LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL

It’s the last week of school! How did it go by so fast?! Here are a few important reminders!

Missing/Late Work:

All late or missing assignments need to be turned in by Wednesday!

Last Grades this year:

  • Fantasy Book Club Powerpoints Due Tuesday
  • Reading Requirements
  • Fantasy Unit Post Assessment Tuesday/Wednesday

Monday, May 7th

LANGUAGE ARTS HOMEWORK REMINDER!
Tonight students are asked to write a journal response, letter, or paragraph over the big ideas in their novel. This could be over a variety of topics: theme, characters, structure, etc. I want them to delve deeper into their thinking and come prepared to discuss our ideas tomorrow over their novels. Students will be given time to work during class as well.

May 7th-May 11th

This week we will continue our journey and explore the Fantasy genre in our book clubs. Student will have a homework writing assignment on MONDAY, but will be given time to work on their writing response. Homework will be routine for the remainder of the week. Any work/reading not completed in class will be taken home to complete.

NWEA Reminder: Students will be taking the Reading NWEA on Thursday and finish it up on Friday. Students should remember to get a good nights rest and eat a good breakfast! We know they will rock the test!

April 30th-May 4th

Hi Navigators!

I can’t believe there is only 20 more days of school left! This has been such a wonderful year being your Language Arts teacher. Here is an overview of the next few weeks as we wrap up the school year and finish our Fantasy Reading Unit.

April 30th-May 4th: Students will be continuing to get used to their Fantasy Reading book clubs and practice their reading discussion skills. They will be getting their new word study lists to work on over the next two weeks in class. The Word Study Quiz will be Friday, May 11th. Students should also be staying up on their reading that they have decided as a club to complete each day.

May 7th- May 11th: Fantasy Book Clubs continued… Students will continue to work on their reading notes.

May 14th- May 18th: Students will be finishing their reading by May 16th. Our triad will also be finishing up our testing this year with taking our final NWEA tests. Later that week, the final project over the skills from the Fantasy Unit will be explained, and students will be given Thursday and Friday to work on individually.

May 21st- May 25th: (LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL) Our last week of school will be full of very fun activities! Students should be verifying that all their assignments have been turned in. Projects will be presented Monday and Tuesday.

Homework During This Unit: Students will not be sent home with any scheduled assigned homework during this unit. However, students are given 25-35 minutes each class to read their book club book at which time I will be running student conferences to practice reading comprehension skills and check for understanding of reading content. If students do not complete their assigned reading and notes, they may check out their book from the class library to read for homework. Students can also always be studying their word study list on their own outside of class.

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April 23rd-April 27th

A BIG thank you to all the parents and family that came to support our writing celebration Friday! We had so much fun getting to show off their work!

This week in Language Arts we will be beginning our last reading unit! I can’t believe this year has flown by so fast! We will be starting our Fantasy Book Club Unit. Students will be exploring and choosing their books Monday. Here are a few reminders and updates for assignments this week:

  • Any students who forgot to leave their informational writing unit on Friday will be reminded to return their report to be graded ASAP!
  • We have our sort 13 word study quiz THIS FRIDAY!
  • Reading Requirements: Students should complete 3 book reviews by the end of the school year!
  • This Fantasy Book Club will bring a new book for students to explore with their book clubs. Students will be responsible for keeping up with their weekly reading.

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NAVIGATOR WRITING CELEBRATION THIS FRIDAY ! APRIL 20TH

The Navigator Triad is so excited to share our writing with you tomorrow! Please join us in the Multipurpose room from 1:45-2:45pm. It is open house style, so please feel free to stop by whenever is convenient to your schedule. Students will be displaying their Informational Writing Reports, American Revolution Battle Newspapers, and Historical Fiction Poster Projects. There will be lemonade and cookies provided as well! Join us to celebrate our wonderful students hard work!

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April 16-April 20th

ISTEP PART 2 THIS WEEK!

We are continuing to craft our American Revolution Focus Reports! Classes will be shortened due to ISTEP.

Writing Celebration:

When: April 20th at 1:45pm-2:45pm

Where: WIS Multipurpose Room

Our students have been working very hard on their focus informational reports over a topic of their choice from the American Revolution. Join us to showcase their hard work!

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April 9th – April 13th

WELCOME BACK FROM SPRING BREAK!!

We are finishing our informational writing reports as we approach our writing celebration! Students have been working on their writing organization, creating/finding text features, researching important facts, and practicing their research quoting skills. Students have been doing great work, and they are so excited to share their work with you all! Here are a few Language Arts updates as we continue into April.

Writing Celebration:

When: April 20th at 1:45pm-2:45pm

Where: WIS Multipurpose Room

Our students have been working very hard on their focus informational reports over a topic of their choice from the American Revolution. Join us to showcase their hard work!

Trimester 3 Reading Requirements:

Students are working on completing their 3 books for the trimester. We currently have a bar graph in the classroom tracking our class book total. The triad has read over 80 books total so far! We can’t wait to celebrate the triad’s reading total at the end of the year! The winning classroom will win an end of the year prize!

Word Study–Sort 13:

We will begin our Sort 13 Word Study this week together. The students just completed their Sort 11 Word Study Edulastic Quiz before Spring Break. I am very proud of all of their hard work and studying! Grades have been updated and posted.

SRT (Student Resource Time):

We will continue to work in small groups and one on one with students on their writing. Student resource time allows for more extended time to work one on one with students and differentiate to each students needs.

