Our Dream Jobs

Our class is enjoying our current read aloud, Wonder.


We are already learning so much and reflecting on the kind of person we are and who we want to be. After we read about August’s teacher, Ms. Petosa, leaving her job on Wall Street to pursue her “dream” of teaching, we started to think about our “dreams.” Listen as we share some of the dreams we have about our future. 

Our Dream Jobs from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

Do You Like, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid?”

Then give these books a try!

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!

Similar Books to Diary of a Wimpy Kid


Also, try out this great tool from Scholastic, Book Wizard. Use it to search for books that are similar to one of your favorites.



Happy Reading!

Global Read Aloud 2015

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.

Fish in a Tree***

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!

FIAT Button Mullaly Hunt

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?

FIAT Chapter 1 Question

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 can’t wait to hear from you!


Are You Ready Sign

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!

scoreboard flattened

 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.


Super Bowl Collage




Make a paper football with us!

Mr. Bohon’s class recorded their own Super Bowl commercials.

Super Bowl Commercials from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

This week, we were all cheering, “Touchdown!”


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!


We’ve been talking about a new vocabulary word, symbolism.


First, we looked for the root word, symbol. Then, we started to make connections.

We knew that a symbol is something that represents something else.

Our class pair-shared their examples and shared as a whole class. Some of the connections we made were to the wolverine being a symbol of our state as our nickname, The Wolverine State, and the mascot for the University of Michigan. Other Michigan state symbols shared were, the white pine as our state tree, the robin, and the Petoskey stone.

We thought about our nation’s symbols, like the bald eagle and our stars and stripes flag.


After this discussion, we looked at the end of Chapter 21 in, The Fourteenth Goldfish.

Ellie dreamed about candles.


The students thought about what kind of symbolism this ending could have. We shared again with face partners and table groups.

Here are some of the ideas we came up with.

candle thoughts
What about you? What do you think about the symbolism in Ellie’s dream?

Do you have any other examples of symbolism to share with us?


Lab Assistant

After reading chapter 15 of our novel, The Fourteenth Goldfish, we were curious to learn more about real lab assistants. Take a look at the video that we shared together in class. Then, share your ideas with us by adding a sticky note to our LinoIt board.


What do you think was the most interesting part of the Lab Assistant’s work?

What kind of research is interesting to you?

The Possible

This has been an awesome week of reading and making connections! Chapter 8, The Possible, made us start thinking about things people consider impossible now and wondering what it would be like if they were actually possible. We have created a VoiceThread and are hoping that you’ll join us. Please leave a comment on this post or add your voices to our VoiceThread.

Here is a planning sheet I made to guide our writing. Please feel free to use it in your classroom.

The Possible Planning Sheet


We can’t wait to see what is Possible!

The Possible