Friday, September 25, 2015

Happy Friday!

Our week started with a visit to the library.
Ms. Stuhr shared a lesson on the Inquiry Process and then shared with us the details to our own inquiry project. We will soon choose any topic or person to research and learn more about. During this research, we will be learning about "dot jots," another way of taking notes on important details. Later, we will use this note taking technique with our Explorer and Great American research essays. 
As our week progressed, we continued our fantastic read, Alabama Moon. The suspense is building as Moon is planning his escape from the foster boys home. His escape is becoming complicated as he starts to struggle with new friendships that are testing his emotions. We are enjoying many thoughtful discussions and "wondering" as we continue to read. Students had a chance to complete their first written response to reading in our Reader's Notebooks and enjoyed sharing their thinking. Many students have also finished their first chapter books since school started and are on to their second and third. The energy for reading and sharing our books is infectious in class. 
MAP Testing

Your children began their first lesson in their Wordly Wise books this week. This vocabulary program helps the students widen their vocabulary usage as well as prepares them for the more difficult words they will encounter as their reading levels grow. We are doing lesson #1, which has five parts. We will work through this lesson slowly and together so the students begin to feel comfortable with the procedures and difficulty. You will not see this coming home as homework for a while.  

On Wednesday and Thursday, students took their Math and Reading MAP tests on the computer. They all worked very hard to do their best effort. 
*  5/6th grade Math Club-Tues. Sept. 29, 2:30-4:00
*  5th grade intramurals- Wed. Sept 30, 2:30-4:00

Friday, September 18, 2015

Keyboarding practice
Happy Friday!

Our week started with the organization of our writing folders. The students had an opportunity to decorate their notebooks with memories of special times and favorite things. They then shared stories about their pictures and helped each other decide which memories would make for good story writing. Next week we will start our paragraph writing.
Personification from Alabama Moon

Reading this week focused on the behaviors of good readers. We also learned about the word "stamina" and how it relates to good readers. We read the book, The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco. Ask your child to share a little about this wonderful book that shares the joy of reading and finding that special book. On Wednesday, we started our "One School One Book" project with the novel, Alabama Moon by Watt Key. During this time we also started working in our Reader's Notebooks. Our focus this week was on "personification." We read a few poems to identify personification and look at how authors use this figurative language to enrich their descriptive writing. We read from our
Reader's Notebook work
novel and Identified how Watt Key used personification many times in just the first few chapters. Next week we will try writing our own personification poems in preparation for using this this technique in our personal narratives. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

*  MAP testing- 5th grade is Wed. Sept 23 and 
    Thursday, Sept. 24th.
*  Math Team starts next Wed, Sept. 22 In Ellis' 
    room. If you enjoy math and math puzzles, come have some fun
    with practice and competitions with other schools. 2:30-4:00
*  Wednesdays, 5th Grade Intramurals 2:30-4:00
*  Writing Club will meet Sept 24th from 2:30-3:30.
     Writing Club is an opportunity for fifth and sixth grade students to focus on writing beyond classroom assignments. In the fall, students work on creative pieces of their own choosing. In the spring, the group focuses on journalism and produces The Harrison Middle School Survival Handbook, "written by fifth graders for future fifth graders." Sixth graders work on other writing pursuits.
 We meet after school on the last school Thursday of each month (until 3:30 p.m.). All students with an interest in writing are welcome. There is a sign-up sheet outside room 104. Students are encouraged to bring a notebook and their own snacks, although we will have paper and rudimentary munchies. Students may also see Ms. Agell during a drop-in time on Mondays at 9:20 AM. Writers may share writing with Ms. Agell any time, electronically or by hand delivery. The Poem Booth, for example, is always hungry! Students who are writing a great deal may be pulled out of class for a writing conference, at the convenience of the classroom teacher and Ms. Agell.  

Friday, September 11, 2015

End of week celebration!
Happy Friday!

Hello Fifth Grade Parents,

We finished our first week of 5th grade with smiles, laughter and popsicles. Your children did an amazing job this week coming to school prepared with wonderful eager attitudes for learning. Most of our days were spent learning their way around HMS and getting to the classes they needed to be in as well as learning their schedules. By day two, many were walking the halls with confidence and a spring in their step. 

In our classroom, we discussed many of the 5th grade expectations in Language Arts. We worked in groups and shared discussions about what it means to be a "Collaborative Worker," a "Self Directed Learner," a "Quality Producer," and a "Responsible and Involved Citizen." We talked about how these traits help to make successful people in school and in our world. We also spent time sharing our individual expectations for our classroom, classmates, and teachers in order to be successful students.                     

By Friday, we had visited the library and chose our first individual books to read and enjoy. We also read a book called, The Best Part of Me and had on opportunity to write about our individual best parts of ourselves.

Thank you for sending your children to school so well prepared to learn. I look forward to an amazing school year of writing, reading, laughing, thinking, and wondering.

* 5th grade Parent Open House is this Monday,     
   Sept. 14 from 5:30-7:30. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

*     School starts Tuesday, September
       8th at 7:35am.

*     5th graders should go straight to
       the 5th grade playground when
       they arrive at school.

*     Bring a healthy snack

*     Parents-5th grade "Open House" is Monday, 
       September 14th.

*     Don't forget your school supplies!

See you soon!