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October 14th-17th, 2019

October 15, 2019 by Nicole Hyde

Reminders and Announcements: 

  • Future Fest will be held on Friday, Nov. 1st 6:30pm.  Please come to the fundraiser and support our school. Mrs. deLeon and Mrs. Hyde will be putting an Outdoors Basket (ice chest)  together for the auction. Please send in any items that would be useful outdoors. Ex: sports equipment, hiking sticks, ice chest, thermos, water bottle, socks, fishing gear, hat, sunscrees, etc.. Thank you in advance for any donations!  
  • End of quarter is almost here-  SignUp Genius has been sent out, please sign up for parent conferences. I look forward to seeing you all this Friday. 
  • Music Performance will be on Thursday, October 17th at 1:30pm in the High School Hangout. Please send jeans and button down shirts for boys, girls can wear jeans or prairie girl skirts.  Come and watch them perform! 
  • Those that have completed their homework all quarter will go to Maverick on Thursday, Oct. 17th. 5th grade will attend around 2:00 o’clock and 6th grade will attend in the morning during our ELA block. Please send your child with no more than $10 to buy a snack.

5th grade Reading: Students will be doing Scholastic News this Monday.  They will highlight and annotate the main article as they read and then answer comprehension questions.  We continue to read our novel Wonder by RJ Palacio. This week we will be reading to page 288. Students will have a quick little quiz after their reading on Wednesday and Thursday.  We are getting deeper into the novel and students are having some great discussions.  

5th grade Writing: 5th grade authors will continue to revise and edit their setting-based narratives this week. This has been a long process, but students are beginning to understand the narrative writing process using narrative techniques. The four narrative techniques are: meaningful dialogue, sensory detail/description, character’s thoughts, feelings, and actions, and figurative language. 

5th grade Projects: In projects, we are continuing in our second science unit: matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems. Students should have their travel brochures, which are specific to a major type of biome finished this week.  We have had a lot of great questions and discussions and always enjoy hearing their comments. The test on this unit and vocabulary for this unit will be on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  

6th grade Reading: Students read a Scholastic News and will highlight and annotate the text as they read to ensure comprehension, then answer questions. Sixth graders will also continue to read The Maze Runner by James Dashner, chapters 31-36. 


6th grade Writing: Sixth graders will take sides of an argument and give reasons, as well as counter arguments to debate the two sides from the debate in Scholastic News.  They will finish up their imaginative narrative, and begin creating a story plot based on an idiom and then create a five frame comic strip to show the meaning of the idiom and major events of the story. Students will work in partnerships to create their idiom-based imaginative narratives. They will also use two mentor texts (examples) of short stories that show the meaning of an idiom for their guidance. In addition, students will have a project description page and rubric to help guide their writing. Finally, students will confer with me as I provide suggestions to revise their writing and prompt them to use narrative techniques, which we’ve been taking notes on and applying in our narrative writing unit. They will also finish up any IXL’s and begin IXL E.6 and S. 1, 2, 3, 4 on Idioms.