ISTEP:

ISTEP Practice for our second round of testing will be this week. This is in order for students to get familiar with the test style on the computer and question formats. The second round of ISTEP with be the following week, April 16th-20th. We will be reminding students and encouraging them to not stress and try their best. It’s a great time to remember our test taking skills(eating a good breakfast, getting a good night’s rest, etc.)

 

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March 26th-March 29th

Word Study: Sort 11 over Suffixes — Due to absences and changes in lessons, we will be moving the quiz to MARCH 29th. This will allow for more review because the quiz covers the list and a review of types of sentences knowledge. If you have any questions please email rairdone@wws.k12.in.us

 

This Week’s Main Writing Teaching Points:

Monday- Organizing information for drafting

Tuesday- Finding a structure to let writing grow into

Wednesday- Finding multiple points of view

Thursday- Creating cohesion

Friday- No School

 

This Week’s Minor Reading Teaching Points:

Monday- What point of view is your book being told from?

Tuesday- Make a prediction before you read.

Wednesday- Think about how the portrayal of events would change if it were told from a different perspective?

Thursday- Look for patterns of chapter titles, first words/letters of chapters, or endings of chapters.

Friday- No School

 

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March 19th-March 23rd

This week our Triad will be celebrating the half way point of our writing unit! As we continue to explore Informational Writing, students will gain more independence in their choices of research and writing topics. I am excited to see what the students come up with!

 

Grades/Update: I have entered 4 grades so far. If your child has any missing work, this will be labeled and receive a placeholder score of 0. This is not their official score, but it used to gain their attention in order to prompt a quick turn around with work being turned in so that their grade can be entered.

 

Word Study: Sort 11 over Suffixes  (Quiz 3/26)

 

This Week’s Main Writing Teaching Points:

Monday- Redrafting Our Research Reports

Tuesday- Writing Celebration Day

Wednesday- Drawing Inspiration from Mentor Texts

Thursday-Primary Source Documents

Friday- Organizing Information For Drafting

 

This Week’s Minor Reading Teaching Points:

Monday- Review Visualizing

Tuesday- Reading/Sharing Research Redrafts

Wednesday- What is the author doing to make you keep reading?

Thursday- What point of view is your book being told from?

Friday-Read for enjoyment

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March 12th-March 16th

This is our last week of exploring our writing over the American Revolution. The next half of our unit will allow students to explore topics of their individual interest. We will be sharing our drafts written this Friday on Monday 3/19 for a writing celebration day!

 

Word Study: Sort 11 over Suffixes  (Quiz 3/26)

 

This Week’s Main Writing Teaching Points:

Monday- Writers of History Pay Attention to Geography

Tuesday- Writing to Think

Wednesday- Writers of History Draw on an Awareness of Timelines

Thursday-Assembling and Thinking about Information/Last Research Day

Friday- Redrafting Our Research Reports

 

This Week’s Minor Reading Teaching Points:

Monday- Setting

Tuesday- Review Making Inferences

Wednesday- Show and Discuss Timelines

Thursday- Making Connections and Background Knowledge

Friday- Review Visualizing

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LA UPDATE NEWSLETTER
Navigators Explore Language Arts–
Lens of History Unit–Informational Writing Unit:

After finishing up our Historical Fiction Unit, the LA team felt it was perfect timing to introduce our Informational Writing Skills. This Unit will allow students to continue their study of the American Revolution along with expanding their writing skills. This time we are putting our Historian Writing hats on!  My goal is that after this unit they will be able to identify themselves as not only readers, but writers as well. We just finished our flash drafts in class where we practiced the popular writing strategies of writing quickly and letting our pen/pencil help us explore our knowledge. When we eliminate the stress of writing perfectly and simply write everything we know about our informational topic we can really maximize our base understanding. We had students who filled over 5 pages of writing in 30 minutes just over the American Resolution! It was amazing! I am absolutely amazed at the hard work these kiddos put into their writing, and I can not wait to allow them to show off their writing abilities at the end of our unit after Spring Break. I am in the midst of planning a writing celebration for the Triad after Spring Break! More information coming soon!

Last Unit’s Final Assessment:

As many student have probably already explained, our last assessment over our Historical Fiction unit explored using a new technology piece called Edulastic. The 5th grade team is continuing to expose our students to these opportunities for integrating technology into our assessments. However, this last exam had some unexpected errors/flaws. After a review of the questions as a class and looking over the results with other teachers we decided as a LA team to take the assessments only for data collection purposes and avoid the confusion with incorrect graded questions and tricky wording. The decision to not place it in the grade book was a very well supported on by the kiddos as well. Overall, this was a decision that I believe the students held a hand in as well. I love when students are given the opportunity to really contribute to the decisions in their education while being guided through our ever changing and evolving teaching strategies.

Reading Requirements/Reading Competition:

Trimester 3 will only require 3 books to be completed. I fully believe that this will only be a starting point for most of my students. Students must complete a book review upon completion of their reading and receive a parent signature.  We have begun a competition between the classes as well as beginning to hold students accountable to sticking with their book choices by having weekly class reading check ins together. Students are already flying through their pages in a matter of days!

Classroom Behavior and Our Class Mission:

This part of the year is always difficult with strange Indiana weather and testing. Students often become squirmy, and this can lead to some behavioral situations/challenges. These last few days in class I have been talking to the students and exploring some positive team building strategies to keep the atmosphere in our classroom positive. We have already begun trying things like updating our class contract, thoughtful breathing, and daily affirmation activities. It is impressive the strategies these kiddos can come up with. In a world like today with so many challenges, their positive outlooks and teamwork is refreshing!

