Estudiantes Increibles

Estudiantes Increibles = Incredible Students

They really are incredible students! 🙂 This week, we spent time working on our reading and math skills by taking an assessment two mornings.  We also enjoyed our learning time as we explored decimals and read more of our chapter book (we’re almost finished!).  Read ahead for more information about your fifth grader’s school week.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Decimal Work in Flex Groups
  • Important Ideas and Supporting Details with The Unwanteds
  • Discussion Questions for The Unwanteds
  • Literary Essays (a sneak peek!)
  • Morning Drop-off Reminder
  • Nipher Parent Visit
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • Your class continued to read and discuss The Unwanteds this week.  What happened and based on what you have heard so far, how do you predict the story will end?  What clues from the text support this prediction?
  • Let’s talk more about your chapter book.  (Read on in this blog  for several discussion questions.)
  • What have you learned this week about decimals?  How can this be helpful to you in your life as a fifth grader?
  • Your class read a book this week called Baseball Saved Us.  What was the theme in this book?  Why do you believe this is the theme?

Decimal Work in Flex Groups: This week during math, we continued hard work with decimals.  While each flex(ible) group works at a different pace based on the mathematicians, please look below to see the fifth grade expectations with decimals.  Additionally, you can see photos from my flex group and their work with solving problems, creating posters to demonstrate their thinking and sharing their thoughts in order to teach and learn from others.  Check it out below!math rubric

Here are the decimal problems that were the  basis for the math thinking in the photos below.
Here are the decimal problems that were the basis for the math thinking in the photos below.
In our flex group, we did a gallery walk before sharing and discussing our posters as a group.
In our flex group, we did a gallery walk before sharing and discussing our posters as a group.
Look at this great thinking!
Look at this great thinking!
And . . . some more smart mathematicians.
And . . . some more smart mathematicians.
After doing a gallery walk to learn from other mathematician's strategies, some groups shared their thinking with the whole group.
After doing a gallery walk to learn from other mathematician’s strategies, some groups shared their thinking with the whole group.  I LOVE watching kids teach kids.
Here is another group sharing their smart work.
Here is another group sharing their smart work.

Important Ideas and Supporting Details with The UnwantedsWe really are almost finished with this great book.  As we have been reading this book, we have worked hard on identifying important and supporting ideas within the text.  This is definitely something that good readers do, we we HAVE to practice that.  Ask your fifth grader about these skills and when you read together at home, remind your reader to identify both important and supporting details in order to remember the text better.  Check out a photo below so you can see the prompts we use (often!) to assist us with these reading strategies.

The two signs that are green and blue include prompts for identifying important and supporting ideas in a text.  We use this often during our discussions.
The two signs that are green and blue include prompts for identifying important and supporting ideas in a text. We use these prompts often during our discussions.

UnknownDiscussion Questions for The Unwanteds: Like I said, we are heading down the homestretch with this book.  I thought it might be fun to include a few discussion questions that you can ask your fifth grader about our book.  This way, you can learn about this book and maybe someday you will want to read it too!  And, if you get hooked on this one, there are more in the series!  Fun, huh?

*Why was creativity banned in Quill?

*In what ways are Quill and Artime different? Which of the two would you prefer and why?

*How were Alex and Aaron different?  The same?

*Why doesn’t anyone challenge the High Priest Justine?

*Did Mr. Today do the right thing by delaying Alex’s magic training?  Why do you think he did it?

*Once they are discovered, why does Mr. Today choose not to seal off Artime from the people of Quill?

*Is fighting less violent if you are using “artistic weapons”?

*What is the theme in this story?  What evidence can you share from the text to support the theme?

Literary Essays (a sneak peek!): At the beginning of this week, we did an on-demand writing assessment because we are starting a new writing unit on literary essays.  In this case, the on-demand prompts meant that we read a short story and responded to it by writing about the important idea, while using evidence from the text for support.  The next step with our literary essay unit will be for us will be to discuss and compare narratives and essays and then read and analyze two literary essays that have been written by other child authors.  You can get a sneak peek at a anchor chart we are going to discuss together in class this week.

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Morning Drop-off Reminder:  If you drop off your child in the morning, we ask that you use the car drop off lane in the back of school. Dropping your child off on Couch Avenue is not safe and we are receiving many complaints from concerned parents, staff and community members. Enter the drop off lane at the school entrance at Rose Hill and Couch.  The line might look long, but it moves quickly. Thanks for your help.

Nipher Parent Night:  Need I say more? 🙂

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A Smile for You!  This week, I couldn’t resist including a sweet picture of my dog Hannah.  She’s 13-years-old . . . a teenager, I guess. 🙂  For many years, when people asked me what kind of dog she is, I always told people that I didn’t know – really, had no idea.  Now, I have started telling people that she is a mutt . . . that looks kind of like a red fox.  Regardless of what kind of dog she is, I think she’s pretty great.  So . . . look below and maybe the photo of Hannah will make you smile this week.  Thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend!

"Sometimes it's so hard to wake-up!  All of the sleeping I get each day just makes me so tired!"
“Sometimes it’s really hard to wake-up! All of this sleeping just makes me so tired!”
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