Monday, June 18, 2018

Spring Poetry booklets

The students worked hard on a variety of poems this spring                                                          including I Wish, Poetic Thoughts, and color poems.  Many students chose to give the poems for Father's Day.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Only One You - 5th and 8th grade buddy community activity

 The students designed rocks for the landscaping for around town hall.  These are a few of them. We designed our ow rocks and messages with our 8th grade buddies.
 Our 5th and 8th grade activity is inspired by the book Only One You by Linda Kranz.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Great American Unit 2018

We had a very successful week reading and marking our traits in our biographies.

Reminder: Great American Night is on Wednesday, May 23 @ 6:00PM (Kids should arrive in costume at 5:55PM. Doors open to families at 6:00PM.) 

Week of May 7 - 11 Poster Option:
Typed at least four written parts of poster
  • ●  10 to 15 (interesting facts
  • ●  Short paragraph or bullets about why they are famous
  • ●  reasons for fame
  • ●  word splash of 3 traits
  • ●  two free choice items - remember these choices are on the descriptor. Many
    students choose quotes, word searches, and timelines
  • ❏  Printed all pictures and captions .... no less than 3
  • ❏  When you’ve printed all written parts, you’ve planned out your board making sure everything fits and is neatly designed.
    Started gathering items for costume to wear Great American Night
    My goals for this week are: *____________________________________________________ *____________________________________________________ *____________________________________________________ *____________________________________________________ *____________________________________________________ *____________________________________________________
    Poster/Presentation is due between May 17-22. It will be considered late after May 22.
    Reminder: Great American Night is on Wednesday, May 23 @ 6:00PM (Kids should arrive in costume at 5:55PM. Doors open to families at 6:00PM.) 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Colonial Craft Day - Poetry - Explorer Key Note Projects

Students read about their explorer and took dot jots notes for their projects.

Students are reading and responding to poems.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Bay Square visit

Bay Square visit

Our students delivered Valentine's Day cards and visited with our new senior friends at Bay Square.  The seniors had many memories to share with us.  Their heroes include Shirley Temple and Jonas Salk, who invented the polio vaccine.  Some of the games they played were Who am I and hopscotch.  
Some examples of the life advice that they passed along to us were:
* be open to others ideas and opinions
* be nice to people
* don't be judgmental
* read everything you can get your hands on :)

We plan to visit them again this spring.

Friday, January 26, 2018

National Reading Day.... Persuasive Essays and More

Dear Parents,

Our fifth graders will be taking a field trip to the Bay Square assisted living center. We will be interviewing senior friends about how life has changed through the years, as well as, sharing Valentine cards. We would like to ask you to help us prepare your child for this fun experience.  Please have them wear their "Kindness is Key" t-shirts.  It would be helpful if you could chat with them about how to have a polite conversation with a senior friends. We have prepared a list of questions for the students to sue when they meet their senior buddy so the students will be prepared.

A field trip permission slip will be coming home Monday, January 29.  Our classes are going on Friday, February 2 from 1:45 -2:15.

Book shelf we made for National Reading Day
The students made book jackets and we read for a half an hour in the sunny and comfortable  library.  It was so nice to have the library just for us and quiet reading time. :)

In language arts students are busy writing persuasive essays.  Topics include: why we should have more field trips, longer lunch times, more reading time, later starts to the day and fun family vacations.  We wrote our introductions today in class and we will write our conclusions on Monday.

We are reading the Liberation of Gabriel King. We had a copy of the first page of the book in our Reader's Notebooks.  We wrote connections, questions, and made inferences and predictions about the story. The story is set in 1976.  We have discussed the Watergate Scandal, the election of Jimmy Carter, and the bicentennial celebration. Phew! The story includes best friends and bullies.  It it thought-provoking!

Monday, January 8, 2018


word of the week - boisterous
idiom of the week - I'm on top of the world
Wordly Wise Unit 7

In reading this week we will be finishing our class read aloud Animal House and Iz.   The students listen for the author's use of figurative language as they enjoy the zany story line of a fun-loving 21st century family.  Iz and her three zany stepbrothers own many pets, but they don't have a dog.  They plan to 'trick' their parents into getting a dog by owning so many other creepy, crawly pets that their parents will finally give up and allow them to own a dog. However, things don't go as planned when the hedgehog dies and Jack gets psittacosis from the parrot.

In our reader's notebooks we took notes on THEME.  Theme is the message or lesson(s) that the author wants the reader to take away from the story.  We are reading shorter stories daily to discuss the theme.

Last Friday we read  Surfer Chick by Kristi Dempsey. It'shilarious.  The themes include believing in yourself and perseverance.

In writing we are brainstorming topics for our persuasive essays.

Please enjoy a few photos of the students Figuratively Speaking posters.  They are all wonderful.

Please enjoy a few photos of the students Figuratively Speaking posters.  They are all wonderful.