¡Divertirse y Relajarse!

¡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!

Conversation Starters:

  • 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.

Here is an example of a math foldable each fifth grader made this week to support decimal addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Here is an example of a math foldable each fifth grader made this week to support decimal addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Here is a math foldable in action while was created.
Here is a math foldable in action while was created.
This is an example of some problems we did together after creating the decimal foldables.  What  great resource to reference when solving these problems.
This is an example of some problems we did together after creating the decimal foldables. What great resource to reference when solving these problems.

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.

Here is one of our hardworking authors working on her Literary Essay.
Here is one of our hard-working authors working on her Literary Essay.
Check out another hard-working author writing brilliant ideas on his paper!
Check out another hard-working author writing brilliant ideas on his paper!

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.

There are not many times you'll see me in these photos, but this one was when I welcomed our "guests" to the press conference to launch the event.
There are not many times you’ll see me in blog photos, but I wanted to share this one as I had the opportunity to welcome our “guests” to the Newly Discovered Animal Press Conference from our very official podium.  Oh, and apparently I talk with my hands. 🙂  Now, check out the slideshow below to get a glimpse of our press conference.

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Field Trip to Nipher: Last week, we walked to Nipher to watch the middle school musical.  It was a beautiful day to walk and the performance was done very well.  You can see a few photos from our day below.  We had a great time!

Here we go . . . into Nipher to watch the musical!
On our way into Nipher to watch the musical!
I know this is a tough picture to see, but this really was taken during the musical when the incredible actors and actresses were performing for us.  Awesome!
I know this is a tough picture to see, but this really was taken during the musical when the incredible actors and actresses were performing for us. Awesome!
Heading home as we walk past The Magic House.
Heading home as we walk past The Magic House.

Maniac Magee: As you know, we started a new chapter book last week, Maniac Magee.  We did a bit more reading this week and learned about a few more characters.  When we return from Spring Break we will finish our book.  In the meantime, look at who we have met so far and what we have learned about the characters.

We have met a couple of new characters this week during our chapter book read aloud.
We have met a couple of new characters this week during our chapter book read aloud. Part of the photo got cut-off, but the new characters are FInsterwald, Mrs. Pickwell, and John McNabb.

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.

This is what I showed to explain where I was going over Spring Break.
This is what I showed to explain where I am going over Spring Break.
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