Marking Period #3 is officially history here at Shields Elementary! This marking period seemed to fly by this time. Just a reminder, report cards will go home the Thursday before Spring Break begins, so be on the lookout!
Last week we really focused on #CREATIVITY and #GROWTHMINDSET. Students created their very own infographics based on topics of their choice. Additionally, we spent a large amount of time reviewing previously completed assignments. Students picked a piece that they felt needed the most “TLC”. I was very impressed with the honesty and support displayed by the students as they shared their strengths and weaknesses with their peers. When students have the opportunity to reflect on their own learning, there is a sense of empowerment that you can feel buzzing around the classroom.
“The Amazing History of American Television” assessments should have shown up in homework folders with other graded work, but was not used as an assessment that was counted toward marking period grades. However, I strongly suggest reviewing this assessment with your child. We spent a large amount of time analyzing this assignment, discussing how this assessment is similar to the types of questions that they will be exposed to once SBAC testing begins in May.
Homework is back in action this week, so please reach out if you are in need of any extra copies. Also, we have started using an interactive Scrabble-type game on the internet that students are able to use in their spare time. Words with Friends EDU (www.wordswithfriendsedu.com) is a wonderful way for students to practice their spelling and vocabulary skills. Please check it out and encourage your child to play at home if they have time!
We have so many things to look forward to this marking period, and I am looking forward to enjoying this special time with your children!
Thank you for your continued support!
This weather is surely keeping it interesting in Delaware! Our 5th grade friends here at Shields Elementary are doing the same. We can always count on these kiddos to keep us on our toes....or our feet! Standing ovations are in order for the performances by all who performed in our annual show, "Annie". Additionally, we applaud our Odyssey of the Mind students who performed for us on Wednesday. We wish you the best of luck with your competition!
This week in ELA, students focused on dialogue and how this narrative technique can add voice and detail to their writing pieces. Students were given a comic strip, such as Peanuts, and were asked to create a narrative from this storyline. In addition, we spent a great deal of time discussing the difference between revising and editing. We focused on how we can use the growth mindset attitude to continually improve upon our work. During this time of year, it can be difficult for students to remain focused and continue to give their best effort due to "spring fever". Please continue to motivate your student to consistently put their best foot forward! We appreciate your support.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Another fabulous week in 5th grade! This week in ELA, students focused on grammar skills (involving verb tense and comma placement), characterization, and non-fiction reading strategies. Be sure to ask your child about our adventure with the astronauts from Apollo 13!
Below you will find a photo from our Pel Pal Lunch. Students who wished to participate the pen pal writing opportunity with my students from Delaware Tech were placed into a lottery and drawn at random. These students, among others, were our lucky winners! Those who did not get selected this time will have other opportunities throughout the rest of the year to become involved in writing activities such as this one.
BIG SHOUT OUT TO OUR SPELLING BEE CONTESTANTS! They all did a wonderful job, and we are so proud of their accomplishments!
Attached you will find a copy of the homework for the month of February. Please read over the directions closely, as this assignment is very different from previous homework assignments. We are encouraging students to continue on this journey of independent reading, as there are so many benefits to reading at home! Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.
We had a very jam-packed week (once again)! How is it already the third marking period?! This week we were able to celebrate National Reading Day with some independent reading time (see below). Please keep your child reading at home as much as you can! Fifteen to twenty minutes of reading a night can do wonders! =)
We also had the opportunity to ALMOST wrap up our class novel study book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Students have been working on their caricature drawings while analyzing character traits and changes throughout the story (see below).
Students DO NOT have ELA homework this week. They should take advantage of this extra time to work on their science fair projects.
Please make sure you have taken the time to fill out the climate survey for our school. You can go to www.delawarepbs.org to take the parent survey. If you would like a paper survey to complete, you can stop by the office or send a note with your child.
CONGRATS TO OUR CLASS SPELLING BEE WINNERS! Grade level competition (and pictures) to follow!
Mrs. Libby: Ariya K.
Mr. Shane: Alia J.
Mrs. Drummond: Kayla W.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Mrs. Kate Libby
Hello there! Just a few very lengthy updates about life over here in 5th Grade ELA Land....
Yesterday your child received their HW assignment that is due Thursday 11/19. The assignment focuses around Martin Luther King’s life with associated reading response activities. The spelling list is attached at the back of the packet. Please continue to work on words that are frequently showing up on our spelling tests that you may notice your child is struggling with (i.e., there, their, they’re). I will send an e-mail in which you will find the scanned version of the assignment in case any unexpectedly go missing over the long weekend.
Additionally, your child received their graded writing prompt and spelling test in their take-home folder today. The writing assignment was an on-going, research-based prompt that included taking a stance on whether or not chocolate milk should be banned from the cafeteria menu. I provided much assistance in the planning and preparation of the letter; however, students work independently to use this guidance to construct a well-written argumentative piece. We will be conferencing throughout the next couple of weeks to discuss individual writing goals. I have made copies of both their writing and the prompt in order for us to continue to develop this piece even further. Therefore, I did not make the corrections for them on their original piece. I was so excited to see how many students are working their way to the left side of the rubric!! We are continuously working on how we can improve our foundational skills each and every day in order to apply them to larger writing pieces.