Navigator Blog:

Don’t forget to check out the Triad Blog!  http://blogs.wws.k12.in.us/navigators/

Scholastic Book Order:

Scholastic book orders have been circulating throughout the classroom. If your child has not brought one home, I have plenty of extra copies! Get any orders in by March 16th!

 

March 5th-March 9th

Lens of History Information Writing Unit 

This week we will be beginning our journey of Informational Writing. We will be exploring this genre of writing through the Lens of History. We have been presented with the great opportunity to create a Cross Curricular Unit with the expansion of our knowledge with the American Revolution.  Students will be able to continue their exploration in Social Studies as well as their writing skills in Language Arts class. Below are the teaching points for this week.

Monday: Pre-Assessment Unit Writing

Tuesday:  “I can organize my information I bring to my writing flash draft.”

Wednesday: “I can prepare for my writing by looking at other examples of informational writing.”

Thursday: “As a writer I can shift between reading to collect and record information and writing to grow ideas.”

Friday: “I can write and revise as a historian, it is important to keep in mind not only quality of good writing but also qualities of good history.” 

Trimester 3 Reading Requirements:

Students will be completing three book reviews this trimester over their reading this trimester. I am only requiring 3 books to be read this trimester, however we will be having a reading competition between all three classes to see which class can read the most books before the end of the year!

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February 26th-March 2nd

ISTEP Part 1 Week!

Monday: Math ISTEP & Historical Fiction Group Project

Tuesday: LA Part 1 ISTEP & Historical Fiction Group Project

Wednesday: LA Part 2 ISTEP & Historical Fiction Group Project

Thursday: Social St. ISTEP & Historical Fiction Group Project

Friday: Historical Fiction Group Project Presentations and Next Unit Pre-Test

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 February 19th- February 22nd

We are finishing up our Historical Fiction Unit this week. As we reach the end of our unit we have a lot of reminders and important dates to keep in mind. I have placed the reminders below.

Historical Fiction Unit Test– We have split the assessment in half to reduce the time it will take for students. Part of the assessment with be short response and part will be multiple choice. This will be a review of our historical fiction unit focus topics. The assessment will take place Wednesday and Thursday. We will be reviewing for this test together on Tuesday.

GRADES– Due to lots of the many sick kiddos we’ve had, I am working on getting make up work and missing work into the grade book. A big thank you to the kiddos who chose to improve and rewrite their Online Journal Entries. I will be printing each of these off to send a hard copy grade home.  The Trimester 2 ends Thursday, February 22nd. Grades will be finalized Wednesday, February 28th.

Extra Credit– Just a reminder that any books read over the Trimester Reading Requirement (4 books — class books included) will be extra credit.

This Week’s Overview–

Monday:

  • Discuss the THEME of our reading.
  • Theme is a truth about life that the author shows the readers through the story.

Tuesday:

  • Historical Book Reflection Unit
  • Review Unit Materials

Wednesday:

  • Assessment Part 1
  • Turn in Historical Fiction Novel Notes

Thursday:

  • Assessment Part 2
  • Trimester Reading Logs Updated

Friday:

  • NO SCHOOL (Teacher PD Day)
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February 12th- February 16th

This week students will be finishing their Historical Fiction Book Club novels. As we begin wrapping up this Unit students will be reviewing the skills and terms we have covered these past few weeks.

This Week’s Teaching Points:

  • Reading relevant nonfiction text along side our historical fiction reading.
  • Symbolism that the author uses to have a deeper understanding of the text.
  • Paying attention to the critical choices that characters make as we read.
  • Reading through the lens of power in a book.
  • Themes that span across time, are truths about life, and can be applied to life.

Important Dates: 

Wednesday, February 14th–ACES Writing Quick Check

Friday, February 16th–Historical Fiction Reading Finished

Friday, February 16th–Word Study Quiz over Prefixes (Un-, Re-, Dis-, Mis-, Pre-)

Wednesday, February 21st and Thursday, February 22nd –Unit Assessment

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February 5th-February 9th

This week we will be working on our Historical Fiction Reading with our book clubs.

This Week’s Teaching Points:

  • Reading relevant nonfiction text along side our historical fiction reading.
  • Summarizing our reading sequentially.
  • Reading Historical Fiction Text through the secondary characters perspective.
  • Paying close attention to descriptive passages that the authors create.
  • Supporting your thinking about the text with quoting accurately from the text.
  • Keeping important ideas from the text in mind as we read and turning our important details into claims.
  • Reflecting on the important aspects of the story and organizing our notes throughout our unit.

Reading Response Journals:

Students are doing an amazing job at responding to questions over their reading through google docs. We are continuing to work on restating the question in our answer and supporting our answers with evidence from the text.

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January 29th-February 2nd

This week we will be having a Perfect Verb Tense Quiz Monday. The students have been working very hard to prepare for this quiz, and I have so many students who have taken advantage of the extra credit opportunity!

We will continue to explore our Historical Fiction Genre as we work with book clubs.

This Week’s Teaching Points:

  • Paying close attention to descriptive passages that the authors create.
  • Supporting your thinking about the text with quoting accurately from the text.
  • Keeping important ideas from the text in mind as we read and turning our important details into claims.
  • Reflecting on the important aspects of the story and organizing our notes throughout our unit.

Reading Response Journals:

Students are doing an amazing job at responding to questions over their reading through google docs. We are continuing to work on restating the question in our answer and supporting our answers with evidence from the text.

