• THIS  WEEK

    Posted by Mary Allen-Gladstone - April 30th, 2021 at 12:50 PM

    Reading:  

    • Book Clubs
    • Read Aloud: Mastermind Payback

    Writing:

    • Writing of a news article/perspectives
    • Free Write Friday

    Math:

    • OST MATH TESTING
    • Hierarchy of Polygons
      • Properties of Triangles
      • Properties of Quadrilaterals
    • Kahoot Games 
    • OST Warm-Ups 
    • Khan: Students have 3 assignments due Monday 5/3/20

    Inquiry:

    • Sound Activities
      • Introduction
      • How does sound travel? 
      • What does sound travel through? 
      • Frequency/Creating Sound
    • Super Moon Discussion

    Other:

    • Soft Start
    • Class Meeting 

    This Week

    Posted by Kristin Grant on 4/23/2021 11:00:00 AM

    Reading:  

    • OST tools review
    • OST testing (two days:)
    • Review of inference strategy: Taking what we know and what we read to make an educated guess
    • Inferencing with pictures
    • Making Inferences using Chris Van Allsburg’s Bad Day At Riverbend
    • Read Aloud: Mastermind Payback

    Writing:

    • Revision and submittal of personal argument
    • Gathering information like a reporter
    • Writing of a news article
    • Free Write Friday

    Math:

    • Hierarchy of Polygons
      • Properties of Triangles
      • Properties of Quadrilaterals
    • Kahoot Games 
    • Whodunnit? Quadrilaterals
    • Classifying Shapes Checkpoint 
    • OST Warm-Ups 
    • Khan: Students should be working on Khan 40 minutes weekly. They have 3 assignments due Monday 5/3/20

    Inquiry:

    • Sound Activities
      • Introduction
      • How does sound travel? 
      • What does sound travel through? 
      • Pitch and Loudness
    • Space X Launch Discussion

    Other:

    • Soft Start
    • Earth Day
    • Class Meeting 

     

    This Week

    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 4/16/2021 10:00:00 AM

    Reading:  

    • Continuation of mood  
    • Tone and Mood “I have, who has?”
    • Context clues
    • OST Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and extended responses
    • What are some solid test-taking strategies?
    • Masterminds: Payback
    • Vocabulary: Kahoot and quiz

    Writing:

    • Revisit body paragraph writing (how to write a strong topic sentence)
    • Focusing on reaching your intended audience
    • Balance is best
    • Conclusion writing
    • Peer editing of Independent Argumentative Writing (due Monday)

    Math:

    • OST Warm Ups
    • Discovering, describing, and graphing patterns
    • Graphing Patterns Checkpoint
    • Khan: 2 Assignments due Monday
    • Next week we will begin Classifying Shapes

    Inquiry:

     

    • Light

     

      • Students investigated properties of light using light stations and discovered...
        • That light travels in a straight line
        • What it means to be transparent, translucent, and opaque
        • What is means to refract and reflect light
      • Spoon activity to explain convex and concave objects and what it does to light
    • Next week we will begin sound

     

    Other:

    • Class Meeting
    • Music
    • Ramadan study and celebration

    Posted by Mary Allen-Gladstone April 9th @ 12:00 Noon

    Reading:  

    • Hunting for nuggets of gold in reading to support our arguments
    • Start of Masterminds Payback
    • Mood and Tone Overview
    • What is tone?
    • Author’s tone in poetry
    • Tone-O-Meter
    • Independent reading and where am I in the book challenge
    • Using context clues to figure out unknown words
    • What has been my fave book club of 5th grade???

    Writing:

    • Revisit body paragraph writing (how to write a strong topic sentence
    • Making writing Smooth, like butter, using TRANSITIONS
    • How quotations can bolster an argument
    • Continuing of personal argument writing
    • Letters for “After Prom”

    Math:

    • Air Test Warm-Ups
    • Began Unit 6
      • The volume of rectangular prisms
    • Khan

    Inquiry:

    • Energy: Motion
    • Gizmo: Force and Fans

    Other:

    • Class Meeting
    • Art (Grant) and PE (Nivert) 
    • 7-month school picture

     3/27/21

    Reading:  

    • Historical Fiction and Independent reading toward book challenge
    • Readers think and wonder as they read
    • Reading deeply while questioning sources
    • Summarization of nonfiction
    • Critical reading and thinking to escape St. Patrick’s Day classroom 
    • Read aloud: Masterminds Criminal Destiny

    Writing:

    • Taking time to stand and be counted
    • Pros and Cons of independent topics
    • Organizing our thoughts
    • Claims/Reasons/ and bringing the muscle to evidence
    • Writing limericks for St. Patrick’s Day
    • Free Write Friday

    Math:

    • Making generalizations about fractions
    • Checkpoint: Fraction Times Fraction (sent home Wednesday)
    • St. Patrick’s Day math
    • Multiplying fractions by fractions
    • Number Corner: Students are looking for patterns in multiplying by powers of ten.
    • Khan: Students should be working on Khan 40 minutes weekly. They will have new assignments on Monday.

