Our class talked about listening to others share their book recommendations as a strategy for finding new books to read. Here are some suggestions made by fifth grade students who love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. We hope you’ll find a new book to try, too!
We are excited to announce that our class will be reading the novel, Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, for the Global Read Aloud 2015.
This global project has brought many rich learning experiences to my students, and students around the world, each year. The premise of the project is simple. Read aloud from the book selected and deepen your understanding by learning with other classrooms around the world.
Today, we listened to Mullaly Hunt read us the first chapter of, Fish in a Tree. Please listen in and join us in our adventure!
Strong readers read with POWER. We want to read with POWER by thinking deeply about characters right from the beginning of the story. After reading chapter 1, tell us what predictions you have about Ally. What do you already think about her?
We will be sharing our reflections on chapter 1 with a few of our GRA connected classes.
For new GRA friends visiting us for the first time, please consider the question above and leave us a comment.
We will make our mark! There’s no better time to talk about beginning something great than at the beginning of a new school year. In the book, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds, a child’s teacher gives her the encouragement she needs to “make her mark” by simply beginning. This encouragement is just what she needs to begin down the road of creativity, bravery, and ultimately, making a difference.
First, we began to make our mark by designing our dots. Then we explored some augmented reality by using the app, Quiver. We had a fantastic discussion about the author’s purpose in writing, The Dot. We will share more on that later. For now, take a peek at some of our fun!
Are you feeling anxiety over state testing? Don’t Stress on the Test, just Let It Go!
We began our state, M-STEP, testing this week. Our class is doing a great job trying to show the best of what they’ve learned. Since they’ve been working so hard, I wanted to make a fun parody video to make our students smile and encourage them. Inspired by my students and my own little “Elsa” and “Anna” at home, here is what we came up with. (The cutie little dancers you’ll see are my two punkins!) Enjoy!
Our first day at STARBASE was amazing! STARBASE is a special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program that we have been invited to participate in. Take a look at some of our incredible learning experiences.
This week, the fourth and fifth graders participated in the first ever,
Reading Super Bowl!
Mrs. Yax, Mr. Bohon, and Mrs. Kreller & Mrs. Moore’s classes all competed to see which grade level could score the most points by reading. For every 10 pages read, the students scored a six-point Touchdown. Every 10 pages read at home required a parent/grandparent signature. Each student scored an extra point for their team by returning their Tuesday reading homework with a signature on Wednesday. The winning team got a popcorn reward.
Congratulations to the 4th graders for winning the Reading Super Bowl!
With an astonishing 895 Touchdowns, the 4th grade secured their victory!
Well done, 4th graders!
Both teams had a fun bonus activity and we wore football jerseys and sports shirts, too.
Make a paper football with us!
Mr. Bohon’s class recorded their own Super Bowl commercials.
We’ve begun reading a new book together in class, The Secret Zoo, by Bryan Chick. This story has an exciting beginning that’s not to be missed! This VoiceThread is for our Techie Kid who was out of school last week. You are welcome to listen in on the beginning of our adventure, too!