¡Feliz Jueves!

Happy Thursday.  It’s been a COLD week, huh?  I hope you have stayed warm while stillgraphics-winter-473292 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!

Conversation Starters:

  • 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.

Here is Izzy reading her nonfiction piece to her small group.
Here is Izzy reading her nonfiction piece to her small group.
Look at Cori sharing her nonfiction piece!  And if you look really closely - I think Bradford was even trying to hear her great writing!
Look at Cori sharing her nonfiction piece! And if you look really closely – I think Bradford was even trying to hear her great writing!
Here is another great group of authors sharing their writing pieces.
Here is another great group of authors sharing their writing pieces.

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.

Wow!  Look at Winter work hard on her writing!
Wow! Look at Winter work hard on her writing!
Here is Nataiya creating a nonfiction piece for an on-demand writing prompt.
Here is Nataiya creating a nonfiction piece for an on-demand writing prompt.
We moved on up with technology on Wednesday and wrote a story on either an iPad or on a laptop.  These authors are quite flexible with how they can share their thinking.
We moved on up with technology on Wednesday and wrote a story on either an iPad or on a laptop. These authors are quite flexible with how they can share their thinking.
Keep writing MaCaleb!  You are doing great!
Keep writing MaCaleb! You are doing great!
Karsen is rather engaged with writing his story on his iPad Mini.
Karsen is rather engaged with writing his story on his iPad Mini.

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:

homework

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.

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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.

Here is a chart we made to represent dividing a whole number by a fraction.  We found that it is really helpful to use a model to represent the thinking.
Here is a chart we made to represent dividing a whole number by a fraction. We found that it is really helpful to use a model to represent the thinking.

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!

Check out these dogs that are surfing!  How goofy is this?!?!
Check out these surfing dogs! How goofy is this?  At least they are safe in their lifejackets!  Hee, hee.

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