    Inquiry:

    • Introduction to Energy Unit
    • Kinetic vs Potential Energy
    • St. Patrick’s Day STEM activity 
    • March Madness STEM activity 

    Other:

    • Women’s History Month Door Decoration
    • Soft Start
    • Class Meeting
    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 3/12/2021

    Reading:  

    • Historical fiction book clubs
    • Researching chocolate milk
    • Fact vs. Opinion
    • Debating chocolate milk in schools
    • Mining texts to find relevant information
    • Vocabulary: illuminate, duplicate, sole, bland, conflict, transmit

    Writing:

    • Investigating to understand an argument
    • Claims/reason/evidence
    • Gathering evidence for standing our ground
    • Suspending judgement to see both sides of an issue
    • Argument letters to principals Sedlak and Winiger

    Math:

    • Multiplying fractions by fractions
    • Modeling fraction story problems
    • Solving fraction story problems
    • Pi Day
    • Number Corner-Patterns with powers of ten
    • Khan (3 assignments due 3/17)

    Inquiry:

    • Finished our study of Space
      • Solar System Gizmo

    Other:

    • Art (Grant) and PE (Nivert)
    Posted by: Mary Allen-Gladstone @ 4:30 PM
     
    Reading:
    • WWII background
    • WWII tied historical fiction book clubs
    • Figurative Language: Metaphors in stories
    • How culture impacts our view of fictional stories (both fantasy and historical fiction)
    • Identifying archetypes in fiction

    Writing:

    • Organizing for research
    • Using a graphic organizer to prepare for research
    • Cornell notetaking and question writing 

    Math:

    • Unit 4 Review & Scavenger Hunt
    • Unit 4 Post-Test

    Inquiry:

    • Space systems
    • How Do Stars Form? Newsela Article
    • The landing of The Perseverance Land Rover on Mars

    Other:

    • Art and Library

     

    This Week

    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 2/12/2021

    Reading:  

    • Fantasy book clubs
    • Olympian Set
    • Vocabulary strategies for unknown words
    • Making sense of Jabberwocky
    • Complexity of fantasy characters
    • Symbolism in fantasy and across literature
    • Introduction of historical fiction and World War II Era

    Writing:

    • Modern events in history 
    • Self-selection of independent research for informational essay
    • Reflection over Trimester 2’s writing

    Math:

    • Strategies for story problems
    • Review Super 7
    • Division number stories
    • Review of division strategies
    • Pixel assignment

    Inquiry:

    • Introduction to space
    • Space systems
    • Star Spectra Gizmo

    Other:

    • Art and Library
    • Chinese New Year
    • Valentine’s celebration
     
    Posted by Mary Allen-Gladstone  1/29/21 at 4:00 PM

    Reading:  

    • Thinking metaphorically
    • Slaying our dragons
    • Life Lessons
    • Types of Conflict
    • Internal/External Struggles
    • Fantasy Book Clubs
    • Independent reading…Where am I in meeting my goal for the year?
    • Zeus vocabulary set-Quiz on Thursday 2/4/20211
    • Read aloud: Finished Masterminds: Criminal Destiny

    Writing:

    • Continued taking notes on Ancient Civilizations
    • Awareness of Timelines
    • Thinking about our own thoughts as we gather information
    • Metacognition: Assembling our thinking
    • Topic Sentences

    Math:

    • Bridges Unit 4 - Multiplication Strategies/Relationships
      • Half-Tens
      • Double and Half
      • Ratio Table
    • Multiply and divide decimals
    • Multiplication and Division Checkpoint 
      • These went home Thursday/Friday
      • Scores are on slide 14
    • Math iReady score are on slide 2
    • Number Corner: Students identifying patterns and creating an equation for the pattern
    • Khan: Students should be working on Khan 40 minutes weekly. Their 5 new assignments are due 2/5 (I will be teaching the standard algorithm this week.)

    Inquiry:

    • European Exploration
      • Discussed why Europeans explored the New World
      • Columbian Exchange
      • French Explorers and their last impacts
    • Black History Month Door Contest Brainstorming

    Other:

    • Music
    • Class Meeting

     

     
     
     
    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 1/22/2021 10:00:00 AM

    Reading:  

    • Fantasy book clubs
    • Suspending Judgement of characters and plots in fantasy books
    • Good vs. Evil
    • Reflecting to raise the level of discussions in book clubs
    • Poetic devices: Amanda Gorman’s Inaugural poem
    • Newsela: MLK Jr. 
    • Completion of mid-year assessments
    • Where am I in independent reading?

    Writing:

    • Asking questions and extending thinking while we research
    • Contradictory sources
    • Using Maps to strengthen thoughts on Ancient Civilization
    • Introductions for Informational essays
    •  

    Math:

    • IReady and mid-year assessments
    • Number corner
    • Reflection on Unit 3

    Inquiry:

    • Regions, how where you live affects how you live
    • Completed Native American studies
    • NA culminating projects
    • Introduction of European Exploration

    Other:

    • Music

    Read Aloud: Masterminds Criminal Destiny by Gordon Korman

    Posted by Kristin Grant on 1/14/2021 11:00:00 AM

    Reading:  

    • Fantasy book clubs
    • Elements of a fantasy
    • Independent reading… where am I in meeting my goal for the year?
    • Hercules vocabulary set
    • Read aloud: Finished Masterminds
    • iReady Reading

    Writing:

    • Continued taking notes on Ancient Civilizations
    • Flash Draft Ancient Civilizations due Tuesday 

    Math:

    • Place value patterns
    • Division story problems
      • Reviewed “Super 7” model
      • Students wrote their own division story problems
      • Students solved their peers’ story problems
    • Unit 3 Jeopardy
    • Unit 3 Assessment
    • Number Corner: Students identifying patterns and creating an equation for the pattern
    • Khan: Students should be working on Khan 40 minutes weekly. Their decimal assignments are due Monday.

