Friday, October 14, 2016

Poetry and Nature
Happy Friday!
Although our week was short, we accomplished a lot of great work. Our focus took place with the use of personification in writing. We discussed why an author would use this piece of figurative language in a story. The students were excited to find many examples of personification in their own independent reading books. Earlier in the week, the students took their nature personification and joined their writing with other classmates to write collaborative poetry. Along with poetry, we continued our work on proper paragraph structure. Our focus was on writing great topic sentences and using transition words to help a paragraph to flow.
Collaborative Poetry

In Reader's Workshop, we continued our read aloud Animal House and Iz. Our concentration was on inferencing. We took notes about our thinking and inferring as we read while students later had practice reading their independent reading books and using stickie notes to locate important information in their books where they had to use their inferencing skills. We continue to talk about how inferencing is not predicting but rather "reading between the lines." This reading concept takes a lot of practice and deep reading. We will be practicing inferencing skills all year through independent reading and as whole group work.


Reminders:
* Conferences will be held Oct. 24, 26, & 27. Email sign-ups have      been sent home.
* Oct. 18 5th-grade Intramurals will be CANCELLED
* Oct. 22 Picture Retakes. 

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