Happy Halloween!

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I hope you have had a great week and are having a wonderful Halloween!  We sure had a fun day at Robinson.  Check out some of the pictures at the end of the post!  Enjoy this post . . . there’s a lot to update you on! 🙂

  • Conversation Starters
  • Halloween!
  • Visit from Veterans
  • Blogging for Fifth Graders
  • Math Investigations
  • 30 Book Challenge
  • Common Core Connection
  • Questions for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • What was your favorite part about celebrating Halloween at Robinson?
  • How are you feeling about the 30 Book Challenge?  How can I support you as a reader?
  • What have you been learning about starting your own blog in fifth grade?  How will writing a blog help you become a better writer and reader?
  • You had 3 Veterans come and speak to your class on Tuesday.  Tell me what you learned from these important men and what you are going to do with this knowledge to become a better person.
  • You have been doing several math investigations during your math workshop.  Tell me about two of the investigations and how you and your partner worked together to solve the problem.
  • When you make a math poster, what are things you need to remember so your poster can stand-alone and teach other mathematicians?

halloween80Halloween! What a fun-filled Halloween we had together today!  As you can see from the photos, we had a wonderful parade and lots of smiles throughout the day.  (By the way . . .  the photos are at the end of the post with the hope that you’ll read the rest of this post first!.)  Enjoy the pictures!  Have a wonderful Halloween! 

Visit from Veterans: On Tuesday, we had the privilege of having three guests in our classroom.  Three Veterans from Aberdeen Heights visited our classroom and talked with the children about their experience in the military.  The children were fully engaged the entire time and had so many wonderful questions to ask.  What a wonderful experience it was for us all to have these special men spend time with us.

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Blogging for Fifth Graders: As you know, next week we are going to begin our very own kid blogs.  And, ironically, we are going to do so on the website called: Kidblog. 🙂  This week we practiced looking at a variety of blogs, making our own paper blogs, discussing the purpose of comments on blogs, and how to effectively comment.  Below, you can see the children as they were working diligently on composing meaningful comments and replying to comments on their own blog.  What fun!

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Math Investigations: Wow has your fifth grader worked hard during our math workshop this week!  We discussed two different investigations for the children to explore fractions and introduced a model to support problem-solving called the ratio table.  The ratio table is a useful model for mathematicians in order to find equivalent fractions.  If you would like to learn more about how ratio tables work and what we have been learning to do, click here to watch a short video.  In addition, check out the photos below and you will see how  the children rigorously work on their math posters in order to share their thinking with other mathematicians.

I love this photo because you can see how hard Chris and Zoe were working on their math poster.  Plus, they are truly a team!  Awesome.
I love this photo because you can see how hard Chris and Zoe were working on their math poster. Plus, they are truly a team with both mathematicians working on the poster together! Awesome.
Again, Morgan and Mia are both working together to construct their math poster.  I love how Morgan is referring to her math journal to confirm her thinking.
Again, Morgan and Mia are both working together to construct their math poster. I love how Morgan is referring to her math journal to confirm her thinking.
Another brilliant math poster . . . in progress.  You can see that the children are learning how to construct a stand-alone poster in order to push other mathematicians with their thinking.
Another brilliant math poster . . . in progress. You can see that the children are learning how to construct a stand-alone poster in order to push other mathematicians with their thinking.

30 Book Challenge:  So, I have to admit that while I was particularly excited about the 30 Book Challenge introduction last week, my class didn’t receive it quite as well.  There were definitely some fifth graders who were not pleased with me, to say the least!  Hopefully, since they have now had about a week to ponder this challenge, they are a little bit happier with me. 🙂  Below you will see pictures that show how are are documenting the books we read.  I am happy to say that as of today, we already have 6 people who have posted their first books.  Hopefully we will have more next week . . . including me! 🙂

Here is the description of the bulletin board we have in the hallway to post information about our most recent    book read.
Here is the description of the bulletin board we have in the hallway to post information about our most recent book read.
Each student has a picture next to a space to post their thoughts about the most recent book they read.
Each student has a picture next to a space to post their thoughts about the most recent book they read.
This is the set-up we have inside the classroom where each student will post the collection of books he or she has read for the book challenge.
This is the set-up we have inside the classroom where each student will post the collection of books he or she has read for the book challenge.
Finally, this is the sheet each child has in our classroom to show how many books he or she has read and how many more he or she needs to read.
Finally, this is the sheet each child has in our classroom to show how many books he or she has read and how many more he or she needs to read.

Common Core Connection: Here is your weekly dose of information about the Common Core Standards that we using to guide instruction in order to prepare children to have a successful future.  I thought it would be interesting for you to read about some myths and facts about the standards.  Click here to find out more.  Enjoy.

Questions for You!

  • What are some ways that you use math in your everyday life?  Give one example of how you used math today and why it is important for us to become better mathematicians everyday.
  • Who do you know in your life that is a Veteran?  Tell us about that person and how his or her acts of service have impacted you.

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Halloween Pictures Below! 

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4 thoughts on “Happy Halloween!

    1. Lilly,
      Hi there! I am so glad that you had a great time today. I did too! Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you get a lot of candy tonight! See you next week!
      Your friend,
      Ms. Turken

    1. Dear Mrs. Sisul,
      Thank you for sharing your excitement about the students blogging next week. I, too, am excited to see where their learning goes. Have a wonderful weekend!
      Sincerely,
      Ms. Turken

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