    Inquiry:

    • Guiding Question: How does where you live affect how you live?
    • Read and discussed the Southeast, Great Plains, and Southwest regions 

    Other:

    • Music
    • Nivert: Guidance Lesson
    • Class Meeting

     

    Posted on January 8th, 2021 at 3:45 PM

    Reading:  

    • Introduction of Fantasy Unit of Study
    • Elements of Fantasy
    • Non-Fiction Reading - Newsela article
    • Beginning Fantasy Book Clubs 1/11/21
    • Introducing Hercules Root Word, prefix, suffix study 1/11/21
    • Hercules Root Word Study due Wednesday, 1/20/21 & Root Word Test Thursday 1/21/21
    • Independent reading… where am I in meeting my goal for the year?
    • Read aloud: Masterminds

    Writing:

    • Ancient Civilization Research-Aztecs, Mayans, Incas
    • How does where one live affect how one lives?
    • Categorization of Research Notes
    • Preparing for Informational Writing Flashdraft on 1/11/21
    • Free Write Friday

    Math:

    • Unit 3 Bridges-Rounding, Adding/Subtraction of Decimals
    • Unit 3 Bridges- Metric Conversions
    • Unit 3 Review 1/11/21 due 1/13/21
    • Unit 3 Optional Review Study Session 1/14/21 @8:00AM
    • Unit 3 Post-test 1/14/21
    • Number Corner: Algebraic equations and patterns 
    • Khan: Students should be working on Khan for 40 minutes weekly. 
    • Khan Monday morning weekly check-in

    Inquiry:

    • Beringia-10,000 years ago 
    • Native American Study: How does where one live affect how one lives?
    • Eastern Woodland Native Americans
    • Central Plain Native Americans
    • Grant and Nivert: Orchestra, band, & music class
    • Random Acts of Kindness

    This Week

    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 12/11/2020 12:00 PM

    Reading:  

    • Finished mystery book clubs
    • Main idea writing based off of selected details
    • Thinking from small to big within a topic
    • Script writing for self-selected nonfiction topics
    • Creation of slideshow presentation
    • Independent reading… where am I in meeting my goal for the year?
    • Apollo vocabulary set
    • Read aloud: Masterminds

    Writing:

    • Elaborating on fictional narratives
    • Lifting styles of writing from mentor texts
    • Making main characters and secondary characters come alive based on their actions
    • Dialogue
    • Complex sentence structure and review of simple and compound sentences
    • Peer/self editing for fictional narratives
    • Submission of fictional narratives
    • Free Write Friday

    Math:

    • Multiplying and dividing by powers of 10 
    • Introduction of exponents, exponential notation
    • Reading, modeling, and comparing decimals
    • Decimals through the thousandths
    • Rounding Decimals
    • Unit 2 Assessment
    • Number Corner: Students identifying different quadrilaterals. 
    • Decimal Review and Checkpoint due Monday for blue group and due Tuesday for white group
    • Khan: Students should be working on Khan 40 minutes weekly.

    Inquiry:

    • Symbiosis
    • Multi-tiered timelines 
      • Research due Monday for blue group and due Tuesday for white group

    Other:

    • Grant: PE and Nivert: Art
    • Random Acts of Kindness
    • Class Meeting
     
    Posted by Mary Allen-Gladstone on 12/5/2020 1:00:00 PM
     

    Reading:  

    • Nonfiction: Distinguishing Primary from Secondary Sources
    • Individual Nonfiction Topics finalized
    • Note Taking strategies using Cornell Notes
    • Review of text features in nonfiction text
    • Apollo vocabulary-How do roots fit together to form words?
    • Read Loud: Masterminds-Criminal Destiny

    Writing:

    • Compare/contrast Personal Narratives to Fictional Narratives
    • Fictional Narratives story ideas activity
    • Choosing a Fictional Narrative Story Line
    • Complete Fictional Narrative graphic organizers
    • Predicate expanders: When, where, why, or how
    • Flashdraft of Fictional Narratives

    Math:

    • Completed Bridges Unit 3 Screener - Place Value & Decimal
    • Monday morning Khan check-in, 40-minute minimum 
    • Introduced Bridges Unit 3 - Place Value & Decimals
    • Introduced December Number Corner - Quadrilaterals

    Inquiry:

    • Energy Pyramids
    • Ecosystem Task Card Activity
    • Ecosystem Mystery Point Activity
     
     
    Posted November 6th, 2020
     

    Reading:  

    • Variety of nonfiction texts
    • Review of text features in nonfiction text
    • Nonfiction text structures: chronological, cause/effect, compare/contrast, problem/solution
    • Complex main ideas and the video, “How to keep elephants and wolves out of your yard.”
    • Read Aloud: When Lunch Fights Back
    • Helios vocabulary set. How do roots fit together to form words?
    • Portfolio and reflection on our work

    Writing:

