Week 7 went by very quickly! On Wednesday, I was lucky enough to attend a conference in Dover to learn more about teaching non-fiction. While I was definitely missing my fifth grade friends, the conference was amazing and I can't wait to share with them all that I was able to learn! We received positive notes from the substitutes and I was very pleased with the work they were all able to accomplish when I was away.
Just a few reminders:
What a beautiful weekend! I hope everyone has been taking advantage of this awesome weather we are having and will continue to have this week!
Thank you to all who have turned in their permission to post. We are in the process of assembling our 5th Grade Team List.... pictures will be COMING SOON! =) Be on the lookout!
I was AMAZED by the non-fiction magazines that were turned in on Thursday. Why would I expect anything less?! This group is so creative and motivated. You should be proud! We will be presenting the projects today and diving into deep discussions regarding the structures and features they find during the presentations.
Homework this week will focus on the main character of our novel study, August Pullman from Wonder. Screenshots of this assignment are attached below. I strongly encourage you to keep your child reading at home on a daily basis since our homework assignments are weekly and are mostly project-based. Remember, you are their first teacher!
Homework assignments are not given grades that will associate with report cards. However, I am looking for effort and creativity from each homework assignment. Students who fail to turn in these assignments or give their best effort will spend time working with me one-on-one during their free time to complete these assignments. Homework will always be purposeful and should be used to extend student thinking! I have been offering support during my lunch period to help students who have been struggling with completing their assignments. Encourage your child to take me up on these offers if you notice they are struggling!
If you ever have any questions, feel free to contact me!
I hope the rain didn't keep everyone from pursuing some FALL FUN this weekend!
We had a fabulous fifth week in fifth grade! We have been exploring figurative language through music (whatever they may say about my performing abilities, don't believe it) and the literature we have been reading in class! Additionally, we are focusing on character development not only in Wonder, but in our Story Works stories as well.
Speaking of Story Works, I wanted to share how to access this wonderful resource at home. I was going to share this information during Open House, but the rain had other plans for us. To access the stories and other activities at home with your child, go to storyworks.scholastic.com and click "Student Sign In". The login to access this information is "RSE225". I encourage you to explore these resources at home with your child.
Reminder: Please turn in the photo release forms that were sent home on Friday so we are able to post all the wonderful pictures we have been taking as we document the BEST YEAR EVER!
How is it even possible that tomorrow is the start of our 5th week in 5th grade?!
We had a wonderful time this week wrapping up our review and analysis of text structures and text features. Students received their homework project that will allow them to utilize all of these skills while showcasing their presentation abilities! I can't wait to see all of the "magazines" that will roll in on October 13th! If your student needs assistance with printing or is in need of any supplies, please feel free to reach out. I would love to help! Attached you will find the assignment that was sent home.
Additionally, I would love to share how much my fifth grade friends have been enjoying Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio. We have been learning how to adapt the Notice & Note strategies (from the text written by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst) to this enthralling story! Attached you will find an anchor chart that can remind your student to be using these strategies with the books they are reading at home! Keep in mind that we are still introducing the different strategies.
Wow! Week 3 came and went in the blink of an eye. I continue to be blown away by the hard work and effort these fifth graders bring to my classroom each and every day. We have been reviewing the five different text structures of non-fiction texts and have been applying this knowledge to different non-fiction articles.
Over the next two weeks students will be begin to prepare to create their own non-fiction magazine! The magazine will be about a topic of their choice. They may choose to focus on a broad topic or a specific topic, so long as they can write FIVE different articles (~5 sentences each), each with a different subtopic relating to the main topic.
They will begin this topic this week for homework. The following information will be sent home on Thursday: Their assignment for this week is to identify their topic and subtopics. They will be asked to begin to collect research, take notes, and include pictures (printed or drawn) to be used in their magazine. They will be using this research and your findings to create their magazine.
More info to come! Hope to see you all at Open House on Thursday! =)
We were so impressed with the growth mindset choice board projects that were turned in this week! Students were able to share their work with one another through a "Gallery Walk" activity. I was so pleased with the comments, questions, and compliments the students were asking/giving one another!
On Thursday your child received their new homework assignment that will be due next Thursday. This mapping activity is focused around research and being creative. The visual that they will share with the class could be as simple as a map identifying the top 10 places that were chosen according to their interest. This information is asked to be presented as a flyer (typed or handwritten) as well to be a part of our class Top 10 book.
Additionally, there was a sheet provided with the list of the spelling words that will be on our assessment next Thursday. Your child is encouraged to study those words at home regularly in order to be prepared.
As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns!
PS - At the end of each blog post, I will add a couple questions in a "Table Talk" section that will help boost conversations between you and your child regarding our time together in school.
What a wonderful first week we have had in fifth grade! I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your children, and look forward to watching them grow this year.
If you have not yet completed the 5th grade online survey, please take a few minutes to do so. Please click the following link to access the survey: http://tinyurl.com/hyk5qdp .
Lastly, if you have not joined our Facebook page please take a moment to do so. Our page is called Libby Shane Drummond. We send quick info and reminders via the social media frequently.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.