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January 22nd-January 26th

Dear Navigator Families,

I am so excited to share with you how well our book clubs have been going! The students have really embraced their book clubs, and they have begun to really delve deeper into their discussions! This week we will continue with our Historical Fiction Genre Unit. We will begin to look at how point of view impacts the perspective of an event and how to keep track of events in our text with a timeline.

Last week we introduced Prefect Verb Tenses which can be very difficult to grasp right away. The students did an amazing job at the introduction lesson and will continue to practice each day this week. We will have a Quiz FRIDAY over using and identifying Perfect Verb tense. I will be giving EXTRA CREDIT to any students who create a mini poster over this topic. I will supply the large construction paper Monday.

Wednesday, I will be in Indianapolis to attend an awesome professional development opportunity as a 5th grade LA representative for WIS. While I am gone, students will be given lots of time to review our topics covered in this unit so far! This should be a great built in review day for them!

Topics We Have Covered:

  • How to support classmates in book clubs.
  • How to identify the setting of a text. We have to pay attention to more than just what the place looks like but what it FEELS like–Emotional Atmosphere.
  • How to keep track of story elements as we read a Historical Fiction Novel.
  • Writers use the past perfect verb tense in Historical Fiction to help readers understand when events happened in the past.

What should be coming home???

  • Students should be bringing home their book club books each night to read!
  • Students should also be bringing their notes to review our ongoing topics (ie. perfect verb tenses)
  • Study Material for Perfect Verb Tense Quiz Friday!

 

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January 15th-January 19th

I am beyond proud of the effort our students applied to our midyear Reading NWEA. It is always fun to see the growth they are making. It is also a great way to identify areas I can best help push them in their reading as the year continues.

This week we will be beginning our Historical Fiction Unit. Students have been assigned books clubs to be reading a historical fiction genre book over the American Revolution. We will be working  on planning out their reading and beginning to explore the historical fiction genre elements.

Students should be bringing  their books home to stay up on their reading taking notes as they go. Other than this they may not have a lot of LA work coming home because the reading should be their focus.

GRADES:

Grades have been updated and midterm grades will be uploaded by the end of the day Tuesday. I still have some no name assignments on my board that need to be claimed!!

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Important Grade Note:

If your child had a zero for their Among the Hidden Summary Folder Assignment currently, this may be due to a no name. I currently have 10 no names. They will be on the board tomorrow to be claimed and entered in the grade book! Be sure to claim before midterm!!

January 8th-12th

This week we will be finishing our preparations for our Historical Unit.

We will be focusing on:

  • Reviewing figurative language, parts of speech, types of sentences, and reading comprehension skills.
  • Word Study Sort- Students will be working on a list of their own for two week during warm up. This will be all together in a packet that will be turned in on Friday, January 19th.
  • Reading Historical Fiction Example Picture Books to prepare for talking about our Historical Fiction books.
  • Making a Class Constitution over Book Club Procedures.
  • Assigning Book Clubs according to the students’ top reading choices.
  • Reading Logs

This week we will be taking our winter NWEA testing. I would love for students to begin practicing our test prep skills.

  • Getting a good nights sleep
  • Eating a protein breakfast
  • Taking deep breathes because they will rock the test!

Beginning January 16th we will begin our Historical Fiction Unit. The Language Arts team has been working very hard to get this unit prepared. Students will be given a choice of their own book and book club. We will be doing most of the assignments in this unit in class. The majority of the work brought home will be reading their book club book to keep up with their reading.

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January 3rd-5th 2018 (Happy New Year!!)

This week will be a very short week of getting back into routines and reviewing important material because everyone probably slept a few times over break!  I was absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity from my lovely students. With the gift cards, I was able to put some time into adding fun differentiate seating into our classroom and allow students more choice into how they like to learn. I will also help with integrating into our new workshop model that our LA team is trying! I am so excited for the kids to get back to school and check it out!

The week of January 8th-12th will be our winter NWEA testing. I would love for students to begin practicing our test prep skills.

  • Getting a good nights sleep
  • Eating a protein breakfast
  • Taking deep breathes because they will rock the test!

Beginning January 16th we will begin our Historical Fiction Unit. The Language Arts team has been working very hard to get this unit prepared. Students will be given a choice of their own book and book club. We will be doing most of the assignments in this unit in class. The majority of the work brought home will be reading their book club book to keep up with their reading.

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Happy Holidays!!! -Our Class Pet “Shammy” (photo and hat by my awesome students)

Congratulations to these three students (ABOVE) for winning the Persuasive Letter Contest! Thanks to them a child at WIS had an amazing holiday season with gifts donated in their name from Toys R Us!

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ATTENTION: Unit Test Moved to Tuesday December 19th 

December 11-December 15th

This week’s focus will be introducing the Christmas Carol. We will reading an abridged version due to time and comparing the reading to other forms of media representation like Mickey’s Christmas Carol and Jim Carey’s Christmas Carol. This story provides great use of figurative language practice, character traits, and deeper thinking about the story elements.

We will also be practicing our Persuasive Writing Skills with our Off the Shelf Letter project.

Off the Shelf Persuasive Letter Project Description:

Winter time is a very popular time to go shopping and pick out the newest and coolest toy off the shelf. But what if you lived in that toy store? What if YOU were that toy? How would you feel about going to a new home? Excited? Nervous? It is time to give the toys a voice this winter season! You will be writing a letter to the customer persuading them to either take you home or leave you on the shelf. CREATIVITY is the key word for this project. You will be using your Persuasive Writing Skills that you have practiced with Miss Shingler and Miss Rairdon to create a fantastic piece of writing.