    • Revision of PN graphic organizers
    • Predicate expanders: When, where, why, or how
    • Flashdraft of Personal Narratives
    • How to write a strong lead 
    • Portfolio and reflection on our work

    Math:

    • Practice adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators
    • Better Buy problems
    • Scavenger Hunt Review
    • Adding & Subtracting Fractions Checkpoint
    • Introduce November Number Corner

    Inquiry:

    • Look at important issues and see where candidates stand
    • Vote and discuss election results

    Other:

    • Art (Grant) and Library (Nivert)
    • Read Aloud: Masterminds by Gordon Korman
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 10/30/2020

    Reading:  

    • Selection of nonfiction texts
    • PreAssessment of nonfiction strategies
    • Comparing and contrasting fiction and nonfiction texts
    • Review of nonfiction text features
    • Structures of Nonfiction texts
    • Independent reading check-ins
    • FInal book clubs and theme analysis
    • Athena vocabulary set
    • Read Home of the Brave 

    Writing:

    • Generating ideas for powerful personal narratives
    • First times, last times, and times we realized something
    • Writing fast and furiously to get our ideas on paper
    • Seed ideas vs. Watermelon topics
    • Showing language vs. Telling sentences
    • Multiple narrative drafts
    • Analysis of “The Bike” by Gary Soto 

    Math:

    • River trail problem, finding common denominators using the multiple strategy, and Whodunnit? activity

    Inquiry:

    • Voting mini-Unit
      • President eligibility
      • Create a candidate activity
      • Electoral college 

    Other:

    • Art (Grant) and Library (Nivert)
    • Panorama survey
    • Halloween Activities!

    This Week....

    • Posted by Sharon Nivert on 10/2/2020 3:00:00 PM

      Reading:  

      • Strategy work: Visualization strategy
      • Root study: Poseidon set
      • Where are we in our independent reading?
      • Revision of our thinking while we read
      • Launching Interpretation Book Clubs
      • Setting a constitution about our reading clubs
      • Book Club discussions
      • Characters find meaning in the struggle
      • Home of the Brave read aloud

      Writing:

      • What is a literary essay and analysis of its components
      • Graphic organizer for Panyee writing
      • Panyee flashdraft essay
      • Introduction to short stories and self-selection of one to write about
      • “Shells” short story, as model
      • Writing to grow ideas
      • Starting with small details, or quotes, leading to big ideas

      Math:

      • Unit 1: 
        • New strategies: 5 and 50 strategy and partial products
        • Multiplication facts and strategies
        • Division using the Area Model
        • Reviewed and took Multiplication & Volume Checkpoint *This came home with your student either Thursday or Friday depending on their group.
      • Number Corner: Students are finding equivalent fractions using both time and money. They are also looking for patterns between the two. Continued “Layer a Day” activity.
      • Khan: Students should be working 10-15 daily on Khan.

      Inquiry:

      • Climate vs Weather
        • What is latitude and how does it affect climate?
        • Gizmo Activities C: Comparing Climates
        • Water Cycle Activities

      Other:

      • Class Meetings
      • Morning Messages
      • #hashtag
      • Focus time
       
      Posted by Kristin Grant on 9/25/2020 12:00:00 PM

      Reading:  

      • Strategy work: continued focus on Connections and Predictions/Clarifications
      • Root study: Nike set
      • Where are we in our independent reading?
      • Reading with a writerly “wide-awakeness”
      • Rereading of the text to clarify thinking
      • How perspective of the author and narrators impact the text
      • Analytical thinking: dividing into parts, selecting and ranking, and comparing
      • Home of the Brave read aloud

      Writing:

      • What is a literary essay and analysis of its components
      • Panyee Football Club analysis tied to a literary essay
      • Flushing out big ideas
      • How to state a claim/thesis: the character is, the character learns, the text teaches…
      • How we can support our thesis and claim: through parts of the story, reasons, or parts 
      • Free Write through the week

      Math:

      • Unit 1: 
        • New strategies: Area Model and Ratio Tables
        • Multiplication facts and strategies
        • Volume = length x width x height and Surface Area
        • Reviewed and took Numerical Expressions Checkpoint *This came home with your student either Wednesday or Thursday depending on their group.
      • Number Corner: Students are finding equivalent fractions using both time and money. They are also looking for patterns between the two. Introduced “Layer a Day” activity.
      • Khan: Students should be working 10-15 daily on Khan.

      Inquiry:

      • Climate vs Weather
        • What is latitude and how does it affect climate?
        • Gizmo Activities A & B: Comparing Climates

      Other:

      • Music begins on Monday
      • Morning Messages
      • #hashtag
      • Focus time
       
       
       

      This Week....

      Posted by Kristin Grant on 9/18/2020 12:00:00 PM

      Reading:  

      • Strategy work: Connections and Predictions/Clarifications
      • Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes
      • Started root study with Nike set 
      • Interpretation book clubs pre-assessment
      • Revisiting goals and creating our plan
      • Choosing “just right” books
      • How do we write well about reading?
      • Shared reading Because of Mr. Terupt and introduced Home of the Brave

      Writing:

      • Using graphic organizers to compose our thoughts
      • Thinking out loud through our writing
      • The Best Part of Me: analysis of writing and composing our own
      • Kami extension and annotating other’s writing
      • What is a literary essay and analysis of its components
      • Free Write Friday

      Math:

      • Began Unit 1-Topics introduced: 
        • New strategies: Over Strategy, Double-Half and Double/Double/Double 
        • Product Game
        • Multiplication facts and strategies
        • Volume = length x width x height
        • Vocabulary Introduced: product, factor, multiple. expression, equation, finding equivalences, and dimensions
      • Number Corner: Students are finding equivalent fractions using both time and money. They are also looking for patterns between the two.
      • Khan: Students should be working 10-15 daily on Khan.
      • iReady and Forefront Assessments

      Inquiry:

      • Introduced Biomes of the World
        • What are the different biomes?
        • Investigating which biome a cactus could survive.
        • What makes one biome different from another? 

