Friday, January 15, 2016

Our class 5th Grade Spelling Bee Finalists
Happy Friday!       

     Congratulations to our Spelling finalists, Josephine, Evie, Sadie, And Ben. They proudly represented the Dolphin and Geese classes in the 5th grade Spelling Bee. 
     As our week began, we worked on our Persuasive essay planning. We read sample essays together and diagramed the different elements of the essays. We also discussed what a thesis statement is and how important it is to the persuasive text. We had an opportunity to look at many examples before trying to write our own. After trying our own thesis writing, we discussed the different "grabber" leads that can hook a reader first before you make your thesis point. As many of you have seen from your child's work, the students are using a graphic organizer to organize their three proofs and supporting details. We will also use an organizer to help structure their paragraphs for the complete essay.

     Students were excited to finally begin our new read aloud, The Liberation of Gabriel King. The first chapter had the students writing about their thinking in their Reader's Notebooks. They wrote about their wonderings and questions to the detailed beginning of our book. Just in the first chapter alone, the author writes about the Bicentennial of our country in 1976, who was the governor Jimmy Carter, school integration, and the friendship between Gabriel, a caucasian boy and his best friend Frida, an African American girl getting ready to start Fifth grade along with some small town
Loving a book!
bullies. The students had a lot of history questions and predictions as to what might be coming for our main characters.  As we read our way through our book, we will continue to work on inferencing skills and writing evidence to support our thinking.

Reader's Notebook entry

Have a wonderful three day weekend!

* No school on Mon. Jan. 18th
* Gift of Self Project due Jan 21st
* Tues. 5th grade Math Team & Speech and Debate Team
* Wed. 5th grade Intramurals and            
    Science Club


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