Friday, September 15, 2017

Stamina Reading!
Happy Friday!

What a great week! We spent most of our Reader's Workshop time discussing Reader's Workshop guidelines before having our first mini-lesson. This lesson focused on the word, "stamina." We discussed the definition of the word and then practiced our reading stamina. Students timed their reading to see where they may have been distracted or found themselves not focused before having to refocus back to their book. We also talked about what a good reader does when they find themselves daydreaming and needing to refocus. We passed out our new reader's notebooks and began to think and talk about reading goals and all the different genres.

Typing practice
On Monday, we had our computer roll out with Mr. Arsenault and each student was assigned their computer. We set up our computers for the year and personalized them with our own passwords. Now that we have our computers, students had their first keyboarding practice with the keyboard covers. Some students found these to be frustrating. We continued to talk about the advantages to practicing and working even harder when something is not easy.

Our classes had an opportunity to start a new quick read aloud titled, Be A Perfect Person In Just Three Days. This is a humorous but wonderful story with a great message about perfection being boring as well as robbing each person of their uniqueness. Be sure and ask your child how this fun story ends

Being cool
Next week we will begin Writer's Workshop. Our focus will be on paragraphing and what a proper paragraph needs to have to be complete. We will practice and review these elements for a few weeks before diving into our Narrative essays.

 REMINDERS:
* Tues. and Wed. 5th-grade intramurals 
   2:50-4:20

Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy Friday!


We've had a wonderful start to 5th-grade. The students were eager and excited to learn about their new school and to meet all of their teachers. We heard a lot of positive comments about their UA classes, lunch room choices, teachers, and middle school freedom. 


We had an opportunity to visit the library and check-out books, begin creative writing in their writing journals, express their goals and needs for the things that will help them be successful learners in 5th-grade, and worked in groups to learn about the building blocks and traits of successful people. 8th-grade Buddies came to meet us and we got to play a school wide scavenger hunt.

We ended our week with a read aloud of the picture book The Best Part Of Me. Students had an opportunity to write about the best parts of themselves and share about who they are in their class groups. Friday afternoon came to a close with a 5th-grade popsicle celebration of our first week together.
Having fun together

Thank you for sending your children to school prepared and ready to learn. They worked hard this week to learn their new surroundings, made some new friends, and made me and each other laugh. I look forward to working with your amazing children.

Have a wonderful weekend!
REMINDERS:
* 5th-Grade Open House, Tuesday, Sept. 12th.          6:30-7:15pm
* 5th -Grade Intramurals every 
  Tues. & Wed. 2:50-4:20pm
      

Monday, August 28, 2017

Important Dates To Remember-


5th-Grade "Meet and Greet"
Thursday, Aug. 3, 
Drop-in 10:00-11:00 am

5th-Grade Open House
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 
6:30-7:15 pm

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


What are you reading?

Summer Reading
Suggestions:

* Be sure to check out book commercials created by last year's 5th-graders at this link: 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B0I5acFkJ_YAeWtiSUlqTGtqY0U?usp=sharing



Girls Prefer:
The Wild Girls -Pat Murphy**
Out of My Mind -Sharon Draper**
Rain Reign -Ann Martin
I'll Always Write Back -Ganda
Fish In A Tree -Hunt
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane -Kate DiCamillo**
Lady Grace Mysteries
Counting by 7's -Holly Sloan*
Kira Kira   -Cynthia Kadohata
Because Of Mr. Terupt -Bayea
Every Soul A Star -Mass

A Mango Shaped Space   -Wendy Mass*
The One and Only Ivan -Katherine Applegate**
Pegasus -Kate O'Hearn**
Devil’s Arithmetic   -Jane Yolen *
When You Reach Me   -Rebecca Stead *
Close to Famous   -Joan Bauer
The Cupcake Queen   -Heather Hepler
See You At Harry’s   -Jo Knowles
The Penderwicks   -Jeanne Birdsell*
True   -Katherine Hannigan
Firegirl -Tony Abbott *
Stargirl   -Jerry Spinelli
Where The Mountain Meets The Moon   -Grace Lin*
A Crooked Kind Of Perfect   -Linda Urban
Boys Are Dogs/Girls Are Catty    -L. Margolis
Anne Of Green Gables*
Land of Stories -
The Secret Garden   -Burnett
The reinvention of Bessica Lefter   -Tracy
Pegasus -O'Hearn
Flipped   -Draanen*
The Lions Of Little Rock  -K.Levine*
Jennifer Heate Macbeth Williams Mckinley & Me   -EL Konisberg
Finally 12 -Mass
Tuck Everlasting   -Bubbitt*
A Tangle Of Knots   -Graff
Three Times Lucky   -Turnage
Quit It!   -Byalick
Millicent Min Girl Genius   -Yee
Second Life of Abigail Walker   -Dowell
11 Birthdays   -Mass*
Book Thief   -Zusak*

My Mother is a Rock Star 

Boys Prefer:

I Am Number Four -P. Lore
Red Kayak -p. Cummings
Stormbreaker -Anthony Horowitz*
Rangers Apprentice(series) -John Flanagan*
Harris and Me  -Gary Paulsen*

Maniac Magee -Jerry Spinelli
Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher -Colville
Plunked   -Michael Northrop
Athlete vs. Mathlete   -W.C. Mack*

Holes -Louis Sachar*
Pendragon (Series)   -D.J. Machale
Hatchet   -Gary Paulsen* 

Gregor The Overlander (Series)   -Suzanne Collins*
Baseball In April   -Gary Soto
The Homework Machine   -Dan Gutman

