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Sept. 9th-12th, 2019

September 8, 2019 by Nicole Hyde

*Please remember to check your student’s grades on Infinite Campus regularly.  (I finally got some in 🙂 Regular checking minimizes grade surprises! ?

Reminders and Announcements: 

  • If you have not returned your paperwork from the binder, please do so ASAP.  I am still missing a few students. It would be greatly appreciated. Students will have to start staying in at recess until it is turned in. 
  • This coming Wednesday, September 11, is Red, White, and Blue dress-up day in remembrance of 9/11.  Bring any amount of donation on Wednesday morning. See the school email that was sent out for details.


5th grade Reading: We continue to read our novel Wonder by RJ Palacio. This week we will read part 2, which is Viaś point of view and then summarize part 2 of the book. In addition, we will continue our study of figurative language, specifically idioms which are found throughout our novel. Students will learn the meaning of common idioms and create a comic strip to demonstrate the figurative meaning of the idiom. (We did not get to this last week) Finally, students will take two more comprehension quizzes on the novel and an assessment to see if students can recall information explicitly and implicitly.  These quizzes are open book so it is important that students use this resource to help them. 

5th grade Writing: 5th grade authors will be taking notes on the structure of a narrative as well as different ways to begin. We began our narrative writing unit by having students brainstorm ideas for a setting-based narrative. Basically, students thought of three different settings and specific experiences they had in each of those settings. They chose one setting/event from their list to use for their narrative writing.  This week they will begin writing their stories. 

5th grade Projects: In projects, we will finally begin working in groups of three to use the scientific process in order to conduct and present an experiment about matter.  Experiments will be done on Monday and Tuesday. Their vocabulary test will be next Tuesday, September 17th. We practice at school, and kids can practice at home as part of their reading homework. 

6th grade Reading: Sixth graders continue to read The Maze Runner by James Dashner, chapters 9-12. Students will be discussing the conflicts that arise among each of the characters in the story. Students will continue collecting quotes from the book to help them build a model of the setting, the Glade. Students will be creating a list of materials this week and begin working on collecting the items to build their models. Materials for this project should be basic and should not have to be purchased. For example, students will need a lot of twigs, a cardboard box, grass, leaves, small rocks or pebbles that can be painted to represent garden plants. They may also need some small toy farm animals that can be brought from home or borrowed, these will be returned after the project is over. Students will complete another open book comprehension quiz this week. Please feel free to email if you have any questions. 

6th grade Writing: In writing, sixth graders will take notes on the structure of a narrative and ways to begin their narrative. Our first writing unit will be narrative in which students will have to write a real narrative (a story based on their own personal experience). Our prompt will be: Think of a time in your life when you thought That was awesome! Write about that experience using specific and descriptive details. Students will also review common types of figurative language by completing IXL E.4