Monthly Archives: October 2013

Daily Proofreading!

As you know, several weeks ago, our students began their journey through the writing process as they wrote their narratives on wordless picture books. During this process, they were introduced to the various “Editor’s Marks” that are intended to be used to make corrections during the Revising and Editing Stages of the writing process.

As a way to practice utilizing these marks, our “writers” participate in a daily proofreading exercise. For each day of the school week, students work independently on an assigned proofreading exercise. Once all students complete the exercise, a student is then chosen to be the “teacher.” As the “teacher,” the student leads the class in reviewing the exercise on the SMARTboard.

Check out Colin below as he reviews an exercise with 5B!

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Quiz, Quiz, Trade

To prepare for the spelling test, our “spellers” participated in an interactive review game. Each “speller” received an index card with a spelling word written on it. Their task was to move around the room and quiz another student on their word. Once they quized a peer, and the peer quized them, the students then traded their cards and continued to quiz another person with a different card. This activity allowed students to gauge which spelling words they needed to focus on when preparing for their test.

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Post-it Discussion #1

This past week, our “readers” participated in a Post-it Discussion! As a means to openly explore, discuss, and analyze the ideas and elements in Shiloh, the 5th graders responded to specific questions by making comments and elaborated on the remarks of others. To ensure a deep discussion, the students’ desks were arranged in a U-shape formation. Each child was also given 3 post-its. For each time a child participated, they were instructed to remove a post-it off their desk. Once all three post-its were removed, they received a sticker for participation. Oh what fun we had discussing Shiloh!

Introduction to the Plant Unit!

This past week in Science, our “little scientists” began their journey through the plant unit. How exciting! They were introduced to the interactive word wall, which is pictured below. Throughout our journey, the fifth grade will add diagrams and real items to the wall to deepen their understanding of the vocab and make connections between the concepts. I encourage you to discuss with your child what they are learning in science, and brainstorm items they can bring into class to add to the wall.

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