16 de enero

16 de enero = January 16

I know this is kind of a b-o-r-i-n-g title for the post, but I just couldn’t come up with anything catchy this week.  Do you have any suggestions for a fun and exciting title for a post?  If so, please share it with us by writing a comment below. 🙂

As promised for each Thursday, read below to find out what has been happening this week in fifth grade.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Tanglers
  • Decimals, Fractions and Percents
  • Science
  • Chapter Book Read Aloud
  • Rehearsing Student-Led Conferences
  • Friday Sharing
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • What was it like to do the Tangler this week with your group?  What strategies did your group use to work together and persevere?
  • Your class is reading the chapter book, The Unwanteds.  What is happening in this book?  Do you like it so far?  Why or why not?
  • You are preparing for your student-led conference in the next two weeks.  How are you feeling about our conference?  What can I do to support you before and during the conference?

Tanglers: We are beginning to do one or two activities each week that provide opportunities for children to work on team-building, perseverance and grit.  I would like for the children to continue building these traits in order to build success both inside and outside of school.  After reading part of How Children Succeed, I learned the importance of supporting the growth of specific character traits in order to promote success in the lives of children.  (Feel free to click here to learn more about this great book.)  This week, we learned how to do Tanglers in a small group.  What is a Tangler?  They are logic problems. Clues to the answer are on cards that are distributed to the group of students. No one student has enough information to solve the puzzle alone. Students must share their information and work cooperatively to reach a solution.  Tanglers help students develop problem-solving skills while developing their ability to work cooperatively.  In addition to enhancing reading comprehension, Tanglers help teach students to rely on their own abilities and understandings as well as those of their classmates.  Check out a few pictures below from our first Tangler experience.

This is the book where our "Tanglers" originate.
This is the book where our “Tanglers” originate.
Here is one group working on their puzzle.
Here is one group working on their puzzle.
Another group discussing and attempting to solve the puzzle.
Another group discussing and attempting to solve the puzzle.
Check out this group working quietly to solve their puzzle.
Check out this group working quietly to solve their puzzle.

Decimals, Fractions and Percents: We have taken a brief detour from the metric system because it was difficult for many children – at this time.  In my professional opinion, the children need a stronger foundation with decimals and place value, before moving onto the metric system.  Therefore, decimals and place value have been our focus this week, and will be for more weeks to come.  As we have discussed decimals and place value, we watched this video to clarify some misconceptions we previously had.  Click here to watch it with your fifth grader. (By the way, the video froze halfway through, so your child will probably enjoy watching the entire video since we missed the ending!)  Check out our learning below by seeing some of our fifth grader teachers in action.  And – don’t worry, we will get back to the metric system when our brains are more ready to digest it!

We took a step back in math and are currently discussing place value and decimals.  In this photo, you can see Karsen doing a wonderful job of teaching the class about place value.
We took a step back in math and are currently discussing place value and decimals. In this photo, you can see Karsen doing a wonderful job of teaching the class about place value.
We also made a chart about the everyday uses of fractions, decimals and percents.  The hope here is for the children to begin seeing a relationship between these three "parts" of a whole.
We also made a chart about the everyday uses of fractions, decimals and percents. The hope here is for the children to begin seeing a relationship between these three “parts” of a whole.

Science: After all of our Social Studies work first semester, we are embarking on a journey with Science this semester.   Yay!  This week was filled with exploration and conversations about science.  Check out their first assignment below where they had to write a blog post about science.  Then, click here to read the posts that these budding scientists wrote this week.

Here is the job that was posted on our classroom blog on our first "official" day of science.
Here is the job that was posted on our classroom blog on our first “official” day of science.

Look at those bloggers writing about their science thoughts!Look at those bloggers writing about their science thoughts!

Valentina is working on writing her blog post about science too!
Valentina is working on writing her blog post about science too!
Here are two scientists exploring and discussing a science textbook in our room.
Here are two scientists exploring and discussing a science textbook in our room.

unwantedsChapter Book Read Aloud: Holy cow . . . what an incredible book we are reading during our chapter book time!  This book, The Unwanteds, is one of the Mark Twain Award Nominees for this year.  I decided to read this book to the children in order to discuss the following reading skills: theme, summarizing, and synthesizing.  I am also planning to integrate this book into our writing by discussing several of the writing elements the author uses as well as the incredible usage of punctuation.  After reading this book myself, I was hooked and just yesterday, I checked out the second book in the series! 🙂  

Rehearsing Student-Led Conferences: Nerves in fifth grade?!?!  Never!  Well actually – they are all over our room right now because of the upcoming student-led conferences.  Despite my constant assurance that the children have nothing to worry about, they are still worried.  As I mentioned last week, I am really excited to listen to our incredible fifth graders share with their families over the next two weeks.   Already, there has been some exciting learning taking place while the children have reflected over their first semester.  In order to prepare for the conferences, we had a practice conference in class today.  What an experience!  Check out the photos below!  After our practice conference and a debrief, I began sitting down with each student so we could individually rehearse and discuss the conference.  Hopefully, the children are beginning to feel a bit more settled about the upcoming conferences because I know they are all going to do an amazing job!

Here is Jack practicing his student-led conference with me - in front of the WHOLE class.  What a brave fifth grader!
Here is Jack practicing his student-led conference with me – in front of the WHOLE class. What a brave fifth grader!
Here are Jack's "parents" during our practice conference.  Wow . . . were Jacob and Izzy good actors pretending to be his parents.  Jack had a hard time looking at Jacob as his dad, but it definitely helped our learning by having real people to talk to while we practiced.
Here are Jack’s “parents” during our practice conference. Wow . . . were Jacob and Izzy good actors pretending to be his parents. Jack had a little bit of a hard time looking at Jacob as his dad, but it definitely helped our learning by having real people to talk to while we practiced. 🙂
While practicing another student-led conference with a fifth grader today, look at all of the evidence she had to support her learning!  Talk about being prepared!
While practicing another student-led conference with a fifth grader today, look at all of the evidence she had to support her learning! Talk about being prepared!

Friday Sharing: At the end of each week, part of our class has the opportunity to share something with the rest of the class.  It is always rather interesting to see what each child chooses to share with others.   We have seen quite a variety of things so far and I am sure the creativity will continue.  Check out a photo below from our sharing time last week.

I didn't get my iPad fast enough to take this picture, so this is really Zoe and Luis pretending that they are working together.  30 seconds earlier it was genuine and Luis was playing his cello for the class, while Zoe was holding his sheet music!  So fun!
I didn’t get my iPad fast enough to take this picture, so this is really Zoe and Luis pretending that they are working together!  Thirty seconds earlier it WAS genuine and Luis was playing his cello for the class, while Zoe was holding his sheet music! So fun!

imagesA Smile for You!: I hope this does the trick and puts a grin on your face. As I have said previously, I find that I often get too serious at times and need a reminder to laugh and have fun.  I hope this photo reminds you of that too and you enjoy the rest of your day today and can have a big smile on your face . . . as well as in your heart.  Thank you for reading this post.

4 thoughts on “16 de enero

  1. Dear ms.turken

    i’m fealing happy and im looking forward to the day and i’m fealing cofndent about the confrince.

    your student Spike

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