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!


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