My professional New Year’s resolution this year is to use technology more often when assessing students. Last week we completed an assignment using www.newsela.com . Students have created an account that they should ONLY use when they are in the classroom. If they would like to use this resource at home, they should be creating their own personal account. I am still working out sending home printer friendly versions of the assignments they will be completing using this interactive website. Short multiple choice questions, annotations, and written responses will be completed. Please know that all of these components will be used together when assessing student performance. Therefore, if you notice your child may have scored a 2 out of 4 on a multiple choice test, this does NOT mean they will receive a failing grade (50%). These assignments are graded on a different scale, and there are many different components that will be taken into consideration. If you would like to review the most recent assignment, you can login using the following credentials:
Password: lunch number
Lastly, you may have noticed a practice spelling bee list in their folders as well. Each class will participate in their own private spelling bee during their time with me in ELA. Winners will advance to compete against other 5th grade class winners. A date has not yet been set for our class bee. I wanted to give your child plenty of time to study the list. I will be sure to follow up with a date as soon as this information becomes available.
HAPPY LONG WEEKEND! =)
Happy New Year!!! 2017 is here, and I am so excited to kick off the new year with these awesome students. Below you will see some pictures from our Scavenger Hunt that we completed the first day back from break. I really enjoyed hearing about all the quality time that was spent with your families! You could surely tell that we all missed each other.
A few SPECIAL highlights from this week....
Mrs. Libby's homeroom won the Box Top Challenge, bringing in more than 1,000 box tops! They will receive a Chic-a-fila party!
BIG shout out to our Fire Prevention Winners 2016:
1st Place: Bryna C.
2nd Place: Reilly F.C.
3rd Place: Chelsea T.
Congratulations to the following runners up in the Yearbook Cover contest:
Overall winner: Ava L.
Ongoing & Upcoming Events:
Spelling Bee (Info to come)
No School: January 16th, 26th, and 27th
Science Fair packets with letters and rubrics will be coming home this week. Be sure to discuss ideas with your student. A timeline is also included to keep students on track to accomplish the project on time. Science Fair packets should be brought back to class for the remainder of the next few weeks.
ELA homework packets were sent home Thursday with a NEWELA article and associated activites, as well as the new spelling list. Homework is due on Thursday 1/12! I will be e-mailing an attachment with the assignment in case any students are in need of an additional copy.
As I sit here with my cup of coffee, watching the snow, I am able to reflect on how blessed I am to work with such amazing students! Truly looking forward to what 2017 will bring up in our 5th grade hallway! Enjoy the snow! Be safe and stay warm! =)
The Holiday season is in full swing over here in 5th grade! The whole grade level will be focusing on kindness this month. Every time an act of genuine kindness is witnessed by an adult, a student will be able to place a heart in the hallway over the Grinch with their name on it. We will surely be spreading the holiday cheer! “The Grinch’s heart is two sizes too small. Let’s show him we care for one and all!”
Additionally, homework assignments are due on Thursday so that we are able to deck the halls with their main idea holiday lights! I can’t wait to see the news articles that they were able to find throughout the week. If your child has yet to get started, please encourage them to take advantage of the help I offer during lunch periods. Attached is the directions sheet that was on the front of the packet. Be sure to remind your student to see me for a replacement if they have misplaced their original copy.
Lastly, the Winter Concert is Monday, December 12th at 9:30 a.m., 1:45 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. for the evening show. More information is attached….be sure to have your child “Dress To Impress”.
Was that technically a "week"? We hope everyone enjoyed their wonderful long weekends. The 1st marking period will be wrapping up this week, and report cards will be sent home next Tuesday!
Thomas Tumbleweed projects are due this Thursday, November 17th. Please make sure your student comes to school prepared and ready to share their projects! I cannot wait to see what they all have come up with this time around.
Attached is one of the first instructional sheets. If your student does not have this packet, please make sure they see me for an extra one! This packet must be turned in completed along with the advertisement.
Week 9 = field trip + personal narratives + 5th grade reset.
Abbott's Mill was truly an amazing experience for our 5th graders. The weather ended up being just right for all groups, and we have a newfound interest for macro-invertebrates!
We will be wrapping up all the work we have been putting into our personal narrative writing this week. Students will be typing their final drafts and continuing to read Wonder this week. We are about to experience a switch in character perspective, and I am really anticipating some deep conversations. Watch out!
If you haven't seen the latest homework assignment yet, be sure to check it out! Students are really excited about this assignment, and I am looking forward to creative ads I know we will receive. They have until November 17 to complete the project. I strongly suggest that you encourage your child to start the process this week with all of these wonderful days off they will be having! =) You can remind them the proverb we discussed last week if you need to do any coaxing..."The early bird gets the worm!"
Lastly, please reach out if you have any questions regarding the "5th Grade Reset". Letters were sent home on Friday explaining the process.
ENJOY THE WEEK! THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!
What another beautiful fall weekend! This Indian summer has me keeping my flip-flops out longer than any other year I can remember!
We had a wonderful week last week diving into some deep discussions involving our novel study book, Wonder. Students are completing the character interview assignment attached below for homework. They may select any character from the book! I am looking forward to their interview "responses". We have been using their completed homework assignments as a MAJOR discussion piece in our classroom because of how creative these awesome 5th graders are!
We also enjoyed a wonderful performance from the high school. We will be performing our own version of The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow during class tomorrow....very fitting! Students will be looking for similarities, differences, and will develop alternative endings to this classic piece of literature!
Don't forget....field trip to Abbott's Mill on Tuesday for Mrs. Libby & Mr. Shane's homeroom classes! Hooray!