The Putney Post

West Homer Elementary--5th Grade

Dates to Remember

· November 13,14,15- Artist in the Schools

· November 22 and 23- Thanksgiving Break

· November 30- WHE Spelling Bee 9:30 a.m.

· December 3- Wooden Spoon Book Report due

· December 24-31- Christmas Break

Classroom Happenings

Last week was packed with cooperative learning activities. In reading students read and discussed “Blood on the River” by: Elisa Carbone with their reading partners. The discussion guides have been increasing in difficulty with more inferential comprehension questions, rather than literal comprehension. The students took on the challenge and completed their reading tasks thoughtfully and thoroughly. In writing we celebrated our completed narratives and entered into our new unit on essay writing. Students practiced living like essay writers by noticing the “small stuff” or the grit of their lives, and then writing an idea connected to the observations they had made. In math we continued practicing adding, subtracting, and rounding decimals. Finally, in social studies we learned about European exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries by and examining objects from a “sunken ship”. It was a great week and you should be proud of the hard work your child put forth!

What's Next?

This week we will be participating in two activities outside of our regular classroom routines. In writing students will be completing their practice Analytic Writing Assessment (AWA). Students in the KPBSD take the AWA writing assessment in fifth, seventh, and ninth grade. Students are given three 45 minute periods to complete a narrative prompt. All student papers are then assessed in Soldotna. Although the actual assessment is not until the beginning of December, we give fifth graders a practice round so that they know what to expect when it is time to take the actual assessment. This week is also Artist in the Schools which means our district art specialist will be working with our class several times throughout the week.

Library News

The Scholastic Book Fair was a great success! Parents, students, community members, and staff had so much fun running our very own book store for a week. Thanks to the generosity of our West Homer Community many books were sold. Now students’ bookshelves, teachers’ classroom libraries, and our West Homer Library are full of great new books. The selection of books is broader and better every year.

Thank you for your help and support—your students love books!

Lisa Whip

Cheryl Illg

IXL Math Practice

Skills that align with our current math studies: A1, A3, C1, C3, F1