Monday, December 21, 2015

                             Season's Reading

Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with Blessings

Friday, December 18, 2015

Our new bean bags

     Our Holiday break is just about here and our work is complete. We finished our narrative writing pieces after much revision and editing with peers. Next week, we will have a reading share of our wonderful final writing pieces. We also completed our Compare/Contrast paragraph writing about two characters from our read aloud, Animal House and Iz. The students had so much fun creating their caricatures of their character study. Please ask your child to share with you this fun website. After the work was complete, many students chose to create christmas cards, portfolio covers and more using this website.
Sample caricature and writing
     On a another note, our wonderful PTO purchased bean bag chairs for more reading pleasure in our class. Thank you so much PTO!
     As our week came to an end, we met with our 8th grade buddies to share the story, The Giving Tree. After our reading, we all discussed our "Gift of Self" project. Please ask your child to share this project with you. The students will give a gift of themselves before Jan. 22 and then do a writing activity about that experience. I will send home a reminder about this project after the new year for those students who have not completed their gift over the holiday break.
* Tuesday, Dec. 22 is our last day of school before the holiday 


Friday, December 11, 2015

Enjoying a great book!
HAPPY FRIDAY!                   

     Our holiday break is approaching fast and we are wrapping up a few projects. We finished our read aloud,  Animal House and Iz and are working on character traits with evidence of characters along with a computer caricature drawing of the character. Students will compare two character's traits using dialogue writing. 
Our next read aloud will begin after the new year when we begin a book taking place during the Jim Crow era and civil rights.
     In Writer's Workshop, the students are putting their final touches on their narrative writing pieces. During this last week, we focused on editing our work and looking at our endings. Did your ending leave your reader thinking, laughing, or learning a lesson? 
     Next week we will meet with our 8th grade buddies to discuss a project called, "The gift of self." This project will ask each student to give the gift of themselves to a friend, elderly person, family or neighbor by helping them in some way without being asked or compensated. When the students return from the holiday break, they will write about that experience and share their writing with their 8th grade buddy.
*Wed. Dec. 16th- 5/6th grade instrumental/choral concert. 6:30pm
*Wed. Dec 16th- Intramurals cancelled

Friday, December 4, 2015

Measuring live lobsters
     Our writing week consisted of mini lessons on believable and important dialogue that moves a story along, great leads that grab your reader, and the use of transition words to move a story from paragraph to paragraph. In each lesson, we looked at each of these techniques from examples out our classroom library novels. By the end of the week, we started to share our writing with classmates to help each other clarify our thinking and details. Next week we will focus on paragraph breaks, how to add figurative language to our writings, and how to write an ending that will keep your reader thinking.
Collaborating on writing
 We are nearing the end of our read aloud Animal House and Iz and note taking on character traits. We will begin to write a comparison paper on two characters along with developing a character drawing on SP Studio which is a program that teaches the students how to draw caricature cartoons for their characters.

On Wednesday we went on our field trip to The Gulf of Maine Institute (see photos below). This field trip supports the students learning of biomes in Science class. It is a wonderful trip where the students are fully engaged with technology and scientific steps to solve problems such as:
* Why is the lobster population rising in Maine even though there are more lobstermen lobstering?
* How does a fisherman make money fishing and what are his expenses?
* What is plankton? How important is it to the Gulf of Maine?