful time for them to be creative by building from their imagination with everyday items.  

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