Reading/LA/SS Updates

October 17-21, 2016

5th Grade Reading

Welcome to the 2nd Marking Period! What a whirwind of a 1st Marking Period we had! There are so many great things going on at Youngblood this year that it certainly feels like time is flying by at 100mph. Below are some reminders about the pacing and expectations during the next couple of months.


Please remember to use last year's pacing guide for this 2nd Marking Period. This means we should be starting with Theme & Genre this week and next, moving onto Poetry for the following two weeks, then Drama for two weeks, and finishing up with Literary Nonfiction for the final two weeks of the marking period. Of course, we must remember to teach vocabulary and the Figure 19 TEKS throughout each of these genres.


In addition to the district pacing guide, remember to use our Close Reading Guide to plan for our Reading Homeruns for this marking period. Keep in mind, there are lessons from Reading Nonfiction on this guide, even though we will be working in other genre areas. We just don't want to forget about expository while we work through these genres with supporting standards, especially with our first DCA coming up in December.


Reading Homeruns (10/17-10/21)

Reading Closely - Reading Nonfiction - Numbers & Stats

Vocabulary Development - 5.2A (Greek & Latin roots and affixes)

Small Group Instruction - Every day, well-planned, documented :).


40 Book Challenge

How are your students coming along with the 40 Book Challenge? Hopefully they've completed about 7 or 8 books by now. How are you keeping up with this? Do your students have time to share about books they've read? Are you sharing books you're reading with your students? Remember, independent, self-selected reading is one of the best ways to help students become better readers! As educators, we have to be sure to facilitate and help build a love of reading in our students.

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5th Grade Language Arts

Get ready for some creative writing! This marking period requires students to write imaginative short stories and poetry. Take a look at the student expectations for each genre below. Make sure your mini-lessons focus on these skills we want to see students use in their writing. Use the Language Arts Resource Guide to help you narrow down resources for each of your mini-lessons.


5.16A - TLW write imaginative short stories that include:

  • a clearly defined focus, plot, and point of view;
  • a specific, believable setting created through the use of sensory details; and
  • dialogue that develops the story



5.16B - TLW write poems using:

  • poetic techniques (e.g., alliteration, onomatopoeia);
  • figurative language (e.g., similes, metaphors); and
  • graphic elements (e.g., capital letters, line length).
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5th Grade Social Studies

By now, I'm sure you're digging into Unit 2: The American Revolution. In fact, this week you should be starting with Pearson Chapter 5, which really gets into the causes of the American Revolution. I hope you're finding the Unit 2 Pacing Guide that I gave you at Wednesday planning last week to be helpful in making your Social Studies lesson plans. Plus, don't forget about the lesson plans that were created during the SS Lead Teacher meetings that are available in Schoology. And, if you're interested in looking ahead to Unit 3...that pacing guide is available via the link above, too.


Have you come up with a plan for teaching about the election process? Remember, you don't have to reinvent the wheel here or come up with your own plans. The district has provided us with 2016 Election Day resources and a Voting DBQ that has everything planned out for you! Be sure to be looking at the Grade 5 - Social Studies Schoology group (access code: C6CXH-3XBDP) to find these resources. Information should be out to you in the next couple of weeks about Alief's mock election, too.


Finally, I just put up an interactive bulletin board about the Founding Fathers and Patriot Heroes of the American Revolution in the 5th grade hallway across from blue academy. Try to find time to take your students out to utilize this resource.

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Idiom Hat Day

Idiom Hat Day is just around the corner on Friday, October 28th! Watch for announcements and flyers to be out and about next week. Check out the pictures below of some of our hats from year's past! This is a really fun way to get our kids excited about figurative language. Be sure to talk this up and share ideas and examples with your students in the days and weeks leading up to this event. There will be student and staff competitions for the best hat, too! Who's going to knock it out of the park with their idiom hat this year?