A Fun Competition:

We all know that having the extra money to go shopping isn’t an opportunity that every family has. The winning Persuasive Letter Writer from each class will win a fun prize. Toys R’ Us has agreed to donate a toy IN YOUR NAME to the Westfield Open Doors Program for the Holidays to a child in need of a holiday toy. You will also win a fun surprise for yourself as well!

Our Unit Test will be on December 18th:

We will be continuing to prepare through our warm up time in class and students will be given a study guide.

Material that will be covered:

  • Figurative Language
  • Types of Sentences/Conjunctions
  • Homophones, Homonyms, and Homographs/Synonyms and Antonyms/Their, There, and They’re/Your VS You’re
  • ACES Writing
  • Character Traits
  • Comparing and Contrasting

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Study Guide Answer Key

December 4th- December 8th

Homework Announcement:

Due to lack of students turning in homework. I am going to reduce the graded word study menu/assignments that may be taken home (if not complete) and returned for a grade. Missing work results in not allowing us to show how the students are performing on each standard. Instead student homework will look more like studying and assignments that will help them practice before an activity in class that will be graded. I want the focus to be on the lesson and what the students are learning and less about grades. The students who are keeping up with assignments and studying material will continue to show growth in these areas. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me.

This Week’s Objective Focuses:

Grammar: Types of Sentences (simple, compound, and complex)

Reading: Summarizing, Comparing and Contrasting Characters, Reading Comprehension Skills, etc. (Among the Hidden read aloud)

Writing: Mini Persuasive Creative Writing Assignment.

Important Upcoming Assignments:

Types of Sentences and Conjunctions Quiz on MONDAY December 11th

Unit Test on MONDAY December 18th

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  • Conjunctions/Types of Sentences
  • Figurative Language
  • ACES Writing
  • Comparing and Contrasting

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November 27th-December 1st

TRIMESTER 2 UPDATE

Dear Navigator Families,

Trimester 2 has already been full of adventure! From our author visit to the trip to the orchestra, we have so much to be thankful for! As we continue into the new trimester I wanted to give a quick overview of the next few weeks!

This week, we will begin our unit on conjunctions and types of sentences. Students will be practicing writing simple, compound, and complex sentences. As we begin types of sentences, we will also we continuing our read aloud of Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Our students have been doing a great job of actively listening to the reading and taking notes on the author’s craft and using their reading skills.

This Trimester’s Reading Requirements:

For second trimester, students are required to read at least 4 books. For each book students read over their 4 required books, you will receive extra credit!

To celebrate completing each book, students may choose between the following options:

  1. WhooosReading.Org Quiz:
    • Answer open-ended questions about the book they completed
    • Login information can be found on the inside cover of their Assignment Notebook
  2. Book Talk:
    • Write down a one paragraph book talk (a summary that gets the audience excited to read the book, without giving too much away)
    • Share your book talk with Miss Rairdon or the class—convince me/us to read your book!
  3. Graphic Organizer:
    • If students are reading a fiction book, they may fill out a plot diagram
    • If students are reading a nonfiction book, fill out 2 main idea and supporting details pages based on two sections of your book (students will need to still have their book for this)

Focuses/Goals the Next Few Weeks:

  • Conjunctions
  • Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
  • Summarizing, Comparing and Contrasting, and ACES writing
  • Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Word Study Sorts

Grades:

I have uploaded three grades from the past week and a half. Due to the small amount of assignments, if students are missing assignments or did poorly on the Figurative Language Scoot Activity their grade may look lower than expected.

Grade Boosting Opportunities:

  • I will begin to offer small extra credit opportunities during class every other week.
  • Late work can still be turned in until the end of each grading period(Midterm or End of Trimester) for up to a 90%.
  • Due to the figurative language scoot activity being challenging, students will be given the opportunity to make assignment corrections to earn up to a 90%.

Upcoming Homework (Is your child bringing these assignments home?)

  • Word Study Materials to Study for Quiz Monday, December 4th
  • Reading Log and Reading Question Due Friday, December 1st
  • Conjunctions Quick Check Activity In-Class on Friday, December 1st

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November 20th- 21st

This week is a VERY short week leading up to our Thanksgiving Break. We know everyone is excited to get some time with their families. Students have earned a well deserved break after finishing their Trimester 1 strong and continuing to work hard throughout our exciting and busy previous week!

We will be turning in our word study menus MONDAY and continuing to review our Figurative Language with some fun review games! Students will be completing a graded activity to show their Figurative Language knowledge on TUESDAY.

Grammar/Word Study: Your VS You’re and Word Study Menus

Writing: Exploring Creative Persuasive Writing and Summarizing

Reading: Class Read Aloud of Among the Hidden

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November 13th-17th

Grammar/Word Study: Your VS You’re and Word Study Menus

Students will be learning a new word spelling pattern and practicing the use of this pattern throughout the week with their word study menu.

Writing: Exploring Creative Persuasive Writing and Summarizing

Students will explore fun persuasive writing prompts during class warm ups.

Reading: Class Read Aloud of Among the Hidden

Students will be practicing their summarizing and reading skills as we begin Among the Hidden.

November 6th – 9th

Hi Navigators!

This week we will be finishing up our Trimester by completing our read aloud novel Because of Mr. Terupt. It is one of my favorite books to read with my students! We will also be taking our Word Study Quiz Monday. Everyone has been doing a great job practicing in class and studying at home!

Our content focuses this week are reviewing prepositions, point of view, and continuing our reading comprehension strategies.

