¡Divertirse y Relajarse! = Have Fun and Relax!
Even though we are officially on Spring Break, there is still time to check out what we did this past week in fifth grade. We kept learning but are definitely ready for a short break. Then, of course, we will return to school and keep chugging along. Read ahead to learn about what we did this week.
- Conversation Starters
- Math and Foldables
- Literary Essays
- Science Press Conference
- Field Trip to Nipher
- Maniac Magee
- A Smile for You!
- You wrote an on-demand literary essay on Monday about the short story, “The Race.” What was your thesis and what supporting evidence did you use to justify the big idea?
- You created two foldables this week. What is the purpose of foldables and why might you use them with your learning?
- Tell me about your science presentation this week during your press conference.
Math and Foldables: This week, we created two foldables during our math time. One was for decimals that included strategies for using all four operations. The other foldable was about strategies for making equivalent fractions. We learned that we can use foldables anytime we need to refresh our memory about a math concept by looking back at it in our math journal. Also, we learned that foldables are just for US, so we need to make sure to include information that is helpful to us, not necessarily to others. Check out our decimal foldable below.
Literary Essays: As you know, we have been working on literary essays the past few weeks. This past Monday, we did our On-Demand Prompt to see what each child knew about writing a literary essay. As a reminder, an On-Demand Prompt is done at the beginning and end of each unit to see what learning needs to take place (before the unit) and what learning has taken place (after the unit). I can confidently say that the literary essays that were written this week were the BEST so far this year. The children really worked hard and wrote a piece that identified the important idea in the text and supported it with evidence throughout their essay. Amazing! Look at a couple of our incredible authors below.
Science Press Conference: This week, we presented our WebQuest animals during a press conference that took place in our very own classroom. Each partnership presented their animal to an audience and shared their findings for their animal. When completed with their presentation, they took questions from the audience, like speakers do at real press conferences. The kiddos worked hard and asked wonderful questions from the other presenters as well. Look at what we did in the slideshow of photos below.
A Smile for You! Well, this one might be a nervous smile from you, but it gets a BIG smile from me. 🙂 I am fortunate enough to go to Ecuador over Spring Break and am really excited! I have the opportunity to visit a fellow teacher who taught in Ecuador with me last year and she is still teaching there. After a few email conversations with her, I decided to jump at the opportunity to visit her at the equator. (Seriously, where she is living literally has the equator running through it!) Look at the photo below that I showed to my class and please think of me traveling the LONG journey to and from The Galapagos over our break. In the meantime, if you want to read more about my teaching experience in Ecuador last year, feel free to check out my blog by clicking here to get a glimpse what it was like to live and teach in Ecuador. As always, thanks for reading and have a wonderful Spring Break with your fifth grader.