Thursday, April 13, 2017

                        Enjoy your time off. See you Monday, April 24th

Friday, April 7, 2017

Biography search
Happy Friday!
We started our week with a google lesson with Mr. Arsenault. During this lesson, Mr. A showed us how to search more precisely and safely using google search. We focused on appropriate researching for fifth-graders, we also learned to find images and how to manipulate the images. He continued to show us how to get the URL for a picture to include in our bibliographies when we begin our Great American projects.
The Dolphins and the Geese received their Great American time periods. They range from 1574-1833. Students visited many biography books to skim for interest. Then, students chose their top five choices of whom they would like to complete their project on. They will receive one of their top choices on the Monday that we return from Spring Break.
Library search lesson

We ended our week with lessons in the library with Ms. Stuhr. She taught us about the online research tools on the library web page. These tools such as Britannica on-line and Marvel are set for middle school level reading and appropriateness. We will be using these search tools along with our biography books to complete our Great American projects.

This week also ended our read-a-loud, The False Prince. Check-in with your child to find out how the book ended. Many twists and mysteries were answered. I now have a wait list for checking out book two and three. They are hooked and want to keep reading. This was a great book to share with such a wonderful reading group of students.

Enjoy your weekend?

Friday, March 31, 2017

Pop-up Explorer map 
Happy Friday!

Students are busily working on completing their explorer projects in Language Arts. After a few weeks of research, note taking, paragraph writing, and planning, they are now building their final projects. Some students have chosen to write a picture book, some have chosen a letter written in the first person of their explorer, and
Picture book
others have chosen to build an interactive pop-up map on their computers. On Monday, they will present their projects to the class. After the presentations, classmates will go on a learning walk from table to table taking notes about the discoveries of each explorer. Look for these projects to be shared at home next week.

In Reader's Workshop, we are at the end of our read aloud, The False Prince. This has been an exciting book to read for the students as they have had to collect many clues along the way to try and figure out the twist at the end. This book is part of a trilogy. Look for many students to be running to the library wanting to find the next edition. While we enjoy our book, students continue to read their independent reading books while focusing on conflict/problem as well as point of view. This week, we discussed how the point of view that a writer writes in affects the way a reader enjoys the story.

Next week, we begin looking at our Great American project and begin introductions of time periods and people.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Optional 5th grade Conferences Scheduled Apr.4-6

Friday, March 24, 2017

Happy Friday!
Thank you to all of our parents who helped Colonial Craft Day to be a huge success. We all had a wonderful day of laughing and learning.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy Friday!
Colonial Craft Day is next Friday, March 25. Students should be planning and putting together their colonial clothing choices. Below is a copy of the note sent home last week regarding clothing ideas.


Dear Parents,
Colonial Craft Day is March 25th and fast approaching. We’ve been discussing the many ways to put together a costume for the day. The boys costume pictured was created for $4. Any pair of dark pants will do with a pair of long sports socks pulled up and over the pant legs. If you have a pair of old pants, you could cut them off just below the knees and pull the socks up over the short pants. A large old white dress shirt with some ruffles glued to the sleeves and an old vest. Sometimes the best place to look is in Dad’s closet. The hat was off ebay for $3, though not necessary.
     Below are pictures for girls. We discussed any dress or skirt and blouse will work. Many girls wore dresses and layered a white blouse over the top with an apron around the waste. Aprons can be made out of an old pillowcase with ties sewn or glued on to tie around the waist. A kitchen apron works great too! Some girls even made their own mop hats with an old piece of fabric, glue, and elastic. Directions for a no-sew mop hat can be found online. Of course girls do not need a hat and can choose to have braided pigtails and bows. Many students from last year visited the local Goodwill stores and found some great options for skirts and blouses.
Please do not feel the need to spend any money. Students were encouraged to go through closets and see what they can put together or create. Borrow from a neighbor or maybe a friend from 6th grade. Most importantly, have fun with this!
Mrs. Rollins
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