With the end of Trimester 1 quickly approaching, missing or make up work needs to be turned in by November 9th. Our three Whooosreading.org quizzes are to be completed by that same date as well (Nov. 9th).  Below is a summarized list of your assignments this week:

  • Word Study Quiz Monday
  • 3 whooosreading.org quizzes due Thursday, November 9th
  • Point of View Notes Due Thursday (will have time in class to complete)

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October 30th-November 3rd

Hi Navigators!

This week we will be continuing our Because of Mr. Terupt read aloud as we analyze the writing skills Rob Buyea uses to create the story of these seven 5th graders working through their differences to have a successful and fun school year just like us!

We will spend Monday focusing on learning new content. Our focus this week is summarizing, and character development. We will always continue our past lessons through our warm up activity time each day as well as word study. Monday will also be spent learning our new word study sort as a class. You will be given time to practice and implement the weekly word pattern each day to practice, however, you will be expected to study and practice your words on your own as well before the word study quiz Monday, November 6th.

With the end of Trimester 1 quickly approaching, missing or make up work needs to be turned in by November 9th. Our three Whooosreading.org quizzes are to be completed by that same date as well (Nov. 9th).  Below is a summarized list of your assignments this week:

  • Study you word study sort for the test on Monday, November 6th
  • Complete your character development and plot development graphic organizer as you read on your own this week (class discussion over notes on Friday)
  • 3 whooosreading.org quizzes due Thursday, November 9th

 

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October 23rd-October 27th

This Week’s Focus:

  • Because of Mr. Terupt Modeled Read Aloud

Reading: Plot Development

Writing: Author’s Craft, Figurative Language Continued

Grammar: Prepositions

Word Study: No Quiz This Week/ Word Study Menus Due Friday

End of Trimester 1: November 9th- Be sure to turn in any missing or absent work.
Word Study Quiz: Friday November 3rd
Word Study Menu: We will begin assigning word study menus to be completed on the weeks when there is not a word study quiz to reinforce practice with word patterns. This will be completed as homework and students will have a week to complete it. (This week is our first week with a Word Study Menu)
Scholastic Book Order: October 23rd- Tomorrow is the last day to order scholastic books online to join in our order!
What’s Due This Week?
  • Word Study Menu Due Friday
  • Reading Plot Development Notes will be looked over on Friday
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October 9th – October 13th

This Week’s Objectives:

Grammar/Word Study- Interjections

NO WORD STUDY THIS WEEK AS WE FINISH OUR PERSONAL NARRATIVES

Reading-Review of the Reading and Comprehension Strategies

Writing- Personal Narratives Writing/Editing Process

 

Overview For The Week:

MONDAY-

  • Reading Text Codes
  • Figurative Language Review
  • Interjection Notes
  • Writing Time/Typing

TUESDAY-

  • Interjection Practice
  • Figurative Language Assessment (what fig. lang. used in writing check)
  • Read Skill Comprehension Practice
  • Writing Time/Typing

WEDNESDAY-

  • Typing Time-Personal Narratives
  • Interjection Quick Check (plickers)

THURSDAY-

  • Typing Time-Personal Narratives
  • Editing Check/Rubrics

FRIDAY-

  • Turn Writing In
  • Publishing Party
  • Flashlight Friday

 

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October 2nd- October 6th 

This Week’s Objectives:

Grammar/Word Study- New Word Study List (Word Study Quiz Friday)

Reading- Character Development/Traits

Writing- Finish up Dialogue in Writing and begin looking at Figurative Language

Overview For the Week:

Monday: Finish up Dialogue and Introduce Character Development

Work on Personal Narrative Draft (Finish Up)

Students have 8 questions glued into their Reading Notebooks to reflect on character development in their own independent reading books. ( Due Friday)

Tuesday: Dialogue Grade In-Class Activity and Character Development Mini Lesson

Work on Personal Narrative Revising/Peer Editing

Wednesday: Figurative Language (Simile and Metaphors) and Character Development Practice

Work on Personal Narrative Revising/Peer Editing

Thursday: Figurative Language (Onomatopoeia and Hyperboles) and Character Development Practice

Work on Personal Narrative Revising/Peer Editing or Teacher Conferences to Check Writing

Friday: Figurative Language ( Personification and Alliteration) and Word Study Assessment

Work on Personal Narrative Revising/Peer Editing or Teacher Conferences to Check Writing or Begin Typing Final Copy

What’s Due This Week?

  • Reading Questions in Notebook
  • Practice Word Study List
  • Word Study Short Assessment Friday
  • Reading at Home and Taking WhooosReading Quizzes

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September 25th- September 29th 

This Week’s Objectives

Grammar- Continue reviewing Parts of Speech

Reading- Identifying the Exposition and use of Dialogue in the Text

Writing- Personal Narrative Writing

This week we are continuing to work on our Personal Narratives. Personal Narratives will be turned in the day before Fall Break and be completed IN CLASS.

What is due this week?

Students should be reading 20 minutes each night, taking a whooosreading quiz (www.whooosreading.org) when they finish a book, and updating their reading logs.

Students will be working on their personal narrative writing, but it is NOT due this week.

NO WORD STUDY QUIZ this week.


September 18th- September 22nd

Objectives:

Grammar- Adverbs and Parts of Speech Review

  • I can identify parts of speech in sentences and use a variety of parts of speech

Reading-Review ETGW for Test

  • I can read a novel and answer comprehension questions and make connections.

Writing- 6+1 Writing Traits (modeling the writing process)

  • I can use the writing process and 6+1 Writing Traits to develop a great piece of writing. (Personal Narrative Introduction)

WHAT IS DUE THIS WEEK?

