Thursday, December 22, 2016

Writing Celebration

 Highlights of our holiday week together:

* We enjoyed a Hannukah story in the library
8th gr. Buddies and card making
   with Ms. Stuhr.

* After very hard work, we celebrated our
   Narrative Writing pieces with a celebration
   with classmates, Mr. Smith, Mrs. Rollins,
   and Mrs. Adler.

* Mr. Schlax came to teach us about magnets 
   and motors.

* We ended our week with our 8th-grade Buddies. Together we          planned our "Gift of Self" projects and made holiday
  cards for Yarmouth seniors.
Mr. Schlax and magnets

May your Holiday be filled with laughter, family, and wonderful memories.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Great Readers!
Happy Friday!

As we prepare for the holiday break, our narrative writing is complete. Next week, the students will celebrate their hard work by sharing their writing among our two classes.  The student's attention to descriptive writing lessons shines through on every piece. They will be bringing a copy home to share with family, next week. 

When Friday approached, we switched writing gears and began a fun poster project. The students will be practicing using all of their knowledge of Figurative Language from their writing lessons and apply their creative writing to a picture featuring themselves. We will continue this work through next week.
Lost in a book!

We also continue our work with our read-a-loud, The Liberation of Gabriel King. Our reading takes us into discussions about the point of view of our characters and a continuation of analyzing the Antagonist and the protagonist in our story.

Next week, we will meet with our 8th Grade Buddies to start a project together titled, Gift of Self. A part of this project will need to be completed at home over the next couple of weeks. The holiday break also makes for a great time to accomplish this task. Students are asked to give the gift of themselves and their time to someone. The students will then complete a writing assignment about this task. More detailed information will be sent home soon.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Writers at work!
Happy Friday!

The students worked hard with their revision buddies this week. Most of their work revolved around writing a strong ending to their piece of writing. They focused on leaving the writer with a lesson, moral, or a "so what" thought. When we finish our work next week, we will share our pieces with the other 5th grade classes.

In Reader's Workshop, we continued our work with our read-a-loud
The Liberation of Gabriel King. We began looking at the "Point of View" in a story. Our focus was to first look at how the point of view of a character can also be the point fo view of the author. We then focused in on the "first person" and "third person" point of view in the story. Along with point of view, we began to look at the Protagonist and Antagonist positions in a story.
Thank you for sharing your children with me, they make me smile and laugh every day.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, December 2, 2016

learning about lobsters
Happy Friday!
Please enjoy the photos below of our field trip to the Gulf of Maine Institute where we used the scientific method to learn about our beautiful gulf and its species.

Our week just flew by! We focused our writing on our Narrative pieces, working on descriptive verbs, paragraphing, and using meaningful dialogue to bring our writing alive. Students also met with their revision buddies to help each other find ways to improve or clarify their writing pieces. Next week, we will focus on editing and teacher-student conferencing.

Our Reader's Workshop was a reading frenzy! Students wrote letters in their notebooks, focusing on character traits with evidence. We also continued to look at how good authors use figurative language to write more descriptively. We added "Idioms" to our list of wonderful writing. We also started our new read-a-loud, The Liberation of Gabriel King. During this reading time, we will focus on the literary element of 'Point of View." This historical fiction book takes place during 1975 in the deep south with segregation playing one of the themes as well as overcoming your fears with the love of friends and family:
     Gabriel King was a born chicken. He’s afraid of spiders, corpses, loose cows, and just about everything related to the fifth grade. Gabe’s best friend, Frita Wilson, thinks Gabe needs some liberating from his fears. Frita knows something about being brave— she’s the only black kid in school in a town with an active Ku Klux Klan. Together Gabe and Frita are going to spend the summer of 1976 facing down the fears on Gabe’s list. But it turns out that Frita has her own list, and while she’s helping Gabe confront his fears, she’s avoiding the thing that scares her the most.
Have a wonderful weekend!