Thursday, March 26, 2015


Rainy Thursday...

How did we go from it being so fabulous yesterday to this ick today?!?  Yuck.
We completed our FIRST round of voting for our Book Madness Tournament of Books today, going from the Sweet 16 to the Elite 8!  We will be voting on the FINAL 4 tomorrow.

Our Elite 8 books are:

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

A Corner of the Universe by Ann N. Martin

The Giver by Lois Lowry
CliffsNotes HERE

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
SparkNotes HERE

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

LEARNING TARGET: I CAN identify the most important details to summarize the information in a text.
To get us in the summarizing mood, I first put the students in partner pairs and gave them a fable to read.  The students then had to summarize the fable using only 4 words.  It was tough, but it was fun and we had a tremendous time!  Many were asking me if we could do it the rest of class.  While that would've been great, we had much else to get to.  There were 26 fables and most students only got to read 4-5 and complete the activity, so I posted them around the room and the students have until next Friday to complete them.  They're really enjoying them and nothing makes an old teacher friend happier than when her students enjoy the lesson in which she was teaching :)
Here is an example of how this activity looked...

After our fable activity, we read our text excerpt from our poster for today's lesson from Benchmark Literacy about predators and prey.  We again practiced with the concept of reading a text and noting the big ideas from each paragraph.  We then used those big ideas to write a summary.  Students then worked on their Superheroes articles and the summaries they wrote yesterday.  They used their large summaries and worked to omit less important details to condense it and have a medium size summary.  Tomorrow, we're getting even smaller with it!  They are freaking out about what important details and I keep assuring them that that is part of the process of summarizing and part of the skill in which they need the most attention as a 5th grader in this life skill.
HOMEWORK: complete at least the front and back of another page in the summary practice packet.
Big summary-> medium summary-> small summary organizer

LEARNING TARGET: I CAN rename fraction differences.
Students are learning to subtract with fractions which includes unlike denominators, mixed numbers, subtracting a fraction from a whole number, and borrowing.  The borrowing is the toughest part because we have to borrow from a whole number, make it into a fraction, and add it on to another fraction all before we can even think about subtracting.  And if the denominators are not the same?!? That's a whole different story too!  These kiddos' heads have been spinning, but day-by-day we are making progress and figuring it out.  We will get there!  Promise :)
HOMEWORK: Subtracting Mixed Numbers worksheet (MATH 2: odd numbers only; MATH 1: one side of each page given to you by Mrs. Schleg.

Students reviewed Chapter 6 in preparation for their assessment tomorrow.
HOMEWORK: STUDY for test TOMORROW (Friday, March 27th)

The class went over jobs for their Monarch Butterfly projects
HOMEWORK: STUDY for test MONDAY (March 30th); have Science Fair cardboard display ready by Tuesday to work on at school.

Play practice at church for all.
HOMEWORK: review readings and memorize lines.  Play is NEXT Friday, April 3rd at 1PM.

Have a thrilling Thursday evening and GO CATS!
Mrs. Thomas

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