Happy Thursday. It’s been a COLD week, huh? I hope you have stayed warm while still enjoying the incredible beauty of nature. I know I try my best when I walk my dog each morning (sometimes it is hard), but it is definitely worth it when I see the sunrise.
Below are the topics in this post for you to check out so you can learn more about what has been happening in the life of your fifth grader.
- Conversation Starters
- Writing Celebrations
- Fifth Grade Writers
- Reading: Inferences
- Math: Dividing with Fractions
- Common Core Connection
- A Smile and Question for You!
- What do you enjoy most about writing? Why?
- What do you find most challenging about writing? Why?
- Tell me about one of your Writing Celebrations this week. What was your favorite part and why?
- Show me how you would use fraction bars to represent the following story problem. Isaac had 5 bottles of lemonade. He wanted to give 1/2 a bottle of lemonade to his friends to drink. How many friends could he give the lemonade to? What equation represents this problem? How do you know?
- Tell me the inference equation you use when making inferences.
- Tell me about some of the inferences you made about the book Uncle Jed’s Barbershop.
Writing Celebrations: Whew! We had two incredible celebrations over the past week. Last Friday, we shared our pieces with the other fifth grade classes. On Monday, we shared with families and students from a third grade class. It was exciting to have so many visitors come and celebrate with us. As you can see below, your fifth grade author worked hard to create a nonfiction piece and was able to share it with others. Below are pictures from the celebration on Monday.
Fifth Grade Writers: Our class has been writing A LOT lately. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the children wrote a fiction and a nonfiction piece to show me what they have learned during our recent writing unit – and let me tell you, it was super! You might be wondering why they wrote two pieces in two days though, right? This is because educators in Kirkwood have agreed that it is best practice to assess students writing skills to have them write at the beginning of a writing unit and then again at the end. At the beginning, it shows us what the children already know and what needs to be taught. At the end, it shows us what they have learned and whether they can independently transfer the knowledge and make it their own. Makes sense, huh? I’m glad we use this strategy because I have definitely learned a lot from my students and have been able to guide them better this year. Check out these super-smart authors in the midst of writing below.
Reading: Inferences: As you know, each fifth grader receives a homework sheet each Tuesday. Here is an example of the homework sheet from this week:
This week, each child had an assignment to submit a blog post about inferences they made from a story that was read in class. This time though, instead of me reading the book to all of the kids, I had them read it to one another. We had several copies of the same book, so they were in groups of 2 or 3. It’s always more exciting to mix things up every so often. Look below at the pictures of the kids reading to one another. I love how they were able to work together and read the book aloud to learn together. Also, if you want to read some of the inferences the kids created, go to our blog at: http://www.kidblog.org/msturkensclass.
Math: Dividing with Fractions: This week, we have worked on dividing with fractions. Click here to watch a short movie about dividing whole numbers by fractions and click here to watch a short movie about dividing fractions by whole numbers. Also, you can see an example of the fraction bar strategy below to model dividing whole numbers by fractions.
Common Core Connection: Here are two resources this week that you can quickly read to learn a bit more about what the Common Core looks like for your fifth grader. Click here to read about math and click here to read about literacy (ELA).
A Smile and Question for You! Ok, I’ve added a new weekly section to the post. After last week and the video that was attached of the fifth grade team dancing, I decided to have something to make you (and me!) smile each week to remind us that it’s always fun to laugh. So . . . here you go! After you look at the cute picture below, post a picture or comment telling us something that makes you smile. 🙂 As always, thanks for reading and have a great weekend!