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October 21st-24th, 2019

October 21, 2019 by Nicole Hyde

It was such a pleasure meeting with most of you at conferences last Friday.  Thank you for taking time out of your day! I loved the discussions! If you missed or didn’t sign up, please email me ASAP to set up a time!  

Reminders and Announcements: 

  • Future Fest will be held on Friday, Nov. 1st 6:30pm.  Please come to the fundraiser and support our school. Thank you so much to those of you that donated!  
  • Halloween is right around the corner.  Students will be able to dress up in their favorite costume, it must cover as much as uniforms cover and no masks in class.  Student council is having a contest. The winner from each class will get to choose a prize and possibly be chosen for the grand prize!  

5th grade Reading: Students will finish reading our novel Wonder by RJ Palacio on Monday. Students will take a final test and begin making character trait portraits.  They will choose a character, list some character traits: words (adjectives) that describe a character’s personality and are based off the text. Then they will find evidence from the book. For example, students will say “Auggie is smart because he gets good grades and knows a lot about Science”.

5th grade Writing: 5th grade authors will be creating an idiom comic story with a five frame comic strip to show the meaning of the idiom and major events of the story.  They have chosen an idiom and researched the meaning and now will make a comic strip about it. Students will also work on IXL’s: F.1, F.2, F.3, F.4, F.5, CC.1, CC.3, S.3 

5th grade Projects: In projects, we are wrapping up our unit on matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems. Students will take their final test on Monday and Tuesday and we will move onto our next unit which is Space Systems: Stars and the Solar System. Our driving question throughout the unit is: How can we as astronomers explain, using models and graphs, Earth’s gravitational force, brightness of other stars compared to the Sun, patterns in daily changes in the length and direction of shadows, day and night, and seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky? 

6th grade Reading: Students will continue to read The Maze Runner by James Dashner, chapters 37-50.  While reading, students will continue to work on CAFE strategies and use Habits of Discussion to predict foreshadowing, and ask and answer questions throughout the reading.  

6th grade Writing: Sixth graders began creating a story plot based on an idiom and then will 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 which has been shared in Google Classroom. 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. The finals will be due next Tuesday. They will also finish up any IXL’s and begin/finish IXL E.6, L.1 and S. 1, 2, 3, 4 on Idioms.