Daily Archives: April 15, 2014

Calculating Work & Power!

To practice calculating work and power, students created their own problems, which were solved by their peers!

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Verb Tenses

To keep you in the Grammar loop, the fifth grade is currently learning the simple tenses of verbs. These tenses include past, present, and future. I challenge you to point out the tenses your child uses next time you speak with them!

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.

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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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