  • Station work is to be finished by Friday.
  • ETGW Test is Friday, September 22nd
  • Word Study- NO QUIZ THIS WEEK (only an activity grade during stations)
  • Study Parts of Speech Notes (Review Quiz NEXT Monday)

This Week-

Monday: 6+1 Writing Traits/Writing Process & Adverb Notes (STATIONS)

Tuesday: 6+1 Writing Traits & Parts of Speech Review (STATIONS)

Wednesday: 6+1 Writing Traits & Parts of Speech Review (STATIONS)

Thursday: 6+1 Writing Traits & Parts of Speech Review(STATIONS)

Friday: ETGW Test, Turn in Station Work, Parts Of Speech Review Quiz(MONDAY)

 


September 11th-September 15th 

WHAT IS DUE THIS WEEK?

Station work is to be finished by Friday.

  • Verb Quick Check on Plickers is MONDAY (6 ques.)
  • Reader’s Response Questions Due Friday(14 short questions)
  • Adjectives Plicker Quick Check Friday
  • This week we are finishing ETGW in stations and class!

***Parts of Speech Quick checks are our way of reviewing materials from previous grades as we review them with our students before we move on to new more challenging material for Grammar.***

OBJECTIVES-

Grammar: Adjectives

  • I can identify and use adjectives in a sentence.

Reading: Finish ETGW/Readers Responses/ Study for Quiz

  • I can read a novel and answer comprehensive questions over the reading.

Writing: 6 + 1 Writing Traits

  • I can use the 6+1 writing traits to develop an idea to write about.

 

Word Study Week B (No Assessment) – Differentiated to meet individual student needs.

Week Overview:

Monday: Verb Plicker Quick Check(6 questions),  Introduce 6+1 writing traits- IDEAS, Adjective Notes, and STATIONS

Tuesday: 6+1 writing traits- Organization, Word Study, and STATIONS

Wednesday: 6+1 writing traits- Word Choice, Word Study, and STATIONS

Thursday: 6+1 writing traits- Voice, Word Study, and STATIONS

Friday: Adjective Review Quick Check, 6+1 writing traits- Conventions/Sentence Fluency, Word Sort Game, and Flashlight Friday

 

Stations Overview: (Station Menu Given to Students to check off after station is complete)

Name:_______________________      #_____                Rairdon      Dubovich      Shingler

9/11-9/15 Station Menu

Teacher Station
You will be building a writing tool and looking at examples of 6+1 writing traits. For a Grade?      YES or NO
Mrs. M’s Station or Fluency Station
You will be building a writing tool and working on Sonday with Mrs. M or working on Fluency activities. 
For a Grade?      YES or NO
Reading Comprehension Station

You only have 14 short questions over the last ETGW chapters to complete.

(Chapters 9-12)

For a Grade?      YES or NO

Writing Skills Station
Writing Resources Pages will be CUT & GLUED into your LA notebook.
For a Grade?      YES or NO
Read to Self Station
Survival Kit Activity complete together as a group. For a Grade?      YES or NO
Application Station
Complete the Mystery Adjective Activity and place the worksheet into your station file.
For a Grade?      YES or NO
Listening to Reading Station

You only have 14 short questions over the last ETGW chapters to complete.

(Chapters 9-12)
For a Grade?      YES or NO

Word Study Station

  1. Gather your word study papers from the CORRECT COLOR file. What color are you?____________
  2. Sort your Flashcards
  3. Write your word sort into your LA notebook.
  4. Practice
If you finish a station early…

  1. Complete Reader’s Response
  2. Read ETGW
  3. Word Study Games
  4. Jenga Reading Questions over ETGW
  5. Boggle Challenge Write down words.

****Station Work is due Friday/Check the chosen work for a grade and staple this paper to your work and turn into your CLASS TRAY****

Student Signature:

I, _________________,  read the station menu, completed my best work at each station this week, and understand what is due for a grade this week.

 


**VERB QUICK CHECK MOVED FROM FRIDAY SEPT. 8th  TO MONDAY SEPT. 11th **

September 5th – September 8th 

Objectives:

Grammar-Verbs

  • I can identify and use verbs in sentences.

Reading- Context Clues

  • I can use context clues from the text to infer the definition of an unknown vocabulary word.

Writing- First Word Study Assessment

  • I can sort new words based on their characteristic categories

THE WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday: NO SCHOOL

Tuesday: Introduce Verbs, Word Study List

Wednesday: Practice Verbs

Thursday: Context Clues

Friday: Stations at beginning, Word Study Quiz, Flashlight Friday

WORD STUDY 

Word Study List Two (Week A)

Confusing Words:

Your- Possessive Pronoun that shows ownership

Ex: Your dog is running all around the yard.

You’re- Pronoun Contraction that stands for “you are”.

Ex: You’re going to the movies after school.

Word Study List: Categories- Past & Present

sleep slept keep slide shine
freeze sweep bleed throw know
threw drew knew bled swept
froze draw shone say slid
said drove kept drive

 

9/5-9/8 Station Menu

Teacher Station

Bring a pencil and keep your work from this station in your station file.

