Bynagle Bulletin

November 17, 2014

Dates to Remember

November 26 - Early Release 1:45pm

November 27-28 - No School - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 9 - Winter Concert at HHS 6:30pm

December 11 - West Homer Elementary PTO Meeting 6:30 - 7:30

December 18 - Orca Olympics

December 22 - January 2 Winter Break

Classroom Happenings

What a wonderful week we had in room 319! In reading we practiced implementing the skill of inference within the context of Wonder by: R.J. Palacio. We used background knowledge, clues from the text, illustrations and captions to infer meaning; realizing that authors don't tell readers everything they need to know about a text. We made a big jump in math this week and students are becoming masters at dividing with multi-digit dividends! In writing we worked on our research papers. Your 5th graders are becoming quite skilled at finding relevant sources, taking notes on, and writing about the topics they are researching!

What's Next

Next week we will be focusing on fluency within our reading work.We will use the voice memo feature on our i-pods to evaluate our use of punctuation to enhance our phrasing as readers. In math we will practice the skill of adding and subtracting decimals. In writing we will bring closure to our research writing and begin our study of explorers from the 15th and 16th centuries in social studies.

Quarter 3 - Wooden Spoon Book Report

Wooden spoons can be used for much more than stirring soups and tossing salads in the kitchen! This quarter you will be creating a character puppet out of a wooden spoon.

DUE: December 11th (THURSDAY)

Step 1: Choose a Character

· Make a mental list of the books you have read independently within the last month, or so. You may choose a book that you have read during Read-To-Self (at school) or a book you have read at home. (Books read together as a class may not be used for book reports.) Choose one book that you will use to complete your book report. Then, choose one character from that book to create your wooden spoon puppet.

· Brainstorm a list of traits possessed by the character. This will require some deep thinking about how the character acts, looks and thinks throughout the course of the book. If you cannot think of many traits to describe the character you will probably want to choose a character you can describe more clearly.

Step 2: Create the Puppet

· Create your puppet, using the wooden spoon as the body of the puppet. The materials you use to dress the wooden spoon character are endless. However, it is important to use materials that will represent the character well. (And of course, your puppet must be school appropriate.)

Step 3: Character Trading Cards

· You will also create a Character Trading Card to go along with your puppet. The information on the trading card will give your peers more information about the character you have chosen. I have provided a template for your trading card. You may write the trading card information directly on the template or create your own trading card template. If you create your own, the same information must be included. The information on the trading card will be written in complete sentences.

Step 4: Character Conversation Day

· On Thursday, December 11th, you will bring your completed wooden spoon puppet and Character Trading Card to class. You will introduce your puppet and share the character information on the trading card in front of the class. After everyone has had an opportunity to introduce their character to the class you will get a chance to talk with other character puppets one-on-one.

Library News

We have more books than ever thanks to your generous donations and the successful book fair. We now have 23,695 books in the library of all different genre—types. Your students are reading veraciously!

Students have taken ownership of their reading through the Lexile reading program in its second year! They read a book at their Lexile level and take a Scholastic Reading Counts (SRC) test to get feedback on their comprehension. Every student sets his or her own goal and works hard to attain the next reading level. This is reflected in the quarterly Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) test each student takes to measure their progress. This helps the students get accustomed to taking tests on the computer –they experience successful computer testing.

Your students are taking the Reading Counts tests on the books they have read. As a school the students have recorded 26,498,721 words read so far this year!

Thank you for all your support—your children make library fun and exciting.

Your Librarians,

Lisa Whip

Cheryl Illg