Friday, November 18, 2016

Happy Friday!
Highlights of our week...

Narrative writing mini lessons
covered this week...

Asking classmates for writing help...

Using Compare/Contrast 
vocabulary to analyze character 

Publishing character designs
and analysis...

As many of you head off for a wonderful week with friends and family, I would like to wish you a beautiful Holiday. I am truly thankful for the laughter and readiness to learn that your children bring to school every day. 

No School Wed. Nov. 23- 27

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Sharing writing ideas
Happy Friday!
In Writer's Workshop, we continue to keep our focus on planning our narrative writing pieces. Students worked this week on a graphic organizer that has helped them to get the details of their memories jotted down. They focused on organizing their details and including sensory descriptive words. Once they were done with this first step, they met with a buddy to tell their memories out loud to each other. This idea helps them to see if they forgot to write down any ideas that they shared out loud. Next week, we will begin drafting the first draft.  To help us focus on what a good writing topic might be, we read the book, An "A" From Miss Keller. This was a wonderful story about writing with emotion and passion.

Our Reader's Workshop had us finishing our read aloud, Animal House and Iz. This crazy story about a blended family and finding their place in each other's hearts, had the students laughing at the crazy antics of the main characters. As we read the story, the students were inferring and keeping notes about the different character traits of each character. The students are now beginning a character analysis and contrasting writing about two of the characters. During this writing, students will be learning how to use compare/contrasting vocabulary to analyze behaviors of the characters. Along with this writing, the students learned how to use a fun and creative website called SpStudios. They had fun designing a character that they are writing about. In their designs, they choose the best ideas to show the characters true self.  

* If you are participating in the cookie/magazine sales, the big push to turn in your final sales are next week.

* Have a wonderful three day weekend! 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Great Readers!
Happy Friday!

Our week in writing focused on reviewing what we know about personification. We then began to look at how good writers use metaphors and similes to help with writing more descriptive details. We looked at poetry as well as metaphors and similes in the books we are reading. The students are excited when they find these figurative language examples in their own reading. They are seeing how common this language is in good writing. We also focused in Writer's Workshop on techniques good writers use when creating a story. We read the book, Nothing Ever Happens on 90th St. In this story, Eva is given a writing assignment but complains that she has nothing to write about until each of her neighbors gives her advice on what a good writer does. Soon Eva is off and writing. This read aloud also helped students to start their own topic lists for their personal narratives. Next week, we will look at examples of higher level 5th Grade writing.
Figurative Lang. in our books

Our Reader's Workshop found our focus on reviewing character traits. We Read Patricia Polacco's book, My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother. Patricia Polacco takes us on a journey learning about her brother Richie. We stayed focused on Richie's action and words to infer the type of character traits that best fit Richie. After practicing together, the students wrote a letter to me in their Journals telling me about the main characters in their personal reading books. In their letter, they told me about character traits with supporting evidence from their books to back up their thinking. Next week, as we end our current read aloud, the students will be writing a character analysis about a character from, Animal House and Iz.

Have a wonderful weekend!