When You Reach Me   -Stead*
Artemis Fowl (Series)   -Eoin Colfer
Fablehaven (Series)   -Brandon Mull
The Castle In The Attic   -Elizabeth Winthrop*
Good Dog   -Avi
Million Dollar Throw   -Mike Lupica
Football Genius/Baseball Great   -Tim Green
Middle School Is The Worst/The Worst Years Of My Life   -James Patterson
Crush   -Spinelli *
Huckleberry Finn(Great Illustrated Classics)   -Twain
Tom Sawyer(Great Illustrated Classics)   -Twain*
The Boy Who Saved Baseball   -John Ritter
Indian In The Cupboard   -Banks
Sign Of The Beaver   -Speare*
Dead End   -Gantos
Treasure Island

Ranger's Apprentice***
Blood On The River
Peak   -Smith*
Fighting Ground   -Avi
Hothead   -Cal Ripkin Jr.
Peter Nimble and His Incredible Eyes   -Auxier*
Masterpiece   -Murphy
 

Girls & Boys Prefer: 
Wonder  -Palaccio *
I Am Number Four***
The One and Only Ivan -Applegate*
Crush -Paulsen*
Castle In The Attic   -Winthrop*
Battle For The Castle   -Winthrop
The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane   -Kate DiCamillo*
The Mysterious Benedict Society   -Trenton Lee Stewart*
Maniac Magee   -Jerry Spinelli*
The Liberation of Gabriel King   -K.L. Going
The Giver   -Lois Lowery*
The View From Saturday   -E.L. Konisberg
Gregor The Overlander (Series)   -Suzanne Collins
Three Times Lucky   -Turnage
Splendors Gloom
White Dolphin   -Gill Lewis
City Of Ember (Series)   -DuPrau* 

Freak The Mighty -Philbrick
Where The Red Fern Grows   -Rauls*
Capture The Flag   -Messner
Phantom Tollbooth   -Juster*
Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher   -Colville*
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs   -Birney*
Touch Blue   -Lord*
Dead End   -Gantos
Rules   -Lord
The Westing Game   -Raskin
Lizzie Bright and The Buckminster Boy

* Student Favorites

Friday, June 16, 2017

Happy Friday!

Our last full week together was filled with a read-a-thon, a viewing of the movie, The Watson's go to Birmingham-1963, to follow up with the book we read, continued reading of our read aloud,
My Brother Sam Is Dead, and a laugh-filled kickball game between the Geese and the Dolphins


On Monday, the students will be attending the yearbook assembly in the morning. If your child purchased a yearbook, they will be passed out during their lunch break. Following the assembly, the students will attend a step-up visit with the 6th-grade teachers. Students will meet all the 6th-grade teachers and learn a little bit about 6th-grade. 


Wednesday will be our last day of school. Students will enjoy a breakfast together to celebrate their 5th-grade success. School will be out at 11:00 am for the summer.
8th-grade Buddies

Friday, June 9, 2017

Happy Friday!

Thank you to all of our parent chaperones who traveled with us to Boston this week. You helped to make our day more wonderful! Our day was filled with learning, laughter, yummy food, and lasting memories.










Friday, June 2, 2017

Happy Friday!

Our classes finished our read aloud, The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963. This wonderful story brought many class discussions about the the Civil Rights Movement as seen through the main character, Kenny's eyes. These conversations led to a short discussion about different kinds of civil rights in order to prepare us to visit our 8th-grade buddies civil rights projects.


We also prepared this week to begin our new read aloud, My Brother Sam Is Dead. This is a fast paced edge of your seat book. A Newberry book classic, This is a story about one family torn apart by the Revolutionary War.

All his life, Tim Meeker has looked up to his brother Sam. Sam's smart and brave -- and is now a part of the American Revolution. Not everyone in town wants to be a part of the rebellion. Most are supporters of the British -- including Tim and Sam's father.
With the war soon raging, Tim knows he'll have to make a choice -- between the Revolutionaries and the Redcoats . . . and between his brother and his father.


Students worked together to learn and define colonial and Revolutionary War vocabulary in order to better understand the plot. By researching and sharing this new vocabulary, they were also preparing for our trip to Boston. While in Boston, these colonial vocabulary words will come up throughout our day of learning, especially when we step back in time at The Old South Meeting House to argue for and against the Boston Tea taxes...trouble will be brewing!
Below is our itinerary for our day of fun in Boston. Please refer to my earlier email regarding preparations for our trip. We leave HMS at 7:15. Please have your child at school by 7:00. Pick-up at 6:00pm.

 Beginning at Bunker Hill

9:30-10:00    Arrive at Bunker Hill Monument

10:00-11:30 Bathrooms, visit museum- two flights up from bathrooms, climb, presentation

11:30 - 11:45    Bus pickup (drop off at North End Playground)

11:45 - 12:30
   
   *    North End Playground to Old North Church (stay for talk)

   *    Old North Church to Paul Revere’s House

   *    Paul Revere’s House to Faneuil Market

12:30 - 1:15    LUNCH AT FANEUIL HALL

1:15 - 2:00

Old State House to Ben Franklin Statue

Ben Franklin Statue to Kings Chapel and site of the first school house in America

2:00-3:00  Old South Meeting House (Tea is Brewing - 1 hour program)


3:00   Granary Burying Ground to Boston Common / Massachusetts State House   for bus pickup.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Have a Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

What an amazing Great American Night! The students worked so hard at their writing pieces, creative design boards, and on their wonderful speeches to educate their visitors.They truly brought to life their great American personalities.

Thank you to all of our parents for their encouragement, and support with costumes and board designs. We hope you all had as much fun as we did.