What’s YOUR issue?!?

ME: What’s YOUR issue?!?

YOU: What?  How RUDE of you to ask such a question!

ME: No!  I’m not being rude!!!  We have started learning about opinion pieces during our Writing Workshop and everyone needs to have an issue to write about.  Read below to learn more, but in the meantime, what is your issue?  (See?  It’s a NICE question!)

Yep, it’s fourth quarter!  I know I keep saying this, but the days and months just keep flying by!  And, now we are in the last 25% of the school year.  Don’t worry though.  We are DEFINITELY not checking out with our learning.  If anything, we are working harder and smarter.  Read on to learn about our past week.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Books and Movies from Spring Break
  • Geometry
  • Opinion Writing
  • Science WebQuest
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • You began talking about persuasive essays (also called opinion pieces) during Writing Workshop.  What is the difference between arguable claims and undisputed facts?  Which is better to use when deciding on an issue for a persuasive piece?
  • What foldable was your favorite this week?  What did you learn from making it?
  • What have you and your partners learned about weather this week as you worked on your WebQuest?

Books and Movies from Spring Break: On our first day back, we HAD to hear what everyone did over their break because we had been away from one another for 10 days!  Everyone worked with another student and either created a book or movie title that described their time off over break.  After creating the title, each partnership wrote a summary about their adventures and then we shared them as a class.  It was so fun to hear from everyone!

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Geometry: This week, we began talking about triangles and quadrilaterals and there sure is a lot to learn about these shapes!  We made foldables for each and watched some movies to learn more.  Click here or here to watch the movies we used to learn and look below at some of the photos from our math time this week.

Here is a foldable we made about the characteristics of triangles.
Here is a foldable we made about the characteristics of triangles.
This is the foldable we are making to learn further about quadrilaterals.
This is the foldable we are making to learn further about quadrilaterals.
We are ALSO discussing data and making line plots.  Our next step is to learn about median, range, mode, and mean.  We tried to learn about them today, but it was BUMPY and truthfully, did not go well.  So, our next step is to take it slower and learn about these concepts together.  Hopefully, this time it will make more sense! :)
We are ALSO discussing data and making line plots. Our next step is to learn about median, range, mode, and mean. We tried to learn about these concepts today, but it was BUMPY and truthfully, did not go well.  Now, our next step is to take it MUCH slower and learn about these concepts together. Hopefully, this time it will make more sense! 🙂

Opinion Writing:  We have also started a new writing unit this week.  This unit mainly focuses on guiding the children to determine evidence that supports a view, experiment with exploring both sides of an issue, and effectively write a persuasive essay.  It’s been really fun so far learning with these wonderful writers.  Look below at some of the issues they came up with to explore both sides.  They also needed to make sure their issue was an arguable claim and not an undisputed fact! (If you’re not sure what the difference you can ask your fifth grader or look at the chart in the photo below.!)

Look at the issues that our classroom wants to write about!  Awesome, huh?
Look at the issues that our classroom wants to write about! Awesome, huh?
Here's our anchor chart to guide us when deciding on an issue.
Here’s our anchor chart to guide us when deciding on an issue.

Science WebQuest:  I’m not sure how much I have mentioned the incredible teachers that I work with on a daily basis, but Mrs. Bearden and Mrs. Hong are awesome!  Remember when Mrs. Bearden created the WebQuest for Classification?  Well, now Mrs. Hong created one for Weather.  It’s been really fun so far and we will share our findings from the WebQuest next week in our classroom.  Please click here to read and learn about the WebQuest that we are working on.  (By the way, in case you are wondering whether I am being a slacker by not creating a WebQuest yet, the answer is no, I am not a slacker.  Hee, hee.  I just haven’t tackled the world of WebQuests YET, but will one of these days.  In the meantime, I am loving the opportunity to learn from my tech-savvy teammates.)

Here is the homepage of the WebQuest.
Here is the homepage of the WebQuest.

A Smile for You!   I had every intention to attach a link to this week’s post to some pictures from my trip last week.  But, that is not happening this evening because I am e-x-h-a-u-s-t-e-d and got a new book from the library I am excited to read.  The pictures will be coming soon, I’m just not sure when yet.  In the meantime, here is a fun photo from Ecuador with me posing nearby an entire colony of sea lions!  (Well, when you look at the photo, you will see that I am posing and they are ALL sleeping!)  Thanks for reading this week’s post.  Have a great weekend – and SMILE!

I wanted to get close, but not TOO close!
I wanted to get close, but not TOO close!
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