August 19-22nd, 2019
Reminders and Announcements:
- Welcome to 5th grade! I am so excited for a new year! We are going to have a “Marvelous and Magnificent” year! We had a great first day and I am looking forward to getting to know them all better in the upcoming weeks. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
- We have decided that it will be easier for students to only take home their homework folder instead of the whole binder. They will need to bring this everyday with their Math homework and then Reading log will be due every Monday.
- This Friday, August 23rd 5th grade has been invited to attend Ag Day at the fairgrounds. There will be different ag related exhibits for students to learn more and have hands on experiences with parts of agriculture. Mrs. de Leon and Mrs. Hyde will meet students at the Ag Tent, which is east of the exhibit hall. The activity will begin at 8:30 am and end at 1:00 pm. They will be serving lunch of hot dogs, chips, and fruit. Students will need to bring a water bottle. This is not mandatory, but would love if students want to come!
5th grade Writing: Students will review the three different types of writing: narrative, informative/explanatory and opinion writing. Our first writing piece, titled “Did you know that….?” will be short but focus on descriptive words and phrases. Students will illustrate various aspects of their lives and then write a few descriptive sentences about each of those facets. For example some sentences could read, “Did you know that Mrs de Leon/Mrs. Hyde loves to cook? Her favorite dish to prepare for her family is tacos. THey make a delicious meal that she and her family devour. Some of her favorite toppings are spicy salsa, fresh cilantro, and warm crispy taco shells.” We want students to work on drafting sentences that are descriptive and vary in sentence structure.
5th grade Reading: In Reading, 5th graders began reading the book Wonder by RJ Palacio. Along with our study of this novel, students will learn how to cite text evidence when explaining what the text says explicitly as well as when drawing inferences from the text. In addition, students will be exploring various themes throughout the book, how characters respond to challenges in the plot, and how to summarize various points of view throughout the text.
5th grade Projects: This week our focus will be on building teamwork and communication skills and discussing how these skills will help us when working on projects. Also, students will be taking the Science MAPs test
6th grade Reading: In Reading, 6th graders will begin the book titled Maze Runner this week. Students will cite text evidence when explaining what the text says explicitly as well as drawing inferences from the text. For the culminating project for this book, students will create their own map of the Glade. They will begin working on gathering quotes to show location and items in that area so they can make a realistic replica of the Glade. We will be working on CAFE strategies and introducing them as we are reading.
6th grade Writing: 6th grade writers will be creating a bio poem, writing about different aspects of themselves in a poem form. In grammar, students will review parts of speech this week, as well as correct sentence structure with capitals, punctuation and correct grammar.