Friday, September 16, 2016

Writer's Notebooks
Happy Friday!

Thank you to all the 5th-grade parents who were able to come to Open House this week, it was wonderful to meet all of you. Please remember to contact me with any questions you may have regarding your child's 5th-grade year. Our year has started out with so much enthusiasm from the students. I am looking forward to our year together.

During our Writer's Workshop, we spent some time reflecting on our read aloud and writing about what we "visualize" when we read based on descriptive words used by the author. Students also began to look at characterization and traits of our main characters. Students also had an opportunity to start decorating their Writer's Notebooks with pictures and stickers of memories and hobbies. This collage will help us begin to make a list of possible writing topics when we begin our narrative writing unit.
Sharing our thinking

On Monday we spent our Language Arts class time in the library as Ms. Stuhr began a lesson on the "Inquiry Process." Students looked at non-fiction books and voted on favorite topics to begin an inquiry research project with a partner. Next week we will work on the first step in the process which is questing/wondering. Students will record their personal questions on a topic and these question will then lead their research and note taking.
Read aloud 

* MAP TESTING-5th-grade Math will be Thurs. day Sept 22, 11:10-12:30. Reading will     be Fri. Sept 23, 11:10-12:30.

* Tues. Sept. 20, 5th-grade Intramurals 2:50-4:20

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