Mrs. Jaeger's 5th Grade Classroom
News and Notes
February 26th - Bridge Valley Day, wear Blue and Tan
March 7, 8, 9th - Human Growth and Development. Information went home in your child's Thursday Folder. Please notify our school nurse if you do not want your child to participate in the program.
Friday, March 18th - Art Field Trip (Jaeger and Howley Classes Only) Remember to submit your permission slip
Friday, May 27th - Philadelphia Field Trip (details below)
Liam competed in the Bridge Valley Spelling Bee and was a fabulous classroom representative! We are so proud of him!
We focused much of our time together on character development. We discussed how characters in our novel go through change during the course of the story-line and it is largely due to the influence and actions of other characters.
Ask your child:
- In the book you are reading (for night read or independent reading), how is your character changing?
- What characters are influencing that change?
- What actions or events have taken place to promote the change in your character
For our final project, students will be tapping into their creative and tech savvy minds to create an iPhone home screen for Ellen Toliver. Students are pretending that the iPhone technology existed in 1776 and are identifying or creating apps that Ellen could have used on her journey. Students are illustrating the app icons and then writing a statement that justifies their app selection. Students will have class time to work on and complete these projects. They will be due on Friday. I did ask students not to share their ideas with friends so that everyone is submitting their original ideas, they can however, share the app ideas with you!
Additionally this week in reading, we will be learning about Point of View, identifying a theme with supporting details, and writing our first TDA (text dependent analysis) response. It will be a busy and exciting week during our reading block!
Philadelphia Field Trip
Friday, May 27th, 7:30am-3pm
525 Arch Street
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Students will be working through the writing process this week as they continue with their opinion papers. Students are at various stages; some brainstorming, others drafting, while others have taken to the computers to type. I will be introducing transitional phrases that work best in opinion writing at the end of this week, and all students will attempt to add the phrases that work best with their piece.
We are also exploring verbs this week. We will be reviewing action, linking and helping verbs and working towards not just memorizing what they are, but looking at how writers rely on these verbs to add color, action, and variety to their writing. We will be "kahooting" in class on Wednesday - so you will have to be sure to ask your child about the review game.