Yes, it is Thursday.  Happy Thursday.  Feliz Jueves!  Which means, time for my weekly post. (Remember I am promising to send out a weekly post, at the very least, to keep you updated about the happenings in fifth grade?)  So, here’s your list for what is in this post.  Enjoy!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Curriculum and iPad Evening
  • Regalos!
  • Reading to Someone
  • Brandon Mull
  • Math Groups
  • Common Core Connection
  • Gratitude

Conversation Starters:

  • Tell me about the personal narrative piece you are currently writing.
  • What is flash-drafting during writing?
  • What is a story arc and how are you putting this into your personal narrative?
  • Tell me about some of the big ideas about the history and economics for the Cahokians.
  • What are math groups?  Which is your favorite rotation and why?
  • Show me how to get on Xtra Math.   What have you learned from this website?
  • Do you prefer Reading to Someone or Reading to Self?  Why?
  • What are some things readers can learn by practicing Reading to Someone?
  • What did you learn this week during your library location lesson?

Curriculum and iPad Evening: Wow . . . what a great evening!  Thank you for those of you who had the time to come share with us.  I sent home a handout to all families on Wednesday that clarified the fifth grade philosophy on work at home.  If you did not receive this, please let me know.  And, if you weren’t a part of the FUN at the Curriculum and iPad evening, click here to see some more pictures from the evening.

Amazingly BRAVE families who were willing to take part in a number string!
Amazingly BRAVE families who were willing to take part in a number string!

Regalos!: After reading the posts from earlier this week (click here and here), you were able to see what the gifts were for each writer on Monday.  Below are some of the Writer’s Notebooks that have been decorated to reflect the heart of each writer.  Enjoy!  They’re pretty amazing!

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Reading to Someone: We started something new this week during our Reading Workshop. Not only do readers  take time to read to self.  They also work on reading aloud, which we call, “Read to Someone.”  This works on fluency, as well as many other important reading skills.  After trying the new skill in our class, we discussed why someone might choose to Read to Someone instead of Reading to Self.  Look at the flipchart below to find out the thoughts from the kids.  Remember, Reading to Someone is a great addition to independent reading, but should not replace Reading to Self.  Independent reading is the best way for most readers (there are some exceptions) to get better.


Brandon Mull: We are so fortunate at Robinson to have an incredible author visiting us next week.  Brandon Mull will be at Robinson next Wednesday, October 2.  Click here to be taken to his website and watch him introduce his new book series.  Many of your children are familiar with his Fablehaven series, which is pictured below.  I hope your fifth grader is just as excited to hear from a published author as I am!  Next Wednesday will be a wonderful morning! 🙂

Fablehaven collage

Math Groups: This week, we started learning various rotations that will take place during our Math Workshop.  The rotations include: computer work, skill practice, Activ Activity, working with a teacher, journaling, and math games.  Below is an example of  kids working on the ActivBoard during their Activ Activity today.  And, below that, you can see a number string that one group worked on with Mrs. Bell, another teacher at Robinson.



Common Core Connection: With all the talk about the Common Core Curriculum, I feel like it’s daunting to many families and something that might seem too overwhelming to even begin to tackle.  So, in order to dip your toe in to learn a little bit about the Common Core, just click here to find out 5 ways to support your child at home.  It’s easy and short and will undoubtedly help your child in fifth grade.  Thanks for checking it out!

Gratitude: Thanks for reading this L-O-N-G post about our week!  Hopefully, you can tell we are doing a lot of hard work and challenging our thinking each and every day.  Thank you for sharing your child with me so we can learn together.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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