Due to the schedule changes this week, the fifth graders DO NOT have a book challenge letter due on 3/17!
They DO have a reading log which is due on 3/20.
The March issue of scholastic has been sent home. If you are interested in ordering please have your orders in by March 22nd! We have ordered a lot of new books this year!
Due to the snow, the Social Studies test on the Northeast will be moved to March 22nd.
Today, the students finished learning about the Northeast Region of the United States. We talked about different topics such as climate, landmarks, culture, manufacturing, people, and even culture. The students answered questions based on the readings. The students brought that packet home today. They need to keep the reading and the questions because they will use that as part of their study guide! Earlier this week, we also filled out part of their study guide where we labeled a map, wrote the abbreviation for each state, and its capital. This will go home with them on Monday. It will also be part of their study guide.
Currently, I have the Northeast Region test scheduled for March 15th. If something changes, I will let the students know and post it on the website as well.
What will the students need to do on the test?
The students have been using the website Sheppard Software to practice identifying the states and their capitals. They can also use that website at home!
Spring conferences are just around the corner. Notes have been sent home to families about the conferences. Please check in your child's homework folder for the information regarding the upcoming conferences. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Students will have their book challenge letter due on Friday, February 17th!
Reading Logs will also be due on Friday, February 17th. However, students are only required to read 90 minutes due to the short week.
There will be no ELA homework over the February break!
Just a reminder, the Six Flags Read To Succeed form is due on February 13th. If your child has already submitted their form to me, their information has already been entered.
Book Challenge letters are due on Friday, February 10th. If the students have already turned their letter in, they are all set! The letters and enthusiasm from the students has been great!
Book ordered were sent home today. Students received three different catalogues to choose from. All book orders will be due on 2/17. Remember, you can place your orders online as well! Thank you to everyone who has purchased books through Scholastic. I have been able to order a lot of new books for our classroom this year.
Today in Social Studies, we started out new unit of learning about the regions of the United States. I shared with students a website where they can learn to identify the states and their capitals. I will put the link below so the students can use it at home if they wish.
Sheppar Software - www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm
Just a reminder that all students have their first book challenge letter due tomorrow. Students that have already completed their first letter are all set until next week. Some of the students have already turned their letters int o me, and they are all set!
Due to the weather, our ELA test will be moved to Thursday 1/26.
Due to the hectic schedule this week, the first reading responses for the book challenge has been extended to 1/27! There will be skill practice on Monday night to review for the non-fiction test on Wednesday 1/25. Students will also have to complete their normal 150 minutes on their reading log.
The fifth-graders are about half-way through their fifth-grade year! It is hard to believe. In prepreation for middle school, we will be starting a 15 book challenge from now until the end of the year. Instead of three reading responses a week, students will only be responsible for completing one longer response a week. The response will in the form of a letter addressed to myself. Students need to include if they enjoy their book, what is happening in their reading, any questions they have, and what they are planning to read next. Students will be given their book challenge folder each Monday. Reponses must be done and turned in by Friday. Students MAY turn in their responses earlier in the week if they finish. We will discuss their books together as a class and get recommendations from each other. The goal is to experience different genres of books and prepare for 6th grade.
Each student has been given their own folder which will include the directions, book tally sheet, characteristics of each genre, and a sample book challenge response. We will practice responses in class together. The students seem VERY excited about this change in homework. I have seen a lot of progress in their reading responses over the course of the year and I am excited to try this challenage along with them!
**If students are unsure if a book would count toward the challange they are able to ask me. Students are also able to borrow books from our classroom libraries (as long as they return it) as well as our school libarary. If a student wishes to borrow a book from a public library that is also acceptable!
***Students at times will still have some skill homework to complete during the week as well as a signed reading log. The only change will be for the three reading responses. It will be a change, but we will work through it!
Below is the directions sheet for the book challenge. We have read over the directions as a class.
There will be a Social Studies test on 1/27 on European Explorers. Once the students finish the unit I will send home a paper copy of the review sheet. I am also hoping to send home flash cards for them to practice as well. If they study the study guide they should be fine. I will place the review sheet up here now.
The students have finished learning all of their non-fiction reading skills for this quarter. We have focused on identifying the main idea, identifying the author's purpose, comparing and contrasting the overall structure of a text, as well as talking about different points of view on a certain topic. This week we will review each of these skills by completing activities in class through a review week. I have the assessment scheduled for the 19th, however I may move the assessment to the following week to make sure I give the students enough time to review. I will update the website to let families know.
Yesterday, there were three book orders that were sent home. One is the normal 5th grade order form, one is called Aarow, and the third has some higher level books. You are able to order from any of the three book orders. I just ask that if you order (online or by check) that your orders are placed by January 20th. A large "thank you" to everyone to has ordered from Scholastic so far this year. We have been able to get a lot of great books for our classroom library.
This week, students will focus on identifying the main idea of a passage. They will use the details from the text to support their response. To begin the unit, students will be working through an activity packet with different ways to identify the main idea. This will lead them into using their Journeys text at the end of this week and early next week to reinforce the skill.
* The students have been working through a main idea packet with different activities to help them identify the main idea of a passage. We also took notes in the beginning of the week about strategies that can help them narrow down the most important part of the passage and the point the author is trying to make. I am proud of their work so far this week!