       

      Other:

      • Physical Education
      • Morning Messages
       
       
       
     

    is Week...

    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 9/11/2020 10:00:00 AM

    Reading:  

    • What is reader’s workshop?
    • Reading Inventory
    • Marking our thinking
    • Thick vs. thin questions
    • Assessments
    • Choosing books
    • Newsela
    • Read aloud Because of Mr. Terupt

    Writing:

    • What is writer’s workshop?
    • Writer’s survey
    • Setting up Writer’s notebooks
    • Generating ideas for writing
    • Practicing construct of a paragraph orally before we put pen to paper
    • Paragraph about ourselves
    • Free Write Friday

    Math:

    • Million Dollar Project: Part 2-4
    • Quick Check Practice: Students practiced computation, taking pictures of their work, and inserting it into their slideshow.
    • Number Corner: Students are finding equivalent fractions using both time and money. They are also looking for patterns between the two.
    • Khan: Students are in the process of taking the Course Challenge.
    • iReady 

    Inquiry:

    • Generation Genius: What is Science?
    • Dancing Raisins
    • Peppermint racers

    Other:

    • Continued “Getting to Know You Activities”
    • Physical Education
    • Morning Messages

    This Week...

    Posted  by: Mary Allen-Gladstone on 2/28/2020 at 3:30 PM

    Reading and Writing:  

    • Continued Fantasy Book Clubs
    • Mini-Lessons: Reading: Various Elements of Fantasy
      • Mini-Lessons: 
        • Reviewed the difference between Tone & Mood
        • Introduced: What is a Book Trailer?
        • Identified components within a Book Trailer
        • Planning out a book trailer for a book of choice
    • Read Aloud: Started The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
    • Where am I in the 40 Book Challenge?
    • Persuasive/Argumentative Writing:  Is Chocolate Milk Harmful or Helpful?
    • Writing an Introduction with a Thesis and 3 reasons
    • Supporting 3 reasons with evidence
    • How to cite evidence using quotations
    • Introduced Zeus Vocabulary Packet

    Math:

    • Completed February Number Corner
    • Began Unit 5: Module 1: Multiplying Whole numbers by Fractions 
    • "Who Dunnit?" Multiplying Whole numbers by Fractions Game
    • Unit 5 Concept Quest: Adventures and Excursions

    Inquiry:

    • Introduced Sound Energy Investigations
      • What is Sound?
      • How does sound travel?
      • Does sound travel differently through different mediums?

    This Week...

    Posted  by: Mary Allen-Gladstone on 2/14/2020 at 10:00 AM

    Reading and Writing:  

    • Started our Fantasy Book Clubs
    • Mini-Lessons: Reading: Various Elements of Fantasy
      • Mini-Lessons: 
        • Introduction to Fantasy Literature
        • Components authors include when writing Fantasy
        • Identifying characters and character traits within Fantasy Literature
        • Related elements of a story specifically to Fantasy Literature
    • Read Aloud: Finished Masterminds: Criminal Destiny
    • Read Aloud: Started The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
    • Where am I in the 40 Book Challenge?
    • Introduced Persuasive/Argumentative Writing:  Is Chocolate Milk Harmful or Helpful?
    • Hercules Vocabulary Assessment

    Math:

    • February Number Corner
    • New Math Groups
    • Began Unit 5: Module 1: Multiplying Whole numbers by Fractions 
    • Unit 5 Concept Quest: Adventures and Excursions

    Inquiry:

    • Native Americans: How Does Where We Live Affect How We Live?
      • Land Bridge
      • Southeast Region
      • Eastern Woodlands Region
      • Southwest Region
      • Northwest Region
      • The Central Plains Region

    This Week...

    Posted by Kristin Grant on 2/7/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Reading and Writing:  

    • Finished book club meetings of #TopNine books
    • Mini-Lessons: Reading Complex Nonfiction text?
      • Mini-Lessons: 
        • Complex text structures
        • Using context clues and strategies we know to find unknown words
        • Implied and stated main ideas
        • Summarizing complex nonfiction text
    • Read Aloud: Masterminds: Criminal Destiny
    • Where am I in the 40 Book Challenge?
    • Constellation story writing
    • Hercules Vocabulary Set

    Math:

    • Division number stories
    • Unit 4 Review
    • Unit 4 Assessment
    • Unit 5 Pre-Assessment
    • Introduction to Number Corner: February

    Inquiry:

    • Space Assessment
    • Native Americans: How Does Where We Live Affect How We Live?
      • Land Bridge
      • Southeast Region

    This Week

    Posted by Mary Allen-Gladstone on 1/31/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Reading & Writing:

