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.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

We had a busy and exciting week! Here are some snapshots!

We read a fun poem by Jack Prelutsky that uses alliteration and rhyme.  We added this poem to our poetry section of our Reader's Notebooks We created fun ice cream flavors using alliteration.   
We had fun thinking and acting like scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute

We created fun ice cream flavors using alliteration. 
We will be working on our Figuratively Speaking posters next week.  We will be writing similes, metaphors, personification, and idioms based on the pictures we bring in.  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Week of December 11

Class read aloud
Animal House and Iz by Betty Hicks

Mrs. Conley is reading  Hello Universe

Idiom of the week = Hold your horses
Word of the week  = industrious

Class agenda this week:  12/11

We are working on Wordly Wise Unit 6.

Daily Oral Language lessons

Class quick writes.

Reading lessons include mini lessons on theme, alliteration, and reviewing similes, metaphors, and onomatopoeia

Friday, September 8, 2017

First Week Of school

Mrs. Conley is reading OCDaniel by Wesley King

Class Read aloud = Be a Perfect Person In Just Three Days

Happy Friday!

We had a very busy and productive first week of school! Everyone has already gotten used to their blue and white day schedules.  There has been a lot of chatter about how fun it is to walk to their classes by themselves like big kids.  On Wednesday we met our 8th grade buddies. We meet with our buddies once a month, and during this time we celebrate our Citizen of the Month awards and we have a related activity that we do together. These activities are both academic and community related.  In the Teton homeroom we had 5 name doubles so we matched those students that share the same first names together.  Neat! We attached a few pictures below.

Our orange homework folders are set up with names.  The homework calendar is in the front sleeve while the students’ schedules are in the back. Please help us to bring these back and forth to school daily.

During reading we went to the library and Ms.Stuhr introduced us to our fabulous library and shared her library expectations.  Ms. Stuhr and Mrs. Conley share book talks during library times. The students received bookmarks with their library numbers that they will have here through 8th grade. Reading classes go to the library every week as a class and throughout the week students are welcome to return and exchange books.  

In language arts we are working on our Best Part of Me short paragraphs.  This fun activity goes with the picture book The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald.  We hope to have most of these fun paragraphs displayed for Tuesdays Open House.

This week in math we began reviewing our math facts.  We’ve learned two new games, Towers and Rollin’ With the Facts, to help us with our fact fluency.  We also began a get to know you activity called, “Me, By the Numbers.”  Students are choosing eight numbers that describe them in some way.  I’m excited to see their finished product.  We are beginning our first Everyday Math Unit which focuses on perimeter, area, and volume.  

In science we have been learning about our brain and how it works.  We learned that making mistakes and struggling with ideas actually helps our brains grow.  We will come back to this idea all year.  

The kids are settling in beautifully learning classroom procedures and have been very insightful as they worked together to come up with shared expectations for our classrooms.  We’ll share these with you at open house on Tuesday.  They have been delightful and we are looking forward to our year with them.  

Karen & Kelly