Dos Semanas Hasta Acción de Gracias

Dos Semanas Hasta Acción de Gracias = Two Weeks Until Thanksgivingturkey5

Happy November 14!  Can you believe it is only two weeks until Thanksgiving?  Wow . . . this school year is flying by!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Veteran’s Day 
  • Learning Buddies
  • Inferences
  • Common Core Connection
  • Questions for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • Tell me about the Veteran’s Day Assembly on Monday.  Why did your school celebrate this day in such a special way?
  • Last Friday, you played a math game with your Learning Buddies.  Tell me about the math game and why it is important to estimate when doing math computations?
  • You began a different structure to your math time this week.  Tell me who your teacher is for math and what you have been learning.
  • Are you enjoying the new math structure?  Why or why not?
  • You had multiplication work for homework this week, was the work helpful?  Why or why not?
  • Your class read the book Richard Wright and the Library Card this week to discuss inferences.  What are inferences?  Tell me three inferences you made from this book.

Veteran’s Day:  We has such an incredible assembly at Robinson on Monday.  Holy cow!  As you can see from the photographs below, we had amazing flags created by portraits of each student at Robinson, musical performances and of course, honoring several veterans.  It was quite a special day for everyone in attendance.  After the assembly, we even had the honor to welcome some very special veterans to our classroom to speak with our fifth graders.  What a wonderful day!

Check out this flag in the gym.  Your fifth grader is in there somewhere!
Check out this flag in the gym. Your fifth grader is in there somewhere!
Here are the fifth graders performing for the school!  What great role models!
Here are the fifth graders performing for the school! What great role models!
Check out all of the veterans we celebrated!
Check out all of the veterans we celebrated!
At the end of the assembly, the entire group of students and adults sang a patriotic song together.  It was really beautiful.
At the end of the assembly, the entire group of students and adults sang a patriotic song together. It was really beautiful.
Here are the veterans who visited our classroom.
Here are the veterans who visited our classroom.
We got to have small group conversations with the veterans too!
We got to have small group conversations with the veterans too!
Another small group  conversation with a veteran.
Another small group conversation with a veteran.
Look at this powerful conversation!
Look at this powerful conversation!
A final conversation taking place with a veteran.
A final conversation taking place with a veteran.

Learning Buddies: Last Friday, we had the opportunity to meet with our second grader Learning Buddies again.  This time, they taught US a math game that supported the skills of estimating and addition with whole numbers.  Look at these cutie pies below!

Jacob and his learning buddy are discussing the game.
Jacob and his learning buddy are discussing the game.
MaCaleb and Gerald are working hard with their buddy too!
MaCaleb and Gerald are working hard with their buddy too!

Inferences: This week, we continued to talk about inferences.  Inferences are important for all readers, but particularly for struggling readers.  Struggling students and students who lack the ability to make inferences, often have trouble coming up with questions. Since they are focusing all of their attention on creating meaning from a difficult text, they forget to pay attention to the thoughts crossing their minds. As a result, it is necessary for teachers to show students how to create questions and to understand what their minds are doing as they consider ideas for questions.  By developing these skills as a reader, comprehension is increased and the text always has much more meaning.  Please work with your fifth grader on making inferences in both fiction and nonfiction texts.  Below is a sheet we have used in the classroom to help us make inferences while we read.

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Common Core Connection: Here you go!  Your weekly does of information about the Common Core Standards that we use on a daily basis to push our Robinson Roadrunners.  Click here to read the information from this week.  I hope you are continuing to enjoy these updates. 🙂

Questions for You!: Thanks for sticking with us through this long post.  Please keep our communication going and post a comment about one of the questions below.  Thanks!

  • As a reader, what are some of the reading skills you use on a regular basis to remember what you are reading?
  • What did you enjoy most about elementary school and why?
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2 thoughts on “Dos Semanas Hasta Acción de Gracias

  1. Dear Ms.Turken,

    What I do to stay into my book when I’m reading it, is to stop and ask myself questions.

    Have a great weekend!

    Lilly

    1. Dear Lilly,
      Thank you for your comment! I am so happy to hear that you stop and ask questions while you are reading. I often do the same thing to help me comprehend the text. Are there any other tips you have to become a better reader?
      Your friend,
      Ms. Turken

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