    • Small group book club meetings on #TopNine
    • Mini-Lessons: Reading Complex Nonfiction text?
      • Mini-Lessons: 
        • Complex text structures
        • Using morphology strategies to understand unknown words
        • Longer text with fewer breaks
        • Introduced non-fiction read aloud: Apollo 11
    • Read Aloud: Masterminds: Criminal Destiny
    • Where am I in the 40 Book Challenge?
    • Constellation story writing
    • Kids Love Musicals:  You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

    Math:

    • Standard multiplication algorithm
    • What strategy is most efficient?
    • Checkpoint: Standard multiplication algorithm
    • Introduced division through ratio tables
    • Story problems: multiplication
    • Khan
    • Concept Quests

    Inquiry:

    • Planets and our place within the solar system
    • Stars and Constellation
    • Asteroids, Meteors, Comets

     

    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 1/24/2020 11:00:00 AM

    Reading and Writing:  

    • Small group book club meetings on #TopNine
    • Mini-Lessons: Reading Complex Nonfiction text?
      • Mini-Lessons: 
        • Complex text structures
        • Using context clues and strategies we know to find unknown words
    • Read Aloud: Masterminds: Criminal Destiny
    • Where am I in the 40 Book Challenge?
    • Assessments
    • Constellation story writing

    Math:

    • Area model of multiplication
    • Standard multiplication algorithm
    • What strategy is most efficient?
    • multi-step input/output charts
    • Story problems: multiplication

    Inquiry:

    • Welcome to Earth celebration
    • Comparing Earth to other planets: Escape Classroom
    • Planets and our place within the solar system
    • Stars and Constellation
    • The Earth's moon
    • The moon's phases

    This Week...

    Posted by Kristin Grant on 1/17/2020 11:00:00 AM

    Reading:  

    • Mini-Lesson: Text Complexity in Nonfiction
      • Understanding what makes the main idea complex 
      • Strategies for determining implicit main ideas
      • Text structure
      • How to read more complex texts
    • Apollo Set root studyand quiz
    • iReady
    • #Topnine bookclubs
    • Read Aloud: Masterminds, Payback

    Writing:

    • Book Review Essays 
      • Introduction of Essay
      • Organization of writing
      • Citing evidence

    Math:

    • iReady
    • Multiplication/Division
      • Multiplication & Division Checkpoint
      • Ratio tables
    • Number Corner

     

    Inquiry:

    • Create an alien project and worktime
      • Passport and alien creation
     
    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 12/13/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Reading:  

    • Mini-Lesson: Theme
      • the central idea, or message, of a story
      • Bumpersticker themes developed into ideas
      • multiple themes and the Gobstoppers
      • "The Climb" and Tune Tuesday
      • Theme plays
    • Book Clubs and speaking thoughtfully about characters and their experiences
    • Iris Set root study
    • Where am I in responding to 40 book challenge?
    • Read Aloud: Masterminds: Criminal Destiny 

    Writing:

    • Panyee Literary Essay
    • Winter fun stories, including all narrative and story elements from first half of the year

    Math:

    • Decimals
      • Metric Conversations
      • Place Value Patterns
      • Division Number Stories
      • Unit 3 Review, Jeopardy, and Trashketball
      • Unit 3 Assessment
      • Number Corner

    Inquiry:

    • Rotation and Revolution
    • Gravity
    • The Sun as a star and center of our universe

    This Week...

    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 11/22/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Reading:  

    • Realistic Fiction: Book Clubs 
    • Mini-Lesson: Context Clues and the Transcontinental Trek Around the World
    • Mini-Lesson: Tone and Mood
    • Read Aloud: Masterminds: Criminal Destiny

    Writing:

    • Personal essays
    • What are we grateful for?
    • Mini-lesson: Simple, Compound, and Complex sentence structures

    Math:

    • Extending the Great Wall of Powers of 10
    • Exponents
    • Modeling, Reading, & Comparing Decimals
    • Decimals: Thousandths
    • Drawing and Comparing Decimals
    • Round and Add Tenths
    • Trasketball math review
    • Number Corner

    Inquiry:

    • Ancient Civilization Escape Classrooms
    • Space Exploration Introduction
    • Space Exploration timeline

    This Week...

    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 11/8/2019 11:00:00 AM

    Reading:  

    • Mystery Book Clubs: supporting conclusions with evidence
    • Mini-Lessons: Determining Importance
      • Important vs Interesting
      • various passages, fiction and nonfiction
    • Vocabulary: Helios set. packet due 11/13, quiz 11/15
    • Read Aloud: Masterminds and Masterminds: Criminal Destiny
    • Informational text Journal

    Writing:

    • Informational Essay
      • Complete sentences
      • Subject and predicates
      • sentences vs. fragments
      • Organizing information within paragraphs
      • writing of essays, expanding on facts
      • transitions between topics

    Math:

    • Simplifying fractions
    • LCM and GCF (lowest common multiple and greatest common factor)
    • Fraction story problems
    • Jeopardy review of fractions
    • Unit 2 post-assessment
    • Number Corner: Meter a day collection, triangle calendar
    • Khan

    Inquiry:

    • reintroduction of the garden project, scope, sequence, expectations, and calendar
    • review and selection of garden
    • brainstorm features of garden within group; selection of responsibilities
    • research on elements
    • writing of justifications and maintenance, based on research
    • scale model of garden space
    • personalize garden model
    • working on group Google Presentation

    This Week...

