Friday, October 28, 2016

8th grade Buddies

Thank you to all of our parents for their support and positive discussions during our 5th-grade conferences. Your children are a real joy to spend our days with. They make us think, and laugh every day.
Buddy drawing

During our Reader's Workshop this week, we stayed focused on our read aloud and working with inferencing in our individual choice books. We also enjoyed an extra day in the library with Ms. Stuhr. She shared a few Halloween spook stories that made us laugh.

Our Writer's Workshop continued to focus on paragraph writing. We used our knowledge of paragraph structure to write descriptive paragraphs for our 8th-grade buddies. We drew our own designed monsters and then gave our writing to our buddies to follow the steps to drawing the monster. The 8th-graders then shared their directions for the 5th-graders on how to draw a monster using their computer technology. The buddies had a great afternoon together!

We ended our week with writing letters to our Uganda Penpals. Mr. Roscoe picked up our letters on his way to the airport for his 30 hour trip to St Bahkita refugee School in Uganda.

Mr. Roscoe and teachers
Last week, Mr. Roscoe came to talk with us about Harrison Middle School's sister school in Uganda. He shared pictures and movies of Uganda and the children that attend St. Bahkita Primary School in Beweyale, Uganda. We learned how this is a refugee settlement with people who left Sudan for safety reasons. The students were very excited to learn about how we are going to write letters and become pen pals with these children. Your child is coming home this weekend with their letter assignment to be completed at home and returned to school by next Wednesday, Oct. 21. If you would like more information on this school, I have included the link:
Students at St. Bahkita

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