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
- Decimals, Fractions and Percents
- Chapter Book Read Aloud
- Rehearsing Student-Led Conferences
- Friday Sharing
- A Smile for You!
- 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.
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!
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.
Chapter 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!
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.
A 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.