    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 11/1/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Reading:  

    • Mystery Book Clubs: Students began mystery book clubs. 
    • Mini-Lessons: Determining Importance
      • Important vs Interesting
    • Vocabulary: Nemesis Set (Quiz)
    • Read Aloud: Masterminds
    • Various Halloween reading and writing choice selections

    Writing:

    • Informational Essay
      • Continued research
      • Organizing information within paragraphs
      • Topic sentences
      • Transitions within/between paragraphs
      • Review of nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs

    Math:

    • Buying granola
    • Fractions are ratios
    • Finding Common denominators
    • Working with Fractions Checkpoint
    • Number Corner: completed number corner with finding volume of untraditional shapes
    • Khan

    Inquiry:

    • Viewing of documentary, 'The Biggest Little Farm' in relation to ecosystem study
    • Impact of ecology on climate and global warming
    • Investigate biotic and abiotic factors in relation to creating a sustainable garden at EW
    • Foodwebs impact on local gardening
    • Played "Quick Critters 2.0" 

    THIS WEEK...

    Posted by Kristin Grant on 10/11/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Reading:  

    • Mystery Introduction
      • Elements of a mystery
      • Scooby Doo episode identifying the elements of a mystery
      • Read The Mary Celeste
      • Played the board game Clue
      • Mystery Theater
    • End of Book responses due Monday
    • Vocabulary: Athena set
    • Read Aloud: Masterminds 

    Writing: Informational Writing

    • Informational notetaking
    • Organization of notes
    • Flashdraft of Ancient Civilization due Monday

    Math:

    • Fractions on a clock
    • River Trail: Multiplying fractions by a whole number
    • Measuring the weight of carrots

    Inquiry:

    • Symbiotic relationships
      • Identifying different types of symbiotic relationships
      • Symbiotic relationship sort
      • Want Ads

     

    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 10/4/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Reading:  

    • Small group book clubs meetings on April, May, and June for Because of Mr. Terupt
    • Analyzing song lyrics, "Brave" by Sarah Bareilles
    • End of Book responses
    • Mini-Lessons: Inference
      • Inference riddles
      • Making inferences with photos
    • Vocabulary: Athena set
    • Read Aloud: Mastermind 

    Writing: Informational Writing

    • Introduction of Ancient civilization groups
    • Ancient civilization book tasting
    • Timelines of the ancient people
    • Informational notetaking

    Math:

    • Fractions in money
    • Fractions on a clock
    • Fractions with arrays
    • finding common denominators
    • Measuring the weight of carrots

    Inquiry:

    • Food Chains and Food Webs... what's the difference
    • Food Web simulations and games
    • Flow of energy in an ecosystem

    This Week...

    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 9/27/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Reading:  

    • Small group book clubs meetings on April, and May for Because of Mr. Terupt
    • What Do Powerful Bookclub Conversations Look Like?
    • Mini-Lessons: Inference
      • Bad Day at Riverbend by Chris Van Allsburg
      • Inference riddles game
    • Vocabulary: Posiedon Set, Jeopardy, Quiz
    • Read Aloud: Mastermind 

    Writing:

    • Stretching the tension of the middle
    • Paragraphing
    • Story Endings
    • Peer Editing 
    • Self-reflection of writing...
    • Students work on taking their narrative to publication
    • Narratives due: Monday, September 30

    Math:

    • Division and multiplication strategies to solve division problems
    • Unit 1 Math Jeopardy
    • Unit 1 math test
    • Number Corner: patterns in money and time and equal volumes with different surface areas
    • Portfolio reflection on Unit 1
    • Unit 2 Pre-Assessment

    Inquiry:

    • Producers, Consumers, and Decomposers
    • Predator/Prey activity with game Fast Frozen Critters
    • Food Chains and Food Webs... what's the difference
    • Food Web simulations and games
    • Flow of energy in an ecosystem
     
    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 9/20/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Reading:  

    Writing:

    • Personal Narrative Revisions
    •  Mini-Lessons:
      • Heart of the story
      • How stories should go
      • stretching the tension
      • where and how to use dialogue
    • Free write Friday

    Math:

    • Number Corner: Examining patters, fractions, equations, and volume
    • Strategies for Multiplication: over strategy, 5 is half of 10, partial products, standard algorithm, and more...
    • Beat the Calculator
    • division strategies: area model, super 7, traditional algorithm
    • What do we do with remainders?
    • Review packet for unit 1 test: next Tuesday
    • Khan 

    Inquiry: 

    • International Dot Day... how will you make your mark on the world?
    • Watercycle and the impact on our Ecosystems
      • condensation experiments
      • simulations
      • writing about the water cycle
      • water cycle tasks
      • Bill Nye

    This Week...

