Friday, March 25, 2016

Dolphins and Geese
Happy Colonial Craft Day!
Do you recognize these 17th century children?


      


                    


                             


                                         



                   



               



Thank you to all of our parent volunteers.
You helped make our day wonderful!






Friday, March 18, 2016

Enjoying a great book!
HAPPY FRIDAY!  

     In Writer's Workshop, our researchers worked diligently this week. We continued our research, note taking, and paragraph writing on our Explorer projects. (See Graphic Organizers below) By Friday, many students were ready to start creating their interactive maps which will tell the story of their explorers. When these maps are complete, we will share the maps online for all parents to interact with and enjoy.
     We are nearing the end of our read aloud The Liberation of Gabriel KingWe have watched our characters grow and change through their conflicts with the deep south, friendship, and racism in the early seventies. We have had wonderful discussions on how a character changes over the course of a story and we have looked at methods that an author uses to create mood and suspense.
     By Friday, we had a chance to also try a few practice problems on the computers to prepare for the MEA testing for next week. See the schedule for 5th grade testing below. 
REMINDERS:
*  Colonial Craft Day is Fri. Mar.25.
*  5th Grade MEA testing schedule
 Mon. 3/21    Math 50 min. 10:50
                   Math 50 min. 1:00
Tues. 3/22     Reading 50 min. 10:50
                   Reading 50 min. 1:00
Wed. 3/23     Writing 50 min.  10:50
                   Writing 50 min.  1:00
Thurs. 3/24    Read/Write  10:00-12:15
    
3/21/2016Math 150 minutes10:50 -12:15
Math 250 minutes1:00 - 2:15
3/22/2016Reading 150 minutes10:50 - 12:15
Reading 250 minutes1:00 - 2:15
3/23/2016Writing/ELA 135 minutes7:50-8:40
Writing /ELA 235 minutes10:50-11:40
3/24/2016Read/Write85 minutes
25 Minutes Reading, 60 Minutes Writing
10:00-12:15
3/21/2016Math 150 minutes10:50 -12:15
Math 250 minutes1:00 - 2:15
3/22/2016Reading 150 minutes10:50 - 12:15
Reading 250 minutes1:00 - 2:15
3/23/2016Writing/ELA 135 minutes7:50-8:40
Writing /ELA 235 minutes10:50-11:40
3/24/2016Read/Write85 minutes
25 Minutes Reading, 60 Minutes Writing
10:00-12:15
3/21/2016Math 150 minutes10:50 -12:15
Math 250 minutes1:00 - 2:15
3/22/2016Reading 150 minutes10:50 - 12:15
Reading 250 minutes1:00 - 2:15
3/23/2016Writing/ELA 135 minutes7:50-8:40
Writing /ELA 235 minutes10:50-11:40
3/24/2016Read/Write85 minutes
25 Minutes Reading, 60 Minutes Writing
10:00-12:15
          



Friday, March 11, 2016


Happy Friday!
     A whole lot of fun was had by all during our Spirit Week. The 5th grade did a fantastic job participating and laughing. 
      Although we may have looked a little crazy, we sure worked hard on our Explorer research and writing. The students moved on to dot jot note taking as we enjoyed the stories of our explorer's lives. There was a lot of conversation and mumbling going around the room as students learned 
about the courageous and sometimes criminal adventures of their explorer.
     Our focus this week was on good note taking, jotting notes but not putting our notes in complete sentences, just writing the facts in a list. Later, the students will take these notes and rewrite them in their own words. These note lessons work very well with our conversation on plagiarism.
     We continued our read aloud, The Liberation of Gabriel King in Reader's Workshop while continually looking at the point of view of the author and how  that view affects the story. We also looked at the point of view of each character to better understand that character. We payed great attention to each character's voice and what they had to say. 
Reminders:
*  Colonial Craft Day, Fri. Mar. 25
    Start preparing costume. 
*  Small baby food jar needed for Colonial Craft Day. Bring in 
    as soon as you can.



Friday, March 4, 2016

"Smart Thinkers"
Happy Friday!
     This week flew by with the excitement of starting our Explorer research. We began our week with learning how to "Read around the text," procedure. Ask your child about this technique and how it helps the students tackle difficult expository reading. Students look at pictures and take notes, they read captions and take notes, look at any maps and charts and take more notes, and last, they look at any bold words or sentences and turn them into questions. Doing all of this before reading the text, helps the students collect some background knowledge. Later in the week, we learned how to take short notes in the margins of a text to help us organize our thinking while researching. As you may know, your child was then assigned their explorer to begin their research project. 
Reading around the text
     In Reader's workshop, we continued working with our read aloud The Liberation of Gabriel King. Our focus was recognizing how the point of view of an author can change the meaning of a story.
     We finished our week with Mrs. Kilpatrick joining us for a fun "Headbands" game related to our explorer spelling words.

Reminders:
* Spirit Week Next week-
Mon.     Blue and White Yarmouth theme
Tues.     Dress like your fav. book, fairy tale, movie character
Wed.     Mardi Gras- bright colors and beads
Thurs.   Crazy/Fancy clothes
Fri.        Dress like your favorite teacher

* 7th Grade sponsored Blood Drive 2:30-6:30- stop by the HMS cafe and donate blood to help those in need.