Monthly Archives: April 2014

Earth Day Celebration!

This week in class, our fifth graders celebrated EARTH DAY! Oh what fun we had tying the importance of Earth Day into Science and Language Arts.

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To kick off the festivities, our students first brainstormed ways they can protect the earth.

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After their ideas were shared and discussed with the class, the students planted tomato plants! Interested in knowing why we chose to plant tomatoes instead of flowers? Well, we discussed how planting vegetable plants is a better choice because they bear fruit and it’s more of a lesson on how we use our Earth to live (a good reason to protect it!)  The pictures below show students working together to plant their tomato seeds.

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As a way to wrap up Earth Day, our students chose topics relating to this world-wide holdiay and wrote descriptive, informative, or persuasive paragraphs.

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Theme Mini-Lesson

This week in reading, our “readers” were introduced to the story element known as theme.

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To build understanding, the students listened to the fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and the story, Chrysanthemum, read aloud. They then discussed each story’s theme.

                      Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Once students understood how to identify and explain the theme of a story, students worked with a partner to complete the template below using a picture book they were assigned.  

 

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The following pictures illustrate partners reading their assigned picture book and sharing their “theme” chart paper with their peers.

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Below are some of the “theme” chart papers completed by the students.

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“Sailing Home”

This month, our fifth graders read the historical fictional short story titled, “Sailing Home.”

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Using “Sailing Home” as a mentor text, our students learned how to self-correct while reading. They also learned the skill of comparing and contrasting.

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The pictures below depict the graphic organizers students filled out, comparing and contrasting two characters from novels they have read.

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Guided Reading Projects

As a way to wrap up Guided Reading, our fifth graders were assigned a Think-Tac-Toe board specific to their novel. There assignment was to choose three tasks from the board and complete them to the best of their ability. Check out the pictures below of some of the tasks completed by our fifth graders!

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

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Maniac Magee

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Everything on a Waffle

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