    • Posted by Kristin Grant on 9/13/2019 11:00:00 AM

      Reading:  

      • Mini-Lesson: Root Study
        • Discussion of prefixes, roots, and suffixes
        • Modeled weekly activities
      • Because of Mr. Terupt:
        • Read and discussed December and January and discussed characters and perspective/point of view in small groups.
        • Played Scattergories
        • Students wrote a written response to December
      • Mini-Lesson: Schema
      • Mini-Lesson: Questioning~Readers ask questions before, during, and after reading. We modeled with the book The Stranger. 
      • Read Aloud: The Insignificant Life of a Cactus

      Writing:

      • Mini-Lesson: 
        • Beginnings of stories
          • What should be included?
          • Modeled with Mrs. Grant's story
        • Leads
        • Showing vs Telling
      • Free Write Friday

      Math:

      • Unit 1
        • Finding the volume and surface area of rectangular prisms
        • WorkPlace Games: Multiple Game
        • Boxing and Pricing Baseballs
        • Checkpoint
        • Khan
        • Concept Quests
        • Number Corner

      Inquiry:

      • Mini-Lesson: Photosynthesis
      • Plant Stations
      • Speaker fro Summit County on Soil

      Other: Class Meeting

       
       
       
    • This Week...

      Posted by Kristin Grant on 9/6/2019 12:00:00 PM

      Reading:  

      • Mini-Lesson: Root Study
        • Discussion of prefixes, roots, and suffixes
        • Modeled weekly activities
      • Because of Mr. Terupt:
        • Read and discussed October and November discussed characters and perspective/point of view in small groups
        • Students wrote a written response to November
      • Read Aloud: The Insignificant Life of a Cactus

      Writing:

      • Mini-Lesson: Problem/Solution in personal narratives
      • Mini-Lesson: Story mapping
        • Analyzed and mapped the story, "The Bike"
      • Students mapped out their own personal narrative
      • Students wrote a flash draft of their personal narrative
      • Free Write Friday

      Math:

      • Unit 1
        • Finding the volume and surface area of rectangular prisms
        • WorkPlace Games: Multiple Game
        • Khan
        • Concept Quests
        • Number Corner

      Inquiry:

      • What is an Ecologist?
      • Mini-Lesson: Ecosystems, Abiotic vs Biotic Factors, Plant Needs, and Photosynthesis
      • Launched our first PBL: How can we design a habitat that would encourage wildlife around our school? 
        • Surveyed the school grounds
        • Looked at a current map of the school and predicted map of the renovated East Woods

      Other: Class Meeting

    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 8/30/2019 10:00:00 AM

    Reading:  

    • Mini-Lesson: Point of View
      • Discussion of first-person, second-person, and third-person point of view
      • Discussion of the character's perspective
      • Activity with pictures where students identified perspectives and wrote sentences from the first-person point of view
    • Mini-Lesson: Story Structure
      • What needs to be included in a strong story?
      • Story Structure Escape Classroom
    • Because of Mr. Terupt:
      • Our first book club of fifth grade-yay!!!
      • Read September and discussed characters and perspective/point of view
      • Students wrote a written response to September
      • Read and discuss October in small groups
      • Modeled a fishbowl 
    • Read Aloud: The Insignificant Life of a Cactus

    Writing:

    • Mini-Lesson: The first, last, and memorable moments
    • Mini-Lesson: Places that could inspire a personal narratives
    • Mini-Lesson: Analyzing a story's structure to map our own
    • Letter writing
    • Free Write Friday

    Math:

    • Unit 1
      • Multiplication Strategies
      • WorkPlace Games: Product Game
      • Finding the volume of rectangular prisms
      • Checkpoint
      • Vocabulary: factors, products, expression, equation, dimensions, and rectangular prism
      • Khan

    Inquiry:

    • What is an Explorer? 
    • Explorer Escape Classroom
    • Investigating modern Explorers and their lasting effects

    Other: Class Meeting

     
     
    This Week...
    Posted by Sharon Nivert on 8/23/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Reading:  

    • Mini-Lesson: Character Traits
      • Paper Bag Princess
      • Discussion of both inside and outside traits
      • Analyzing our own traits and creating a Wordle
    • Mini-Lesson: Point of View
      • Discussion of the character's perspective
      • What is the Point of View?
      • Analysis of first-person perspectives
    • IReady and DIBELS assessments
    • Introduced 40 Book Challenge and writing to our teachers
    • Read Aloud: Insignificant Life of a Cactus

    Writing:

    • What should a reading response include?
    • Stemming a reading response
    • Free Write Friday

    Math:

    • YouCubed: Inspirational Math
      • Growth Mindset
      • Anyone Can Be a Math Thinker
      • Speed isn’t everything
      • Our Brains Think About Math Visually
      • Four 4's
      • Visual representations 
      • Prime and Composite Numbers
      • Establishing patterns
    • Khan Academy
    • Unit 1 Pretest

    Inquiry:

    • STEM thinking
    • Peppermint racers
    • Testing floatation devices

    Other: Continued Team Building Activities, First class meeting, Class Cash incentive

     

    This Week...

     

    Posted by Kristin Grant on 8/19/2019 10:00:00 AM

    Reading:  

    • Reading Inventory
    • Independent Reading
    • Favorite Book Shares
    • Picture Books: 
      • Pigsty
      • The Most Magnificent Thing
    • Insignificant Life of a Cactus for read aloud

    Writing:

    • Letter to "Future Self" to open on the last day of school

    Math:

    • Figure Me Out

    Inquiry:

    • STEM Activity: Flotation Device

    Other:

    • Getting to Know You Activities
    • Team Building Activities
    • Organize Supplies
    • Discuss Classroom Jobs and Expectations
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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