Week of October 16-20
In reading, we are reading the story Satchmo's Blues from our Harcourt book. This is a story about Louis Armstrong. Students listened to a song of his today so they could hear him sing and understand the word gravelly. We are finishing up Wonder as our read aloud and will be starting the book, Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko.
In fifth grade math, students are learning about expressions, rounding and estimation with multiplication, and double digit multiplication using different methods.
In accelerated math, students will be continuing to learn about proportions, rates, percents and fractions.
In writing, this week students will be trying to finish up their memoir. They also started a group assignment where they are making a newspaper with stories relevant to the novel Becoming Naomi Leon that we finished. This is a super, fun activity that the students really enjoy.
In spelling, we are looking at the Greek and Latin roots: -Scribe, -Script, & -Press. The students test will be a little different this week as it will require the students to know the meaning of the word and they will have to fill in the missing spelling word in a sentence.
In science, students have learned the parts and jobs of a microscope and are now starting to learn about the similarities and differences of plant and animal cells. They will learn about the parts of each of these cells.
Also, the students were shown what the October book report will entail this afternoon. It will be a Google presentation that they will have to design to showcase their book.
Mrs. Ranucci introduced the students to this year's creator space by having them do a fun activity. Students were given straws and tape and were told to make the tallest structure they possibly could. Students had to work together to try and come up with a sturdy base in order to hold the top-heavy structures. Students will be starting to go to creator space in the next couple of weeks. They are excited, and look forward to this time.
The Hot Seat
Students participated in the hot seat. In this activity students volunteered to become one of the characters from our book, Becoming Naomi Leon. The rest of the class were the interviewers and asked the characters questions. All students did a great job with this activity. The students who were the characters really answered the questions like the characters would have answered them, and the questions that were asked were complex and intuitive. The students have already asked when we can do this again.
Fun Friday Dance
Ms. Morgan played some music Friday morning, and a group of boys decided to put on a show for the rest of us. We enjoyed ourselves, and had a good laugh to start the last day of the week.