Thursday, June 16, 2016

What are you reading?

Summer Reading

* Be sure to check out book commercials created by last year's 5th-graders at this link:

Girls Prefer:
The Wild Girls -Pat Murphy**
Out of My Mind -Sharon Draper**
Rain Reign -Ann Martin
I'll Always Write Back -Ganda
Fish In A Tree -Hunt
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane -Kate DiCamillo**
Lady Grace Mysteries
Counting by 7's -Holly Sloan*
Kira Kira   -Cynthia Kadohata
Because Of Mr. Terupt -Bayea
Every Soul A Star -Mass

A Mango Shaped Space   -Wendy Mass*
The One and Only Ivan -Katherine Applegate**
Pegasus -Kate O'Hearn**
Devil’s Arithmetic   -Jane Yolen *
When You Reach Me   -Rebecca Stead *
Close to Famous   -Joan Bauer
The Cupcake Queen   -Heather Hepler
See You At Harry’s   -Jo Knowles
The Penderwicks   -Jeanne Birdsell*
True   -Katherine Hannigan
Firegirl -Tony Abbott *
Stargirl   -Jerry Spinelli
Where The Mountain Meets The Moon   -Grace Lin*
A Crooked Kind Of Perfect   -Linda Urban
Boys Are Dogs/Girls Are Catty    -L. Margolis
Anne Of Green Gables*
Land of Stories -
The Secret Garden   -Burnett
The reinvention of Bessica Lefter   -Tracy
Pegasus -O'Hearn
Flipped   -Draanen*
The Lions Of Little Rock  -K.Levine*
Jennifer Heate Macbeth Williams Mckinley & Me   -EL Konisberg
Finally 12 -Mass
Tuck Everlasting   -Bubbitt*
A Tangle Of Knots   -Graff
Three Times Lucky   -Turnage
Quit It!   -Byalick
Millicent Min Girl Genius   -Yee
Second Life of Abigail Walker   -Dowell
11 Birthdays   -Mass*
Book Thief   -Zusak*

My Mother is a Rock Star 

Boys Prefer:

I Am Number Four -P. Lore
Red Kayak -p. Cummings
Stormbreaker -Anthony Horowitz*
Rangers Apprentice(series) -John Flanagan*
Harris and Me  -Gary Paulsen*

Maniac Magee -Jerry Spinelli
Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher -Colville
Plunked   -Michael Northrop
Athlete vs. Mathlete   -W.C. Mack*

Holes -Louis Sachar*
Pendragon (Series)   -D.J. Machale
Hatchet   -Gary Paulsen* 

Gregor The Overlander (Series)   -Suzanne Collins*
Baseball In April   -Gary Soto
The Homework Machine   -Dan Gutman

When You Reach Me   -Stead*
Artemis Fowl (Series)   -Eoin Colfer
Fablehaven (Series)   -Brandon Mull
The Castle In The Attic   -Elizabeth Winthrop*
Good Dog   -Avi
Million Dollar Throw   -Mike Lupica
Football Genius/Baseball Great   -Tim Green
Middle School Is The Worst/The Worst Years Of My Life   -James Patterson
Crush   -Spinelli *
Huckleberry Finn(Great Illustrated Classics)   -Twain
Tom Sawyer(Great Illustrated Classics)   -Twain*
The Boy Who Saved Baseball   -John Ritter
Indian In The Cupboard   -Banks
Sign Of The Beaver   -Speare*
Dead End   -Gantos
Treasure Island

Ranger's Apprentice***
Blood On The River
Peak   -Smith*
Fighting Ground   -Avi
Hothead   -Cal Ripkin Jr.
Peter Nimble and His Incredible Eyes   -Auxier*
Masterpiece   -Murphy

Girls & Boys Prefer: 
Wonder  -Palaccio *
I Am Number Four***
The One and Only Ivan -Applegate*
Crush -Paulsen*
Castle In The Attic   -Winthrop*
Battle For The Castle   -Winthrop
The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane   -Kate DiCamillo*
The Mysterious Benedict Society   -Trenton Lee Stewart*
Maniac Magee   -Jerry Spinelli*
The Liberation of Gabriel King   -K.L. Going
The Giver   -Lois Lowery*
The View From Saturday   -E.L. Konisberg
Gregor The Overlander (Series)   -Suzanne Collins
Three Times Lucky   -Turnage
Splendors Gloom
White Dolphin   -Gill Lewis
City Of Ember (Series)   -DuPrau* 

Freak The Mighty -Philbrick
Where The Red Fern Grows   -Rauls*
Capture The Flag   -Messner
Phantom Tollbooth   -Juster*
Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher   -Colville*
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs   -Birney*
Touch Blue   -Lord*
Dead End   -Gantos
Rules   -Lord
The Westing Game   -Raskin
Lizzie Bright and The Buckminster Boy

* Student Favorites

Friday, June 10, 2016

Happy Friday!

Summer is getting closer and closer and we are enjoying our last few days together. We are continuing our read-a-louds, My Brother Sam Is Dead and The False Prince. With each chapter, the kids are hooked and can't wait to see what will happen to our main characters. Each character's life is in great danger. 
     On Wednesday, we loaded the bus and headed to Boston to culminate our colonization unit. What a wonderful day! As we ventured along the Freedom Trail, groups of students took center stage and became the teachers who taught us about the historical background of each site we visited. We ended our day in the Old North Meeting house were the students role played a debate between Patriots and Loyalists which led to the Boston Tea Party. We have some great future actors in our midst. 

     As our week ended, the 5th-grade students visited their 8th grade buddies to see and congratulate them on their Civil Rights projects. They did a wonderful job! The 5th graderswere very interested and had a lot to talk about when we returned to our room.
     Next Tuesday, June 14, all 5th graders will visit the 6th grade classrooms and teachers for "Step-Up" day. The 6th-grade teachers will introduce themselves and 
answer any questions to help the students feel comfortable about entering 6th grade in the Fall. 

*   Monday is our Yearbook assembly. 
Anyone who ordered a yearbook will 
receive their book at the end of the day 
on Monday. 
*   If you did not order a yearbook 
but would like one, please 
call the HMS office.

Friday, June 3, 2016

HAPPY FRIDAY!                                
     With Great Americans complete, we are preparing for Boston. In Reader's Workshop, We started our week researching different colonial vocabulary words to prepare ourselves to begin the book, My Brother Sam Is Dead. The classic story of one family torn apart by the Revolutionary War. All his life, Tim Meeker has looked up to his brother Sam. Sam's smart and brave -- and is now a part of the American Revolution. Not everyone in town wants to be a part of the rebellion. Most are supporters of the British -- including Tim and Sam's father.With the war soon raging, Tim knows he'll have to make a choice -- between the Revolutionaries and the Redcoats . . . and between his brother and his father. We are just in the beginning of the book and already the action has the students hooked.
     Next week the students will be meeting with me individually to plan their summer reading goals. Once a plan has been established, the students will bring home a copy of their plan to have for the summer.
1. Next Wed. June 8th, we go to BOSTON. Students should be 
    in the classroom by 7:00am. The bus will leave HMS
    at 7:15 and return to HMS by 5:30pm. 
2. Students should have:
    * A hat/sunblock
    * Large water bottle and a snack for bus ride. No glass bottles.
    *$10-15 for lunch or a sack lunch
    * Comfortable shoes-sneakers
    * Quiet games or book for bus ride, in a backpack
    * If rain-rain jacket-no umbrellas
WE GO RAIN OR SHINE. Please check the weather