For a Grade?      YES or No

Mrs. M’s Station or Fluency Station
Always store your work in your station file. For a Grade?      YES or No
Reading Comprehension Station
Turn in your Context Clue Task Card Answer Sheet into your station file.
For a Grade?      YES or No
Writing Skills Station
Complete Reader’s Response in READING NOTEBOOK and Chapters 5-8
For a Grade?      YES or No
Read to Self Station
Complete Reader’s Response in READING NOTEBOOK and Chapters 5-8
For a Grade?      YES or No
Application Station

 

Verb Race Game as a group

For a Grade?      YES or No

Listening to Reading Station

Complete Reader’s Response in READING NOTEBOOK and Chapters 5-8
For a Grade?      YES or No

Word Study Station
Write your word sort into your Language Arts Notebook and Store your flashcards in your LA folder envelope.
For a Grade?      YES or No
If you finish a station early…

  1. Complete Reader’s Response
  2. Word Study Games
  3. Jenga Reading Questions
  4. Boggle Challeng


****Station Work is due Friday/Check the chosen work for a grade and staple this paper to your work and turn into your CLASS TRAY****

Student Signature:

I, _________________,  read the station menu, completed my best work at each station this week, and understand what is due for a grade this week.


The 2017-2018 5th Grade Reading Challenge

The 5th grade has decided to begin a 5th grade reading challenge. This challenge will be completed by Triads in hopes of earning the 5th grade Book Bonanza trophy. The triad with the most books read will win the trophy and a party! We will be keeping track of the amount of books each student reads during the trimester and calculating our triad reading. Any books over 300+ pages will count for two books. The 5th grade reading challenge begins September 5th.

In the Classroom:

Students will be working to set new goals in the amount of books they will read this school year. Students will be required to read 3 books each trimester and receive a grade for this completion After reading a book students will complete a WhooosReading Quiz to show they have read the entire book.

What is WhooosReading?

Whooosreading is a replacement of Accelerated Reader that allows students to present their knowledge over a book in their own words through a 3 question quiz of deeper level questions. We will have our own competition within our triad to see who can earn the most points in Whooosreading. We will be developing the prizes for high number of book readers, high coin earners, and best book reviewer in each class each trimester. Students will be in charge of picking the prizes. We will be giving students their login information so that they can access their WhooosReading account on their own.

How it Works:

  • Quizzes are comprised of open-ended questions only. As students type their answers, they will receive in-the-moment feedback on how they can improve their answers.
  • After students complete the quiz, they will receive wisdom coins, which they can use to purchase accessories in the Owl Shop for their Owl Avatar.
  • Standards-aligned Journal Activities provide additional practice, and opportunities to earn more coins before and after students take a quiz.
  • All of the student’s work and progress towards goals is housed in the teacher account where teachers can also access insights and next steps for individual student and group strengths and weaknesses.

Want to check it out for yourself? Check it out at www.whooosreading.org

When will students have time to complete reading quizzes?

  • Students can take quizzes during SRT time, during specific station time, and at home.

 


 

Week 3 Lesson Plans

OBJECTIVES:

Grammar- Pronouns

I can identify and use pronouns in sentences.

Reading-Readers Response/Predictions

I can read a novel and respond to comprehension questions.

Writing-ACES

I can answer questions completely by restating the question in my answer, citing evidence, explaining, and summarizing.

Whole Class Lesson:

Monday-

 

  • Pronoun Pre-check
  • Distribute Escaping The Giant Wave books
  • Read Chapter 1 together
  • Talk about Reader’s Response we will be doing this week

 

Tuesday-

 

  • Pronoun Notes

 

Wednesday-

 

  • Pronoun Activity

 

Thursday-

 

  • Practice ACES in partners

 

Friday-

 

  • Answer a question using ACES assessment
  • Pronoun Quick Check
  • Reading of ETGW(as a class)
  • Flashlight Friday

HW this Week:

Normally I put read  20 min a night under assignments on the board. Instead read ETGW for 20 minutes and continue to work on your Readers Response.

Word Study:

This is our last week working on the example word study list. Students will be exploring our word study games as well as the format of a word study assessment.  Next week we will start the first official week A (5th grade material) of Word Study.

 


AUGUST 21st- AUGUST 25th

This Week’s Objectives:

Grammar- Nouns

  • I can identify and use nouns in everyday writing.

Writing- How to Answer a Question Using our ACEs Strategy. (Answer Cite evidence Explain Summarize)

  • I can answer a question using the ACEs strategy.

Reading- Connections/Predictions to the Text

  • I can draw conclusions to the text I am reading. (Text to Text, Text to Self, Text to World, etc.)

Stations This Week:

Below is an example of your student’s station menu.  Each station has a detailed laminated instruction sheet provided for students to follow along with. The station menu allows for students to keep track of their work.

Each Thursday our class will sit down and circle which 1-2 assignments will be turned in for a grade that week and sign their station menu to verify that they have given their best effort and are aware of what is to be turned in that week.

Station Menu: August 21st- 25th

Teacher Station

Complete the station with Miss Rairdon or Mrs. Massingale

Fluency Station
Turn your fluency worksheet into your station file.

 

Reading Comprehension Station

 

Add at least one connection slip to each connection chain.

 

 

Writing Skills Station

Turn your task card worksheet into your station file.

Read to Self Station

I am on page _____ of the book _________________

by _________________

 

Application Station

Turn your Noun Newspaper Scavenger Hunt into your station file.

Listening to Reading Station

I am on page _____ of the book _________________

by _________________

Word Study Station

Write your word sort into your Language Arts Notebook and store your flashcards in your LA folder envelope.

 

If you finish a station early…

Please clean up your station and grab a good book to read until the next station or until the end of stations.

 

****Station Work is due Friday/Check the chosen work for a grade and staple this paper to your work and turn in****

Student Signature:

I, _________________,  read the station menu and completed my best work at each station this week.

 

 


Welcome to our Language Arts page!

Here you can find what we are up to in the classroom and in our stations. Homework will be updated on the homework tab! It’s going to be a great year!