IN THE SWING OF THINGS
We continue to get to know each other and focus on the strengths we bring to our class.
Reading & Writing Workshop
In writing we are forging ahead into the genre of personal narrative. Students know that a personal narrative is a true story about their life and it has a beginning, middle and end. Additionally, in fifth grade, we really focus on the fact that a high quality personal narrative also has a point. It should have a clear message. We want students to think about stories in their life where they experienced a strong emotion, faced a turning point in their life or learned an important lesson. Please brainstorm with your child so they are more prepared for writing.
Our reading workshop is in full swing too. I love fifth grade readers. They can't get enough of reading. I think if they could read all day, they would. We have wrapped up our Launching Unit. This week we will start our Character Study. We will start to analyze the characters in our stories from a variety of angles. The driving force in the unit will be for students to make a claim about a character and provide textual evidence. For example, a student might make a claim that a character in their story is bratty. They need to back up their claim with actions, thoughts or dialogue from the text. Digging through a text and really analyzing the characters strengthens comprehension. Please keep claim and support in mind as you read with your child at home.
Martinez & Barber's classes meet to a quick lesson that teaches them a new strategy to use in their writing. They try this strategy and share findings before going off to write.
Students work independently to craft many narratives in a week.
Students choose where to write. What is comfortable to generate as much writing as they can.
After students meet in Martinez' classroom, they are off to read.
Finding the perfect spot where readers feel comfortable to jump into their books is critical to these fifth graders.
Reading is Not Just Reading
Students take the time to "jot", or write, about their thinking while reading. This too, takes some serious concentration!
The Essential Learnings we are focusing on now are:
1) Mathematician writes and interprets numerical expressions.
2) Mathematician recognizes that the volume of rectangular prisms is built as layers of arrays of cubes.
3) Mathematician determines the volume of rectangular prisms.
Math Homework: Much of the homework this year will be math. I generally give two days to complete the assignment.
Kindergarten Book Buddies
-October 24 (Students FUN RUN movie prize day)
- October 27 (Mrs. P. presents to fifth graders)
- October 31 (Halloween parade begins at 2:45, party follows)
- November 1 (Picture Re-Take Day)
- November 8 (No School for Students)
- November 8 (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
- November 10 (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
- November 23 (No School for Students)